Do you know a Mary Christmas? Are you a Miss Elle Toe? Could you tag a Robin Redbreast? Are you mates with a Frank Incense?

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association are on the hunt for the most Christmassy person in the UK.

The competition

BCTGA has launched a competition on Facebook page and is asking you to comment on the post if you name has Christmas connotations or tag in friends who fit the bill.
At the end of September, entries will be judged by a panel of Christmas tree growers from BCTGA and shortlisted to five.
The final five will then be put to a public vote.
The person voted as having the most Christmassy name in the UK will win a real Christmas tree up to 8ft tall.
This will be delivered to the winner’s house in December in time for Christmas.

Terms and conditions

• The prize draw promoter is British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA).
• BCTGA reserves the right to change these terms at any time and to communicate the changes to entrants by updating these terms on this website.
• The prize draw is open to mainland UK residents, excluding employees of BCTGA or any other organisation linked to the prize draw in any way.
• BCTGA is inviting users to enter the competition on Facebook.
• To enter, users must comment with their name on the Facebook competition post. They can also tag in friends with Christmassy names and these friends will then be considered for the prize.
• The prize is non-negotiable and no cash alternative will be offered.
• Judging will take place at the end of September and a shortlist of five entries will be made by the end of the first week of October. A public vote will then decide the winner. This public vote will run until mid-November.
• Any entries submitted after September 30th will not be eligible.
• Proof of your Christmassy name will be required.
• BCTGA will reject entries which are (but not limited to) offensive, abusive, misleading, unethical, discriminating, defaming or pornographic in nature and such posts will not be deleted. BCTGA’s decision is final and no discussion will be entered into concerning the outcome.
• The shortlisted entries will be contacted via social media no later than three working days after the competition closing date. The winner will also be contacted this way no later than three working days after the end of the public vote.
• The winner will have five working days to respond and accept the prize. Delivery of the Christmas tree prize will be made at a mutually convenient time in the first two weeks of December. The winner can specify the size of the Christmas tree up to 8ft.
• The tree will come from one of the BCTGA farms around the UK.
• Entrants consent to participate in any publicity generated as a result of the competition.

By entering this prize draw, entrants acknowledge that:

• The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.
• You are providing information to BCTGA and not to Facebook.
• Entrants must not engage in or be connected with any conduct that may bring BCTGA or its products into disrepute. BCTGA reserves the right to remove any content which violates this term
• BCTGA will not accept responsibility for any late, lost, damaged, incomplete or fraudulent entries, entries lost through technical fault or for technical problems. Proof of entry is not automatically proof of receipt.
• These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.
• By entering the prize draw, the entrant agrees and is bound by the terms and conditions outlined above.

GIMA Awards 2017 – And the winners are ……

The winners of the GIMA awards 2017 were announced last week at another sell-out event (Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales). The pinnacle of the garden retail industry’s calendar, the event brought together manufacturers, retailers, members of the press and industry figures, to celebrate the 16 highly-deserving winners.

This year Westland Horticulture is the proud winner of the GIMA Sword of Excellence, whilst Smart Garden Products has scooped the GCA Supplier of the Year, and Briers take home the Gardenex Export Achievement Award. Elho, Burgon & Ball, Hutton Garden and Landscaping Products, Hawkesmill Nurseries, Forest Garden, Horticulture Trade Association, Fallen Fruits, and Gardman complete the winners roster in 2017.

GIMA Director, Vicky Nuttall, commented on the event. “I would like to be the first to extend my congratulations to all of the winners. Each year we say that the calibre of entries could not be exceeded, and each year we are proven wrong!  This year saw not only a record number of entries, but the quality of these entries was the best yet. Our judges really did have their work cut out. I think we can agree though, that the winners are highly deserving of their awards. Each of them have created a product or service that really stands out in this hectic industry we work within. This level of ‘standout’ has to be celebrated, and it’s fantastic to be able to provide this platform for celebration and recognition.”

