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GIMA Awards 2021
This year’s GIMA Awards are fast approaching (20th October, Celtic Manor) and, as always, the event is only possible due to the incredible support of the industry it represents, including a host of sponsors made up of manufacturers, suppliers and media representatives. From champagne for the winners to the table and pre-dinner drinks, raffle prizes and category sponsors, this year’s roster is testament to the generosity of those that support the awards every year. Hot on the heels of its first ever June edition of the exhibition, Glee – the leading trade exhibition for the garden retail…

Hobo Candels - home fragrance and wellness good
Hobo + co. is an independent home fragrance and wellness company based in Lincolnshire. Our soy based, vegan friendly and cruelty free range of products include candles, tealights, wax melts, reed diffusers, room mists and mineral rich bath salts.  Inspired by a free-spirited love for travelling the world with fragrances evoking memories of special places. For those who wander and drift.  Hobo + co. is an independent home fragrance and wellness company based in rural Lincolnshire. Our soy based, vegan friendly and cruelty free range of products include candles, tealights, wax melts, reed…

Lofa Logo
LOFA is proud to announce its partnership with Perennial, a charity working to support and promote the health of those who work in horticulture. As part of this partnership, LOFA has pledged to donate £20,000 to help Perennial in their efforts.  LOFA is supporting Perennial to promote positive health and wellbeing through sponsoring an Interactive Health Kiosk that provides a unique opportunity for individuals to take a quick, private and confidential snapshot of their physical and mental health. The kiosk carries out a Health MOT which includes Wellbeing Age™, Weight, BMI, Body Fat Content…

Bertie Christmas tree stand
The initial concept for Bertie came about following discussions with British Christmas tree growers, who were frustrated by the stability and build quality of existing Christmas tree stands in the marketplace.  Airflow, a British manufacturer, that focuses on consumer driven innovation, were keen to take on the challenge and solve this problem.  By involving Christmas tree growers in the design process, we were able to produce a high-quality, well-built product that exceeds the requirements for their trees.  To achieve this, our in-house CAD design team created numerous 3D printed models…

Growth in poison-free and non-lethal pest control sales
Over the past two years, there’s been a well-recognised increase in consumer activity online, with a large proportion of DIY pest control sales growth coming from web customers. STV has discovered that over half of all DIY pest control sales begin with an online search. This is a trend they are determined to develop on behalf of all their customers – not just those with sophisticated e-commerce solutions. Their most recent and exciting development is the new ‘Top100’ fully interactive merchandising solution. Not only does the merchandising clearly segment the products to make selection…

Hartley Botanic’s 2022 ‘Calm & Wellbeing’ RHS Tatton Park Flower Show tradestand
English Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic will bring its stylish stand, themed around Calm & Wellbeing, to the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The tradestand will feature five, handmade Hartley Botanic Greenhouses which were also shown at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival. The structures have been powder coated in complimentary and elegant tones of bronze and grey and are nestled amongst a naturalised planting scheme focusing on form and texture. Landscaping and styling will have a neutral and minimalist look, bringing together a calming feel with a chic, luxury…

Pioneering outdoor furniture brand scoops Best Sustainable Product Award at SOLEX 2022
Pioneering outdoor furniture brand, LifestyleGarden® scoops Best Sustainable Product Award at SOLEX 2022  Pioneering outdoor furniture brand, LifestyleGarden®, part of the ScanCom International family, is thrilled to announce that it has won the Best Sustainable Product award for its Nassau range powered by Social Plastic®, at the 2022 edition of SOLEX (12th-14th July, NEC, Birmingham). Taking eco-friendly, ethical materials to a whole new level, the unique recycled material supplied via Plastic Bank’s amazing Social Plastic® scheme helps clear the world’s waterways of plastic pollution,…

GLEE 2022 New Product Showcase Winners
Fifteen fantastic new garden and pet product innovations have been confirmed as this year’s winners of the highly-coveted Glee New Product Showcase. The winning products were announced at a special award presentation organised and run by Garden Trade News at the leading garden retail event, Glee, which takes place this week (28th – 30th June, NEC Birmingham). Over 300 entries were received across the 12 categories, with suppliers from across the garden retail sector eager to showcase the innovation that has kept product development teams occupied over the past 18 months during lockdown. …

