The winners round-up from Glee 2019
Eleven new garden products have been confirmed as the winners of the coveted Glee New Product Showcase 2019.
12 September 2019
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”.
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.