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Zaquarella Greeting Cards

In the digital age, sending personalised messages in the form of cards and letters is becoming more important. There is something special about receiving a handwritten card or letter: An experience that cannot be replicated through an electronic message, email or social media. 

 

Launched back in 2011 by Keith and Rachel Dickson, award winning Zaquarella have been designing and manufacturing a range of stunning greeting cards of the highest quality. 

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Thorndown Paints to be used in garden design

Garden design is a fascinating and complex job with extensive knowledge required of plants, hard landscaping, irrigation, lighting, soil and micro-climates, and of course, a flair for design is essential.

The use of colour in garden design creates a space unique to the owner, whether it be the use of soft pretty pastels for a country cottage feel, or cool greys for a more modern look. A country cottage theme can be enhanced by painting garden sheds or objects in pretty pastel wood paint shades.

Planting will obviously provide the basis for a colour palette but painting boundary fencing, masonry and garden features with wood paint is a quick and effective way of pulling the space together and elevating a garden design.

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Bayliss Autovents Unit

One of the biggest challenges for greenhouse gardeners in the summer months is regulating the temperature inside. Ventilation is the key – and it is made much easier with Bayliss Autovents.

When the sun is shining, temperatures inside the greenhouse shoot up, sometimes to 40-50°C if left unchecked – far too hot for most plants. Ventilation the greenhouse by opening the door, louvre and roof vents stops the interior temperature rising too high by encouraging air circulation. When temperatures fall again, on cloudy days or during cooler evenings, close the vents to help maintain the warmth inside. Of course, if the vents and windows on your greenhouse are manually controlled, that means regular trips to and from the greenhouse to close and open them. Save effort and time by fitting Bayliss autovents, and they’ll do the hard work for you.

Reacting to the internal temperature, the autovents open and close the windows, and can be retro-fitted to most aluminium and timber greenhouse models (Bayliss provide full instructions). Replacement tubes and spares are also available, if existing Bayliss Autovents need repairing. Vents that open and close automatically are especially useful if you’re going away for a few days, and leaving the greenhouse untended.

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Formbar trolley

Formbar are trolley and basket specialists – it is all we do.

We know it is the last task on your list but if you don’t have the right solution to suit your store and brand then your customers can not bring their purchases to your till. The better the basket or trolley the more the customers buy as they fill it to the top. So call us today to discuss your specific needs and we will have the right solution for you.

When speaking to Garden Centre owners and managers I realised they have a unique set of concerns when compared to other retailers. 

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A selection of Sarah Kelleher Cards

Sarah’s interest in pattern and design goes right back to her childhood when living in the sleepy Cotswold village of Naunton  where she’d draw and create clothing to keep herself amused. She made a pencil skirt at the age of about seven that her parents allowed her to wear on the train to visit her grandparents. By the time she arrived at Temple Meads Station, to the horror of her rather posh Grandma it had fallen apart !“ 

Undeterred and with the encouragement of her family she carried on making. A seminal moment was when a Junior School teacher, Miss Pentecoste, chose the bookmark Sarah had made to grace the pages of her storybook.

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Power Of One logo

Power of One is a new initiative being adopted by Glee to highlight the impact we each have on the environment. Supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, the campaign seeks to demonstrate how a combination of small, individual changes can create a more sustainable future for all.

At Glee, exhibitors and visitors will be encouraged to make a pledge, committing to making one small conscious change to reduce their impact upon the environment and the world in which we live. Pledges could include anything from promising to recycle more, choosing bio-degradable alternatives, or refraining from using single use plastics. Together these singular commitments add up to a much bigger and stronger impact; one that can help lead a positive change.

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Indoor playground at garden centre

How much fun can you pack into an indoor play area just 7.5-metres long and 1 metre deep? Leaps and bounds of fun, if you’re Playscheme!

We created the Leaping Platforms Play Centre at Nailsworth Garden Centre in Gloucestershire to include loads of smart interactive sensor features.

Light, sound and sight are key elements of this bespoke indoor playground, and we worked alongside Sound Leisure on features that help children aged two to 12 explore their senses through their imagination and creativity.

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Family gardening at Greenfingers Garden 'Let's Explore'

The ‘Let’s Explore’ Greenfingers garden opens at Richard House Children’s Hospice 

Greenfingers Charity was delighted to be joined by children, families and supporters at the official opening of the charity’s latest garden project at London’s first children’s hospice, Richard House, on Thursday 27th June 2018.  

Greenfingers Charity was delighted to be joined by five-year old Myles along with parents Jerry and Myra at the grand opening. In the glorious sunshine, Myles, along with Dan and charity Patron Ann-Marie Powell planted a magnolia tree to celebrate the “Let’s Explore” Garden, the 57th garden built by Greenfingers Charity in hospices across the UK.  