This year, the GIMA judging panel was made up of Julie Burrell, Head of Trading Seasonal and Stationery, Wilko Retail,Tony Kersey, Garden Tools & Watering Buyer, Bunnings & Homebase, Neil Grant, Managing Director, Ferndale Garden Centre, Robert Hall, Halls Gardensite, James Hollingworth, Garden Products Buyer, Suttons Consumer Products, Nick Liszka, Buying Manager, Wyevale Garden Centres, Neil Pope, Garden Trade News, Andy Schofield, Commercial Trading Manager, Home & Garden Group and Allan Wilson, Senior Buyer, The Klondyke Group.

Vicky added: “My thanks also have to go to the panel of dedicated judges who gave up their valuable time to take part in this year’s judging process. Their combined expertise and market knowledge has been invaluable throughout the judging process, and has helped to create  a particularly strong list of winners.

“Finally, I extend my thanks to all those that have entered the awards in 2017, as well as our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to put on an event of this scale.”


GIMA Sword of Excellence

Winner: Westland Horticulture – Westland SafeLawn

What the judges said: “A great new product that clearly addresses both the customers’ needs and concerns, with a really strong marketing campaign behind it. A very worthy winner.”

GCA Supplier of the Year

Winner: Smart Garden Products

Finalists: Decco, Woodlodge

What the judges said: “Great quality of products, service and reliability”, “Fantastic innovation and new products” and “Even in a difficult year the service was excellent”.

Gardenex Export Achievement Award

Winner: Briers

Finalists: Smart Garden Products, Crest Garden

About the winners: Currently Briers export to 20 different countries, and have witnessed particular success from the United States, the Netherlands and Belgium. Briers’ presence and growth on the continent has been cemented by Jackie Eades’ association with EFSA and the long-term commitment to numerous trade shows.


Garden Care

Winner: Westland Horticulture – Westland SafeLawn

Finalists: Round Up – Round Up Telescopic Weeding Wand, SBM Life Science Ltd – Baby Bio® Feed & Mist for Orchids, Sipcam UK – Ecofective range

About the winner: Unlike existing ‘all-in-one’ lawn products, CleanLawn does not require children and pets to be excluded from the treated area after application, and does not require a spreader to be applied without the risk of scorching. In addition, raking out dead moss and thatch is not necessary as these waste materials are ‘eaten’ by microorganisms, leaving you more time to enjoy your lush, green lawn.

What the judges said: “Addresses the issues the consumer demands, simply and effectively”

 Growing, Planting Equipment and Sundries

Winner: Elho b.v. – Elho Corsica Door Stopper

Finalists: Hozelock Ltd – Superhoze 30m & 15m, FITT SpA – YOYO 2017, Elho – Super XXL Grow Table and Lid

About the winner: The door stopper is a totally new product to the market. There is no other synthetic product at present that is able to be planted to create a unique way to hold open a door. With the addition of wheels to easily move when planted this makes it innovative.

What the judges said: “Innovative new design, it broadens the use of standard planters.”

 Garden Tools, Machinery and Implements

Winner: Burgon & Ball – Ergo Deadheader

Finalists:  Spear and Jackson – Select Stainless Allotment Hoe, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company – Evergreen Wizz Year-Round Spreader, Hozelock Ltd – Pico Power, Pico Power Home, Burgon & Ball – FloraBrite range

About the winner: This tool is designed to be held in a new way. The finger loop, uniquely shaped handles and comfort grip allow the Ergo Deadheader to nestle in the palm, taking the strain off the wrist and thumb for more comfortable cutting.

What the judges said: “Designed with the user in mind not just the task, it’s easy and comfortable to use.”

Outdoor Leisure

Winner: Hutton Garden and Landscaping Products – Melrose Dining Set

Finalists: Woodlodge Products – Mendip Fire Pit, CPL Distribution Limited – Homefire Olive Briquettes, Fallen Fruits – Dachshund Bench

About the winner: Most outdoor garden furniture is produced using small dimension softwood with the aim of achieving low cost to the consumer. The Melrose is proof that using innovative British manufacturing techniques, high quality products can be produced at a very affordable price.

What the judges said: “Excellent value for money with good environmental credentials, and it’s made in the UK too!”