Chelsea Pensioners in front of Opus Grand Botanic Hartley Botanic Greenhouse press day
Hartley Botanic to bring its ‘Calm & Wellbeing’ RHS Chelsea theme to the 2022 RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival but will showcase a different range of structures English Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic will again be enveloping RHS flower show visitors in tranquility and relaxation, as it brings its stylish stand, themed around Calm & Wellbeing, to the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival. Its Hampton Court stand will be slightly larger and feature a different range of five handmade Hartley Botanic Greenhouses.  The Greenhouses will be powder coated in…

plant-based recipes for the bbq
As the weather gets warmer, so does the natural appeal to stick on an apron and head for the garden to cook every other meal. But if you’re on the hunt for a healthier and more sustainable summer of food, you may be tempted to reach for a veggie patty rather than your usual butcher’s choice. This doesn’t need to be a total switch around, but it could be the first step in reducing your meat consumption and an opportunity to try new recipes and experience new flavours — all with a plant-based twist. This grilled seitan has a ginger beer BBQ sauce Seitan is the viral TikTok sensation that has…

Pic 1 Andy Johnson and Perennial website June 2022 - Copy
ONE OF the UK’s leading commercial nurseries launched two new plants at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show to raise awareness and funds for the charity Perennial (June 21 & 22, 2022). Wyevale Nurseries, working alongside Allensmore Nurseries and Bransford Webbs, is linking with Perennial to help support the organisation and to highlight the services it provides to the commercial horticultural sector. Andy Johnson, Managing Director of Wyevale Nurseries, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting this charity for people working in and retired from our industry.…

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Mango Tango’.
WYEVALE Nurseries will be unveiled its new printed promotional catalogue at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show after a break of two years due to Covid. The company’s new 2023 catalogue includes 22 new plant promotions and will be available to collect at the plant show at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on June 21 and 22.  Andy Johnson, Director at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said: “We’re delighted to be returning this year to the National Plant Show after a two-year absence during the pandemic when, understandably, everything went online. It’s back now and…

Kate Gould’s Gold Medal ‘Out of the Shadows’ RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden
What Kate’s triple medal-winning Sanctuary Garden, ‘Out of the Shadows’ can inspire us to do in our own garden Architecturally varied foliage, a meditation space and even a bubbling Jacuzzi® Swim Spa, Kate Gould’s Gold Medal ‘Out of the Shadows’ RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden packed a powerful punch when it came to demonstrating what small gardens can deliver. In these post-pandemic times, we are demanding even more from our outdoor spaces and Kate’s multi-layered garden - which also won Best in Category and Best Construction awards - was a feast for the eyes, crammed with clever details,…

Andy Johnson, MD of Wyevale Nurseries with some of the new plants
ONE OF THE UK’s leading nurseries has entered nine new plants for the New Plant Awards at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show this month (June 2022). Among the plants Wyevale Nurseries has submitted are a new thornless rose, a sarcococca suitable for any soil and a new festuca, which is hardy down to -20°c and drought tolerant. Andy Johnson, Managing Director of Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, says: “Our 2022 entries include some that are great for pollinators and some that are perfect for anyone who has a smaller space and wants to have something…

The Big Cheese - Cat and Dog Friendly
The Big Cheese now includes a comprehensive range of animal deterrents and live-capture traps alongside the rodent control range. This means retailers can offer care and control of pets and wildlife under a single vertebrate control brand. The Big Cheese products are already used for over 10 million treatments of mice and rats every year by UK home owners. Today over 86% of the range is poison-free and almost two thirds of the products are non-lethal or catch-alive and repel. One in three people will choose a non-lethal control product in preference to a bait or catch and kill option. STV…

Cotswold Square Planter
In a world full of plastic, mass produced products, handcrafted items are a joy to behold. All of our products are handmade by our team of experts, just like our Cotswold square planter. Handmade by our fantastic team in the Cotswolds, it is one of our most popular items. Crafted from sustainably sourced treated Scandinavian Redwood. The perfect addition to any outdoor space, perfect for balconies, patios or garden space.  Why use sustainably sourced wood?  We make our square planter from sustainably sourced wood because we care about the environment. Our team have ratified all our…