John Woods Nurseries looking pretty in pink for media showcase

JOHN Woods Nurseries is showcasing two of its most exciting plants at today’s Garden Press Event, which is being staged at the RHS Lawrence Hall.

The show-stealing 'Helleborus Penny's Pink' and 'Hydrangea Endless Summer Bella Anna' are being presented to the media on Thursday, February 2nd rubbing shoulders with some of the best new products and plants for the coming season.

The 'Helleborus Penny's Pink' provides an ideal winter warmer since its single pink blooms flower between January to March, adding a magical splash of dark pink colouring. Their marbled foliage lasts throughout the spring and summer, giving a long season of interest – the long-lasting flowers borne on deep red, upright stems to compliment the flowers.

Here is a plant which offers more intense colouring than other Hybridus varieties, and with a height and spread of 50cm x 50cm, it is ideal for gardeners who do not enjoy a lot of space. The Helleborus can be mailed at a later date to anyone interested in this beautiful flower.

The Hydrangea Endless Summer Bella Anna is the newest addition to the Endless Summer collection. The glorious Bella Anna represents a new colour break for arborescens with large blooms on study stems which flowers all summer through to the autumn. Bella Anna is a hardy plant which is able to flourish in shade, reaching an eventual height and spread of 1.2metres.

Other plants being showcased by the Suffolk-based John Woods Nurseries at the media event include 'Fairy Magnolia Blush', the 2012 Rose of the Year 'Moment in Time', 'Alstromeria Rock and Roll', 'Cornus Celestial Shadow', 'Hibiscus Pink Chiffon' and 'Canna Tropicanna Black'.

The exclusive Garden Press Event, described as an essential date in any journalist's diary and worth a thousand press releases, is taking place at the RHS Lawrence Hall in Greycoat Street, London SW1P 2QD.

It features most of the top UK gardening companies who use this event as a platform to promote new products and plants to garden media, journalists, broadcasters and press. The one-day show, which provides the media with a perfect opportunity to handle new products and talk to industry experts, raises funds for Greenfingers, the charity which creates magical gardens for children's hospices.

Editor’s Notes

Helleborus Penny’s Pink
The 'Helleborus Penny's Pink' provides an ideal winter warmer since its single pink blooms flower between January to March, adding a magical splash of dark pink colouring. Their marbled foliage lasts throughout the spring and summer, giving a long season of interest – the long-lasting flowers borne on deep red, upright stems to compliment the flowers. It has a height and spread of 50cm x 50cm
Available autumn 2012 SRSP: £11.00 per 3 litre pot

Hydrangea Endless Summer - Bella Anna
The Newest addition to the Endless Summer Collection, the Bella Anna represents a new colour break for arborescens - A re-blooming magenta pink Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’
It is hardy and repeatedly flowers all summer through to Autumn. They produce large blooms on sturdy stems. Eventual height and spread to 1.2m.
Available June 2012 SRSP: £20.00 per 5 litre pot.

Fairy Magnolia® Blush
Fairy Magnolia (Michelia) Blush, a member of the Magnolia family, was raised by New Zealand breeder, Mark Jury (Magnolia Black Tulip). An evergreen to semi-evergreen, the plant has a bushy habit, dense dark green leaves and, from a young age, produces russet coloured buds that open to lightly fragrant blooms of 5cm in diameter from March to May. Eventual height and spread are up to 2.7m x 2.4m.
Fairy Magnolia Blush is hardy down to -15°c, can tolerate full sun to partial shade and performs well in a range of soils, preferring well drained conditions.
Available April / May 2012, SRSP: £37.00 per 5 litre pot.

Rose Moment in Time (‘Korcastrav’)
Named to commemorate both HRH The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the UK hosting of the 2012 Olympics, Rose Moment in Time, the 2012 Rose of the Year, is bred by Kordes. The plant, which features dark green glossy leaves, repeat flowers to produce intense ruby red flowers throughout summer.
Performing best in full sun or part shade and fertile, well drained soil, Rose Moment in Time will reach an eventual height and spread of 60 cm x 40 cm.     
Available January 2012 SRSP £13.99 per 5 litre pot

Alstroemeria Rock n Roll®
The striking new Alstroemeria Rock n Roll is a ligtu species that will provide a stunning addition to any garden display. Its yellow variegation matures to white with a green edge and combines dramatically with dark red flowers which are produced repeatedly though to autumn, making a long-lasting cut bloom.
The Alstroemeria Rock n Roll’s growth, which reaches eventual height and spread of 90cm x 60cm, is compact and clump forming.
Available May 2012, SRSP: £10.00 per 2 litre pot.

Hibiscus Pink Chiffon
Hibiscus Pink Chiffon is a syriacus cultivar bred by UK breeder Dr Woods as part of The Chiffon Series. Performing best in a sunny position and well drained soil, this easy care, hardy deciduous shrub will flower on new wood from July to September and reach an eventual height and spread of 2.5m x 2.5m.
Hibiscus Pink Chiffon is protected by plant breeders’ rights.
Available July 2012, SRSP: £14.00 per 3 litre pot.

Cornus x ‘Celestial Shadow’
Found in the US by Don Shadow as a chance sport of Cornus x Celestial™, Cornus ‘Celestial Shadow’ is a florida kousa cross, growing up to 7 metres in 10 years. The plant, one of the more vigorous variegated Cornus kousa/ florida types, is notable for its clear, bright foliage with a red tint which arrives in spring and remains throughout autumn. 
Cornus x ‘Celestial Shadow’ flowers in spring, producing bracts of 7cm in diameter and provides multiple seasons of interest. It offers an alternative to a tree where space is limited and makes an ideal gift or investment plant.
Available April 2012, Suggested retail selling price (SRSP): £66.00 per 7.5 litre pot.

