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.
This week we were delighted and a little awe struck by the arrival of King Kong, a giant resin Toscano ornament depicting the world's most famous gorilla. It's great to have this magnificent beast on display in Birmingham, standing over 8ft tall with 5’ 8in wide shoulders and weighing in at an impressive 120 kilos (19 stones),
He is part of an extensive Toscano collection that features high quality hand painted and highly detailed pieces depicting everything from farm animals to zombies.
Many people have been mentioning that he has brought back memories of the original King Kong statue which was in the Manzoni Gardens in the centre of Birmingham for six months and was then sold to a local car dealer who also changed the name of his company to the King Kong Car Co.
It was then sold to a Scottish company called Spook Erection Ltd who displayed it at the Ingliston Market in Edinburgh where it was painted in many colours including tartan and famously pink! Unfortunately it is now lying unused in a car park and there is currently a campaign to get the original King Kong back to Birmingham!
We are hoping that our stunningly realistic, but very large gorilla statue will help this to happen, but only time will tell, even the Birmingham Mail news team were quick to pop along and take some photos of the statue and write a piece which is currently in the paper and on their website.
If you would like to come along and view our gorilla, he is currently on display at our Sutton Coldfield branch, and keep your eyes on our Facebook or Google Plus page as we are going to hold a naming competition, where the winner will receive some goodies from us!
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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.