Glee 2011 saw the launch of the National Trust Landscape Collection – a collaboration between the National Trust and established reproduction paving company Westminster Stone. The Collection’s stand with individual ‘garden’ settings, was the Winner of the prestigious Garden Design Award.
Westminster Stone who are well renowned for the quality and range of their exterior and interior paving and flooring products attracted the attention of The National Trust who sought a wholly British company to produce a range of authentic paving and landscaping products inspired by National Trust properties and gardens throughout the country. The four unique ranges of flagstones, tiles, fine aggregates and garden artefacts have been meticulously reproduced from historic originals. This is the most significant British range of paving and decorative stone chippings to be presented to the market for several years and offers garden designers and landscapers a blue chip product to offer their clients.
The Cotswold Manor range takes its inspiration from the famous gardens at Hidcote and Snowshill reflecting the warm mellow tones of traditional Cotswold buildings. Comprising Hidcote flagstones, Snowshill shingle, and an attractive trough.
The Roman Villa range inspired by Romano-British mosaics and paving throughout National Trust sites, captures the essence of the Mediterranean landscape. Chedworth Tiles based on antique terracotta originals are available in burnt terracotta and ash black and are complemented by Chedworth Triangles, edgings and eco-friendly crushed tile and brick chippings.
Inspired by the grandeur and formality of the nation’s finest stately homes, the Country House range comprises Petworth flagstones, Tatton Courtyard Cobbles, distinctive Kerbstones and Tatton Shingle .
Designed to reflect the traditions of the wonderful working gardens found at National Trust properties, the Kitchen Garden range includes Barrington flagstone reminiscent of those found at Barrington Court in Somerset, beautiful brick pavers, Barrington Shingle and an authentically moulded Mill Stone.
Growing interest in undertaking restoration projects at home and the huge surge in creating ‘kitchen gardens’, means the Collection is perfect for those interested in restoration/conservation or own a period property. Equally stunning in a contemporary setting these beautiful new products are for anyone who wants a slice of history in their backyard.
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GrowRings are a range of polypropelene garden containers that pack flat for transit and display and may be easily assembled by the customer at the point of planting.
The packs are available in coloured or graphically printed versions and may also be made from recycled plastic (black).
The system is perfectly adapted to anyone with a small garden trying to create viable growing space. The Growrings are naturally circular for ease of weeding but need not be so and may be folded and formed by the user into any geometric form to suit their requirements.
The initial focus of the concept was on vegetable growing. However, It quickly became apparent that the majority of purchasers were buying the GrowRings for seasonal flower displays and they wanted the printed versions.
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More new products will be included in our Special Glee report in the next edition of The Landscaper
Forest Garden’s stand at Glee was created to reflect the company’s ethos as a ‘brand for all seasons’. Recognising that its market leading product groups can be easily divided into seasonal product groups.
Forest Garden designed its stand so that it showcased four distinct areas, each representing one of the four seasons. Within each section, the company displayed the ways that retailers can maximise the potential of each gardening season, including merchandising advice and key product lines such as Grow-Your-Own in spring and arches and arbours in summer, as well as planters for Christmas trees in winter.
Vicky Nuttall, head of marketing at Forest Garden, said: “This Glee we wanted to make it even easier for retailers to identify those products that would boost sales all year round. Our product offering not only covers core timber products such as fencing and decking, but it also offers a wide range of products that optimise key seasonal sales opportunities. By demonstrating the products in a range of seasonal settings we believe we have inspired our customers to think about their own year-round product offering as well as the way in which they merchandise products in store.”
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Bermuda launched a host of new products at the show. The range included over 30 new water features, a number of freestanding ponds, 13 new watercourse units and 3 new table top water features, as well as additional pond lighting solutions, water feature covers, electrical accessories and ‘Banish’ pond treatments.
The company is also introduced a new range of pool side ornaments entitled ‘Pond Pixies’. The impish creatures are sure to draw a crowd at the show thanks to their unique style and unusual appearance.
Bermuda’s pond pump offering has also been updated for the 2012 season to include the introduction of a double outlet ‘duo’ filter pump, an upright filter pump with float, a new air pump, plus an enhanced range of pond filtration and skimmers.
Stephen Thornton, Bermuda director, said: “We have been a major player in self contained water features for many years but for 2012 the range is truly stunning, with many products and ranges exclusive to Bermuda. Also for 2012 we can offer our retailers fabulous POS to support the ranges and improved margins for our customers.”