One of my favourite gardening shows every year is not one of the RHS Flower Shows. It is in fact a trade show that is held in September at the NEC. GLEE is the place where new products and gardening tools and accessories are exhibited alongside our regular garden stalwarts.
There’s everything from the latest wheelbarrow designs to innovations in planters and containers, all arranged within three large halls at the NEC. Hundreds of industry manufactures and distributors gather to showcase their wares to discerning garden retailers all looking for innovations and ideas for their customers.
I spend three days at GLEE 2016 looking for new trends, interesting products and ideas to feature on not just this website, but also within articles that I write for magazines and newspapers. Here are five that caught my eye.