 Plants, Seeds and Bulbs

Winner: Hawkesmill Nurseries – Salvia Microphylla ‘Jeremy’ or Salvia ‘Pink Lips’

Finalists: Westland Horticulture – Unwins Sensational Sweet Peas range, Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Ltd – Optigrow vegetable seeds, Hawkesmill Nurseries – Victorian Viola range

About the winner: Salvia Pink Lips (Jeremy)® is a pink form of the popular Salvia Hot Lips and is exclusive to Hawkesmill Nurseries for 2017. The stunning blooms are pink-white instead of red-white (Hotlips) and the flowers have a larger size (about 50% larger compared to Hotlips).

What the judges said: “Beautiful and hardy; a great follow up to the popular Hot Lips variety.”

Garden Landscaping

Winner: Forest Garden – Decibel Noise Reduction Panel

Finalists: Grange Fencing Ltd – Adjustable Garden Screen, Deco-Pak Ltd – Milano Porcelain Paving, Ronseal – Garden Paint New Colours, Forest Garden – Whitby Arch & Arbour Range

About the winner: It is the first attractive, affordable and ready-assembled acoustic panel on the market available for purchase and home delivery from national retailers. Unique Triform technology incorporates boards with a triangular profile that optimise the diffusion as well as reflection of nuisance noise.

What the judges said: “Shows a good understanding of the need to reduce noise and stress in the urban environment.”

 Garden Clothing & Gifts

Winner: Horticultural Trades Association – National Gift Card

Finalists: Crest Garden – Kent & Stowe Gardener’s Clothing/Gift, Burgon & Ball – FloraBrite range, Crest Garden – Kent & Stowe Garden Gift

About the winner: Unlike the old propriety gift cards, retailers can sell as well as redeem the NGGC. The purpose-built transactional technology enables the card to be activated by any epos system and even online. This enables the widest possible sale and redemption possible. The gift card is all-inclusive for retailers.

What the judges said: “A great product for driving more sales into gardening” and “Great for both retailers and customers.”

 Pet Care, Aquatics and Wild Bird Care Products

Winner: Fallen Fruits – Best for Birds Range

Finalists: Cadix UK – Outdoor Statue Birdbath, Gardman – Butterfly Glass Bird Bath, Wildlife World – Dewdrop Wildbird Window Feeder

About the winners: Fallen Fruits’ Best for Birds wedge and hanger feeders are aimed at the entry level price point; a pocket money product. They allow customers to experiment with different feeds in different locations to see what suits their garden birds. The feeders are colourful and easily disposed of when empty.

What the judges said: “Innovative unique design, low cost and recyclable.”

Garden Lighting, Water Features & Ornamentation

Winner: Smart Garden Products Limited – Eureka! Retro Solar Lightbulb

Finalist: Smart Garden Products – Illumina Silhouette Table, The Solar Centre – Lumify USB Solar Festoon Lights, Smart Garden Products – The Elvedon Collection

About the winner: Following the success of the Eureka! Solar light bulb, this larger sized light bulb and retro Edison filament lighting effect continues the evolution of the Eureka! range of products and provides consumers with an enticing, new option. The new flattened bottom allows them to sit on tabletops as well as hang.

What the judges said: “Bang on trend again; a great new twist on a bestseller.”


Best Point of Sale Material

Winner: Briers Ltd – Kids Range New Display Concept

Finalists: Kelkay Ltd – Collections, Smart Garden Products – Doormat displays, Westland Horticulture – Smart Cover Mega Pallet

About the winner:  Addressing the retailer’s needs directly, by enabling them to display a high impact range that delivers in a compact footprint.  The new merchandisers are robust enough to withstand the retail environment and flexible enough to allow retailers to choose their ranges to suit their customers.

What the judges said: “A great use of space and colour with a strong link to the product.”

Best Consumer Product Packaging

Winner: Westland Horticulture – Westland Safelawn

Finalists: Wildlife World – Floral Gift range, Burgon & Ball – Brie Harrison range, Hozelock – Superhoze Packaging

About the winner: Extensive research gave Westland the insight needed to spot a gap in the existing lawn range. Parents and pet owners were worried about safety concerns, rather than seeking organic alternatives. By naming the product ‘SafeLawn’ and giving clear visual representations on pack, Westland was able to identify a consumer need.

What the judges said: “Functional, colourful and distinctive packaging with clear messaging addressing the consumers fears and aspirations.”

