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.
Nathan James Dodd describes how GardenSite have once again joined forces with garden designer Andy Tudbury by donating a Rowlinson Haven Corner Arbour to his show garden at this year's Gardeners' World Live event.
Last year GardenSite sponsored Andy Tudbury's garden at Gardeners' World Live and this year we donated a delightful arbour to act as the focal point of his 'Legacy' garden.
The garden commemorates the legacy of perhaps the most well known Gardeners' World presenter – Geoff Hamilton, who died twenty years ago.
He was well known for using recycled materials, that's why Andy, who runs Halcyon Days Garden Design, has chosen to use old scaffolding planks as the broadwalk that goes over a shallow gravel pool leading to the arbour.
A mass of cottage style plants surrounds the Haven Corner Arbour which is constructed from top quality pressure treated softwood, seats four people and can be stained or painted to complement the landscape.
Many of the plants have come from Barnsdale, Geoff's former garden, and there is a strong wild meadow influence reflecting his organic gardening philosophy.
Preparing the garden took nearly a fortnight and wasn't easy due to heavy rain, but the effort proved worthwhile as Andy was awarded a bronze prize by the judges.
After the event, the arbour will be transported to the East Midlands Flower show taking place at Newstead Abbey, and then it will be donated to a charitable cause.
With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.
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.
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.