Fun For All The Family at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017

Families can enjoy a variety of activities at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (4 – 9 July) as it reveals an exciting line-up of events for children. Supported by Viking Cruises, this year’s wildlife theme and dedicated Family Saturday (8 July) will offer little ones the chance to learn about animals and insects with plenty to get involved in, including face painting, a children’s cookery school, entertainers and much more.

Creepy Crawlies
Children can look out for Professor Gooblidook’s Creepy-Crawly Quest to Bag Bugs and Beasties storytelling around the show. Starting by the children’s play area, the inventive gardener will be seeking help from young show-goers to discover the wonderful world of bugs with this interactive adventure. The Floral Design Studio will be full of wildlife-inspired floral displays, plus children can go on the hunt to find giant wicker bugs located all around the showground. Meanwhile, children can climb aboard the magical Once Upon a Bus on Saturday and Sunday to listen to wild tales all about bugs.

The Kid’s Cookery School workshops
Children of all ages can grab their chef whites to create culinary delights using fresh, seasonal ingredients at The Kid’s Cookery School Workshops in the Cook and Grow Theatre*. On Sunday, cooking worm extraordinaire Henry Le Worm will demonstrate fun recipes for little chefs to recreate at home. *Spaces are limited, booking on arrival is recommended

CBeebies duo Mr Bloom & Justin Fletcher
Visitors can meet popular CBeebies stars Mr Bloom and Justin Fletcher who will be bringing their friends to the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Children will be inspired by the world of gardening as they learn about amazing plants from Mr Bloom (Saturday) and Justin Fletcher (Sunday) in the Celebrity Theatre.

Scarecrow Competition
To celebrate the amazing variety of wildlife Britain has, this year’s Scarecrow competition theme is A Walk on the Wild Side. Schools from the South East of England are taking part in this year’s event and visitors will be able to vote for their favourite from over 70 scarecrows inspired by the people, places and animals from all over the UK.

Butterfly Dome
The tropical Butterfly Dome returns this year filled with thousands of exotic butterflies. Kids can get up close to these beautiful bugs as they fly freely over their heads to create a captivating display of colours as they wander through the dome.

Other exciting events throughout the show include traditional Punch & Judy puppet shows, face painting and balloon modelling.

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will run from 4 – 9 July. Every day, two children under 16 can go free with a paying adult and all on-site activities for kids are free. For further information or to buy tickets, please visit the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt

Stewart Garden, set to excite at GLEE 2017

Following on from a hugely successful 2016, Stewart Garden announces its attendance at Glee, the premier trade show for the garden and leisure industry.

The company, now over 70 years old, has a lot to be proud of and to celebrate. Stewart Garden, recently acquired by Keter Group BV, a leading global supplier of resin consumer products for the home and garden, looks forward to showcasing exciting new initiatives on its stand, 18K14-L15.

Stewart Garden is particularly proud of some big moments in the last year, consolidating its commitment to win.

Continued successful launch of new products

Launched in 2016, Stewart Garden strengthened its popular Varese planter family with a distinctive new low bowl planter. Available in Dark Brown and Alpine Grey colour options, the 60cm diameter Varese Low Bowl are available with a recommended retail price of £29.99.

The Versailles family of pewter effect planters further extended Stewart Garden’s offering to its decorative range.

Versailles echoes design themes often seen in formal, structured garden designs and planting arrangements where geometric shapes, symmetrical lines and neatly clipped edges prevail. Available in three shapes, 70cm Trough RRP (recommended retail price) £29.99, 32cm Round RRP £19.99, 32cm Square RRP £19.99.

Investing to support consumers and retailers through merchandising

In December 2016, Stewart Garden unveiled its first Shop in Shop branded installation in a retail outlet.

Created in partnership with Webbs of Wychbold, a flagship garden centre in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, the Stewart Garden Shop in Shop includes a stunning seasonal feature wall in a prominent position within the store.

Shop in Shop is part of Stewart Garden’s commitment to engage with consumers at retail shop floor level. As this is often where customers first encounter its products, the company sees this initiative as a great way to make the brand experience exciting.

Commitment to grow the successful Schools campaign

First launched in 2012, Stewart Garden Schools Campaign has engaged with over 500 schools nationwide, challenging pupils aged 6-11 years to get creative with Stewart Garden products. Schools taking part receive a garden kit to get their projects up and running. The winning school receives £1,000 to spend at its local garden centre.

Looking forward to Glee 2017, Andy Burns, managing director at Stewart Garden, said: “It’s been another fantastic year and we look forward to presenting many new products at the show. We’ll be announcing the winner of this year’s Stewart Garden Schools campaign and launching the 2018 campaign with a celebrity guest, details of which are to follow”.

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.