Best Marketing Communication Award

Winner: Gardman Ltd – The Royal British Legion Charity Campaign

Finalists: Westland Horticulture – Westland SafeLawn, Hozelock – Bizzi Marketing Campaign, Wagner System GmbH – Out of Black Forest video

About the winner: Gardman became corporate partners with the Royal British Legion and launched a range of poppy wild bird care products; a cast iron poppy bird feeder dish and two premium wild bird care seed mixes. Through sales of these products, Gardman have managed to raise an incredible £240,000 to support veterans and their families.

What the judges said: “A simple but effective campaign that delivered great results and ticked all the boxes: Product that sold through, an excellent marketing campaign, and a worthy charitable connection.”

RHS Young Designer 2017 Announced at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

24-year-old Ula Maria from Northampton has been awarded a Gold medal and the coveted title of RHS Young Designer at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park.

Returning for its ninth year, the competition’s theme was inspired by ever increasing working hours. Highlighting the creative and mindful benefits of green spaces, three finalists were selected to design a Show Garden demonstrating what the fusion of garden and office means to them.

Her winning garden ‘Studio Unwired’ was designed as a contemporary outdoor hot-desk office within an urban setting. Creating a space that combines tranquillity with a rustic elegance, the garden is designed to transport users out of the crowded and conventional office space into a serene, earthy environment.
On being crowned as RHS Young Designer 2017, Ula said: “I’m so happy and incredibly proud to have taken part in this competition. It has been such an exciting and inspirational experience to be a part of it and amazing to have the opportunity to do what you really love. I still can’t believe it and I’m so thankful to everyone who helped on the garden.”

Fellow finalist Jake Curley (25) also received an RHS Gold medal for his garden ‘Business and Pleasure’, which was inspired by the New York-style rooftops and highline typical of urban environments. Meanwhile 27-year-old Anca Panait’s ‘Prospect and Refuge’ garden was awarded Silver-Gilt, and offers an enclosed escape from the outside world, using height variations to buffer city noise, creating a space for quiet, undisturbed work.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park has become synonymous with budding new talent with previous finalists going on to design at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including Hugo Bugg and Sam Ovens, who also won a Gold Medal at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this year. RHS Young Designer 2016 winner Caitlin McLaughlin also secured a Gold working with multi-award winning designer Sarah Eberle on an exhibit for nursery giant Hilliers at RHS Chelsea in May, while finalist Kate Saville and 2015 winner Tamara Bridge created the Jo Whiley Scent Garden as part of the Show’s BBC Radio 2 ‘Feel Good Gardens’.
Continuing the theme of youth in horticulture, the RHS Young Landscape Contractor (supported by BALI) and RHS Young Planting Designer 2017 competition also returned to the show for its second year to challenge Young Landscape Contractors and Young Planting Designers to work together and deliver a Garden showcasing their skills. The 2017 winning title of RHS Young Landscape Contractor was awarded to Elliott Hood (26), and RHS Young Planting Designer to Ben Poulter (25) for their coastal retreat, ‘Chaos to Coastline Coastal Garden’.

Tickets are still available for RHS Tatton Park which runs until Sunday 23 July. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Fryer’s Roses, owned by Blue Diamond, launches a new rose at RHS Tatton Flower Show

Fryer’s Roses, part of the Blue Diamond Group of garden centres, the third largest garden centre retail group in the UK, will be launching a new rose at this year’s RHS Tatton Flower Show on behalf of the former and current Mayor of Knutsford called “The Mayor”.

The Mayor is a pretty vintage pink and gold blend floribunda rose that will continue to bloom throughout the summer. It has semi-double blooms that open to attract bees. The blooms have a light fragrance.

With dark, shiny leaves and a neat bushy habit, to a height of approximately 60-80cm, this rose will make a perfect addition to any garden.

£1 from every sale of this rose will be donated by Fryer’s Roses and Blue Diamond to charities nominated by the Mayor of Knutsford.

“Both the previous Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Jan Nicholson, and I are honoured that there is a rose from Knutsford’s very own Fryer’s Roses being named “The Mayor”. Fryer’s Roses plays a big part of Knutsford’s history, having been here since 1912, and we are delighted that Blue Diamond Garden Centres are so supportive of the town and will be donating £1 to the Mayors’ charities for every rose sold.” The quote from the Mayor, Cllr Neil Forbes:

“The Mayor” rose is available to order now.

