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.
David Coton spent a day in north Wales recently to present Zest4Leisure with an award for their Dorset Arbour achieving the highest sales on GardenSite in 2014 and to see what's in store for this year.
Earlier on this year I had the pleasure of presenting sales manager Alwyn Williams and his team with the award for their Dorset Arbour as the most popular garden structure of its kind on GardenSite.
Excellent online and garden site sales, coupled with outstanding service, were taken into account. Customer comments were also reviewed, and they were highly complementary regarding sturdiness, storage space and style.
The Dorset Arbour is only one of a superb variety of timber garden furniture and buildings. In addition there is a highly diverse collection including decking, planters, log cabins and a very popular grow your own range.
Zest is a young firm, only ten years old, but have created a very favourable impression in such a short time. They are always introducing fresh products on the market and I specifically wanted to learn about new ones for the 2015 season.
Although differing in size, the large Hampshire and compact Cheltenham arbours both feature elegant lines and a storage space underneath the seat. They are ideal places to relax, unwind and enjoy the garden.
The Winchester Pergola lets you enjoy a quiet moment with a trellis filled with colourful and sweet smelling climbing plants, while the Miami Swing has a stylish canopy to offer the ultimate in relaxation.
New planters are also to the fore, with the chunky legs of the Norbury and triangular Deep Root Corner versions lifting them off the ground, and the Rossett Square Planter presenting a contemporary design of interlocking wood.
These new introductions, like all Zest garden products are not only good to look at, they are manufactured with pressure treated certified timber from managed forests and come with a 10 year guarantee.
Seeing all these new products I couldn't help but come away with the impression that this is a company full of ideas, offering innovative designs that will enable everyone to fully enjoy their gardens whether they are relaxing, entertaining or gardening.
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