Make Gardman your one stop pre-order shop…

The New Year marks the launch of Gardman’s 2017 Christmas Emporium with a comprehensive range of 40 artificial Christmas trees taking centre stage.

The first phase of Gardman’s Christmas range features a number of new products, including the Pre-lit Kindersley Tree, Pre-Lit Christmas Centrepiece and an Automatic Adjustable Tree Stand.

The impressive collection of high quality trees, are sourced from one single factory enabling retailers to create a mixed container in any combination they wish…

– Ten stunning styles in five finishes; standard, frosted, berry, pine cone or pre-lit   with twinkling white lights

– Available in four heights; 5ft, 6ft, 7ft and 8ft

– High quality construction and finish

– Retail ready display packaging complete with carry handles

– Market leading RRPs

– Clear range hierarchy that meets all core consumer needs; standard, premium and luxury.

You can view Gardman’s entire Christmas pre-sell offering at their Peterborough showroom from 3rd January 2017 onwards.

To complement the pre-order lines the second phase of Gardman’s Christmas Emporium 2017, is to be launched in June to run alongside the Autumn/Winter Event sell-in, and will feature outdoor solar lighting, festive doormats and other Christmas essentials.


british christmas tree growers associationWith just under two months until Christmas Day dawns again, tree farmers across the country are preparing to enter their all-important annual Christmas Tree contest.

Held every year by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, the event looks to find which grower will be awarded the title of “Christmas Tree Grower of the Year” and who will have created the “Champion Festive Wreath”. 

Open to Association members, the competition involves each tree and wreath being assessed and judged by fellow growers, with the winners traditionally being granted the honour of delivering an 18’ 6” tree to stand outside No. 10 Downing Street and a wreath to hang on the famous door.

Typically, around 100 of Britain’s top growers participate in the competition, and this year it will take place on Wednesday 26th October at Poundffald Farm, Three Crosses, Swansea, in West Glamorgan. 

Each farmer, who will have spent around 10 years nurturing the tree to full ‘competition’ height, is able to enter categories including Best Nordman, Best Other Fir, Best Pine, Best Norway Spruce, Best Other Spruce, Best Container Grown, and Best Festive Wreath.

Finalists can submit only one tree into each category, and trees entered must be commercially cultivated and be 1.8 metres ( +/- 400mms) high from base to tip. Each will be judged for foliage, colour, shape and marketability.

Growers can also put forward their example of the perfect wreath for the “Natural” and “Decorated” wreath category.

This year’s competition comes just weeks after Dame Louise Carey grabbed the headlines for saying Britons should stand up for traditional British values and traditions. – like having a Real Christmas tree.

Harry Brightwell, secretary of the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association, said: “Our members work hard throughout the year to produce quality trees that the public want to adorn their homes.   They are trying to keep alive the tradition of buying a REAL Christmas Tree and making it a family occasion.”

“Good growing conditions this year means we are expecting an exceptional display of spruces, pines and firs, so we’re all very much looking forward to seeing this year’s entrants compete in Glamorgan.”

Mr Brightwell added: “The winners of the Competition feel very proud and honoured if they are invited to deliver a tree and wreath to No. 10”

To follow progress around the competition, follow the Association on twitter @BCTGA.

Lighting the night

harrogate christmas 7 gift 2017With long nights drawing in, yet mild weather remaining, it’s hardly surprising that families across the UK are enjoying their gardens long into the autumn and consequently the demand for decorative outdoor lighting has never been greater.

Visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift are guaranteed to find every type of both indoor and outdoor lighting imaginable to illuminate customers’ homes and gardens – not just for Christmas – but the entire year round. There are numerous exhibitors bringing the latest technology in wifi lighting, solar festive-accessories-harrogate-2017lighting, mains and battery operated lighting and traditional lanterns and candles too. These include: Bonnington Plastics (Stand B04), Flame Homeware (Stand A40), Floralsilk (Stand B1,5), Joe Davies (Stand C19), Koopman International (Stand B11, 21), Luxa Flame Lighting (Stand A03), Premier Decorations (Hall H), The Milford Collection (Stand A02), Triflora Decorations (Stand M24) and Xysto Flame and Fragrance (Stand C27).

A full list of exhibitors and a product search is available on the website at

Festive accessories 

An exciting new exhibitor at Harrogate Christmas & Gift is North Wales-based company Stands Out which supplies pocket money children’s gifts – all designed by its own innovative team –to attractions and gift shops all over Europe. The company will be displaying its brand new range of JingleBell Jewellery, which includes individually designed Christmas character pop-watches with matching jewellery and hair accessories. All of its products are presented in bespoke wooden display stands.

