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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 6,635
    Thank you all for your comments.  Interesting to hear that the Malvern show was similarly down on exhibitors and trade stands - I'm sure it's getting increasingly difficult to see the profit in these events, as the costs rise.  Pity!

    Are there any gardening shows accessible to you in Limerick, @Mary370?
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 23,540
    It's not just renting a stand and manning it that costs.  There's all the planning, insurance, transport, set up time and dismantling afterwards as well as having lower staff levels back at base and that's quite a consideration for smaller companies and specialists.

    You'd need to generate a lot of sales at a show to cover all of that and a good website and/or word of mouth and/or a carefully placed ad in the right publications will do as much for a lot less effort.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • It isn't just the growing of exhibits, it is the preparation, I exhibited Chrysanthemums for many years, my wife spent the night before the show dressing the blooms for me, I grew and I staged but she did her big bit.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 7,334
    I was reading an interview with the lady who runs the Malvern Shows. They have apparently made improvements to the autumn one by moving the nureseries out of the halls (terrible lighting and pretty basic), into a proper marquee. The number of nurseries is up on last year, which is a good thing. At least they seem to be addressing the issues.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 23,540
    Good.  I've only been once but thought the nursery stands were excellent.  Came home with loads of goodies.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 7,334
    I am really tempted to go this year @Obelixx , think we'll see what the weather's like. Plus the best laid plans, etc. ........
  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 1,861
    @Liriodendron not really..........there is a large garden show in Dublin annually called Bloom.  I've been twice, once in the early days of the show, it was fantastic.  There were a lot of English plant companies and suppliers there, with a vast variety of plants.  I went again 4 years ago and I was very disappointed and somewhat confused as it seemed to have morphed into a food fair, more food stalls than plant stalls!  Very little variety, all a bit similar and familiar  :(
  • Hampshire HogHampshire Hog HampshirePosts: 330
    I use to regularly go to Chelsea but I found that it got impossible to move even on members days just so busy and more trade than flowers, but moved to Hampton court and that is just perfect so much more space for everything.
    "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
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