David Coton was delighted to recently meet with Frank Honald, President and Owner of Henri Studio USA, who had flown in from Chicago to discuss the opportunity of bringing their products back into the UK next year.
To coincide with the release of Jurassic World on 11 June, David Hall describes how you can create your own theme park with dinosaurs produced in fine detail and with enormous precision by Toscano and Borderstone.
You don't usually come across prehistoric animals ambling through your garden but, with these fearsome dinosaur ornaments in cast stone and high quality resin, long extinct creatures of varying scariness can inhabit the undergrowth and stride across your lawn..
With a name meaning 'Tyrant Lizard', Tyrannosaurus Rex had powerful legs and a huge skull, a world class predator that Borderstone have cast in stone.
You would probably not want to bump into a Ankylosaurus in real life either, luckily this Borderstone version is another excellently crafted reproduction in cast stone. Their Triceratops lives up to his name, that means 'three horned face', with an armour plated appearance but underneath he's just a cuddly herbivore.
Reaching up to browse in the tree tops is the giraffe necked Brachiosaurus, his signature small head indicates although he may have been one of the tallest but perhaps not the brightest.
Toscano have reproduced in resin their own T. Rex but this time a ferocious life size resin version measuring 11ft tall and 22ft long! It's hand painted and entirely convincing.
Their Parasaurolopus has clearly recently used his crimson red beak for al fresco dining and, like all the creatures in the life size collection, is reproduced entirely realistically at just under 8ft, as is a 6ft tall Allosaurus.
The extremely frightening Velociraptor, again life size, would have Richard Attenborough on his bike cycling in the opposite direction. This carnivorous speedster has terrifying claws and teeth dripping with blood.
Looking not entirely dissimilar to a rhino, the Toscano Triceratops has three horns and a head so large it takes up a third of its body behind a backward pointing frill. However, as far as necks go, the longest must belong to the Brontosaurus, 7ft tall and 12ft long, this will stand head and shoulders above you.
And if anyone doubts that your Jurassic World isn't for real, you can have the bones to prove it. Life size dinosaur remains that any paleontologist will be proud to discover. No-one will guess they're made from resin.
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.
Sustainability and a growing awareness of wildlife are two of the key gardening trends identified by the Royal Horticultural Society for 2020, with gardeners in a position where they can make a substantial impact regarding environmental issues.
Robert Hall explains how getting out into the garden can help us to exercise, get out into the open air, enjoy time with nature and to help keep our minds occupied during these overwhelming Covid-19 times.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, sound advice and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2020.