Once a year in February the Garden Media meet at a venue in London for the Garden Press Event, to see what’s new and on trend for the year ahead. It’s a by invitation only chance to meet new and established companies in the garden industry, mingle with other writers and bloggers and find out what’s hot for the year ahead.
There’s everything from the latest in lawnmowers and garden machinery, to on trend plants, tools, innovative ideas and lots of sustainable products to keep your garden green. Here are five new and innovative products from this year’s show.
Twool Sustainable Tree & Shrub Tie £4.95
The Twool Tree & Shrub Tie, is made from 100% British wool, making it a strong, durable, biodegradable and sustainable alternative to synthetic or man-made alternatives. It’s ideal for attaching your trees and shrubs securely but softly to a support post or point. Available in a range of neutral, natural colours without using plastic, harsh chemicals, toxic glues in the product or the packaging. www.twool.co.uk
Mud + Bloom Nature Craft Activity Box subscription from £9.95
Here’s a lovely idea to engage the little ones and get them inspired and active outside in nature and the garden. Each Mud + Bloom box, sent free, is designed to engage 3-8 year olds and contains everything you need for four seasonal activities; hardening and nature crafts, with instructions, news and interactive ways to teach the children about nature. You can order a single box or subscribe to 6 or 12 months.
Burgon & Ball Container Root and Transplanting Knife £16.99
If you are starting out with container gardening this neat little tool from Burgon & Ball will be useful for planting, weeding and transplanting. It’s like a flatter trowel with a serrated edge so you can slice through tangled roots, dig tight holes for adding new plants or slide it around the inside of the pot to release a plant before transplanting. And it’s guaranteed for ten years. www.burgonandball.com
Crocus Tilting Pot £29.99
I just love this idea from Crocus, it’s so simple but so effective and could be used to display a frondy fern inside or for an outdoor container display. It’s a planter with a close fitting saucer that hugs the pot and allows you to angle the planter to show the best side of your plant or display. Ideal for houseplants, especially those that fill the planter and need a slightly elevated view for the best effect.
Seedballs in a matchbox from £1.80
I love this idea. The fabulous little Seedballs, made of clay and peat free compost packed full of beautiful wildflower seeds and enclosed in a personalized matchbox. It’s just perfect for parties, goody bags, conferences and wedding favours. Just lovely. Created by conservation scientists and the perfect way to spread the word and plant more wildflowers for our precious pollinators. This idea won Best New Product at the Garden Press Event.