Order at Stand FM74 and PV 710 at the RHS Tatton Flower Show, buy online by visiting or telephone Fryer’s Roses on 01565 755455. Bare root roses can be purchased at a cost of £12 per rose (excluding delivery). Potted roses are £17.99 per rose (excluding delivery). Delivery charges apply. Please see our website for details.

Bare root roses will be dispatched from November 2017 onwards. Potted roses will be dispatched from April 2018.

The rose will also be available to buy from any Blue Diamond Garden Centre from April 2018 onwards priced at £17.99 (per potted rose), whilst stocks last.

A donation of £1.00 from each rose sold by Fryer’s Roses/Blue Diamond will be donated to charities nominated by the Mayor.

SBM Life Science – A New Time, New Way

SBM Life Science, established in October 2016 following the sale of Bayer Garden and Bayer Advanced to SBM, is now fully operational throughout Europe and North America and is moving into the next phase of its business development, with its New Time, New Way strategy.
This company strategy reflects the very different approach SBM will take in the market over the coming years.  It encompasses some of the significant changes and trends taking place in the garden care sector and aims to intimately connect with gardeners and their gardens, providing them with effective and trusted product solutions that are well balanced and ‘In Tune with Nature’.
In an increasingly restrictive regulatory landscape, companies in this sector are constantly obliged to redefine their offer. More than ever, organisations must question, re-adapt and reinvent themselves to ensure customer needs continue to be met. SBM is investing for long term success, developing its teams and industrial global footprint, expanding its product lines and powering up its brands.  Crucially for the industry, it is investing into real R&D to introduce much needed product innovations that are effective and respectful of humankind and the environment.
UK customers and stakeholders will see the emergence of the New Time, New Way strategy at GLEE this year; it will be SBM Life Science Ltd’s first full appearance at the event.
As announced in October 2016, the owners of SBM Life Science are committed to establishing the company as a true global leader in the Home and Garden Sector and have invested accordingly.
“In the UK, we have been extremely busy during the last seven months, establishing the foundations of a business that will provide a platform for growth to meet the exciting expectations of the new company,” explained Darren Brown Head of SBM Life Science in the UK.
“We will now go on to build on the strong assets of the business (Baby Bio®, Phostrogen®, Toprose and Provado®), continue to develop our people, expand our portfolio and introduce new brands and innovations.  But most importantly, we will forge even closer partnerships with our key customers and actively support the welfare of the wider industry.
“The first goal of our new organisation was to make the transition for our customers as smooth and pain free as possible, and on the whole I am pleased we have achieved this during the season.
“Furthermore, we have taken the time to talk to customers to understand how our new business can better meet their future needs and add increased value to the UK market.
“We heard they wanted more innovative products and simpler processes, bigger UK investment and greater customer flexibility.  This feedback is now at the heart of our business and was at the front of our minds as we developed our core values, which include a focus on Entrepreneurship, Support, Partnerships, Rapid Response, Innovation and Teamwork.
“We are proud of what we have achieved in the past seven months and extremely excited about the potential ahead.  We are looking forward to SBM Life Science Ltd’s official GLEE debut when we will showcase the next phase of our development and the innovative products being launched for the 2018 season.”

Landmann at the forefront of the barbecue market

For more than five decades, Landmann has been at the forefront of the Barbecue market with an innovative product portfolio of Gas, Charcoal, Outdoor Heating and Accessory Products. Landmann is now firmly established as one of the world’s leading Barbecue brands.
Following on from another successful season and with an ever-growing Garden Centre stockist network, Landmann is again gearing up for this year’s SOLEX show.

Landmann will be launching three entirely new product ranges at the show. As well as building on some existing product ranges to offer even more assortment.
Sitting at the top of the already highly successful Triton Gas Barbecue range is the new Triton 6.1 Burner PTS+ model.

Originally shown in concept form at SPOGA last September and developed over 2017, the product finally arrived in May when a small number of units were delivered in preparation for a full launch at SOLEX.

Triton 6.1 PTS+ carries many new and innovative features including, seamless cooking grills and an easy clean fire bowl, a high power 5.2 KW dual ring brass side burner and the unique and highly adaptable REDI TANK system that continuously weighs and monitors your gas supply as you use it.

