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Garden trade industry features including events, exhibitions, and shows
Garden Trade Specialist editor Victor Galligan spoke to Farr North Christmas Trees’ owner John Junor about his farm and supplying the Christmas tree to 10 Downing Street…
John Junor has been in the Christmas tree business for over 30 years now, and from his 450 acre-farm in Farr, Inverness-shire, he is currently operating his business alongside his livestock farming role.
John says: “We have sheep and cattle here too, and the trees grow alongside them.”
With a plantation of 250,000 Norman Fir, Norway Spruce and Alaskan Pine trees, Farr North’s main buyers are wholesalers and John is keen to forge links with garden centres too.
ONE OF the UK’s leading water garden product companies has launched a series of ‘how-to’ videos to support retailers selling its new Liberty 200 pump while also attracting a younger social media-driven audience (August 2019).
Blagdon says it isn’t just launching its easy-to-install Liberty 200 mains-free, solar-powered pump, but is also suppling retailers with the means to educate and pull-in new markets too.
Development Manager at Blagdon, Andrew Paxton explained: “To help our retail partners inspire new consumers and, also, to provide an easy-to-use, step-by-step guide for users to follow, we’ve created three ‘how-to’ films for three different styles of water feature that people can create from the Liberty 200.
Weed, feed and control brand Neudorff will launch a new Vegan Society Accredited range of products at Glee 2019.
Neudorff’s range already focuses on products that use natural active ingredients where possible with many products certified by the Organic Farmers & Growers Association.
Vegan approved products have been included in the product line-up for a number of years and the brand has now been given the vegan stamp of approval across new and existing products.
Vegepod, the Australian manufacturer of innovative raised garden beds, will be showcasing its range at GLEE 2019.
At the show the company, which launched in the UK in spring 2018, will be focussing on sustainability. In the midst of the “war on plastics”, Vegepod will be highlighting that its polypropylene beds are indeed eco-friendly, particularly when compared to timber or iron raised alternatives. With a minimum 10+ year lifespan they outlive untreated timber counterparts five fold without the need for harvesting and deforestation. Additionally, the Vegepod eco-covers manage the climate of plants by allowing water and air to penetrate but not insects, encouraging plant growth. Furthermore, the self-watering functionality reduces water usage by 80% and furthers the products’ sustainable credentials.
STAFF at garden centres across the Wales & West region are celebrating after scooping awards during a presentation evening at Castle Gardens this week (Tuesday, July 23, 2019).
Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre was awarded Garden Centre of the Year in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category and The Old Railway Line Garden Centre scooped the award in the Garden Centre (GC) category.
Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “Our Wales & West regional awards meeting was a huge success and we’d like to thank all those who attended. It was great to hear our GCA Inspector, Michael Cole’s feedback from his inspections on the centres and now our members can take this vital information back with them to their centres and make any changes needed.
“A big thank you must also go to Castle Gardens, who were fantastic hosts for the evening. We now have a bit of a break until our Scotland and Northern Ireland regional awards meeting, which will take place on August 29 at Klondyke Mortonhall.”
Leading environmentally-friendly plant care brand ecofective® will feature its rapidly expanding portfolio at Glee 2019, showcasing the latest generation of natural feed, weed and pest control products that cater for the UK’s growing band eco-friendly consumers and organic gardeners.
Ecofective® has experienced strong demand throughout 2019, with sales driven by consumers seeking effective green alternatives to conventional fertilisers and pesticides. The retail ban on metaldehyde-based slug pellets has strengthened the market for natural slug controls, with the company poised to showcase its new ecofective® Slug Killer – supplied in a recycled container and containing FERRIMAX® bait.
Haskins launches colouring competition of garden scene to encourage children to enjoy gardening
Leading garden centre group, Haskins Garden Centres, is delighted to announce the launch of a new Garden Gang colouring competition in time for the summer holidays.
The colouring sheet template can be downloaded and printed for free from the Haskins website www.haskins.co.uk/garden-gang or picked up in any of the Haskins centres from Monday July 15. To enter the competition, the sheet needs to be coloured and submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted on Facebook with the tag @HaskinsGardenGang or on Twitter with the hashtag #HaskinsGardenGang.
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.
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.
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.