Double Chelsea Gold For Bord Na Móna!
Rich Brothers And Roots And Shoots Both Get Top Honours
Bord na Móna UK’s two Chelsea gardens both won gold yesterday! The Rich Brothers designed garden jointly sponsored with Cloudy Bay, the pioneering winery in Marlborough, New Zealand and the Pennard Plants Roots and Shoots garden both gained the judges’ approval in an amazing double success.
The Cloudy Bay in Association with Vital Earth garden featured structural innovation with its moveable garden ‘shack’ on rails which captured much of the press and celebrity attention on day one of the show. The Roots and Shoots Garden also planted in BNM UK’s peat-free growing media had an Edwardian garden theme based on Kipling’s The Glory of the Garden.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s youngest pair of landscape architects, brothers, David and Harry Rich created their steel and oak structure on rails so that it can move from one side of the garden to the other. The clever mechanism is designed to challenge traditional perception of garden design as it employs heavy-duty engineering elements that are a first for Chelsea.
The design techniques of the original “Shack” are mimicked throughout the garden via wooden oak slats and an expansive glass façade offering various perspectives of the garden as it moves across the garden. The shack moves along steel tracks, with the mechanics seamlessly hidden beneath its floor, invisible to the onlooker. The Rich brothers worked closely with a Peter Downey local blacksmith to achieve the finished product. The garden uses growing and landscaping materials from Bord na Móna UK Earth and Harry Rich commented, “It’s a privilege to be working with Cloudy Bay and Bord na Móna together. There are many affinities between gardening and winemaking and it’s amazing to be so close to it, while also helping others understand the beautiful process and experience of wine through this garden design.”
“‘It’s the soul of Miss Jekyll - pale yellows, blues and cream”, says Kew trained horticulturist and landscape architect Tony Danford who designed the Roots and Shoots garden to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Kipling’s birth. Wisteria, roses and vines clamber over the soaring Harold Peto inspired pergola, which divides the formal borders of foxgloves, delphiniums, day lilies, alliums, iris, peonies and other herbaceous perennials, from the business end - the potting bench and ‘cold-frames’, of the poem.
Commenting on the Bord Na Móna UK’s golden triumph, head of consumer, Charles Farmer said, “This is literally the best possible result. We take great pride in working with great ideas and great designers and
it’s a pleasure to supply the most ethical and the most consistently performing growing media in order to realise superb designs in superbly real gardens.”
Vitavia Launch Two New Greenhouse Models
Vitavia Garden Products Ltd has launched two new greenhouse models in 2015 and both have low threshold entrances for easy access.
The Pheonix is a double door low threshold greenhouse, available in 4 sizes (8x8, 8x10, 8x12, 8x14), and the Apollo is a single door low threshold greenhouse, available in 5 sizes from 6x4 up to 6x12.
Both of these new greenhouses are excellent value for money, starting from just £339 for the Apollo 6x4 with anodised aluminium frame and horticultural glass.
Vitavia is always looking to expand its network of retailers, which already boasts of over 100 sites throughout the UK. For further information call 01473 218 100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Being a builder for over 20yrs I damaged my hand on a job and wondered how I was going to maintain working using my injured hand.
Getting some slight movement back into my hand I purchased a woolly mitten and a large piece of Velcro and the Gripeeze glove was crudely born.
Since then I have been through a wonderful journey seeing my gloves massively improve and develop into a branded range.
Pictured is Billy my 86yr old neighbour who had to give up gardening as he has Arthritis in his hands and struggles holding any think for a long time.
As you can see he is now back gardening again because of my Gripeeze gloves
Gripeeze gloves works because of our unique patented strapping system that gives you an instant grip even if your hand is non-functional, or if you have been affected by a medical condition.
The wrapping system is easy to use. Take hold of the tool or object and simply apply the strap, aligning the Velcro’s to release the tool then simply do the opposite motion.
The Gripeeze gloves also works for people with “NO” hand ailments, as they take away the Repetitive Strain out of holding on to an object. “Simple but works so efficiently.”
With an ageing gardening population wanting to stay proactive, the Gripeeze gloves enable them to do this. They work for all kinds of hand ailments including Arthritis, Stroke, MS, CP, Parkinson’s, or any condition that affects the use of the hand.
We have a saying at Gripeeze, which is “If you can grab it, we can grip it”
So happy gardening!
Order online today www.gripeeze.com or call Stuart to discuss stocking Gripeeze in your Garden Centre.
t: 0151 422 9533
New, New, New At SOLEX 2015
NEW DATES – Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 July. Research by the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association, (LOFA) revealed a preference among visitors for a genuine mid-week show. LOFA responded immediately and set a new trend that provides buyers and business managers with more convenient times to attend.