Finished in stunning stainless steel and delivered 99% preassembled, you can find the Triton 6.1 PTS+ on the New Products Showcase and displayed on the Landmann stand.

The existing Triton Gas Barbecue range also receives a refresh from Landmann, with new options and materials being introduced for 2018.

Taking pride of place at the top of the 2018 Gas Barbecue range from Landmann is the all new Avalon II series.  Boasting even more features than Triton 6.1 PTS+, the new Avalon range also features Power Thermal Spreading Plus, the latest version of our high efficiency cooking system.

Not forgetting Charcoal Barbecues, Landmann is very excited to showcase the new 2018 Tennessee Smoker Range.

Like the new Avalon Gas Barbecues, the new Tennessee Smokers will be making their European debut at SOLEX; each Smoker features a unique design for improved smoke circulation.

Landmann Barbecues will also be previewing new in-store display concepts and an expanded Barbecue Accessory range.

Darren Rivers, UK Sales and Marketing Director comments, “As usual, we know it will be a very busy show and we are very excited about what we think is our strongest product range to date. Come and see for yourself. We are looking forward to meeting you on stand 340 at SOLEX.”

For more information contact

It’s a one-pot-stop at the Settle Flowerpot Festival

For the second year running, Stewart Garden is playing a major supportive role in this year’s Settle Flowerpot Festival taking place in the Yorkshire town throughout July and August.

2016 saw the company install a giant flowerpot man called Stewart on Castleberg Crag, a limestone cliff that overlooks Settle. Stewart was highly visible from the town as he ‘climbed’ the crag.

This year, Stewart Garden is, once again, donating hundreds of planters, including selected products from its Palladian and Cilindro ranges. They’ll feature prominently in flowerpot displays adorning the town during the event.

The official opening of the 2017 Festival is on Saturday 1 July.

A beer festival will also coincide with the event. This will take place at Victoria Hall from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 July and feature 18 ales from across the country, real cider, wine, soft drinks and food.

The Vibrant Settle Community Partnership, the voluntary organisation that organises the Festival, expects the event to attract several thousand visitors to the town – including many people who wouldn’t otherwise come to Settle. The partnership will use money raised by the Festival to fund events and initiatives that promote the town and surrounding area.

The Flowerpot Festival will conclude with the Settle Folk Gathering, which this year runs from Thursday 31 August to Sunday 3 September. The gathering comprises concerts, workshops and sessions in and around Settle.

Looking ahead to the Settle Flowerpot Festival, Andy Burns, managing director of Stewart, said: “For two months, the beautiful town of Settle will be a celebration of colour, fun and activity. There’ll be something for everyone to enjoy, so we – and our intrepid climber, Stewart – are delighted to playing our part and getting involved in this fantastic event.”

Stewart Garden loves gardens. It’s a leading grow-your-own and contemporary garden lifestyle brand, the market leader in premium plastic flower planters, including self-watering plant containers, and the voice of authority in premium consumer propagation.

Stewart Garden is a proud UK manufacturer. Its products are available in over 1,600 outlets across the country, including DIY retailers such as B&Q, Homebase and Wilkinsons. They’re also widely stocked at garden centres such as Dobbies, Notcutts and Wyevale and in over 1,000 independent garden centres.

For more information, visit

57 Gold Medals revealed at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has awarded 141 medals to the gardens, floral exhibitors and Flower & Vegetable Boxes at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, sponsored by Viking Cruises.

Along with 57 Gold Medals, the RHS also awarded 47 Silver-Gilt Medals, 29 Silver Medals and eight Bronze Medals across the 34-acre show which runs from 4-9 July.

Designers Adam White and Andrée Davies were awarded the much sought-after title of Best Show Garden for The Zoflora & Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden. Showcasing the qualities of therapeutic outdoor spaces for children with disabilities, the garden will be rebuilt after the show at the Caudwell at Keele University which provides support for children with developmental disorders.

Designer Andrée Davies says: “On behalf of everyone who’s been involved in this project, we are so delighted to win this award. It’s been a monumental project building this garden – we’re thrilled with the outcome and absolutely honoured to be awarded Best Show Garden.”

