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Empathy Biofertiliser range for 2024
Empathy, the pioneering gardening company known for its Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi, is introducing new products and packaging in its biofertiliser range for 2024. Regenerative farming is becoming a significant trend in modern agriculture, with a fundamental focus on soil health. Many adopted practices and treatments are designed to enhance the underlying biology. The relationship between beneficial biology and the soil's efficiency in transferring nutrients to crops, consequently allowing for a reduction in chemical use, represents a new frontier in farming. Empathy, the UK's resource for…

Garden of Gwen Petitpierre who has developed Goodlifegateway to provide 4 varieties of Liquid Organic Plant Food
My name is Gwen Petitpierre and I have developed Goodlifegateway to provide 4 varieties of Liquid Organic Plant Food. These plant foods are the result of growing up on a fairly traditional smallholding, where my parents grew all our fruit and veg, kept beef and lamb, and used typical methods of the time, i.e. the 1970's. If there was a weed, it was weedkillered, if something needed a boost, a trip to the barn provided all the chemicals you could imagine. When my children were born, I started to think very differently about the food we ate, how it was produced and how to grow strong healthy…

Greenmans Garden Tools Professional Display - including spades and rakes
You can never place too much emphasis on how important it is to have a great retail display in your garden centre. Something that isn’t rammed to the gills making it difficult for the consumer to remove a product, having informative POS so the customer can be confident in their purchase and of course, having stock so those embarrassing empty spaces don’t cause you problems. Eliza Tinsley and our gardening brand, Greenman Garden Tools, have you covered. Regardless of the size of your store, we have a display system perfectly suited to bring the wow factor as well as the national support…

The Greenfingers Charity Fundraising Dinner
The annual Greenfingers Charity Fundraising Dinner is set to return later this year on Thursday 28th November, with even more opportunities for supporters of the children’s hospice garden charity to dig deep and boost the annual fundraising total before the year wraps up. A popular event on the Greenfingers Charity’s calendar, the fundraising dinner has seen its numbers expand year-on-year, with the 2023 dinner welcoming over 130 guests and a fundraising total exceeding £35,000. This year, on the cusp of the charity’s 25th anniversary in 2025, the team is hoping to see these numbers increase…

Nursery Shot Zoe Large - can ornamental Conifers help climate change
Most businesses have been urged to conduct a carbon footprint review to gauge just how much carbon has been used producing their product. In conducting this exercise, even down to calculating the carbon used by employees getting to work, we realised our product absorbed carbon during production thereby offsetting the inputs used. We decided to measure this carbon absorption to see if it was significant. We grow the plants on the nursery for 3 - 5 years so the carbon sequestered is cumulative the older the plants get. The plants are grown in 1 litre pots in the first year, 3 litre pots in the…

Kings Seeds introduce new varieties to its retail range
Many gardeners grow the same old favourites every year, which is fine, but why not add something new also to your Flower display or Vegetable plot, and who knows this new introduction may become a future favourite.  Kings Seeds has introduced many New varieties to its Retail range for 2024. Some Highlights are:- Antirrhinum ‘Sweet Duet Mixed’, a dwarf, basal branching snapdragon with strong stems, each clothed in a delightful range of Highly fragrant double flowers. Offers maximum impact in borders or containers. Calendula ‘Double Lemon’, a unique new colour in dwarf Calendula, with large…

Andy Johnson, Managing Director at Wyevale Nurseries
Wyevale Nurseries have announced they are taking a stand at the Four Oaks Trade Show in Cheshire in September, they will showcase their latest plant range as well as meeting customers in person. Being one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries, they say it’s vital to continue to meet customers, so have signed-up yet again to the event on the 3rd and 4th of September. Andy Johnson, Wyevale Nurseries Managing Director says: “We’re really pleased to be exhibiting once again at the 2024 Four Oaks Trade Show, which is a unique event that reflects the warmth and innovative nature of our…

Home & Gift products by Olivia Bell
Discover brighter days and better buys at this summer’s Home & Gift, the retail community’s favourite summer buying festival returns for 4 days of irresistible product sourcing, networking and fun in the sun from the 21-24th July at the Harrogate Convention Centre and the grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton Majestic Hotel. Prepare for the season ahead with 1000s of new products to snap up from over 500 brands, ensuring success as we step into the Autumn/Winter season.  Perfectly timed at the start of the new season, Home & Gift is a garden centre buyer's dream. It offers the…