Canna Tropicanna® Black
Tropicanna Black’s combination of colours is truly striking. Contrasting the magnificent shades of its purple and black leaves are the rich scarlet and orange flowers that appear from spring through to autumn.
This plant can grow in full sun or part shade but prefers deep fertile soil. It will reach a height of 1.2 m and will spread up to 1m.
Available June 2012, SRSP: £17.99 per 5 litre pot

Editors’ notes
John Woods Nurseries

John Woods Nurseries was incorporated in August 2007, following a management buyout of the then Notcutts Nurseries by managing director John Lord and finance director John Kirkum.

The original John Woods Nurseries was established in 1837 and purchased by RC Notcutt in 1897. The name was chosen for the new business to reinforce the company’s heritage and authenticity.

John Woods produces hardy nursery stock on a ninety-five acre site in Suffolk. Sixty acres are currently in production, with the remaining thirty-five available for expansion.

The company’s product range extends to 1,500 lines in a range of sizes across shrubs, perennials, roses, ericaceous plants, climbers, trees and fruit. More than 1.3million units are produced annually.

ISO14001 and ISO9001 accredited, John Woods Nurseries is one of the UK’s top five nurseries supplying the garden retail market. Annual turnover is approximately six million pounds.

Industry Awards
Garden Retail Awards ’11           - Best New Plant

Silver-Gilt Flora                             - BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2011

Silver-Gilt Flora                             - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011

Garden Retail Awards ’10           - Most Successful New Plant

Gold Award ’10                             - RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010

Gold Medal ’10                              - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010            

Grower Awards ’09                       - Trade Marketing Campaign of the Year

Garden Retail Awards ’09            - Most Successful New Plant

Grower Awards ’08                       - Trade Marketing Campaign of the year

Garden Retail Awards ’08            - Most Successful New Plant

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John Woods Nurseries John Woods Nurseries was incorporated in August 2007, following a management buyout of the then Notcutts Nurseries by managing director John Lord and finance director John Kirkum. The original John Woods Nurseries was established in 1837 and purchased by RC Notcutt in 1897. The name was chosen for the new business to reinforce the company’s heritage and authenticity. John Woods produces hardy nursery stock on a ninety-five acre site in Suffolk. Sixty acres are currently in production, with the remaining thirty-five available for expansion. The company’s product range extends to 1,500 lines in a range of sizes across shrubs, perennials, roses, ericaceous plants, climbers, trees and fruit. More than 1.3million units are produced annually. ISO14001 and ISO9001 accredited, John Woods Nurseries is one of the UK’s top five nurseries supplying the garden retail market. Annual turnover is approximately six million pounds. Industry AwardsGarden Retail Awards ’10 - Most Successful New PlantGold Award ’10 - RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010Gold Medal ’10 - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010 Grower Awards ’09 - Trade Marketing Campaign of the YearGarden Retail Awards ’09 - Most Successful New Plant Grower Awards ’08 - Trade Marketing Campaign of the yearGarden Retail Awards ’08 - Most Successful New Plant Mattocks Mattocks was established in Oxfordshire in 1875. Since then, the company has built a reputation for consistently developing novel, disease-resistant varieties of roses and creating beautiful displays at the RHS Flower Shows at Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace. Mattocks is also responsible for the County® series of roses, flowers developed for – and named after – a number of British counties. A wide range of colours, gentle fragrances and outstanding health properties ensure that all roses in the Mattocks range stand out from the crowd and give excellent garden performance. The company also acts as UK agent for W. Kordes’ Söhne of Germany, one of the world’s most prolific rose breeders. Mattocks is a subsidiary of Suffolk-based John Woods Nurseries, Gold award winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010, for its Upwardly Mobile garden feature. The work of Mattock’s has been recognised with a string of awards in recent years, including: Best Rose exhibit Hampton Court Flower Show 2009Gold medal Hampton Court Flowers Show 2009Gold medal Hampton Court Flower Show 2008Rose of The Year 2006 – Champagne Moment Gold Standard Rose trials 2009 – Golden Beauty, Summer BeautyGold Standard Rose trials 2008 – Lancashire, Red Finesse, TemptressGold Standard Rose trials 2006 – Champagne Moment, Silver Ghost Rose Of The Year® and Roses UK Mattocks Joie de Vivre rose won the 2011 ROSE OF THE YEAR® award. Rose Of The Year® was introduced in 1982 and its aim is to discover by trials the best rose(s) in any given year. The prize is awarded by Roses UK, a joint marketing venture between BARB (British Association Of Rose Breeders) and the British Rose Group of the HTA (previously known as the British Rose Growers Association). Rose of the Year® aims to maintain and increase the profile of the nation's favourite flower, the rose, through promotional activities Rose breeders are invited, through Roses UK, to enter what they consider to be the best of their up and coming varieties in to the Rose of the Year competition; generally up to 20 varieties are submitted annually. Staffordshire Society The County® of Staffordshire Rose was bred by Mattocks for the Staffordshire Society. The Society exists to represent the geographical County of Staffordshire (Based on the pre 1974 boundaries) and make people aware of their Staffordshire heritage. Key to achieving these objectives are social gatherings which encourage cordiality and good fellowship amongst its members, and support for worthy causes within the county of Staffordshire.