New products are the lifeblood of many industries and it’s no different in the gardening sector and most of us above a certain age will know the Rubbermaid brand well, particularly if you have ever been in the cleaning industry.
Nathan James Dodd describes how GardenSite have once again joined forces with garden designer Andy Tudbury by donating a Rowlinson Haven Corner Arbour to his show garden at this year's Gardeners' World Live event.
Last year GardenSite sponsored Andy Tudbury's garden at Gardeners' World Live and this year we donated a delightful arbour to act as the focal point of his 'Legacy' garden.
The garden commemorates the legacy of perhaps the most well known Gardeners' World presenter – Geoff Hamilton, who died twenty years ago.
He was well known for using recycled materials, that's why Andy, who runs Halcyon Days Garden Design, has chosen to use old scaffolding planks as the broadwalk that goes over a shallow gravel pool leading to the arbour.
A mass of cottage style plants surrounds the Haven Corner Arbour which is constructed from top quality pressure treated softwood, seats four people and can be stained or painted to complement the landscape.
Many of the plants have come from Barnsdale, Geoff's former garden, and there is a strong wild meadow influence reflecting his organic gardening philosophy.
Preparing the garden took nearly a fortnight and wasn't easy due to heavy rain, but the effort proved worthwhile as Andy was awarded a bronze prize by the judges.
After the event, the arbour will be transported to the East Midlands Flower show taking place at Newstead Abbey, and then it will be donated to a charitable cause.
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.
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.
Gardening is such a popular activity with interest only increasing over recent years that the magazine rack in your local newsagent or supermarket is packed with publications offering inspiration and practical advice.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is dull and overcast, David Coton suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.