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New Product New Plant winners at GLAS 2018

The Hydrangea Runaway Bride (Garland Hydrangea) from Rentes Plants, winner of the Best New Plant award at GLAS 2018. Photo: Peter Stears.
The Hydrangea Runaway Bride (Garland Hydrangea) from Rentes Plants, winner of the Best New Plant award at GLAS 2018. Photo: Peter Stears.

In case you missed it! The quality of the new plants and new products at GLAS 2018 was extraordinary with some exceptional shortlisters and deserved winners.

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31 July 2018 | 0

Hydrangea Runaway Bride (Garland Hydrangea) from Rentes Plants has won Best New Plant and the NemaTrident range of Bioinsecticides from Bionema and Prograss has won Best New Product at GLAS 2018.

Rentes Plants’ Garland Hydrangea is an entirely new type of hydrangea, flowering profusely from all terminal and lateral buds in late spring/early summer and reliably re-flowering all summer, well into autumn.

John McDonald, GLAS and Roy Rentes, Rentes Plants Ltd., winner of best in show, new plant. PIC: Joe Keogh

John McDonald, GLAS and Roy Rentes, Rentes Plants Ltd., winner of best in show, new plant. Photo: Joe Keogh

With its gaceful spreading habit Runaway Bride is perfectly suited for pots and planters, instantly improving any balcony/patio setting with its timeless frilly-white flower. Flowers from every bud, re-blooming all summer, this Hydrangea takes your breath away with its density of colour. This stunning new Hydrangea is as enchanting as a bride on her wedding day!

“We’re thrilled to have won this year. It’s a phenomenal plant, having already won best plant in Chelsea for 2018, and one which we are certain will be very popular with our customers and their customers alike. Truth be told we always have plenty of new interesting stock to choose from that we could have entered, but for this one we felt we needed to bring out the big guns!” said Roy Rentes of Rentes Plants.

Rentes continued: “We received a huge amount of interest at the show. Savvy garden centres are always on the look out for the next big thing, and we predict Runaway Brides will be a big hit in the patio planting sector. Our customers almost universally expressed an interest in stocking this, and we will be bringing it to market in May 2019.”

Prograss Bionema’s NemaTrident Tri-Component System nematode products incorporate a range of highly virulent insect-parasitic nematodes within the Heterorhabditis and Steinernema genera.

Carol Marks, Bord Bia and Minshad Ansari from Bionema. Winner of best in show, new product. PIC: Joe Keogh

Carol Marks, Bord Bia and Minshad Ansari from Bionema. Winner of best in show, new product. Photo: Joe Keogh

These nematodes attack and destroy the larvae of the insect pest thus preventing future pests from developing. They are safe, non-toxic to users and consumers, decompose rapidly, and can be targeted at specific pests to avoid harming beneficial insects. These safe, sustainable products provide 70-100% kill rates.

  • Nematrident H controls black vine wevil larvae.
  • Nematrident CT is a cold tolerant strain to control black vine wevil.
  • Nematrident F controls western flower thrips.
  • Nematrident S control of Sciarid larvae and Fungus Gnat in mushroom.

“It is an absolute honour to be the winner of Best New Product at GLAS 2018, and we are really delighted for this award. We are very grateful to all our partners, especially ProGrass in Ireland, and the judges who recognise the potential of our unique biological control NemaTrident range

of products as we capitalise on an industry driven to reduce dependence on chemical pesticides with safe and sustainable solutions in horticulture, turf, amenity, and forestry sectors”, said Dr Minshad Ali Ansari, founder and CEO of Bionema.

Commenting on what the future will bring for Bionema, Dr Ansari said: “In 5 years’ time we will be selling the NemaTrident range of products in the EU, US, and Canada, tanking large percentage of share in the market. We’ll use that money to repay our investors and invest the rest in our pipeline of new products.”

John McDonald, GLAS and Dr Minshad Ansari from Bionema. Winner of Best in Show, New Product. Photo: Joe Keogh.

John McDonald, GLAS and Dr Minshad Ansari from Bionema. Winner of Best in Show, New Product. Photo: Joe Keogh.

The NemaTriden Tri-Component System incorporates a range of highly virulent insect-parasitic nematodes from both the Heterorhabditis and Steinernema genera. These nematodes instinctively attack and destroy the larvae and pupae of the insect pest thus preventing increasing numbers of pests from developing.

They are safe, non-toxic to users and consumers, decompose rapidly and are be targeted at specific pests to avoid harming beneficial insects. Bionema’s Tri-Component system is up to 20-30% more effective than other nematode based products in the market.

In order to optimise the effectiveness of these nematodes they have been incorporated into the Bionema Tri-Component System which consists of:

  • The NemaTrident a specially developed, highly virulent strain of beneficial nematodes.
  • The Nemaspreader a specialist penetrant that helps Bionema’s beneficial nematodes to both spread and thrive.
  • Specialist training and advice for our customers on how to optimise the effectiveness of the nematodes.

“This novel package is aimed at maximising profits for growers whilst at the same time keeping down costs. We have field results proving that the product is incredibly effective, and through our training, support and full knowledge transfer to operators we can ensure the best possible results time and again.” said Dr Ansari who a leading expert in bio-control with more than 20 years of research experience.

Best in Show Trade Supplier stand and Best in Show Horticulture stand were also awarded on the day.

Kelly’s Nurseries was awarded Best in Show Horticulture stand and Norman Emerson Group were awarded Best in Show Trade Stand.

Just under 1,000 people attended GLAS 2018 which was an impressive feat given the tough time the industry has gone through so far in 2018. Of those visitors to GLAS 99% said their experience was “worthwhile” or “very worthwhile” in our exit poll. This number was reflected in the exhibitor exit poll, as 99% said their experience was “worthwhile” or “very worthwhile”.

John McDonald, the managing director of Mediateam – the organisers of GLAS – thanked Minister of State Andrew Doyle for his attendance at GLAS 2018.

“It is great to have an elected representative on the site who really understands the issues that the Irish based growers are currently facing. Minister of State Andrew Doyle’s visit underpins their confidence that the government is there to support them.

“Between the snow and the storms in the early part of this year and the current bout of drought, it is a difficult time for the sector. The remarkably high quality of the displays, and the commercial enthusiasm of the Irish growers at the GLAS trade show are a real credit to the sector.

“This key event for leisure horticulture was supported by Bord Bia, who are to be congratulated on their contribution. There was great direction and input at all of the planning stages from Carol Marks and Mike Neary”, said McDonald.

Congratulations to all of the New Product New Plant winners and finalists but a special congratulations to Rentes Plants for their Hydrangea Runaway Bride, Bionema and Prograss for their NemaTrident range of Bioinsecticides, Norman Emerson Group for Best in Show Trade Supplier stand, and Kelly’s Nurseries for Best in Show Horticulture stand.

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