The GIMA Awards judging is complete - Find out who wins on July 4th

Following a busy day of judging at Warwick Racecourse (20th June), where around 170 entries were considered, the winners of the 39th annual GIMA Awards have now been confirmed. However, the garden retail industry has to wait a few more weeks to find out who wins, when this year’s winners are revealed on July 4th at the five-star Celtic Manor Resort.
 
The 2019 judges certainly had some tough choices to make. With over 170 products, services and campaigns fighting it out to receive the highly respected accolade of GIMA award winner, it was safe to say that the competition was tight. However, after much deliberation the judges - Andy Smith (Head of Buying at the Klondyke Group), Tammy Woodhouse (Managing Director at Millbrook Garden Company), Christopher Ray (B&Q’s Outdoor Category Manager), Adrienne Wild (Gardening Editor & Columnist, Sunday People and Woman's Weekly), Sharon McNair (Commercial Director at Tong Garden Centre), Lucy Hall (Editor of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine), Neil Pope (Editor of Garden Trade News), Stuart Whalley (Blue Diamond’s Head of Product Development), and Mary Bunting (QVC’s Home and Seasonal Buyer) – made their final decisions on who will be taking home one of the fourteen coveted trophies come July 4th. Two additional awards – the Export Achievement, and Supplier of the Year – have been judged by Gardenex and the GCA respectively.

Read more: The GIMA Awards judging is complete - Find out who wins on July 4th

Visitors vote for their favourites at the HTA National Plant Show

 
Visitors to the HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, which took place this week at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire voted for their favourite plants and most inspiring retails stands and concepts at the event.
 
The Visitor Vote results, sponsored by Floramedia, were:
 
Best in Show and Shrub & Climber – Clematis Elodi from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company and The Guernsey Clematis Nursery
Best Annual – Nemesia fruticans hybrid ‘Boysenberry’ from Kernock Park Plants
Best Herbaceous Perennial – Geum Fiery Tempest from Farplants
Best Houseplant – Anthurium Livium Red from Profitplant
Best Tree & Conifer – Cherrycot ‘Aprikyra’ from Frank P Matthews
 
Visitors also voted for their most inspiring retails stands and concepts at the events.

Read more: Visitors vote for their favourites at the  HTA National Plant Show  

Cultivating Retail – for a sustainable future

 
Creating a sustainable future for the garden industry is the key theme behind this year’s Cultivating Retail event which takes place on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. This year’s conference and dinner will be hosted by journalist and broadcaster Daisy McAndrew with Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards providing the after-dinner entertainment.
 
The event, sponsored by Evergreen Garden Care and jointly hosted by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA), brings together retailers, suppliers and growers to provide a mix of strategic and inspirational content. The programme will include the latest consumer attitudes and thoughts on what sustainability means for the garden industry including key topics such as biosecurity, growing media, plastics, labour/skills, water and pesticides.
 
HTA Vice-President and Cultivating Retail Steering Group member Boyd Douglas-Davies comments,

Read more: Cultivating Retail – for a sustainable future

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