Far from being a place just for florists, New Covent Garden Flower Market is where numerous landscapers, gardeners and retailers come to buy stock to green up the grey urban jungle of London.
Plants from Flower Market wholesalers Evergreen, Quality Plants, Arnott & Mason, L Mills or Orchid House find their way into planting schemes on rooftops, walls, gardens, windowboxes and balconies and freshen up countless offices in the capital.
The Plantpeople of the Year 2013 award salutes the expertise of these tireless planting professionals, who beautify our cityscape day in, day out.
Our three shortlisted Plantpeople of the Year 2013 are:
Clifton Nurseries in London's Little Venice is London's oldest horticultural business. It retails indoor and outdoor plants and arrangements, offers garden design, garden maintenance and event divisions, and has developed a prominent media profile.
Clifton Nurseries' staff buy their plants, sundries, flowers and foliage from many wholesalers thoughout the Flower Market.
Collier and Company
Collier and Company are based in workshops at New Covent Garden Flower Market itself, from where they offer a complete range of gardening services from the supply of windowboxes and interior plants for business to the delivery of garden and plant maintenance to some of the most prestigious private residences in Central London.
Despite tough trading conditions, Collier and Co have consolidated and expanded their business in the past year year, sourcing everything from New Covent Garden Flower Market.
Indoor Garden Design
Indoor Garden Design in London's Highgate have had a bumper year, scooping a prestigious BALI award for Interior Landscaping: Installation and no fewer than 15 awards from eFIG. As the corporate market has contracted, so Indoor Garden Design have continued their growth into the Events market, inspiring clients with their Living with Nature Exhibition, most prominently at St Pancras Station, collaborative venture with the University of Exeter at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The IGD team are at the Flower Market daily, buying plants, sundries, foliage and flowers from many wholesalers.
AND THE WINNER OF 'PLANTPEOPLE OF THE YEAR 2013' IS.........
INDOOR GARDEN DESIGN
Here's what our judges had to say about IGD's entry:
"Our worthy winner of the Flower Market Award of Plantpeople of the Year 2013 is Indoor Garden Design. They have successfully diversified their business into the high-end event market in a difficult trading environment; scooped BALI and eFIG awards in the process; and secured a media coup with their crowd-stopping installation at St Pancras, one of London's busiest and most iconic locations."
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Congratulations to our winner and shortlistees, and thank you to everyone who entered!