Glee 2017 takes place from 11 – 13 September at the NEC, Birmingham. To find out more, visit www.gleebirmingham.com.

For more information, visit stewart-garden.co.uk.

UK TO HOST SUMMER PARTY FOR CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS

The earliest Christmas party of the year will be held in Leicester this summer as tree growers of the world unite to make plans for the festive season.

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) is hosting the Christmas Tree Growers Council of Europe (CTGCE) annual summer meeting from 30th May to 2nd June 2017 in Hinckley, Leicester.

This is the first time the event has been held in the UK for more than 15 years.

Harry Brightwell, secretary of BCTGA, said:

“The event sees growers from across Europe attending with some delegates coming from as far as the USA.

We will be taking our guests to visit some exciting Christmas tree farms – Woods Farm in Solihull, Cadeby Tree Trust in Nuneaton and Friezeland Christmas Tree Farm also in Nuneaton – where we will be sharing advice and updates on growing beautiful trees.”

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association, based in Tuddenham St Martin, Suffolk, was established in 1979 to provide a quality standard for Christmas tree growers in the UK and champion the purchase of real Christmas trees. It has over 300 members.

Mr Brightwell said: “We have various activities planned and we are expecting the event to be an informative and interesting few days for all attending and is a wonderful opportunity to share a bit of British Christmas cheer.”

BUNNINGS WAREHOUSE OPENS NEW STORE IN HEMEL HEMPSTEAD

The third Bunnings Warehouse store in the UK and Ireland opened its doors to customers on Friday 9 June in Hemel Hempstead, Buckinghamshire.

The new store, on the site of the former Homebase at Apsley Mills Retail Park, continues the momentum of establishing the Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK’s £38billion-a-year home improvement and garden market.

The Hemel Hempstead store is over 64,000 square feet and employs 111 people – including 53 in newly created full and part-time roles.

It also stocks more than 27,000 different home improvement and garden lines, including paint mixing services from Johnstone’s Trade, Crown and Dulux and a new tool shop offering world-leading brands such as Ryobi and DeWalt.

The company, part of Australia’s Wesfarmers Group, plans to invest up to £500million rolling out Bunnings Warehouse stores across the UK and Ireland over the next three to five years.

To celebrate the opening, Olympic gymnast champion and Hemel local Max Whitlock MBE hosted a welcome breakfast for team members.

Max said: “It’s great that Bunnings has chosen Hemel Hempstead as the location for its third store in the UK. Hemel is where it all began for me so I’m delighted to be back opening the store. I’m sure it will be a huge success.”

The new store’s Complex Manager, Darren Reid, added: “Our team members have worked really hard to get the store ready for opening and are looking forward to sharing their expertise and enthusiasm with customers in Hemel. We’re ready to welcome people to the new store!”

And the fun doesn’t stop there. The new store will also be hosting two grand opening weekend events with a raft of free family activities on 17/18 and 24/25 June. Customers can enjoy face-painting, balloon modelling and even join Peppa Pig & George for a Story Time session (see in store for details).

About Bunnings UK and Ireland

Bunnings is the leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand. As of 12 December 2016, in Australia and New Zealand, Bunnings operates out of 357 trading locations (of which 248 are warehouse stores), employing over 40,000 team members.

In February 2016 Bunnings acquired Homebase, the second largest home improvement and garden retailer in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Bunnings Warehouse opened its first two stores in St. Albans in February/April 2017, with additional stores confirmed in Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes and Folkestone. As of May 2017, it also operates as Homebase out of 252 trading locations, employing over 12,000 team members in the UK and Ireland.

GIMA Golf & Activity Day Round Up

Last week, suppliers and retailers from the garden retail industry came together for a day of fun, team building and networking at the GIMA Charity Golf & Activity Day, raising much needed funds for Greenfingers and St.Richard’s Hospice.

The 2017 event marked the first time that Kwik Cricket and the Laser Clay Shooting Challenge were added to the mix, opening the event up for more industry colleagues to get out from behind their desks for a day of team building and fun.

In total 17 teams entered the annual golf competition, and another two completed the rivalry over on the Kwik Cricket and Shooting pitches.

On the golf course, the biggest prize on the day was over the 18 holes. It was a fiercely fought competition but it was the team from Grange Fencing who retained their winner’s title, taking home the trophy for the second year running. Coming up a close second was Smart Garden’s A-team, with the Mr Fothergills team following behind in third position.

As always, the golfers had not just their handicap to beat, but a number of other prizes up were for grabs keeping the competitive juices flowing. The winners of all the prizes from the golf course included Steve Harper, James Mitchell, James Parr, Steve Ainscough, Simon Neat, Jerry Walker, Phil Swainston and Raoul Curtis Machin, who all successfully beat the pro. Each of these lucky winners took home a voucher for a ‘four-ball’ at Telford Golf and Country Club.

