27 April 2015
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Summer Open Days 2015

The Summer Showcase

Ball Colegrave was delighted to have welcomed over 2,000 professional Bedding and Pot Plant Producers, Garden Centres, Parks, Landscapers and Garden Designers to its Trials Grounds in West Adderbury during July and August this past Summer. The site came 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.

This year's 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 this past year's 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.

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

The dates for The Summer Showcase 2015 are confirmed, so please pencil these dates in your diaries:


To sign up to visit our Trade Summer Showcase, Click here.

For more information please contact Customer Services on 01295 811 833

For directions to Ball Colegrave, please click on this link.

Click on the image to the left to see a full-size map of the Ball Colegrave Gardens

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