Garden trade industry events, shows and exibitions

Blooming Marvellous! 12 Gardens Around The World Ahead Of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Ahead of the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, the quintessentially British annual celebration of horticulture and floral design which will delight West London from 21st – 25th May 2019, Hills Balfour rounds up spectacular gardens around the world. From Japanese plum gardens and native Hawaiian botanical parks, to the Chilean flora which has inspired a 2019 RHS Chelsea show garden, here are just some destinations not to be missed in bloom…

Glorious gardens in… 

  1.  Chile
  2.  Nashville 
  3.  Japan with Prince Hotels & Resorts 
  4.  Brecon Beacons 
  5.  Québec in Canada
  6.  Hawai‘i
  7.  Greater Fort Lauderdale 
  8.  Arizona 
  9.  Vienna 
  10. Palm Beaches 
  11. New York City
  12. Trentino in northern Italy 
Glee at Spring Fair logo

Exhibitors at second Glee at Spring Fair report high levels of orders as buyers from retail powerhouses and independents flock to NEC to do business.

Matthew Mein, Spring Fair Event Director

As the second annual ‘Glee at Spring Fair’ gets ever closer, the show’s Event Director, Matthew Mein, provides an update on what the industry can expect, and why garden retailers should make the event a ‘must attend’ part of their spring 2019 plans. 

GCA conference logo

GARDEN centre staff from across the country who attend the GCA's annual conference (January 20 until 23, 2019) can learn how they can become a game changer from guest speaker John Stanley.

Glee at Spring Fair

With just weeks to go until the second annual Glee at Spring Fair event (3rd – 7th February, NEC Birmingham) the show’s exhibitors reveal what garden and gift buyers can expect to see from this thriving section of the exhibition.  

Why garden centres should visit Fordingbridge at Glee 

Following the success of last year’s show, Fordingbridge, the leading specialist design and build contractors of inspiring canopy, walkway and building solutions, will be returning to Glee

Still time to join the new Glee Discovery Tour

Introduced ahead of the 2018 show, Glee’s new guided Discovery Tours will provide a fresh insight into the show’s extensive catalogue of content, features, educational seminars and inspirational retail displays.



This pet trade event showcases thousands of products and over 300 brands and companies all under one roof. Running since 2009, the event has grown to attract over 4,000 retailers.

Watch out for: Different Dog, bringing the first home-cooked frozen dog food to the UK retail market for the pooch with the picky palate. And since 1976 Kong have been making toys which boast quality, durability, safety, and value and are recommended by veterinarians, trainers and behaviourists worldwide. Their teeth-cleaning models are a must for canines.

event date
Thursday, 23 August 2018
The Landscape Show,


“From country homes to city apartments, from urban lofts and public spaces to luxury hotels... the indoor-outdoor phenomenon affects all types of living spaces,” say show planners. From weatherproof rugs to outdoor kitchens, this trade event is dedicated to garden designers, landscape architects and contractors and features high-end projects to drool over.

Watch out for: Speakers including Sarah Morgan from the Society of Garden Designers, and Peter Heath – architect and town planner from Atkins Global. And don’t forget visitors are learning along the way. Expand your knowledge by attending the free CPD-accredited seminar sessions.


event date
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Glee 2018


Glee showcases the freshest and most exciting brands, amazing new products and inspiring garden retail insights. With sections including landscaping and garden decoration, outdoor entertainment and home, gift and clothing, Glee has it covered. Bring your comfy shoes because you will be walking for miles to fit everything in!

Watch out for: Neat Ideas, who offer innovative products such as the Aqua Globes pictured, as well as clever, high-tech in-store media promotion. Yorkshire Flowerpots are manufacturers of a British-made, guaranteed frost-proof range of planters and their solid designs offer customers longevity.

event date
Monday, 10 September 2018