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Glee New Product Awards 2018

Each entry was considered on a range of criteria, including innovation, design, quality, environmental credentials, pricing and retail potential. Photo: George Hodan.

Eleven ground-breaking new garden products have been confirmed as the winners of the coveted Glee New Product Awards 2018, at a special award presentation organised and run by Garden Trade News.



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12 September 2018

Selected from hundreds of entries showcased at Glee (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham), the winning products were chosen by an expert panel of judges, representing independent and multiple retailers and international suppliers.

Entries were submitted into nine key garden retail categories, comprising:

  • Best Garden Decoration
  • Best Wildlife & Pets
  • Best Outdoor Entertaining
  • Best Landscaping
  • Best Home, Gift & Clothing
  • Best Tools & Machinery
  • Best Garden Care – Chemicals, Fertilisers and Growing Media
  • Best Garden Care – Growing Accessories
  • Plants, Seeds & Bulbs

The 2018 judges: Andy Bunker, Altons Garden Centre, Nigel and William Wallis, Baytree Garden Garden Centre, Caroline Linger,, Colin Weatherly-Mein, David Danning, Blue Diamond, Mel Livingstone, Fron Goch and Ian Hodgson, and Garden News considered each entry on a challenging range of criteria, including innovation, design, quality, environmental credentials, pricing and retail potential – resulting in some hot debates and close runners-up in a number of categories.

A shortlist was then decided for each category, with the shortlisted suppliers then invited to join the judges in the ‘Pitching Den’.

Winners’ round-up

Best Garden Decoration

Winner: Smart Garden Products – Wannabees

Shortlisted: Smart Garden Products Ltd – Llama Rama; The Solar Centre – Trueflame USB Solar Crook Lantern; Greenkey Home & Garden – Flamelights

Best Wildlife & Pets

Joint Winners: RSPCA – Slow Feeder Bowl, Westland Horticulture Peckish Squirrel Proof Suet Pellets

Shortlisted: RSW International Ltd – Fetch & Treat Ball Game

Best Outdoor Entertaining

Winner: Smart Garden Products – Lit Firefly Balloons

Shortlisted: Burton McCall Ltd – Thermacell Halo Mini; Zest 4 Leisure – Maisy Set

Best Landscaping

Winner: Primeur – Recycled Rubber Stepping Stones Medallion

Shortlisted: Deco-Pak – Lumi Pave; Primeur – Landscape edge; Smart Garden Products -Solar Picket Fence

Best Home, Gift & Clothing

Winner: Tilnar Art – Besmo & Mo-Home (Meg Hawkins Collection)

Shortlisted: Burgon & Ball – RHS Gifts for Gardeners ‘British Bloom’ collection – pocket pruner & holster set; FallenFruits Ltd – Plant Terrarium with tools

Best Tools & Machinery

Winner: Block Blitz Ltd – Block Blitz Big Blitz

Shortlisted: Burgon & Ball – RHS-endorsed single-handed grass shear; Gardman Ltd – Carbon Steel Large Shovel

Best Garden Care – Chemicals, Fertilisers and Growing Media

Winner: Westland Horticulture – Deadfast New Rodenticides Range

Shortlisted: Block Blitz Ltd – Block Blitz Multi Pave Treatment; Block Blitz Ltd – Block Blitz Block Shield; West Country Soil Improvement Ltd – Bloomin Amazing

Best Garden Care – Growing Accessories

Winner: Tildenet Gardenware – Haxnicks Bamboo Pots & Seed Trays

Shortlisted: Vegepod – Vegepod Raised Garden Bed (medium); Vegtrug Limited – Grow Care

Best Plants, Seeds & Bulbs

Winner: Wyevale Nurseries Ltd – Agapanthus Fireworks

Shortlisted: Javado – Ficus Mangrove Melany Petit; Wyevale Nurseries Ltd – Salvia

Best of British

Winner: West Country Soil Improvement Ltd – Bloomin Amazing

A final award – Best New Product at Glee 2018 – was selected from all the entries received. This year the highly coveted title went toPrimeur with its Recycled Rubber Stepping Stone Medallion.

Matthew Mein, Glee Event Director confirmed: “We were delighted that so many superb, new products were entered for this year’s Glee New Products and offer many congratulations to the worthy winners.  Our thanks also go to the judges who so kindly lent their valuable time and expertise.”

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