Garden trade industry features including events, exhibitions, and shows

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Jostaberries

With the new Confi®Berries from Lubera, the essential characteristics of jostaberries have been decisively improved, growth has been significantly reduced in two varieties, and the fertility has been considerably enhanced in all three varieties so that the new Confi®Berries now come much closer to the original vision:

• The Confi®Berries are thornless
• Two new varieties, Jodeli and Jofruity, have reduced growth and much better fertility. Although Jogusto still grows slightly stronger; the fertility is also significantly increased

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New Horizon peat-free compost

Westland Horticulture will launch the biggest ever advertising campaign for peat-free compost this spring, investing £1.5million in a New Horizon™ TV campaign.

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Poddy & Black garden footwear

Started by sisters Vanessa and Justine in early 2019, Poddy & Black is the modern woman’s answer to stylish garden footwear.  After years spent in the fashion industry and frustrated by the lack of choice, these 2 decided it was time to start a brand that gives confident creative women the opportunity to express themselves and have some fun  - even when its muddy or raining!
The young business currently offers 3 styles with cheeky names ( the Clever Clog, the Bossy Boot, and the iconic Half Cut) with new styles and colours coming for 2020. Made of natural rubber and lined with recycled cotton, delivered to the customer in fully recycled packaging the footwear is also kinder to the environment than many other products in this category.

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Thermacell Halo Mini turn on over garden

Are your Summer days ruined by those pesky mosquitoes and midges?  Enjoy the outdoors and your garden midge free thanks to Thermacell’s Halo Mini. 

Standing at only 16cm tall, the Halo Mini sits discreetly on your garden table, on a wall or anywhere near where you are based.  It will silently create a dome of protection measuring approximately 20m².  Anyone inside the protected area will be safe from midges and mosquitoes, even your pets are protected! 

One major benefit of the Thermacell units is that nothing is in direct contact with your skin, so no messy sprays or oily lotions – perfect for the kids or anybody with sensitive skin types.  With no noise and no scent whatsoever, allowing you and your friends to kick back, relax and focus on more important things – like which playlist you should choose for your party or which nibbles to go next. 

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Dog eating No-Hide® Chews - a healthy alternative to rawhide

Earth Animal’s range of revolutionary dog chews — which are already a huge hit with US canines and their health-conscious ‘pawrents’ — are now available to our four-legged friends in the UK.
The award-winning No-Hide® Wholesome Chews are the healthy, hand-rolled, and heavenly alternative to rawhide. They’re made with just six simple, natural ingredients: brown rice flour, organic eggs, olive oil, banana, pineapple stem and agar-agar (vegetable gelatine) — plus, one flavour-bursting protein. And, they are the first of their kind.

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Valentine's Day dangers for cats and dogs

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time of year, when tokens of love are shared by romantic partners and friends alike. Unfortunately, in all the excitement, we can often forget how toxic human treats can be for our furry friends, and distractedly leave them within the reach of our pet’s inquisitive noses!

Dr Jessica May, lead vet at digital vet service FirstVet, sheds light on the romantic foods, flowers and trinkets that are dangerous for our pets

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Emma Bryan Greeting Cards

Emma Bryan is an independent greeting card publisher supplying contemporary paper goods to businesses around the world.  Emma’s hand-painted illustrations and distinctive colour palette are at the heart of her business and her designs are full of pastel hues, hand-painted florals, and inspiration from the natural world. 

“I’m surrounded by British birdsong and flowers all day in my garden studio, so it is no wonder they find their way into my designs but I enjoy exotic flora and fauna too.  I live in an area of Surrey which has the largest population of wild parakeets in the UK, and they often descend on the garden en masse, disturbing the usual quiet visitors. It won’t be long before they make it into a design, I’m sure!”

A former graphic designer, Emma followed a long-held dream to retrain as an illustrator in 2016, and after an art retreat to Sardinia in 2017, found her way into the friendly world of greetings cards, rather than publishing, as she had envisaged. 

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Deko-Pak Nestbox for National Nestbox Week

The BTO’s National Nestbox Week, a highlight of the ornithology calendar, returns on February 14th – 21st February and leading garden decoration specialist, Deco-Pak is encouraging customers to get their gardens, yards and balconies ready for our feathered friends.
 
The RSPB recently reporting that the song thrush population has plummeted by 76% in 40 years, and house sparrows along with other small garden birds are also witnessing a similar decline as hedgerows and woodland habitats are continuing to be lost. With the loss of natural places suitable for nesting increasing,  it has never been more important to conserve our native breeding birds. Providing well designed hibernaculum such as nest and roosting boxes for them can really help and Deco-Pak has the perfect range for retailers to stock for customers to purchase to preserve the population of avian visitors. 

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Henry Bell new nest box for national nest box week

Ahead of National Nest Box Week (14–21 February 2020), leading quality wild bird and pet food producer, Henry Bell & Co, is focusing on nest box education with advice on how to select and care for the right nest box this spring. The Henry Bell range of Nest Boxes are specifically designed to encourage different bird species, including Robins, Blue Tits, Great Tits, House Sparrows and Wrens.

They are all crafted to provide adequate insulation from the cold and extremes of weather and have good drainage, locks to protect from predators and top opening – as recommended by wild bird care experts. Each nest box comes with recommendations about how best to use, clean and position the nest box.

Types of nest boxes start from RRP £5.99 for the Henry Bell Nest Box and Henry Bell Open Nest Box through to a more premium offering found in the Henry Bell Elegance range which features a variety of entrance holes, open front designs, sloping and flat roofs (RRP £14.99).

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