An illustration of Hartley Botanic’s 2024 RHS Chelsea Flower Show tradestand by Landscape Architect Rachel Sampson, who is designing this year’s stand
Hartley Botanic’s 2024 RHS Chelsea Tradestand ‘Simple Elegance – A Traditional English Garden’. Manufacturer to showcase largest structure ever shown at Chelsea, reflecting demand for grander Victorian Glasshouses. The stand officially launches Hartley Botanic’s NEW range of elegant water butts and showcases two new Greenhouse colours.  Four contrasting Greenhouses are set against an inspiring, yet traditional, Victorian English garden theme An illustration of Hartley Botanic’s 2024 RHS Chelsea Flower Show tradestand by Landscape Architect Rachel Sampson, who is designing this year’s stand…

Mike Burks at the GIMA Day Conference - Navigating garden retail challenges
Key topics explored at the annual GIMA Day Conference - Navigating garden retail challenges, held at the Horticulture House, Chilton in March, included economic and garden retail challenges, and sustainability adaption to ever-changing market dynamics. The event was split into key themes, bringing together industry leaders, experts as well as GIMA members so they could explore trends, challenges and opportunities shaping the garden industry. Market & Retail Outlook. David Denny, Director of Research and Insights at HTA, got the conference underway by delving into market predictions and…

Garden Press Event awards for new products
The Garden Press Event that took place on 20th February, saw over 300 members of the garden press and media being welcomed for the day-long exhibition, to showcase the supply chain of the environmental horticulture industry.  The event was organised by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) and featured just short of 100 exhibitors at the Business Design Centre in London. Two prestigious awards were announced to round off the day: the Bob Maker Memorial Award for the Best Stand Display and the Best New Product Award. During the day,…

Miimo Range, the next generation of robotic lawnmowers by Honda
Redefining convenience Honda has launched its new Miimo robotic lawnmower. With significant new developments in navigation, smartphone connectivity and sensors, Honda’s new range includes the HRM100, HRM1500, HRM1500 Live, HRM2500, HRM2500 Live, HRM400 Live, as well as the existing HRM40, HRM40 Live and HRM70 Live. Precision Manoeuvering with shortcut wire technology A noticeable feature across the range is Shortcut Wire technology (with the exception of the HRM1000). Allowing the Miimo to navigate narrow passages, with unmatched precision, effortlessly manoeuvring through tight 60 cm…

Flower Pot Merger - from left: Edward Naylor - Director; Liz Hudston – General Manager; Simon Smith – Managing Director
Naylor Gardenware is to merge with Smith & Jennings effective from Friday 1 March 2024. Naylor a 4th generation family business has been manufacturing clay pipes and other ceramic products since being founded in 1890; with its Yorkshire Flowerpot range dating back to the early 1990s. Photo shows from left: Edward Naylor - Director; Liz Hudston – General Manager; Simon Smith – Managing Director Smith & Jennings is a Welsh-based manufacturer of high-quality glazed & terracotta ware, which was founded in 2013 by ceramicist Simon Smith. The combined entity will be named British…

2 light coloured hats by SSP Hats Ltd - UK's Leading Accessory Wholesaler
For over three decades, SSP Hats has been the UK's leading wholesaler of hats, gloves, scarves, and more, providing retailers with top-notch accessories that combine style, quality, and functionality. As the retail industry continues to evolve, a core offering of accessories has been key to range extension for many independent and multiple retailers alike. SSP Hats has been at the forefront of meeting these demands with its extensive collection of products. With a commitment to excellence and a keen understanding of market trends, SSP Hats has solidified its position as a trusted partner for…

Tilnar Arts latest additions, which include captivating Highland Stags, chic mini heart bowls, and unique poppy bowls, all are available in a delightful spectrum of colours, part of the Brushed Green Collection
Tilnar Art is staying ahead of the curve by introducing the Brand New Brushed Green Collection, complementing its current Aztei range of recycled gifts for 2024.  With an increased trend and surge in the demand for eco-friendly, sustainable and environmentally conscious products, driving an increase in the popularity of green and neutral hues and tones.    Brushed Green Collection Take a look at Tilnar Arts latest additions, which include captivating Highland Stags, chic mini heart bowls, and unique poppy bowls, all are available in a delightful spectrum of colours. www.tilnarart.co.uk…

Gardening Industry show - future plants at Glee 2023
Following the announcement that Glee will return to a September dateline in 2024, bellwether suppliers across the gardening industry have been vocal in their support of the new autumn date, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Glee. The celebration of all things garden, leisure and pet will take place from Tuesday 10th - Thursday 12th September, at the NEC, Birmingham. Glee took the decision to shift the exhibition back to September following extensive market research, consultation and dialogue with the retail community, with help from new Strategic Advisor, Boyd Douglas-Davies.…