Entries have been coming in thick and fast for the New Plant Awards at the HTA National Plant Show which takes place at Stoneleigh Park on 23 and 24 June 2015.
The New Plant Awards, sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), include five award categories (annuals, herbaceous perennials, house plants, trees & conifers, and shrubs & climbers).
Judges for this year’s awards include HTA President Stan Green, Colin Dale from Notcutts, Marc Rosenberg from Amateur Gardening, Jim Gardiner from the RHS and Mark Heath, Trials Manager at the RHS.
The award winners will be announced and presented by the judging panel on the morning of Tuesday 23 June. Gold, Silver, Bronze and Best in Category awards will be allocated from which the Best in Show plant will be selected. Winners will be selected for the quality of plant, suitability for the market and whether it is an improvement on other plants currently available. All entries and winners will be displayed in the New Plant Area for visitors to see.
All entries will be entered into the Visitor Vote, sponsored by Floramedia, where visitors have the opportunity to vote for their Best in Category and Best in Show. Voting closes at 3pm on Wednesday 24 June and the Visitor Vote awards will be presented at 3.30pm that day.
Last year Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweather’s Nursery took the crown of Best In Show with Trollius ‘Dancing Flame’, with Mini Cherry ‘Cinderella’ from Blackmoor Nurseries winning Best New Plant by visitors.
The HTA National Plant Show Team can be contacted on Twitter @HTAplantshow, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0118 930 3132. For further information about the show visit www.nationalplantshow.co.uk.