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Best New Plant at GLAS goes to Rentes Plants

Carol Marks of Bord Bia presents the award for its Music Collection series to the team at Rentes Plants. Pictured also are Mike Neary, Bord Bia, with judges Paddy Gleeson and Gerry Daly.
Carol Marks of Bord Bia along with Mike Neary, Bord Bia, with judges Paddy Gleeson and Gerry Daly, presents the award for its Music Collection series to the team at Rentes Plants.

Music Collection series from Rentes Plants wins Best Plant at GLAS 2015

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24 July 2015 | 0

Following extensive judging of all new plants at GLAS 2015 the judging panel, made up of Paddy Gleeson and Gerry Daly, named the Music Collection series from Rentes Plants as the Best Plant 2015.

The plant is described by Rentes as ‘music to the ears’ with rich flowering and a long flowering season. Hydrangea macr. Music Collection Deep Purple Dance is a deep dark purple colour and is said to be a perfect statement plant in any garden.

The Music Collection series boasts a strong branches and flowering on one year wood. The latter is a key highlight of this new plant in the eyes of the judges.

The Music Collection label stands out with a unique shape and contains useful information for consumers. Deep Purple Dance spots a recognisable pot design that binds the seven musical styles of the entire series.

Commenting on the winning plant judge Gerry Daly said “The prize was awarded to this plant, a new one to the Irish market, with very considerable market potential, both as a garden centre product and for landscape use.” He added “It is the first form of Hydrangea macrophylla that flowers on current season’s growth, which shortens production time and time to flowering and allows for early impact in landscape planting. The two varieties shown are part of a collection series in a range of colours, and show very good shape, structure and are very floriferous.”

Rentes Plants is one of the longest running nurseries in Ireland, having been established on just two and a half acres back in 1979. Rentes Plants currently has 17 acres of land under container production, with everything from shrubs to trees, roses to climbers being grown. Rentes Plants currently has a full time staff of 17.

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