Attending Glee, the leading garden and leisure industry show, was a great opportunity for Nathan Dodd to spot trends and anticipate products that will come onto the market in the near future.
Listeners to BBC Radio 4 will have heard a report on how sales of garden ornaments went up by 9% last year, Nathan James Dodd reports on the reasons for this increase.
The Horticultural Trades Association reckon that households spend about £130 a year on their garden and the total market for ornaments amounts to £25m - £30m per year.
It's thought that 10% of garden centre sales are now ornaments. Many of these are practical as well as decorative, such as lanterns and solar lighting that let us enjoy the garden for much longer than just daylight hours.
A householder's character is reflected in how they decorate their home, and ornamental products made from stone, resin, or metal are seen as a way we express ourselves outdoors.
The choice is huge, from classical statues reproducing Roman and Greek artefacts to entirely realistic reproductions of domesticated pets and wild animals.
Sales of the traditional garden gnome may have dipped over recent years but squirrels, owls, ducks and sheep can all now be found in borders, undergrowth and providing interest on the patio.
A company such as Vivid Arts who create wonderfully lifelike resin animals have increased sales by 15% year on year for the past decade.
Manufacturers reported steady growth throughout the recent recession and sales are forecast to continue to rise, with quality and affordability combining to create products that everyone seems to want.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.