Will 2009 be ‘The Year of the Begonia’?

Judging by the voting of this year’s visitors to the Ball Colegrave Summer Open Days it certainly looks that way!
The Blue Flag Test is a measurable study that identifies sales opportunities right through the supply chain and enables Ball Colegrave customers to determine what varieties are “favourites” as visitors place a blue flag beside their favourite plant. Over 1,200 Blue Flags were placed this year during trade and public days.

And the winner is …
The New Begonia Million KissesTM Elegance topped the poles this year, hotly pursued by more amazing Begonias in second, third and fourth place.
This stunning new semi-trailing Begonia produces an abundance of large 5cm (two inch) white and pink bicolour blooms from June through to October. Its long lasting garden performance make this special novelty Begonia a real garden winner. In a heat wave, Million KissesTM Elegance is a most outstanding drought tolerant plant. In cold wet conditions, it performs equally well. It is simply an easy to grow, low maintenance and no fuss plant for sun or part shade. In the garden Million KissesTM Elegance is perfect for baskets and containers, adorning patio plantings in a blanket of “floral kisses”.
The Ball Colegrave Open Days this year were a great success with more than 2,500 nurserymen, parks departments and retailers visiting during July and August, to cement their production and promotional plans for the forthcoming year. 
Over 50,000 plants were bedded out over eight acres of grounds to demonstrate a diverse range of annual and perennial varieties. Bedding plants were shown in new dimensions, with inspiring vertical container and bedding displays. Customers were also afforded the opportunity to “strut their stuff” on the cat walk, or rather, to view plants from various angles, giving them a whole new perspective on bedding and basket plants. 
For further information contact Ball Colegrave Customer Services on 01295 811833 or e-mail info@ballcolegrave.com