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.
Decorative and practical, stone garden furniture takes inspiration from many different styles. Here is David Coton's review of stone garden furniture that's currently available on Gardensite.
Although most famous for their cast stone work, there are also wrought iron benches, and some of the range can be used to great effect inside the house as well as in the garden.
A perennial best seller, the Straight Bench Seat is a robust piece of garden furniture that is ideally used with decorative scrolled supports. Just over four feet long, this sturdy cast stone bench will look superb in a courtyard oron a terrace.
Again best used in conjunction with decorative supports, this bench will enhance your garden with classical style. Gracefully curved, there are two versions Curved 52in Stone Bench or Curved 60in Stone Bench.
Both the Raphael Seat, that is supported by four rams couchant, and the Raphael Bench Seat, feature panels depicting the artist's magnificent grotesque Vatican decorations. Both these seats are highly decorative pieces of substantial cast stone furniture that are certain to make a lasting impact in any location.
The chimera is a mythical hybrid creature made up from parts of different animals, they underpin this delightful Chimera Stone Bench Seat that also features egg and dart moulding around its edges. Curving gracefully, this is an elegant piece of classical furniture whose appearance is so eye-catching.
By contrast, the Highland Park Bench, based on a Mark Salzman design, is uncomplicated and sleek, representing cast stone in a most contemporary way.
The Charleston, Regency Two Seater and Regency Three Seater, and Gothic Wentworth are wrought iron designs from the Forge collection that reflect different architectural and cultural influences, respectively the 1920s, Regency and Gothic revival periods.
A fluted shaft in the Greek Doric style supports a large circular table with a Romanesque quatrefoil centrepiece. The Doric Table is very classically strong, the plinth takes its lead from the Parthenon and similar styled structures.
Egg and dart mouldings feature heavily along the rim of this rectangular table top that is supported by stylised dolphins with gaping mouths and upturned tails. The Dolphin Stone Table Top is a fabulous piece of classical imagery.
With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.
Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.
Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..
There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.