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 | 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”.
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.