Events and Show

Harrod's raised garden beds

New garden products for growers are in abundance on exhibitors' stands in the British pavilion at spoga+gafa 2017.  Among the latest innovations in the growing sector are biodegradable seed pods, raised beds, grow pots, growhouses, self-watering pot systems, plant nutrients, nursery greenhouse products, a simple-to-use weather responsive digital tap timer and a range of gifts for gardeners.  

Other sectors of the garden market are also well served with new solar powered lighting, outdoor refrigerators, wall trellis, bird control items, animal deterrents, decorative obelisks, garden…

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2017

One of the most anticipated horticultural events of the year, the RHS Flower Show took place at Tatton Park, from 19 - 23 July 2017. For its own show feature, Tatton Park built a recreation of one of its earliest and most popular Garden features – the Tatton Maze – complete with a host of secret treasures, such as a 200 million year old meteorite, a priceless seventeenth century Van Dyck painting and lots more.


When Fairy Gardening Went To Chelsea…

At the recent RHS Chelsea Flower Show miniature gardening made an appearance alongside the amazing show gardens, floral displays and trade stands.

Working with the Horticultural Trades Association and Perennial, the Gardener’s charity, Fiddlehead produced a large fairy garden on the roof of a garden shed, as part of the HTA show garden 40 Sunbury Road. 

German Consumer goods fair banks on outdoor trends

Germany’s oldest consumer-goods fair banks on the latest outdoor trends with real plants and outdoor furnishings

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HTA Catering Conference and Dinner

A Piece of Cake? HTA Catering Conference and Dinner 13-14 June 2017

Catering continues to play a huge role in the make-up of garden centres accounting for in excess of 25% of sales in many cases. Over half of all garden centres have a café or restaurant with many having invested further to increase their covers and grow their offer.

Complex businesses in their own right, there are many elements to consider from menu planning, cost control and staff recruitment to menu development, service options, allergens and much more.

HTA National Plant Show

We know how hard it is to see everything you want to at a busy exhibition and the HTA are giving all visitors their own VIP invitation to the HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, and Nursery Supply Show (NSS).

The HTA have been working very closely with the venue to enhance the experience for visitors and for 2017 this will include rehydration stations around the halls offering ice cold water infused with zesty lemon slices and fresh mint, Fruit stops where you can grab one of your 5 a day and our Food on the go …

Gardman Logo

What an exciting new chapter for Gardman and its customers …

Gardman goes to Glee next month with a greatly enhanced product range following this summer’s management buy-out that has left the company in its strongest financial position for eight years.

Chairman Jonathan Halford, who led the buy-out, says the new management structure, backed by private equity investor Rutland Partners, which owns Pizza Hut, Bernard Matthews and Maplin, gives the company a stability it has not had since 2007.

Headline news at Glee will be the introduction of a stock availability…

Kelkay’s Country Cottages to inspire retailers at Glee 2015

Kelkay, the market-leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates, is showcasing its Country Cottages collection of self contained water features within its extensive line-up of new product launches at Glee 2015.

Three choices make up the stunning Country Cottages range - Bramble, Old Mill and Tudor. Each one oozes exquisite detail and exceptional quality. Designed by Kelkay, the water features measure 490mm high x 440mm wide x 400mm deep and include LED lights, giving them a daylong glow.

Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2016

With over seven months until the doors open to Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2016, the show is proving its reputation as the pivotal trade event of the year with two halls of the Harrogate International Centre already sold out and five further Halls fast following suit.

For anyone in the Christmas business, this show has always been an important date for the diary. However, in the last four years the show has grown beyond expectations and attracts not only companies from the UK, but numerous international exhibitors too. Significantly, whilst the festive season remains the focus…

A warm welcome at Glee

Garden retailers, landscapers and builders merchants looking to build their business will be flocking to i2i Events’ UK-leading garden retail event, Glee (14th – 16th September, NEC Birmingham), where the latest innovations from hundreds of garden industry suppliers will be on show in one convenient location.
With just two months to go until the doors open on the 2015 show we catch up with i2i’s Matthew Mein, event manager at Glee, to find out more about what is in store.

The future looks bright at Glee
Matthew said: “In many ways 2014 could be considered the perfect…

Outdoor Trade Show 2015

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s Outdoor Trade Show (OTS 2015) on Tuesday 15th September 2015, at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

Not only do retailers have the unique opportunity of viewing clothing, footwear and accessory products inside the two exhibition halls, but over 500 tents from the industry’s leading brands will be pitched on the grass outdoors at the same time to attract a wider variety of retail visitors.