David began working for the Garden Centre in 1999 as a part time aquatic sales assistant. Juggling both work and education he went on to study at Coventry University and gained an Honours Degree in Computer Science. After gaining his degree he joined the team on a full time basis taking care of the Aquatics side of the business and the ongoing development of GardenSite.
No-one can say our weather is predictable but what can be foreseen is that a huge amount of new stock is being delivered to our Garden Centre to celebrate the end of lockdown and the arrival of spring which officially starts on the 20th March,
We will be receiving new stock at the garden centre during February in readiness for spring which hopefully is just around the corner, in the meantime David Coton suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
When market leaders Halls introduced the ground breaking Qube greenhouse we promised to keep you in touch with any further developments. We can now share with you the details of their product range that has been re-branded for 2021.
Clouds usually have a silver lining and, as we slowly but surely start to live normal lives again, our taste for preparing succulent meals in our own outdoor space will be satisfied by a new range of barbecues and modular kitchens from market leaders Napoleon.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is dull and overcast, David Coton suggests that getting out into the garden is one of the few pleasures we can enjoy while social distancing restrictions are still in place.
There was a time when entertaining outside meant firing up a modest garden barbecue, but that's all going to change with the introduction of a fabulous range of outdoor kitchens from those Aussie BBQ specialists, Beefeater.
Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden during the last month of the year. David Coton suggests some garden jobs that can occupy the short days.
David Coton suggests that there are plenty of gardening jobs that need to be done in November, from why you shouldn't throw away any fallen leaves to how to take care of your vegetable patch.
It's autumn and David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that we should also now be planning ahead for next year.
It was all change this year for GLEE, the garden retail industry's annual show that is usually held at the NEC in Birmingham. Due to pandemic restrictions, a virtual show took its place with product launches, presentations and awards all happening online.
After quizzing themselves with the question "How can we make better sheds?" Forest Garden have been busy over the last 12 months upgrading and improving their existing shed range so that they now offer higher quality, cost-effective and better designed sheds for every gardener. David Coton visited their factory last week, and here is what he discovered about the relaunched Better Shed range.
Although the growing season is slowly coming to an end, David Coton can suggest quite a few jobs that need to be done over the next few weeks, helping you make the most of what's left of summer and preparing for the arrival of autumn.
GardenSite is proud to announce a donation of £25,000 to NHS Charities, the result of a pledge made to our customers that we would donate £1 for every £50 they spend.
During the recent spell of fine weather and with more forecast, David Coton has been careful to make sure that none of the container grown plants at the Garden Centre dry out. This is particularly important if you are on holiday and he has these suggestions for other jobs that will keep you busy in the garden during August.
With such changeable weather recently with a heat wave following by rain, David Coton is looking forward to summer finally arriving and a chance to get out into the garden, here are some of the jobs he'll be tackling during July.
At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our newly re-opened Garden Centre in Birmingham. Plant the bedding out in borders and containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.
With the recent hot weather encouraging everyone out into the garden and the threat of frost disappearing during May, David Coton is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month.
Barlow Tyrie is a brand which is synonymous with high quality design and manufacture using only the finest materials. This insistence on 'only the best' has now been recognized by their Layout range of garden furniture becoming a prestigious Red Dot award winner.
In normal circumstances with warmer weather and Easter coming along soon, you should be stocking up on bedding plants to fill planters, borders and hanging baskets. However, even though the garden centre is currently closed, we are still trading online and, while you may be confined to home, there are plenty of garden jobs for you to tackle during April. David Coton has these suggestions.
In these uncertain times it's reassuring to know that Barlow Tyrie have been designing and manufacturing top quality teak furniture for nearly a century, and they have announced several new ranges to coincide with their one hundredth birthday.