WD Smith 2023 viola and pansy festival

Trade days Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th March.

The Festival will be open to the public at Meadow Croft Garden Centre from 11th to 19th March.

This year we have nearly 400 varieties from 33 different series and from 9 different breeders. All batches are fully labelled.

The festival is the biggest independent plant trial in Europe and is now in its 20th year. We will be focusing on the seed raised trailing varieties, which have been the biggest breeding breakthrough over the last twenty years.

Register here

BOA Spring Crop Meeting

On the evening of the 7th we will be having a meeting at our Meadow Croft garden centre restaurant with a complimentary buffet and a presentation on the latest developments in growing in peat free growing media, and new spring breeding ideas from Rudy Raes Bloemzaden.

Fargro’s Growing Media and Nutrition expert Sean Whitworth talking about ‘Peat Free Growing with DCM’

• Joe Barfoot Technical Sales Manager at Omex horticulture

Catalyst is a new additive developed for peat free composts.

Rudy Raes Bloemzaden NV Sales Manager Wouter De Meester on ‘Spring Planting’.

New polyanthus type breeding offers new opportunities

Multiple short flower stems remain compact, economical for loading & transport (height 15-20cm)

  • Extremely long shelf life!
  • Hardy, excellent garden performance
  • Suitable for outdoor use in patio
    containers and for windowsill
  • Ideal for spring combinations and
    landscape planting

The meeting will commence at 5.30pm with attendees welcome to arrive from 5.00pm in the restaurant.

If you would like to join us in the evening could you register for your place via Eventbrite or RSVP on sales@wdsmith.com

Registered visitors will have an opportunity to have a complimentary view of the Floral Fantasia Polyanthus trial at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET on the 7th and 8th March. From the nursery, visitors will be able to pick up vouchers to get to the Polyanthus trial.

The Polyanthus trial contains 60 varieties from 5 different breeders. We had 2 sowings, one planted in November and the second planted at the end of January.