Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The IGC Show & Our 2010 Catalog

Special Thanks to National Geographic for the photo. We didn't have time to take photos of Chicago!

Last week we exhibited at the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago. This show attracts garden center owners/buyers from all over the country to take part in discussions about industry trends as well as introduce them to the latest garden themed products for next year. Here are some photos of Melanie & Mark manning the booth. We were so busy, we forgot to bring the digital camera, so let's give thanks to the cell phone camera!

The turnout was great! We saw/met/talked with a ton of people including Mel Bartholomew, creator of the Square Foot Gardening system. Patti Moreno, the Garden Girl was also there checking out the most interesting wheelbarrow we've seen in the booth next to us. We also talked with Mr Brown Thumb, a Chicago-based garden blogger who posted some kind words about our Vita Sementi Italian seed range. Read his post here.

There were some really great garden supply items we saw at the show that are going into our 2010 catalog. But our lips are sealed as far as what they are for just a little bit longer!

Speaking of which, our 2010 catalog is in full design mode. Right now we've been busy crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's - making sure every page is chock full of seed varieties you'll love to grow & must have garden gadgets. We're really excited about the new redesign/look of it and we hope you are as well. If you haven't reserved your copy yet, add your name to our mailing list by clicking here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thompson & Morgan's UK Trial Ground Open Weekend

Every year we carry out extensive trials to assess possible new introductions and ensure the varieties already in our range are still performing at the highest level. As well as seeing the new and exclusive varieties for our 2010 range, visitors to our Trial Open Ground Weekend in the UK also get a glimpse of newly developed experimental varieties, some of which have not been seen before outside of the trade.
This year over 10,000 people visited our UK Headquarters last weekend. If you couldn't catch a flight out of town to see if for yourself, don't worry! Enjoy these exclusive photos.

The Flower Tower (shown above) stands over 40 feet tall and was created entirely out of petunias planted up in our flower pouches.

As you can see in these photos, every square inch of space is covered .

This wall, much like the flower tower is created using our flower pouches.