David Coton's Review Of Glee 2019

GLEE is the garden retail industry's annual show at the NEC in Birmingham. David Coton took the opportunity to visit this year's event to catch up on the news, visit current/potential suppliers and evaluate new products we would like to offer on GardenSite in the coming year.

Created by David Coton on Thursday, 12th of September, 2019.
Updated on Friday, 13th of September, 2019.


More than 500 brands were showcased at this year's Glee, ranging from national widely known chains to independent garden centres. Finding out what the latest gardening trends are, and being able to see them first hand, is crucial to our business. This is why we were so keen to look at any new products coming onto the market, as well as seeing if we could source new and exciting products for our customers on GardenSite.

Zest4Leisure

I am always excited to see Zest4Leisure. We already have a successful relationship with them as they are the leading suppliers of quality timber structures, furniture, and many other outdoor leisure products.

New products to be on the look out for are the Raised Herb Bed, Diamond Raised Bed and Pyramid Display Stand. All are pressure treated and flat packed for easy assembly.

Alwyn Williams, Head of Zest 4 Leisure said: “We’ve had a great couple of days showcasing our new range to customers and we are delighted with their response."

 

New Rowlinson garden fence panel at GLEE Birmingham.Rowlinson New Contemporary Fence Panels

Rowlinson are a family business, with over 90 years of experience. Products such as the Rowlinson Potting Store & Shed and the Garden Shed Bar already do very well on our website, so I was very interested to see what new items they had to offer.

Fence panels also continue to be a major success with our customers, so the introduction of their new Contemporary panels has come at a great time if you are introducing a modern theme to your garden.

Enigma's New Colours

Enigma are a family run business that specialize in statues and garden ornaments, these are moulded with a mixture of high quality resin and marble. After a successful week at Spoga Gafa 2019, a garden trade fair in Cologne, they were back this week in the UK at the NEC.

As well as showcasing their stylish new products and Enigma were delighted to show us their new colours ready for autumn 2019, these include a red and gold mix, a bronze effect and 'Verdigris' which gives off an almost jade-green effect.

David Coton at the Vitavia stand at GLEE.VitaVia Distributes Janssens

I also visited the VitaVia stand who manufacture excellent quality but very affordable greenhouses in Suffolk.

This year they have started distributing greenhouses from Janssens, a Belgian company who have been manufacturing high end outdoor structures since 1946.

So next year look out for these stylishly designed and robustly crafted aluminium greenhouses that boast rust free stainless steel fixtures and fittings, and are supplied with a thirteen year gurarantee.

StoreMore Distributes Rubbermaid

StoreMore garden buildings were delighted to announce their new partnership with Rubbermaid who are based in North Carolina, USA. For nearly 80 years, the Rubbermaid brand has represented innovative and exceptionally durable products that help simplify life. The sheds to be distributed through StoreMore will offer the same benefits, with minimal components they are easy to construct and have a unique locking system.

Kelkay's New Water Features

Following a successful introduction of the GLC lightweight reinforced concrete, Kelkay have continued to push this range and will be introducing more products for 2020.

They are set to launch around 70 new water features in the upcoming months, including complete new ranges labelled Relic and Impressions. Relic is a range with timeless, rustic water features that have been individually handcrafted. Whereas, Impressions is a more contemporary selection with the high end appearance of natural stone.

We are also very excited that they have teamed up with the RHS to bring in a range of iconic water features. This collection replicates the characteristics of aging natural stone, whilst being made from a lighter stone composite. These dramatic pieces are not only very affordable but are sure to make a statement in even the most modest garden.

David Coton viewing Evika at GLEEEvika

Finally, Evika is a new brand, which we were delighted to learn about, they have an exciting range of new generation greenhouses.

Read about in our full review here.

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