Every year garden shows across the country dominate what we are buying for our garden (or wishing we were).
Glee Birmingham, one of the newest shows in the industry, awards the latest products helping you create a better garden. Amongst many other things, they award the best plants, bulbs, containers, tools as well as wildlife products and house plant accessories.
Sustainability was on the mind of everyone at the show, with products promising to be more environmentally friendly or helping reduce plastic waste.
New HTA president Boyd Douglas-Davies says: "I feel that this is a very exciting time for the industry. Yes, there are lots of challenges, but with this also comes lots of opportunities. Sustainability is a key area that the industry is working hard on which is hugely important. Let’s not forget, we are producing a great product in the shape of plants or ‘clean air machines’. We need to shout about this from the rooftops to ensure that the buyers of the future continue to come to us for great products that have a positive impact on the environment."
'Best Garden Plant, Seed or Bulb' was awarded to MNP Flowers for their new Granvia Gold Zerochrysum. The yellow flowers of the Granvia turn orange as the pollen appears and have unique 'paper-like, crisp' petals to the touch.
As the nation prepares for the winter, growing companies want everyone to know: in the event of Brexit, they will be ready. Javado, the Dutch houseplant importer says they have been prepared throughout the last three years, and people won't be left behind on the latest trends.
Meanwhile, the Horticultural Trade Society will be running a comprehensive plant passport campaign from December 2019. They want to raise attention to the complicated issue of transporting plants across borders.
Vacu Bio Net Christmas Tree Netting from The Christmas Cabin won best services product at Glee. The first eco-friendly netting could be used to wrap other plants and seed potatoes and is biodegradable.
British Christmas tree growers are hopeful that the uncertain situation of the UK will benefit them this season. David Brown of Infinity Christmas Trees, the only certified "grown in Britain" Christmas tree grower, says there are plenty of trees around and deals to be had.