Visit Stands Out on Stand KS10. 

Countdown is on 

Two fabulous new products from Ackerman International include The Good Elf and Birthday Buddy. Both products are designed to help children count

down to the big day – whether that is Christmas or their birthday. These incredibly cute characters come with fun interactive activities where adults can reward children with stickers for good behaviour ensuring that they get a special treat on the special day.

Visit Ackerman International on stand Q07. 

Glamour and Glitz 

Christmas is the perfect excuse to let go of inhibitions and decorate homes and Widdop and Co is doing all it can to help make that happen.

The company has created nine carefully curated Christmas themes with glitz and glamour summed up in its Black and Gold collection boasting an ultra luxurious look that is both modern and merry. Bring the outdoors indoors with its Woodland collection and think Narnia and snow-covered forests and be inspired by the wintry outdoors to create a cosy woodland themed interior.

Visit Widdop and Co to see these and much more on Stand B13. 

Gardman’s One Stop Christmas Shop …

gardmanIt was Gardman’s second appearance at Harrogate Christmas & Gift this week, and they had more than tripled the size of both their stand and product offering; underpinning the company’s growing reputation as a key player in the festive market.

Gardman’s 2016 Christmas Emporium is a truly one-stop for your Christmas shop, with highlights on their stand including a brand new collection of 50 ultra-realistic artificial Christmas trees and over 200 decorative lines;
Gardman-Christmas-2.fw_-224x300• Pre-lit LED decorations in a choice of four festive themes; Rustic Rattan, Sparkling Silver, Berry Red and Novelty
• Indoor and outdoor lighting
• Flameless LED candles and candle lanterns
• Festive wreaths
• Christmas themed doormats and doorstop
• Pre-lit LED wall art and canvases
• Topiary and artificial plants
• Artificial trees, garlands and tree stands.

The range was enthusiastically welcomed by visitors to their stand, with many looking to recreate their very own show-stopping festive emporium in –store for Christmas 2016.

“Buyers loved our new tree selection and also our range of decorative products, packaging and point of sale material,” said Gardman category management director Tim Goff. “if the trade’s reaction at Harrogate leads is anything to go by, then we will see a significant increase our market share this year!”

On show again … Gardman will be showcasing their Christmas collection along with their stylish Garden & Home Co. décor and gifting ranges at International Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham – 7-11 February 2016, stand 2G50-H51.

Gardman’s Christmas Emporium Unwrapped

gardmanGardman’s festive emporium is sure to keep retailers’ tills jingling for all of Christmas 2016.

Making a headline debut in the company’s 2016 Christmas catalogue is a brand new range of realistic artificial Christmas trees.

This impressive new collection, comprising of 50 high quality trees, has been sourced from one single factory, thus enabling Gardman to offer retailers the option to create a mixed container in any combination they wish.

Packaged in eye-catching full colour boxes, the range includes a vast variety of shapes and sizes; from mini 45cm (18in) trees, right through to a selection of magnificent 249cm (8ft) trees; that come in either natural, frosted, tipped with pine cones or pre-lit with LEDs.


Boasting more than 250 lines, Gardman’s Christmas Emporium is a truly one-stop for your Christmas shop;


  • Pre-lit LED decorations in a choice of four festive themes; Rustic Rattan, Sparkling Silver, Berry Red and Novelty
  • Indoor and outdoor lighting
  • Flameless LED candles and candle lanterns
  • Festive wreaths
  • Christmas themed doormats and doorstop
  • Pre-lit LED wall art and canvases
  • Topiary and artificial plants
  • Artificial trees, garlands and tree stands.


Category management director Tim Goff says sales figures show that Gardman’s evolving Christmas portfolio is helping to grow the category year-on-year. “As a result, we shall have an expanded presence at Harrogate, where buyers can see for themselves just how committed we are to helping garden centres to create the perfect Christmas offering.”

And, stand-out in-store displays are easy to create thanks to the company’s Christmas-themed packaging and POS material, which includes their premium home décor brands; Garden & Home Co and Cole & Bright.

You can see Gardman’s entire Christmas offering at Harrogate Christmas and Gift (10-13 Jan 2016, stand QS20) and International Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham (7-11 February 2016, stand 2G50-H51).

Real Christmas trees grow in popularity as the first 10 foot trees hit stores

Homebase_roundell_logo_80kbThere was a time when convenience was key and shoppers snapped up unfussy artificial trees in favour of the real thing but now the tide has turned and real trees are expected to fly off the shelves in the run up to Christmas.

Homebase is also selling a real 10 foot Christmas tree for the first time this year as more and more shoppers put trees outside as well as indoors.