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Why Brits Are Ditching the Lawn Mower - artificial grass

Artificial grass sales are booming, with one retailer* reporting a growth of 20% already this year – before the summer season has even begun.

Last year thousands of British lawns were scorched, while this year homeowners are tackling boggy and muddy lawns due to heavy rainfall. For many, lawn maintenance is a costly headache, and of course there are those that just want to ditch the lawn mower so there is one less chore around the home.

The team at Ultimate Grass (www.ultimategrass.co.ukcarried out a survey to really unearth why so many homeowners are opting to fake it, swapping traditional turf for look-alike lawns.

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Meadow View Stone logo

Retailers seeking products of the future and the latest in-store merchandising ideas need look no further than the Retail Lab at Glee. Now in its third year, this inspirational feature area, in association with the Horticultural Trades Association, is bursting with ideas. In fact, 61% of Glee’s visitors say they will attend Glee 2019 as a result of seeing the Retail Lab last year. Here, we meet one of the sponsors of this year’s feature, Meadow View Stone, who brings over 25 years’ experience of supplying the widest range of imported and exclusive decorative aggregates and landscaping stone to the garden centre industry.

Meadow View Stone’s Marketing Director, Sarah Hill, said: “We’ve been a sponsor of the Retail Lab since its initial conception, and see it as a fantastic tool to not only showcase our products, but also view it as an opportunity to gain great insight into current trends/buying direction. 

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Lechuza Orchid next to window

As the seasons change, so do your houseplant’s needs. Indoor vegetation is heavily affected by outdoor changes, so to ensure your plants bloom all through the summer, now is the time to start preparing for the upcoming season.

Though some sun-loving plants like succulents and cacti are well adapted to high temperatures, plants that are kept indoors are not acclimated to the extremes of a summer heat wave. Leafy tropicals are particularly susceptible to damage from heat, and if too severely damaged, might not recover.

There’s plenty you can do in advance of and during the summer months to make sure indoor plants survive.

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Wyevale Nurseries - Agapanthus plant

ONE OF THE UK’s leading nurseries has this month (June, 2019) entered two new plants in to the New Plant Awards at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show. 

Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, has submitted Salvia ‘Amante’ and Agapanthus ‘Poppin Purple’ to the event, which takes place on June 18 and 19 at Stoneleigh Park in Coventry.

Andy Johnson, Managing Director of Wyevale Nurseries, said: “The New Plant Awards at the HTA National Plant Show are sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and showcase the best in new plant introductions from UK plant suppliers. It’s seen in the industry as the place for retailers to find the next best-selling new plant.

“We are delighted to be entering two new plants into the Herbaceous Perennials category at the show.

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RHS natural slug controls

High demand expected for natural slug controls as metaldehyde disappears from store shelves in June

Sipcam, the company behind the ecofective® brand of natural plant protection products, is rushing to meet demand from retailers who are stocking-up on environmentally-friendly slug controls ahead of the metaldehyde slug pellet ban on 30thJune.

Many garden centres and DIY retailers have now exhausted stocks of metaldehyde, with buyers placing orders for greener alternatives. Consumers have until spring 2020 to use-up their supplies, when outdoor use of metaldehyde must end.

Ecofective®’s Head of Sales, Nigel Thompson, said: “It’s vital that retailers stock-up on alternatives to metaldehyde ahead of the ban, to ensure the continued availability of slug controls and help consumers to make the switch to chemical-free alternatives.

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Pro-Z mower from Cub Cadet

When you are looking to update your fleet of commercial mowers – the key things you’ll be considering are performance, durability and operator comfort. Proven by landscape professionals the Cub Cadet’s PRO Z Series of zero-turns will fulfill all your commercial requirements whilst providing a fast, premium quality cut.

The patented SyncroSteer technology with steering wheel means that inexperienced operators can easily use the  steering wheel and dual hydrostatic transmission to control all four wheels, minimising the turf being churned by the wheels as it would on a lap bar zero-turn and ensuring the ultimate manoeuvrability – an exclusive offering in the commercial sector which also reduces mowing time by up to 10% compared to lap bar mowers.

The ability to control all four wheels with a steering wheel and steerable front wheels which sets the PRO Z Series apart from all other zero-turns provides greater hillside stability up to 20° and enhanced traction on uneven terrain as well as mowing in straighter lines.

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Dog on Scruffs Moroccan-Influenced Pet Bedding

Manchester-based pet bed manufacturers Scruffs® have revealed a new range of luxury pet

bedding, designed with a Mediterranean theme and vibrant colourways.

A company spokesperson said: “The Scruffs® Casablanca collection is ideal for use duringsummer months. Designed with a Mediterranean theme, the beds are upholstered in a soft breathable poly-cotton fabric and finished with a self-coloured piping & Scruffs® TPR logo. The base of the bed is covered with a non-slip fabric. Available in four vibrant colours; Grey, Mustard, Purple & Blue.”

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