The organisers of one of the UK’s top commercial horticultural exhibitions is urging companies to confirm their space at October’s show.

With space selling fast The South West Growers Show looks set for its most successful year yet.

Now in its 41st year and firmly established as one of the leading trade shows for commercial horticulture, the event will take place on Wednesday 1 October at The Matford Centre in Exeter, Devon. Aimed at growers and plant buyers – ranging from garden centres and retail outlets to local authorities and the landscaping industry – it brings together key growers and suppliers of specialist horticultural equipment and services.

David Jackson, Chairman of the show said : “Our message for potential exhibitors is to make sure they book space to avoid any disappointment. Since taking over the running of the show six years ago, we have seen both exhibitor and visitor numbers shoot up. And with just weeks to go, now’s the time to act!”

Exhibitors who have already booked space include North Devon based Albion Plants. Established in 1994 supplying shrubs and trees to local garden centres and landscapers, the company now covers more than 4 acres, specialising in the production of hardy plants including an extensive range of larger specimen shrubs, climbers and trees. Albion Plants has also recently begun to grow roses and herbaceous perennials to offer a broader range year round to its trade customers.

This will be the 15th year that Albion Plants have exhibited at the show. Owner Brenda Huggons explained : “We first exhibited at The South West Growers Show when it was organised by a few growers in the lobby of The Matford Centre! It has grown to become a real success for companies like ours. It’s a terrific social outing and a chance to catch up with existing customers. Every year without fail we build on our customer base as well as meeting newcomers in the industry. It’s a fabulous show and one that we will never miss!”

With more than 65 exhibitors already booked and 80% of the space filled, the organisers are encouraging people to contact them as soon as possible to reserve the last few spaces. Costs are as follows :

• £50/m2 for space only;
• £70/m2 for shell scheme;
• Electric costs are either £40.00.

The event’s committee comprises of Chairman David Jackson from Jackson & Son, East Devon’s plug and pot plant specialist; Andrew Spilsbury from award winning Whetman Pinks, the UK’s main grower of perfumed pinks since 1936; Mark Taylor, business development manager of Cornwall-based young plant producer Kernock Park Plants; Adam Powell from family-run nursery Talaton Plants; Les Lane of XL Horticulture and Samantha Wallis and Bill Finch of Somerset-based WeeTree Wholesale Nurseries.

Admission is free to this trade only event.

For more information:
South West Growers Show
Kabbie Langford
+44 07940 371 794