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The winners round-up from Glee 2019

The Glee New Product Showcase. Photo: Glee.

Eleven new garden products have been confirmed as the winners of the coveted Glee New Product Showcase 2019.

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12 September 2019 | 0

Selected from hundreds of entries showcased at Glee – which took place from September 10 to 12 at the National Exhibition Centre (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 eleven key garden retail categories:

  • Best Garden Plants, Seeds, and Bulbs.
  • Best Growing Media.
  • Best Growing Container.
  • Best Garden Decoration.
  • Best Tools and Machinery.
  • Best Landscaping.
  • Best Leisure and Entertaining.
  • Best Wild Bird and Wildlife Products.
  • Best Home, Giftware and Clothing.
  • Best Retail and Industry Services.
  • Best House Plant and Accessories.

The 2019 judges – Ian Hodgson, of Garden News; Andy Bunker, of Altons Garden Centre; Mel Livingstone, of FronGoch Garden Centre; Jane Lawler, marketing consultant and Garden Centre Association (GCA) inspector; Tom Grinnall, head of Home, Blue Diamond; Josh Winter, of Planters Tamworth; Colin Weatherly-Mein, of Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association (GIMA)/Greenfingers; Roger Crookes, of Pughs Garden Centres and Ex-GCA inspector; Caroline Linger, of Crocus; and Emma Kelly, of Bents – 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 Plants, Seeds, and Bulbs

Winner: MNP Flowers – Granvia Gold Zerochrysum. MNP Flowers also were awarded Best New Product at Glee 2019.

Shortlisted: Javado – Tradescantia Nanouk; Wyevale Nurseries – Agapanthus Poppin Purple.

Best Growing Media

Winner: Environmental Factor – NamaKnight Nenatopes Bio-Logical Insect Control.

Shortlisted: Melcourt Industries – Melcourt Bag for Life; Natural Grower – Natural Soil Conditioner for Organic Growers.

Best Growing Container

Winner: Primeur – Tierra Verde Planter.

Shortlisted: Jagram – Hexagonal Planter Set; Vegepod – Vegebag; Woodlodge – Weave Pots.

Best Garden Decoration

Winner: Jardinopia – Cane Companions.

Shortlisted: Deco-Pak – Rockin Pebbles & Pens; Primus – RSPB Handcrafted Wooden Birds.

Best Garden Tools and Machinery

Winner: iTip – iTip Rotating handles for Wheelbarrows.

Shortlisted: Handy Distribution – Greenworks Cordless Pressure Washer; Hotbon Composting – Hotbin Mini Composter.

Best Garden Landscaping

Winner: Patio Blackspot Removal Co Ltd – Stone King Restorer.

Shortlisted: Aspects Ltd – EAST Gardening range; Kelkay – Feature Pebbles Midnight.

Best Garden Leisure and Entertaining

Winner: Mookie Toys – Muddy Madness Wooden Mud Kitchen.

Shortlisted: Capi Europe – The Rain Barrel Bib; EcoGrill UK – EcoGrill Eco-friendly BBQ.

Best Wild Bird and Wildlife Products

Winner: Jacobi Jayne – Easy Peasy Bird Food.

Shortlisted: Leisuregrow Products – Bee Hive; Leisuregrow Products – Insect Hotel.

Best Garden Giftware, Home, and Clothing

Joint Winners: Luxa London – The Holly Brand Candlestick; Smart Garden Products – The Faux Bouquets.

Shortlisted: Greenkey Garden and Home – The Brick Tile eco-style recycled doormat.

Best Garden Retail and Industry Services

Winner: The Christmas Cabin – Vacu Bio Net Christmas Tree Netting.

Shortlisted: Garden Pride Marketing – Guarded Pin Tree Stand; Wheelie Klips – Klip ‘n’ Fresh.

Best House Plant and Accessories

Winner: Javado – Tradescantia Nanouk.

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

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