Raffia – From Madagascar to Scotland

Nutscene not only specialise in jute twines – but we also import a vast range of Raffia from Madagascar! But what is Raffia? Well the short answer is… Raffia is a natural wonder!

Raffia is a natural fibre and is commonly used in the UK in crafting projects, twines, ropes, shoes, hats and other textiles. The Fibre itself is created from the underside of the frond leaf. Also known as Raffia Palm, this native to Madagascar possesses large plume-like leaves that are utilised within a variety of industries and is a major part of the south Asian economy. The tree has been said to harness over 800 uses, with the leaves used in thatching, construction, mats, baskets, fans and hats! The tree is so valuable to this area that in Cambodia the tree is seen as a national symbol! Nutscene’s Raffia is created from the Palmyra Palm Tree and we have proudly supplied the nation with Raffia for over 25 years!

First and foremost, Raffia is created from sustainable sources. The Palmyra Palm Tree is part of the Borassus family, which consists of five giant fan palms which are native to the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and New Guinea. It is the stocks of the Palmyra leaves that create what we call Raffia. These stocks are essentially stripped to create a long, thin fibre which can then be dyed and woven into a textile! Pretty impressive for a palm tree stem!

Within the Island of Madagascar, the palms are harvested deep inside the forest. The colourful raffia that we all know actually starts life pale green in colour, but soon after harvest, dries out and turns beige in colour. The strands or fibres are then transported to a sorting warehouse where they are ‘sorted’ and broken down into category. Categories include: colour, length, width and texture.

This natural Raffia is the put into ‘Raffia Hanks’, spools or balls and subsequently dyed to the relevant colour before they are dispatched. The Raffia process is one that is time consuming, though the local expertise and knowledge ensure only the finest Raffia is exported from the Island. This resource is sustainable as strict laws limit the harvest period of Raffia, ensuring that it can only be harvested from June to October each year. This ensures that the plant can re-grow to its full strength prior to it undertaking any damage. Under these ideal tropical growing conditions, the plants grow at an extensive rate, though the local populace treat the tree with the utmost respect as it is a major contributor to their economy.

As well as being a popular crafting accessory, Raffia is also useful in and around the garden as the natural fibres are very gentle when tying back plants and can be utilised as an alternative to conventional jute twines. The natural fibres are very soft and pliable, yet incredibly strong, durable and easy to manipulate! It is for these reasons that Raffia is largely used in the textile industry and is a first choice for many flower and vegetable growers! Raffia is subsequently used for agricultural purposes and feature prominently in vineyards, gardens and florists.

Raffia is also a first choice for many aspiring crafters. The attributes that are associated with Raffia are that of a strong, durable, flexible yet soft binding material. Furthermore, Raffia is also utilised by companies for packaging purposes. The fibre is extremely popular and is often used as filler in boutique goods such as fine whiskies, oils, jams, wines or even soaps! The rustic look of the product provides high aesthetic value to boutique goods and preservatives. It really can help enhance the packaging and look of your goods! Additionally, Raffia is also a favourite in gift-wrapping!

Nutscene Raffia – More than one use…

Our Raffia’s are used for a variety of purposes – some a little stranger than others! When Nutscene recently attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we came across a trio of ladies who disclosed that they actually were rather partial to eating Raffia! Or at least they were when they were in school! But nonetheless, we certainly do not endorse nor recommend the consumption of Raffia – a natural product or not! In all the years that we have sold our Raffia, we have never heard of anyone eating it – it’s quite remarkable that we simultaneously bumped into 3 ladies who all had this rather strange guilty pleasure! For more on Nutscene’s Raffia visit: https://nutscene.com/products/nutscene-raffia

New Area Sales Manager joins Vitax

Following a period of sustained growth, Vitax has added to its sales team with the appointment of a new area sales manager to work across the South West.

Julian Franklin, who has over 20 years’ experience working in the gardening and horticulture sector, joins from Town and Country where he was area sales manager for the South West for 17 years.

Responsible for managing existing customers as well as securing new business, Julian will be working with clients primarily across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

Julian will also be working closely with Vitax’s existing South West area sales manager – Julian Goodhand – who will continue to cover Avon, Wilts, Hants and Dorset.

This is the first time Vitax has split its southern territory between two managers, but is essential to manage growth as Colin Wetherley-Mein, Vitax’s sales manager, explains: “Vitax has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years which has seen its customer base in the South West increase considerably.

“To enable Vitax to continue to provide a first-class customer experience, we have taken the decision to appoint a second area sales manager in the region to manage client relationships.

“Julian’s experience speaks for itself and we are delighted to have him on board.  Working in the area for over 17 years, Julian has already built a good network of contacts and has contact with the majority of our clients – which is essential for continuity.”

Julian Franklin with Daniel Wilkinson

Prior to joining Town and Country, Julian worked for Gibbs Palmer but says now is the time for change as Julian Franklin, Vitax’s joint South West area sales manager, explains: “I have worked with Town and Country for the majority of my career and have thoroughly enjoyed my time there, but it is time for a new challenge.