There were also several spot prizes available, the winners of each receiving a bottle of champagne and sleeve of golf balls. The winners were:

  • Nearest Pin 3rd Hole – Pete Bunker
  • Nearest Pin 11th Hole – Chris Owen
  • Nearest Pin 16th Hole – Andy Bestwick
  • Nearest Pin in 2, 8th Hole – James Mitchell
  • Longest Drive 14th Hole – Dave Kearsley
  • Straightest Drive 18th Hole – Derek Bunker

The competition was equally fierce over on the Kwik Cricket and Shooting pitches in Lilleshall, the cricket club of Colin Wetherley Mein of Vitax. The first time these events have been added to the roster, participants were unsure to begin with but quickly discovered their talents for both the cricket and laser shooting. Like the golf, these events also included a sense of friendly competition with Andrew Peers winning the shooting challenge, and a team made up of colleagues from Cadix, Kelkay, Glee, Bathgate and PetQuip winning the overall challenge.

Vicky Nuttall

Aside from the fun, there was also a serious element to the day, and that was to raise funds for two most deserving charities – Greenfingers and St Richard’s Hospice, the latter being selected as GIMA’s 2017 charity by GIMA president, Chris Ramsden. The total fund raised will be revealed at the GIMA Awards on July 13th, Celtic Manor.

Talking about the Golf & Activity Day, Vicky Nuttall, GIMA Director said: “What another fantastic event. The weather may have been a tad unpredictable but nothing we aren’t all used to! It was so great to see so many retailers and suppliers coming together for a day of networking, friendly competition and fun. I’m sure Greenfingers and St Richard’s Hospice are going to be overjoyed by the endless generosity of all those that attended.

“Our thanks go to everyone who attended, as well as all the staff at the Telford Hotel & Golf Resort, and Lilleshall Cricket Club. Here’s to next year!”

 

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT APPOINTMENT AT MR FOTHERGILL’S SEEDS

Matt Jackson has joined Mr Fothergill’s as Business Development Manager. This is a new role and Matt will work with the key garden centre groups and collaborate closely with the field sales teams. He comes to the Suffolk seedsman after 12 years in the garden centre supply trade and brings great experience to the position.

Matt said: “I am delighted to be joining Mr Fothergill’s to team up with their accomplished sales force. There are exciting plans for the future and I hope to contribute my part to the full!”

In his personal life, Matt enjoys travelling and sport. He has run over 100 road races in the past including two trips around the London Marathon course. He is now concentrating more on road cycling and has ambition to complete the severely testing, mountainous, Etape du Tour race in France. He is also a Manchester United season ticket holder but the company hasn’t held that against him!

More NEW products from Peckish – Unlock your bird care sales

The full range of 40+ new products from Peckish for 2017-18 have been announced, offering retailers the chance to unlock their bird care sales.

Product offerings include the exclusive Secret Garden range, appealing to ‘romantic’ gardeners, a new festive themed product that’s sure to be a Christmas hit, and an extended range of Peckish Natural Balance for entry level consumers. The range includes:

Secret Garden Range

Bird lovers will be invited to seek solace from the outside world in the Secret Garden, a new range from bird care brand, Peckish. The Secret Garden will come alive in-store with point of sale, designed to bring to life the decorative range.

 Secret Garden Leaf Bird Feeder – A single decorative leaf feeder with an antique finish and a strong, stable ground spike. Designed to be staked into a bed or border, ideal for feeding mealworms and suet pellet treats.

 Secret Garden Bird Bath – An extra wide bird bath with an antique finish, decorative leaf design twisting around the stem and a sturdy wide base.

 Secret Garden Dining Station – With a decorative leaf design, 10 hooks for hanging feeders, a mesh food tray and a strong, stable base fork. Also available is a new patio stand to use with all our dining station range.

 Secret Garden Feeder Range – A range of decorative feeders made from durable metal. Prevent mess and waste with seed tray included on the seed and nyjer feeder. They also feature attractive design details, such as leaf motifs. Available in seed, peanut, nyjer and energy ball formats.

 Secret Garden Squirrel Proof Seed and Peanut Feeders – Featuring screw top lid and a tough metal cage to prevent squirrels and large birds feeding.
NEW in the Daily Goodness range

Daily Goodness Nuggets Easy Feeder – An exciting new addition to the No 1* ready to use range, pre-filled with our Peckish Daily Goodness Nuggets. Simply unwrap and hang out for birds. Once they’ve been eaten, refill with more nuggets. (*source GFK)

NEW in the Natural Balance range

An extended range of entry level products. Made from 100% natural ingredients, the 8 seed blend is enriched with sunflower seeds to attract a wide variety of garden birds.

