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.
Many gardens have magical qualities and, using Toscano resin figurines, David Hall has transformed his garden into a place that will truly enchant children and adults alike.
Design Toscano offer a remarkable series of attractive resin representations of angels, animals, gothic and classical figures.
Some of their most popular pieces feature the fairies that delightfully populate our folklore.
Two of the most charming are the Fairy Dust Twins. Beautifully hand coloured, one of the golden haired fairies sits on a flower while the other leans on a mushroom in a coy pose.
Exquisitely crafted, they are fine examples of the standard to which Toscano craft their pieces, they are all wonderful high quality resin creations.
Other resin fairies are authentically finished to resemble intricately carved stone. The Secret Garden Fairies designed by the artist Evelyn Myers Hartley, one pondering and the other gazing into the distance, are superb examples of a realistic stone effect.
For the Fairy of the West Wind, the Celtic Fairy, and the Sunflower Fairy who is crowned with a wreath of flowers and wears a petal skirt, subtley different tones are used to charmingly emphasis the intricate detail.
Toscano's collection can be augmented by fairies in bronzed resin such as the charming Woodland Fairy. The Large Standing Fairy Statue is an impressive 93cm in height and the Large Sitting Fairy both have wonderfully outstretched butterfly wings and a meticulously detailed body.
Also displaying a delightful wing span is the Fairy on a Swing which is handcrafted from aluminium with a bronze finish.
Whatever you choose, beauty and durability will be guaranteed due to the outstanding nature of the craftsmanship and the excellent materials used in their production. As many people remark, these figurines are 'beautifully made' and will 'enhance any garden'.
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.