Garden trade industry features including events, exhibitions, and shows
Natural Grower is a nutrient rich organic fertiliser that is free from any animal matter and made from the by-product of a renewable energy plant that is fed with maize to make electricity for the National Grid. The business which launched last year is Organic Farmers and Growers, The Vegan Society and Soil Association approved and won the GIMA Innovators award in September 2019.
The brand is looking forward to being stocked nationwide in 2020, with a distribution partnership agreement confirmed with Decco. Decco are the biggest national wholesaler and distributor to the garden centre trade, with seven centres located across the UK. T
Spring is an ideal time to start off the “gardening season”. So take the time during late winter to prepare the garden for all the new plants and flowers you will sow, by following these steps:
1. Rid your lawn of weeds
The removal of weeds is the first essential step you need to take when preparing your garden for spring. Partaking in this chore will help tidy up the space where your plants will be sown.
Make sure the soil is moist before you start weeding.
For broadleaf weeds, try to remove them by hand while they’re still young. This will prevent them from spreading and thriving on your lawn. On the other hand, when dealing with perennial weeds, make sure you yank the whole thing off as the roots can remain underground. If you fail to do it correctly, these perennials will keep coming back.
When you’re done with the weeding, remove all the fallen twigs and leaves. Then, reseed the spots where the weeds used to be to prevent them from coming back.
Every idea has to start somewhere and in the case of the annual Garden Re-Leaf Day Walk it started at a bar where many “great” ideas begin!
The brainchild of Glee’s Event Director, Matthew Mein, the Garden Re-Leaf Day Walk has become an integral part of the Garden Re-Leaf agenda, and to-date it has seen hundreds of walkers rack up the miles in places such as London, Cambridge and Buckinghamshire.
Now in its sixth year, the event welcomes almost 100 people from across the garden retail sector as well as other Greenfingers supporters – a far cry from the 30 walkers who embarked on the first walk back in 2014. One of these walkers was, of course, Matthew Mein, after all he had to put his money where his mouth is following his bar-based brainwave! In 2019 Matthew completed his 100th Garden Re-Leaf mile and will be returning to the 2020 event with his team from Hyve to complete his 120th mile. But what brings Matt back year after year?
Kali Stileman Publishing was established in 2002 by Kali Stileman, the owner and designer, who has previous experience in ceramics and teaching. The business focuses on design led luxury greetings cards, gift wrap and homeware for children and the young at heart, and has gone from strength to strength since its small beginnings.
Kali Stileman Publishing stands out with its joyful and unique designs, which are printed on luxury thick board. Their tiddly widdly range, a vast selection of mini cards, has had huge success. Their latest designs include the wordy tiddly widdlies, which feature calligraphy by the talented Kate Brockie, with words such as ‘salut’, ‘ti amo’ and ‘yippee’, which go alongside the wordy cushion collection.
Thorndown is delighted to introduce the new Somerset Heritage Colour Collection, celebrating the beautiful tones and colours of the countryside. These 18 new colours provide an additional palette to compliment the 48 colours in the Wood Paint range, and are made with the same leading eco water-based technology that makes Thorndown’s Wood Paint so high-performingly brilliant.
As the county of Somerset abounds with nature, this collection of eighteen new wood paint colours is rustling with the browns and greens of hill and field, and brimming with the deep reflective blues of the water running through.
Following a period of unprecedented growth, Primeur, the leading suppliers of environmentally friendly and innovative garden products, has continued to roll out its instore merchandising displays, revolutionising garden retailers’ sales floors in the process.
The Eco Garden range, which includes Primeur’s award winning recycled rubber stepping stones and garden borders, were originally housed on pallets and took up a large footprint instore. Following customer feedback, the merchandising units were transformed into attractive and streamlined stands with of footprint of just 0.8m².
Now coming fully built, the new display units come fully stocked with product and provides clear messaging to engage with customers on the environmental benefits of recycled rubber tyres, as well as inspiring imagery on how to create the look in the garden. The free-standing unit can be positioned to create a stand-alone display or can be used in conjunction with other gardening sundries, lawn care, plants or pots to create appealing link selling opportunities for gardeners who visit the store.
New Century Glasshouses Ltd is a family run business specialising in the supply and erection of second-hand refurbished Venlo glasshouses. The Managing Director, Ken Sharpe has over 50 years experience in the horticultural supply business and he leads a small team of dedicated staff to ensure the services provided are of the highest quality. The Company employs its own Site Team of specialised and experienced erectors, led by the Site Manager Graham Dixon, who has worked with Ken for over 30 years.
Based in Lincolnshire, the experienced and friendly staff, handle work across the UK delivering a quality service to Nurseries, Garden Centres, Local Authorities, Charitable Foundations, Prisons, Colleges and National Trust properties as well as private individuals.
The Ace Supply Company Limited (trading as Streetwize) , now in its 34th year of trading, is a major national UK distributor of car accessories, caravan and leisure accessories and garden solar Lighting and Solar Water Features, all distributed under our Streetwize, Leisurewize and Gardenwize brands.
Highly successful at distributing to major National Retailers, Wholesalers, Independents, TV Shopping and Mail Order, we operate from our 100,000 sq. ft warehouse in Manchester, where we store, pack and send out over 1000 different ranged items.
We are now looking to expand into the Garden Centre sector as we feel that the ranges we carry, fit well into this marketplace and there is much opportunity. Accordingly , we are looking for distributors and new customers from those areas.
The red squirrel population is rapidly declining, but if you're not ready to say goodbye to these beautiful creatures just yet, there are plenty of ways you can encourage them into your outdoor space. Here, Kathryn Eccles from pet supply specialist Millbry Hill, discusses how to attract red squirrels to your garden.
Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) are hard to miss with their characteristic fiery red fur, bushy tail and large ear tufts. And, while these remain among one of our best-loved woodland animals, the reality is that the red squirrel population is depleting rapidly. In fact, Woodland Trust reports that since grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) were introduced in the 1870s, the number of red squirrels has dropped from approximately 3.5m to between 120,000–160,000.
While these are now considered a highly endangered species in Great Britain and Ireland, there are still some ways you can attract red squirrels. Here, I will be sharing what we can do to help red squirrels and welcome them into our gardens.