 Natural Balance Seed Mix – The popular seed mix is now available in smaller 1.7kg and 4kg packs, alongside the existing 12.75kg bulk bag.

 Natural Balance Energy Balls – High energy and enriched with sunflowers, available in a 6- pack, 25 pack refill and an extra value 50-pack tub.
Festive Mince Pie Flavour Suet Cake

Winter Warmer Festive Suet Cake with Festive Mince Pie flavour and aroma to attract birds – and shoppers! High in fat and enriched with our Calvita vitamin and mineral supplement. The 300g suet cake is ideally positioned as a stocking filler and the 8 pack box with free feeder is the perfect Christmas present.

Rachael Dickinson, Senior Marketing Manager for Peckish said: “All of our new products will be supported by new POS, encouraging new consumers into the category and offering numerous link-sell opportunities. The Peckish brand has something to appeal to everyone, from newcomers to seasoned bird lovers. We’ve even got this year’s must-have Christmas item in the form of the Peckish Winter Warmer Festive Suet Cake, which smells like mince pies and will make a great addition to any bird lovers Christmas stocking!”

For further information on our new ranges and Peckish please contact your rep or visit our website at www.peckishbirdfood.com

HTA National Plant Show Stoneleigh

This year as always We will be exhibiting at the HTA National Plant Show. Neil & Julie will be on stand 74 and look forward to seeing customers old and new!
We are well known fro our exciting new plant introductions and will have several to share this year.
Sambucus Golden Spark is brand new for 2018 we will have some examples of P9 and finished plants to show.
Hebe Tip Top is a great new introduction from Van Vliet New Plants, perfect for containers and displays.
Agapanthus Mi Casa is a superb new White form selected in field trials in Europe for its hardiness and masses of white flowers on short stems.
See you there!

One week left to go until HTA National Plant Show 2017

The HTA National Plant Show isn’t just a chance to display the latest new plants that you have to offer, but also to show the weird and wonderful ways and ideas that you have to display them in the best possible ways. Not only can this help to highlight the beauty of the plants, but also lead to increased sales.

This year we are launching new awards for the event highlighting the importance of retail concepts, and also embracing the introduction of the Nursery Supply Show.

These new awards include:

  • Best Plant Concept for Retail
  • Visitor Vote for Innovation
  • Eco-Friendly Visitor Vote
  • Best in Show Visitor Vote

These new awards mean that the new suppliers introduced to the show through the Nursery Supply Show will be able to enter awards with their new products, and also showcase these to visitors to the show.

Our dedicated Retail Concept Experience is sponsored by Elho this year, and will create a stimulating retail environment for visitors filled with inspiring retail ideas for visitors to take away. It will also feature an area curated by Elho showing its in-store installation concepts which help support increased plant sales.

Make sure you download the show app available for downloading from the app stores now (App Store for Apple devices and Google PlayStore for Android devices). Just search ‘HTA Plant Show’.

In the app you can see seminar listings which you can set reminders for so you don’t miss a session, a full exhibitor listing with contact details and links to website, with the ability to highlight any you have seen as a reminder for after the show, as well as speaker and sponsor profiles, notes capacity and much more.

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks when we will be featuring other events taking place at the show. Visitors can save time on arrival to the show by registering for a visitor badge in advance, allowing them to go straight into the show.

To book a stand or for joint visitor registration for these free to attend exhibitions visit

www.nurserysupplyshow.co.uk

www.nationalplantshow.co.uk

For more information and to register in advance please visit www.nationalplantshow.co.uk

GRANGE STRENGTHENS MARKETING TEAM WITH TWO NEW APPOINTMENTS

Leading garden structures company, Grange Fencing has boosted its marketing team with the appointment of two dedicated team members.

With over 15 years of marketing experience, CIM-qualified Mark Morris has been appointed marketing manager at Grange Fencing and will be responsible for ensuring continuous progression across all aspects of the company’s marketing and communications strategy. Mark will be supported by recently appointed marketing executive Peter Holloway, who brings with him an in-depth knowledge of retail marketing and relationship management.

Commenting on his new position, Mark said, “ Grange Fencing is a well known and hugely respected name in the industry and I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to be part of the company’s strategic planning. Grange is at an exciting stage in its development and I look forward to overseeing the company’s ambitious plans throughout the coming years.”

Mark and Peter will be joining Grange’s head of commercial, Rob Giles and marketing co-ordinator, Julie Hall to create a steadfast marketing team.  Of the recent developments, Rob said, “ We welcome Mark and Peter to the team and are confident that their experience and knowledge will be instrumental in bolstering Grange Fencing’s credibility as a market leader in its sector.

For more information about Grange Fencing and the company’s range of garden structures and fencing, visit www.grangefen.co.uk