"We realise that for many businesses Monday is an important post-weekend day and so, with the help of the NEC, we have responded to the needs of visitors by moving the show one day to accommodate their wishes," said LOFA Chairman Paul Bevington.
NEW LOGO – reflecting a bright future for the exhibition and the industry SOLEX brings a modern new look to the show and the brand.
NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE- A spectacular New Product Showcase will welcome visitors to the show. Purpose built and designed to provide visitors with a snapshot of what's new and exciting at the biggest SOLEX show, ever. It is the perfect starting point in that search for the next star product.
NEW SEMINAR PROGRAMME - 'Excellence in Customer Service' is the backbone of every business. And it certainly takes centre stage at SOLEX. These free-to-all seminars will run every day and will be presented by Andrew McMillan, former customer service manager at John Lewis. Look out for more announcements as the schedule is finalised.
If you've never heard or seen of Lay-Z-Spa then where have you been hiding! Since their launch over 6 years ago, hundreds of thousands of Lay-Z-Spa inflatable hot tubs have been sold across the UK.
And 2015 is set to be the year that Lay-Z-Spa gains even bigger mainstream recognition, with a significant UK marketing campaign set to start in Spring 2015 which includes a combination of TV, outdoor, digital and event advertising.
Building on the success of a sell-out year in 2014, the brand has introduced a new model to their range called the Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs which is the most luxurious yet. The beauty of Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs is that they have all of the exciting features of a traditional fixed hot tub with the added benefit of being portable but without the sky high price tag and hassle of professional installation!
Wilton Bradley Ltd is the exclusive UK distributor for Bestway who manufacture Lay-Z-Spas and are the number one supplier of inflatables to the UK market. From national retailers such as Homebase & Garden Essentials down to independent garden centres around the UK, Wilton Bradley is well equipped to deal with the garden trade and the Lay-Z-Spa has a particularly strong sales record when featured, setup and on display in-store.
Wilton Bradley Ltd holds a broad range of domestic stock in their Exeter warehouse, which allows customers to make the most of this exciting category with minimum risk and outlay (minimum carriage paid order is just £400 with next day delivery available). Alternatively direct container and FOB options are also available.
To find out more or to discuss stocking the Lay-Z-Spa and other Bestway products please contact Wilton Bradley Ltd on 01626 835400 or email email@example.com.
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Don’t Miss The Outdoor Trade Show
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s Outdoor Trade Show (OTS 2015) begins on Tuesday 15th September 2015, taking place 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. Over 90 exhibitors have already booked stands to take advantage of retailers looking to diversify, including cooking equipment brands Cadac and Cobb, and leading clothing brands such as Trespass and Regatta.
OTS Organiser Marta Williams comments: “With OTS now in its tenth year, the show is well established and popular amongst both visitors and exhibitors alike, with an increasing number of retail buyers in a variety of relevant markets recognising that it is THE place to be and not wanting to miss out on a great opportunity to do some serious business. Over the years, the show has become increasingly relevant for brands that want to present their ranges to a new customer base, making OTS a must for all retailers looking for crossover products. There will be many products relevant to the garden and outdoor living market on display, from outdoor clothing, footwear and accessories to outdoor furniture and cooking equipment such as BBQ’s.”
Taking place from Tuesday 15th September to Thursday 17th September 2015 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, OTS 2015 offers a fantastic opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their product ranges to around 1,300 retail visitors over the three days.
For further information about securing exhibition space at OTS 2015, please contact the show organisers, MCS, on 0161 437 4634 or visit www.outdoortradeshow.com.
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Napoleon Is Spending The Summer With Bart!
Napoleon® Grills is running a promotion with Bart Ingredients this summer. Qualifying purchasers of gas and charcoal barbecues will receive a free gift from the Bart Smokehouse Barbecue range of rubs, grinders and sauces.
Martin Sobey, Sales Manager, Napoleon® Grills commented; “We are very pleased to be working with such a quality ingredients company. The Bart Smokehouse Barbecue range is a natural fit with our brand and means we can offer consumers a ‘thank you’ for their custom.”
The promotion will be available in retail stores only and will run from 24th April until 30th September 2015. Napoleon will be providing its stockists with in-store display material and registration leaflets to enable consumers to register their purchase for delivery of their free gift. Bart products will also be used and promoted throughout Napoleon’s Grill Skills garden centre demonstration tour.
Lara Light-McKelvaney, Brand Manager, Bart Ingredients said; “Teaming up with Napoleon will provide greater visibility for our Smokehouse range among garden centre customers and barbecue buyers. This cross promotion is an excellent opportunity for both companies to promote great barbecue food.”