Adam White adds: “We can’t wait for the volunteers that did all this planting to come down this week to see how stunning the garden looks and for them to hear the public response to this wonderful wild garden.”

Best Construction Award was given to the Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden, designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, and built by contractors Landform Consultants. Championing traditional craftsmanship, the vibrant garden celebrates the beneficiaries, volunteers and staff at Blind Veterans UK.

Highlighting its originality and flair, Bill Wilder’s Elements of Life took home Best Conceptual Garden. The garden takes viewers underground to explore plant roots and scientific soil composition. Meanwhile, in the brand new category of Gardens for a Changing World, Future Gardens.London: London Glades, created by Andreas Christodoulou and Jonathan Davies, was judged to be best highlighting how to relinquish control and allow for the natural process to take centre stage.

A total of 50 Gold Medals were presented to nurseries in the Floral Marquee, as well as 36 Silver-Gilt, 23 Silver and four Bronze medals. Brighter Blooms, Dibleys Nurseries and W.S. Warmenhoven were among the Gold Medal winners. The prestigious Best Exhibit in the Floral Marquee went to orchid specialists Vacherot & Lacoufle, while Marshalls Malmaisons was awarded Best Plant Heritage Exhibit for their heritage carnations display. In addition, David Austin Roses Ltd took the title for Best Rose Exhibit, Hooksgreen Herbs won Best Cook & Grow Exhibit and the New Design Award was presented to Fernatix.

For the best Flower & Vegetable Box Award, Esher Molesey Garden Society won the title for their Centenary Celebration flower box which celebrates the Society’s 100th anniversary.

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will run from 4-9 July. For further information or to buy tickets, please visit the RHS website at


The Urban Rain Garden has won a Silver Gilt medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Squire’s Garden Centres and Landform Consultantsjoined forces to present this stunning contemporary garden in the new RHS category ‘Gardens for a Changing World’, which reflects the more sustainable direction that gardening is taking worldwide.

The garden is designed by Rhiannon Williams, one of the youngest designers at the show aged just 23. It showcases clever rainwater management techniques, so that all rainwater and run-off from the house is redirected, stored and used within the garden. A really unusual feature of the design is that there is both a front and back garden with a walkway in-between. This allows show visitors a 360-degree view of the garden, giving it a very interactive feel. Natural stone supplied by London Stone and a stunning planting scheme goes to show that gardening can be sustainable without compromising on beauty.

Sarah Squire, Deputy Chairman at Squire’s commented; “It’s a beautiful garden, which is contemporary and sophisticated, and it is also thought-provoking, as it addresses the issues of climate change and sustainability. Planting is zoned to deal with varying water levels within the garden, using a subtle colour palette of purples, greens, yellows and whites. The garden is a very relaxing space to be in, and the craftsmanship and execution is second to none.”

Designer Rhiannon Williams said of her medal; “I couldn’t be more thrilled. This has been a fantastic experience from start to finish and the team has been amazing. I always wanted to create spaces that are beautiful, functional and inspirational and The Urban Rain Garden will hopefully do just that. My aim was to demonstrate how designed interventions, both small and large, can be incorporated into our gardens, to allow us to adopt a more sustainable approach to water management.”

You can visit The Urban Rain Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from 3rd-9th July.


Adrenaline junkie Conna Powles, buying director at Haskins Garden Centre, will be attempting a wing walk to raise money for Greenfingers Charity on Sunday July 2. Initially setting out to raise £1,000 to help build gardens for children spending time in hospices across the UK, Conna has been overwhelmed by support and is currently set to donate £4611.69!

Talking about her forthcoming Greenfingers Charity challenge, Conna said, “I like to complete a challenge or host an event every year for a cancer charity, having lost my brother recently and my sister is in remission. To date I’ve completed a parachute jump, an abseil and The Moonwalk and I now just need to tick off wing walking. After watching a video about the benefits children and families get from having a beautiful space to go to, Greenfingers Charity seemed the obvious choice to support.”

Greenfingers Charity are also delighted to receive a further £5,945 from Haskins Garden Centres, of which £2945 was donated from the stores 5p carrier bag tax. Head Office cake sales and raffles across all four centres topped the figure up.

To support Conna and her ambitious wing walk please visit