STAFF at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries are celebrating this week (June 21, 2017) after winning three silver awards and three bronze awards for six of its new plants at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show.
Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, won silver awards for its Phormium ‘Blondie’, Morus ‘Mojo Berry’ and Alstroemeria ‘Little Miss Zoe’ and bronze awards for Edelweiss ‘Blossom of Snow’, Agapanthus ‘His Majesty’ and Hydrangea ‘L.A. Dreamin’.
Adam Dunnett, Sales & Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We’re delighted to be coming away with six awards at the New Plant Awards at the HTA National Plant Show. During the past six years, the awards have grown and are now seen as the place to find the next best-selling plant for retailers.
“The show is a great place for us to display our new plants for the industry to see and it’s fantastic that six of our new plants have been crowned with awards.”
Phormium ‘Blondie’ won a Silver Award in the Shrubs and Climbers Category. It is a distinct new Phormium, which has a unique weeping habit unlike any other. ‘Blondie’ will grow into a tight clump up to 80cm tall and 60cm wide with a distinct, strongly arching habit, similar to a chlorophytum.
The leaves are variegated with a cream stripe down the midrib and a green margin. ‘Blondie’ is particularly suited to growing in a patio container where it can be left to gracefully arch over the pot.
Adam added: “Morus ‘Mojo Berry’, which is a revolutionary new dwarf variety of Mulberry that fruits at a young age, also won Silver in the Shrubs and Climbers Category. Reaching just 75cm tall and 45cm wide, ‘Mojo Berry’ is a perfect patio plant suitable for any garden.
“It is self-pollinating, fully hardy and fruits on both new and old wood, meaning it will be producing mulberries within the first year as opposed to the usual eight or nine years it would take. Another unique feature about ‘Mojo Berry’ is that it will produce fruit throughout the summer from May until September, not just a three-week period at the end of summer.
“Morus ‘Mojo Berry’ also won 2017 Chelsea Flower Show’s Best New Plant. It was marketed at Chelsea as Mulberry ‘Charlotte Russe’, but will launch commercially as ‘Mojo Berry’.”
Alstroemeria ‘Little Miss Zoe’ scooped Silver for Wyevale Nurseries in the Herbaceous Perennials Category. The plant starts out as green and cream and gradually develops into a bold green and white as the season develops. Deep pink to red flowers are produced all summer long, which creates an eye-catching contrasting display. ‘Little Miss Zoe’ has a very neat, compact and rounded habit, forming a small ball up to 40cm by 40cm over time.
Adam continued: “Another of our new plants we entered in to the prestigious awards was Agapanthus ‘His Majesty’. We were pleased to see it take home a Bronze Award in the Herbaceous Perennials Category. From June through summer, it offers a stunning display with large heads of vivid, deep blue to purple flowers, which are held proudly on slightly taller stems.
“It is a complex hybrid, which gives it vivid colour, strong stems and a long blooming period. It was bred by Rod Richards of New World Plants in Herefordshire.
“Edelweiss ‘Blossom of Snow’ was also awarded a Bronze Award in the Herbaceous Perennials Category. This Edelweiss flowers like no other, not just once but twice a year, in summer and again in autumn.
“‘Blossom of Snow’ has large star-shaped, pure white flowers with a yellow centre, which gives a refreshing look combined with its silvery foliage. It grows to 40cm high and 60cm wide. This perennial is an excellent choice for rock gardens, mixed planting, perennial borders and as solitary in a container.”
Hydrangea ‘L.A. Dreamin’ was awarded Bronze in the Shrubs and Climbers Category. It is different from other hydrangea macrophyllas because of its ability to generate different coloured flowers on the same plant. Besides pure blue flowers and pure pink flowers, lavender and shades of all of these colours are produced. This trait becomes more pronounced as the plant ages in the landscape.
The product selection available from Wyevale Nurseries is enviable across the industry and the talented team regularly introduces new, award-winning plant varieties.
Its main business is to supply garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners with a comprehensive array of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants.
For further details about Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, please call 01432 845 200, visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WyevaleNurs or log on to www.facebook.com/WyevaleNurs.
STAFF at The Bower Inn are celebrating this month (June, 2017) after being named as one of HotelsCombined best places to stay in the UK and within the top 3% of hotels worldwide.
The boutique B&B in Bridgwater has been given the accommodation search company’s Recognition of Excellence for consistently achieving the highest standards of customer satisfaction.
Peter Starling, who co-owns the business with his wife Candida Leaver, explained: “We are thrilled with this award and are very proud of our team. Everyone here works extremely hard on all aspects of running the hotel, pub and restaurant, and to have recognition like this makes it so worthwhile.”
HotelsCombined conducted an extensive survey covering different types of accommodation within the UK to reach their conclusion.
The survey was based on gathering data from millions of guest reviews and translating them to an official Recognition of Excellence, which is not a ranking list, but a group of outstanding accommodation providers selected by a strict set of criteria.
The company undertook analysis of customer opinions online and, also, took into consideration the way The Bower Inn staff interacted with HotelsCombined communication team, demonstrating their commitment in providing quick assistance.
The hotel received 266 positive opinions posted by guests online across forums, websites and social media, which were analysed by HotelsCombined and gave a score of 9.3 out of 10.
The hotel is now representing the top 3% of accommodation providers worldwide for customer satisfaction.
Paulina Krolikowska from HotelsCombined UK said: “We are thrilled to be working with the best hotels in the UK and The Bower Inn is certainly among them. What is different about the Recognition of Excellence is the way information is gathered and analysed. It all depends on the guest and his or her experience with that particular accommodation.
“With this award, we’d like to make it even easier for every traveller to identify the best hotel for customer service and therefore the best value for their money.”
The Bower Inn has 16 luxury bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. All feature vintage furniture and accessories, some dating back to the 1820s, but have all the requirements a modern guest would expect.
“We provide traditional country breaks with contemporary facilities. Guests can enjoy delicious food, sourced from suppliers and producers that are located as near to us as possible, and experience a good night’s sleep in one of our cosy beds, which have Hypnos mattresses and duck down or synthetic duvets, or vintage eiderdowns, combined with fine linens.”
The Bower Inn team prides itself on attention to detail, whether it’s the quality of food or the fixtures and fittings in the bedrooms, or the general ambience and the way they interact with all their customers.
“Our food is ingredient-led and wholesome from breakfast through to lunch and dinner. Candida’s bees work hard to make our breakfast honey and we make our own vegetarian sausages on-site or source superb pork ones.
“Our bread comes from a little, local bakery in Bridgwater, which employs traditional baking methods to create its products including using old brick ovens.
“We make our own granola and fresh fruit salad. We serve speciality teas from the region and locally roasted and blended coffee from Clifton Coffee. These are all the sorts of things discerning guests require these days and it’s a pleasure to provide it too, giving Somerset producers and suppliers a boost.”
Candida and Peter took on The Bower Inn in 2010 when it was a rundown and empty country pub.
The 18th century inn is now set in a pretty cottage garden with a large weeping willow and sweet peas and roses in the summer months.
“We’ve spent the past seven years revamping the inn’s fortunes and creating a highly successful pub, restaurant and hotel with an excellent reputation for ambience, customer service and food.
“We’re very flexible and will go that extra mile to welcome our guests and be accommodating. Being a small, friendly, family-run, independent operation means we are open to customer requests and can react quickly and efficiently.”
For further details about The Bower Inn, which is on Bower Lane on the outskirts of Bridgwater just off junction 23 of M5, please call 01278 422926 or visit www.thebowerinn.co.uk.
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