Generation of Gardeners

Justine Newman, Horticultural Sector Manager of IML Labels, looks at the shortage of workers in the horticultural industry, identifies why this is the case, and suggests how we can help to inspire the next generation of gardeners.


The UK’s horticultural industry is worth £9 billion and employs almost 200,000 people. Yet, a … Full story

Trade Show

Choice Marketing held their Annual Conference & Trade Show over 3 days in early October at Jurys Hinckley Island Hotel. A total of 160 delegates representing members, suppliers and the Greenfingers charity came together in an atmosphere of friendship and co-operation.

The Trade Show hosted 90 suppliers covering core gardening, plants, gifts, Christmas and catering. Key industry personalities from all sectors of the industry were in attendance. Choice announced the winners of their supplier of the year awards with Whartons scooping the Plant supplier accolade and Woodlodge… Full story

Greatest supplier awards

Smart Garden were honoured with the Greatest Garden Products Supplier of the Year Award at the HTA Garden Futures Conference and dinner on Wednesday 4th October at Heythrop Park, Enstone, Oxfordshire– marking the second year in a row that the company has walked away with the accolade.


The award was presented to Smart Garden’s Managing Director Jonathan Stobart and Sales Director Paul Knott, by BBC rural affairs correspondent and Countryfile presenter Tom Heap, and awards host and founder Trevor Pfeiffer from Garden Trade News and GTNXtra.

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Flopro Elite Tripod Sprinkler

The Flopro philosophy has always been to ensure that gardeners select the right product for the right job, but equally important is the right quality for the right consumer. Entry level products are vitally important to encourage new consumers and fringe gardeners to take a first step on the gardening journey. With this in mind, Flopro have upgraded their introductory range which provides high quality, no leaks products that fit all brands, while still retaining ‘value’ price points.

However, Glee marked a turning point in moving the watering market forward as M.D. Nick Davies… Full story

Briers team

Launching eight new ranges at this year’s Glee exhibition, leading garden lifestyle brand, Briers, was keen to display its commitment to higher standards for quality and how that has stepped up even further in the last 12 months.


Briers kicked off their time at Glee 2017 with the help of designer Julie Dodsworth, as well as showcasing an expanded kids range, together with a new licensed range, Pantone.  

Briers is unique within its sector, as the only garden clothing manufacturer that employs a dedicated compliance director.  At key points of the sourcing and… Full story

gardening gifts

This Christmas Burgon & Ball has lots of great gifting ideas to help retailers put together a tempting array of must-have gifts for the Christmas season ahead. The Sheffield-based designer and manufacturer has launched more than 70 new products this autumn – and the fresh ideas include plenty of gorgeous gifts for gardeners and plant lovers.


Taking centre stage is the new Garden Supplies collection. The next generation of beautiful, stylish and practical gifts and sundries for gardeners, Garden Supplies is the successor to Burgon & Ball’s hugely popular… Full story


Companion planting has been around for centuries. This tried and tested method for maximising your crops by growing certain types side by side has been proven to boost their growth and protect them from disease.

But many gardeners remain hesitant to give companion planting a go. This is because planting the right seeds side by side can yield an amazing harvest —choose the wrong combination though, and the results can be equally disastrous.

The catch is knowing which fruit and vegetables benefit each other. To help, Suttons Seeds— gardening experts and retailers of … Full story

Smart Garden

Smart Garden’s successful year continued at Glee with a marked increase in orders while new introductions in its renowned solar lighting range proved a hit with retailers.


The leading supplier of garden products has seen phenomenal growth in 2017, resulting in it outgrowing its warehouseas Smart Garden continues to meet consumer demand for trend setting and high-quality product ranges.


With an increased stand presence in the halls and extensive development of existing ranges, Smart Garden had itslargest and strongest new product introduction ever, which… Full story

Romeo Sommers
  1. How did the industry react to the Retail Lab @ Glee?

The initial reaction was a combination of excitement and interest. The Retail Lab was new to Glee, and as such a visual feast for the senses, many people were stopped in their tracks before coming onto the area to find out more. 

Once the initial surprise passed, people were keen to learn more about how they could recreate the themes and ideas within their own retail environments – which is exactly what we wanted; to inspire! The great thing with the Retail Lab was the fact it was… Full story


Haskins Garden Centres have launched a completely new seed layout this autumn to attract new customers and make it easier to shop.


Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres, commented: “Previously seeds were displayed by supplier, which meant that customers might find tomatoes in three or four different places. The new layout is arranged by product type, so the customer can easily find the seeds they want then choose between different brands and different varieties. We saw this done successfully in France, and have been trying to find a way to do this with our… Full story

PowerGear™ X Telescopic

There is no time like the present to reach new heights in the garden and cut back overgrown tree branches with the help of Fiskars’ brand new PowerGear™ X Telescopic Tree Pruner!


First-class in its field, this versatile addition to the Fiskars PowerGear™ X family is a must-have gardening tool, carefully designed for ultimate convenience and performance. Thanks to its extendable shaft, which reaches up to an impressive six metres compared to the standard 3.5… Full story


Creative Products is celebrating a successful Glee 2017 having impressed buyers with its latest product offerings and new heritage-inspired packaging.

As well as enticing visitors to the stand with its range of quirky products,including the cleverly designed Slide and Store fridge storage system and the on-trend sequined Mermaid Cushion, Creative Products was also shortlisted for a Glee New Product Award, with the company’s Star Magic Motion Christmas laser lights catching the judges’ eyes.

Creative Products managing director, Mark Hall said, “Glee 2017provided us with a… Full story

Plant of the Year

Amongst the many new plant novelties we see on the circuit, often some of them are not that great, just new! They can be almost identical to what is currently on the market and in reality, some should not really see the light of the day!


If we are to expand the plant and garden market, we must be quite selective when introducing new products and understanding that ultimately its the consumer that keeps us in business.

We would not produce a new car that is poor on fuel consumption, only has a reverse gear, and runs on square tyres!  In… Full story

Pet product winner

Twenty-two companies in the pet care industry were honoured on Sunday 24 September 2017 at the PetQuip Awards Dinner & Party, which took place in the Ludlow Suite at the Telford International Centre, in association with PATS Telford.  


Also presented was a Lifetime Achievement Award for Terry Brown, the founder and current chairman of Pedigree Wholesale Ltd, one of the UK’s largest wholesalers in the independent pet and aquatic trade.


In front of a packed UK and international retailer and supplier audience that represented all sectors of the pet… Full story

PetQuip Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2017

PetQuip Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 Introductory speech by Amanda Sizer Barrett, MBE director general of PetQuip


The winner of this year’s PetQuip Lifetime Achievement Award is the owner of a family business founded in 1926 by his grandfather as boarding kennels, a farm was acquired and the business expanded again into breeding farm livestock. 

Our award winner, the founder’s grandson, helped out on the farm from an early ageand on the day he passed his driving test he was sent by his father to work at the kennels.

In 1963 the… Full story


YoYo – self-extending and retracting

Discover the new system for watering and washing with the self-extending and retracting YoYo expandable hose. Turn on the tap and watch as it fills with water, the hose extends to twice its length. Once the water drains away, it retracts back to its original size. YoYo is available in 4 different lengths (8, 15, 20 and 30 metres), it is attractive, flexible, soft, pleasant to the touch and comes with a 5 years guarantee.

International award winner

YoYo received the prestigious ‘2016 International… Full story