Rugby based Bernhard’s Nurseries has had another big year supplying show gardens, with success in over 20 gardens across RHS Chelsea, Chatsworth, Hampton Court and Tatton Park and plans for an even bigger 2020 are already in place.
Sales manager Lewis Normand, who coordinates all show garden projects told us:
“We’ve really enjoyed working with some amazing designers this year, and we feel that we have produced some pretty special plants for them. Next year we have further expansion plans thanks to our general manager, John Marsden who is actively adding to our infrastructure.”
This means that Bernhard’s have invested in the future of the company, adding machinery such as a new potting machine, forklift trucks, vans and a production barn, enabling improved quality and potting volumes.
On top of this, Bernhard’s have also added an additional 2500m2 of protected indoor growing space, by installing a new multispan tunnel to their portfolio. This additional state of the art production space will make way for thousands of additional show garden, and contract grown plants. During the next couple of months a shade area is being created, as well as new outdoor beds and the refurbishment of the tree lines to accommodate more stock at the new flagship plant centre.
John Marsden describes the expansion as:
“A confident well planned investment effort to capture new clients and accommodate their needs. Bernhard’s also seek to capitalise on potentially reduced European supply with their own peat free home-grown plants, to also insure Biosecurity standards are maintained. We are firmly targeting UK contract growing for shows and large projects as part of our expansion, and we invite designers and contractors to approach Lewis to discuss their needs in the coming years. We have leading robust environmental credentials that we intend to continue to improve on. Examples of this being that we have produced plants in peat-free compost since 2013, we use Mycorrhizal Fungi on our field grown plants, we only use recycled pots, and very little in the way of chemical treatments on our plants.”
Bernhard’s will be exhibiting at FutureScape on Tuesday 19 November come and see us on Stand 152. Lewis Normand will also be chairing The softer side of landscaping: Planning and perfecting your planting palette.