The growth in sales of real trees has being driven by an increasing number of shoppers looking to get that authentic look in their home as well as looking for larger trees rather than the more traditional three or four foot trees that sold well in the past, according to Homebase.

For the last three years, sales of real and artificial trees have been neck and neck, but Homebase predicts sales of real trees will rise by 10 per cent this year and the retailer expects to sell one real tree per second during the first two weeks of December.

Last year also saw a rise in sales of seven per cent for real trees that were over six foot, and almost one in five of us (17 per cent) now buys a tree more than six foot high, according to Homebase research.

It’s not only larger trees that are loved by Brits – a survey by Homebase has revealed that, amazingly, almost one in six of us (13 per cent) have had the same decorations for more than 40 years. Almost a quarter of us (23 per cent) have decorations for more than 20 years and nearly a third (28 per cent) of us keeping decorations for less than 10 years.

homebase christmas treeHomebase Christmas Tree Buyer Martyn Hill said: “In the past artificial Christmas trees were more popular due to their convenience and the fact that people had less disposable income. However, the trend is now moving towards, home grown taller trees – with six foot trees being more popular than ever. Customers tell us they love the smell of a real tree as well as the look – we are even responding to customer demand for larger trees by supplying 10 foot trees for the first this year as more people put them outside.

“We’ve always known that Brits like to do things their own way when it comes to Christmas, but it’s staggering how many keep their decorations for up to three decades because they are so attached to them. There is such a huge range on the market each year people shouldn’t be afraid to mix the old and the new and try new styles out too.”


british christmas tree growers associationTHEY travelled from the furthest corners of the UK and have spent a decade nurturing their perfect specimen – and today Britain’s best Christmas Tree growers went head to head in their national competition.

Out of more than 100 entrants, British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association member Andrew Ingram was declared the winner of the Champion Tree category and now has the honour of selecting a tree for Downing Street this year.

Andrew Ingram, from Christmas Tree Common in Oxfordshire, presented an impressive Lasiocarpa tree (a type of fir) at the peer-judged event, which was held today at Hole Park in Kent. It is the third time he has scooped the top prize.

Also emerging victorious and facing a trip to the Prime Minister’s residence this festive season is Hans Alexanderson, from Santa Fir Christmas Tree Farm in Guildford. He claimed a double win and was judged to have the Champion Wreath as well as the runner up position in the Champion Tree category.

BCTGA Christmas Tree Competition 2015 1_jpgBoth growers will now visit Downing Street in the first week of December, where Andrew’s choice of 20ft tree will be positioned at the steps of Number 10, while the wreath will hang at the door throughout Christmas, and Hans’s selection of tree will stand within the Pillared Room.

The contest is now in its 17th year and is entirely managed by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association. It typically sees contenders from 18 to 80 coming together to showcase their trees and be judged by fellow members.

Each farmer, who will have spent around 10 years nurturing the tree to full ‘competition’ height, is able to enter categories including Best Nordman, Best Other Fir, Best Pine, Best Norway Spruce, Best Other Spruce, Best Container Grown, and Best Festive Wreath.

BCTGA Christmas Tree Competition 2015 2Finalists were permitted to submit only one tree into each category, and trees entered must be commercially cultivated and be 1.8 metres ( +/- 400mms) high from base to tip. Each is judged for foliage, colour, shape and marketability.

Andrew said: “We are delighted to have won for a third time. I’m also enormously pleased for Gary Walford, who is our manager and who selected the tree for the event. He’s the hands-on person and deserves the praise.”

Hans, who won with a Douglas Fir, said: “I am really thrilled. We swept the board on wreaths by winning the dressed and undressed category, and are really pleased that it was a Douglas Fir which won for the tree.

“We find the Douglas Fir goes down particularly well with our American customers at our Christmas Tree Farm as that’s a more common choice back in the States. I’m glad we chose to enter it today.”

BCTGA Christmas Tree Competition 2015 3Harry Brightwell, secretary of the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association, said: “We’ve seen some exceptional entries in both the tree and wreath categories this year, so judging was certainly no easy task.

“Every one of our members puts a great deal of commitment into a year-round process of farming Christmas trees, so this event is a valuable opportunity for us to applaud their efforts and enable them to meet with their peers and compare notes on growing practices and the like.”

He added: “It’s very easy for someone unfamiliar with the world of Christmas tree growing to assume that they take relatively little time to reach full height, but they are easily a decade in the making.

“Our message this year to all festive lovers is to make choosing a tree a special event for the household – and to ‘Buy Real, Buy British’.”

