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Summer Open Days 2015

The 2015 Summer Showcase

9am - 5pm
To sign up to visit our Trade Summer Showcase
, Click here.

Ball Colegrave is delighted to welcome professional Bedding and Pot Plant Producers, Garden Centres, Parks, Landscapers and Garden Designers to its Trials Grounds in West Adderbury this July. The site comes alive with a spectacle of colour, undoubtedly the most exciting and innovative presentation of its kind in the UK.

The 8 acres of grounds demonstrate a most diverse range of annual and perennial varieties in display gardens, pots, patio baskets and containers, including over many new varieties for the following season.

Over 50,000 plants are bedded out in traditional trial rows and informal planting schemes to help evaluate garden performance, colour range and offer inspiration for design.

A visit to the Annual Summer Open Days always presents a special opportunity for Growers, Garden Centres and Parks to review their current plant range as well as identify new products for next season as well as assess experimental lines for future introduction.

Our 2014 Summer Showcase was Celebrating Colour in true style with a major new display looking deep into how consumers are using their outdoor space. Nine lifestyle, colour co-ordinated patio container gardens, each inspired by industry research into consumer attitudes to gardens and their use of outdoor space were created. The goal was to create a new stimulus for the industry in working together to encourage the home gardener to love their garden and spend more on seasonal colour.

Each patio garden focussed around the simple use of containers; by far the simplest way for even the most basic of gardeners to enjoy success with plants in their outdoor space. This was a theme embraced by the Garden Industry Manufacturers Board campaign; ‘Whatever space you've got, it starts with a pot’ and ‘Love your plot’.

To celebrate the diverse range of innovative patio containers available for the home gardener we were joined by a number of leading manufacturers who exhibited their pot products in the first ever Container Festival at Ball Colegrave.

This Summer you will be in for a special treat as we explore even more innovative products and retail ideas in the relaxed and friendly surroundings of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Here is a taste of what you will see;
• Get close and personal with over 200 New Plants for 2016
• Join the Daily Presentation on New varieties, including handy culture tips
• Explore our innovative Colour Themed Patio Gardens
• Get hands-on and create your own plant combinations in our Interactive Retail Plant Zone
• Look into the future; tell us which of the 700 Experimental Annual and Perennial varieties we are trialling ‘float your boat’
• Displays of market leading patio baskets and container plant varieties
• Tomato trials and fruit tasting
• Patio vegetables
• Perennial gardens

This is a perfect opportunity to review your current plant range, identify new products for 2016 and view experimental lines being assessed for future introduction.

For more information please contact Customer Services on 01295 811 833
For directions to Ball Colegrave, please click on this link.

2015 Map of Ball Colegrave Gardens 2015 Summer Showcase Invitation

To watch a short promotional video about the 2014 Summer Showcase, Click here.

To see the results of the 2014 Blue Flag (Favourite varieites), Click here.

For a downloadable copy of the leaflet for each of the 9 Patio Gardens, click on the leaflet images below:

The City Rooftop Garden The Family Garden The Giant's Chair
The Modern Cottage Garden The Modern Man's Garden The Pastel Garden
The Proud Gardener's Garden The Simplicity Garden The Sophisticated Ladies Garden

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