“I know Vitax well and wanted to move to a company that is highly regarded in the industry.  Having worked in London and the South East, I am now based in the West Country and will be able to utilise my knowledge of the area to help Vitax grow further.”

Julian joins a sales team of 11 covering the UK and Ireland.

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 AWARDS 2017 – THE WINNERS

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.

GIMA AWARDS 2017 – PRODUCT AWARDS

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.”

GIMA AWARDS 2017 – MARKETING AWARDS

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.”

Hawkesmill – Winners At The GIMA Awards

Hawkesmill Nurseries, the Warwickshire based family business who offer retailers a wide selection of plants such as perennials, alpines and wildflowers, are celebrating the success of their new Salvia ‘Pink Lips’ at this year’s GIMA Awards, which was held on the 13th July at Celtic Manor.   This brand new and exclusive variety won the award for the ‘Best Plants, Seeds & Bulbs’ category.

Salvia ‘Pink Lips’ is a pink form of the immensely popular Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and is exclusive to Hawkesmill Nurseries this year.  Available now and throughout the summer in bud and flower, this stunner is supplied in 3 litre pots. The plants are provided with colourful lock in labels bringing joie de vivre to any display.

Attractive to bees and butterflies, ‘Pink Lips’ also has a superb aromatic foliage and a height and spread of 90 x 60 cm.

Richard Evans, Sales Director said “This is the second time that we have ever entered the GIMA Awards and after winning last year with our ‘Herbs For…Collection’ in the same category, did not expect to win again in 2017!  It is a real honour to win this prestigious award once again this year.”

Hawkesmill Nurseries is a family run business with over 40 years growing experience – providing quality seasonal plants to Retail Nurseries, Garden Centres and also more recently to Landscapers and Garden Designers too.  They are based in the heart of the country having their own satellite nurseries all within a 25 mile radius of the main production and dispatch site.

Garden Retailers can contact Hawkesmill Nurseries for more information about their plants, as well as general availability on 01676 532334 or by emailing sales@hawkesmillnurseries.co.uk

Wyevale Ladies race for life and raise £245 for charity

Nine members of staff at Wyevale nursery in Hereford raised £245 for charity by taking part in the city’s Race for Life event last Sunday (July 9, 2017).

The team, which was headed up by Heather Williamson, Joint Chairman of Wyevale Nurseries, all took part in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Heather explained: “We were delighted that so many of our female staff members wanted to sign up for this fantastic event, raising money for Cancer Research UK. The team included Imme Davies, Jules Griffiths, Karen and Billie Jones, Elle Field, Diane Barber, Karen Edwards and Alison Watts. “This charity is entirely funded by the public and is the world’s leading charity dedicated to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. We had such a fun day and all dressed in pink for the occasion. We couldn’t ask for better weather and we’re so pleased that we managed to raise £245 for such a worthy cause.”

Participants had the option to run or walk the event for either 5k or 10k. The venue meeting point was held at Hereford Leisure Centre and the route consisted of the perimeters of the Hereford Golf Course and the sports fields.

The product selection available from Wyevale Nurseries is enviable across the industry and the talented team regularly introduces new, award-winning plant varieties.

Its main business is to supply garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners with a comprehensive array of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants.

For further details about Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, please call 01432 845 200, visitwww.wyevalenurseries.co.uk,

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 www.fryers-roses.co.uk 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 sales@landmann.co.uk

BRING A SPLASH OF COLOUR TO JULY

Warwickshire based Hawkesmill Nurseries have over 40 years experience of growing stunning flower varieties which provide bright displays and encourage seasonal sales.  These beautiful blooms below will bring a splash of colour to your July deliveries!  All of these varieties are supplied with large lock-in labels and a colour bed card.

The Crocosmia selection of late flowering perennials are abundant in their 3 litre pots and very popular.  Six of the best varieties are on offer including, ‘Babylon’, ‘Carmine Brilliant’, ‘Colombus’, ‘Emberglow’, ‘George Davison’ and ‘masonorum’.

Brand new for 2017 is Helenium ‘Short ‘n’ Sassy’, this compact formed variety has rich bright orange and gold flowers.  This super, colourful beauty blooms over a long flowering season and is supplied in 3 litre pots.

Another new stunner for this year is Lobelia ‘Starship Scarlet’, striking is the word for this variety!  Scarlet red flowers contrast above ruby red foliage to bring a blooming intergalactic sensation to the garden.

Who doesn’t love a Rudbeckia?  And Hawkesmills brand new ‘Goldsturm’ is a late summer/ autumn cut above the rest!  The masses of gorgeous yellow, daisy like flowers would be a golden asset to any plantaria.  Provided in 3 litre pots.

For a touch of blue hue mystery, Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ is just the ticket.  The long flowering form of this variety is full of blue-purple flowers and fragrant foliage. The bees and butterflies just love it too!

www.hawkesmillnurseries.co.uk

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 www.stewart-garden.co.uk