Smart Garden Products launches 30 new products at Christmas Fair

smart garden productsSmart Garden Products will be launching over 30 new products at their inaugural attendance of the Harrogate Christmas and Craft Fair. In addition to these exciting new products, they will also be exhibiting their popular battery powered lighting range and a selection of gifts from their extensive portfolio on Stand A32.

The range of battery powered lighting includes a number of seasonal ranges such as Santa and Snowmen String Lights. These festive string lights are suitable for outdoor and indoor use and operate on an auto timer, which means that the LEDs come on for 6 hours each day at a specific smart solar sant stringtime set by the user. The batteries can last for up to 20 days making this product perfect for the Christmas period.

Jonathan Stobart, Smart Garden Products’ managing director said, “We are anticipating a positive reaction to our new seasonal ranges. Our battery powered lanterns are already a top seller with their realistic flickering pillar candles and detailed finish making a popular choice for all year round use.”

Battery powered lanterns light up without the need for naked flames, so are safe and will work even in wet and windy conditions, outside and inside. Jonathan adds, “All our battery powered lanterns are supplied in full colour retail boxes, so make perfect gifts”

Early Launch for Gardman Petcare Christmas Promotion

gardman logo 2013Gardman is taking a lead on launching its Christmas pet care promotional package this week.

Nicola Beet, Pet Care Category Manager, says, “It’s important to get ahead of the game. Our aim is to ensure that our retail partners have the firepower to attract the 70% of pet owners who buy their pets gifts for Christmas. So we’re launching a new range of appealing high volume festive themed products as well as some tried and tested Christmas promotional lines, all at great prices.”

gardman_petcare_christmas_promotionGardman has benefited from a growing percentage of Christmas promotional sales. For example, last year Gardman increased the number of promotional Christmas lines by two thirds and sales increased by well over 100%. This success has encouraged the company to build on the potential of Christmas promotions through its even stronger pet care Christmas offer.

As well as cat and dog Christmas stockings (which are expected to be the biggest seller) and chews, toys dominate the Gardman Christmas pet care offer – an opportunity highlighted by the fact that pet toys account for 38% of the £210 million pet accessories market.

The promotion also offers standout POS and merchandising to support impulse purchases. All promotional pet care lines together with the themed POS and merchandising are available for pre-ordering.

See Gardman’s new pet care website, for more information.

Christmas gift ideas for gardeners

The RHS is a one stop shop this Christmas with gift ideas to suit every garden lover and to fit every budget.

Here are some green-fingered present ideas for the gardeners in your life:

RHS Gift Membership
A Christmas gift you can enjoy all year round. RHS gift membership includes free RHS Garden visits to share with a family guest, a member’s monthly magazine to inspire, and personal gardening advice to solve any problem in the garden. Plus, gift membership comes packaged with additional gardening treats including seeds and vouchers so there is something special to unwrap on the day. All proceeds go towards supporting the charitable work of the RHS.

RRP £49. To purchase, visit, call 0845 130 4646 or buy direct from any of the four RHS gardens.

RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers
The RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers is an expert guide to planning your dream garden. Over 8,000 easy-to-find plants and thousands of photographs will give you all the guidance you need. Each variety is photographed and the “how to” section tells you all you need to know about cultivation, pruning and care. Plus, use the special plant selector to help find the perfect plants to grow in every possible situation and condition, from sunless walls to sandy soil.

This is an indispensable addition to any gardener’s bookshelf that will be referred to time and time again.

Published by DK. RRP £35, from or available in bookshops.

Tickets to RHS flower shows
A guaranteed gardening treat. The RHS brings spring bulbs to Cardiff, cutting edge design to Chelsea, a feast of fruit and veg to Hampton Court Palace and high summer colour to Tatton Park, and with shopping galore in these magnificent settings, even the gardener who has everything will find something they love.

If you want to spoil someone special, you can also treat them to a midsummer evening of entertainment, fireworks and horticulture at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Exclusive Preview Evening. Enjoy a champagne picnic on the Long Water and explore the show at its very best.

For full details, visit

RHS Prints
The RHS’s unique collections of botanical art and contemporary garden photography have been made available as high quality prints and canvasses. Prints are available in a range of sizes and frames.

Prices start from £15, visit

Plants, candles, soaps, stationery, journals, jewellery….
The RHS has a huge range of plants and products, to suit every gardener, and they’re available online so you needn’t even leave the house when searching for those perfect stocking fillers and gifts. Visit

If you’ve done your shopping, but want to get into the Christmas spirit, there’s a host of festive activities at the RHS gardens and partner gardens this December, from Christmas Winter Walks to wreath making and Santa’s Grotto. Visit to find out what’s on in your area.