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.
It's that time of the year again when keen gardeners, celebrities and the general public look forward to attending and being inspired by the fabulous displays at the Chelsea Flower Show.
The show's popularity never seems to wane and, although not the year's largest event, it's certainly the most prestigious with the Royal Family present at the opening each year.
As usual they'll be something to interest everyone, a huge range of gardens and exhibits, brand new products and the latest plants.
Gardens at Chelsea fall into three categories, Show, Fresh and Artisan and this year the accent will be on young garden designers, emerging talent given the chance to be produce gardens that are challenging and inspiring.
The themes are varied, illustrating subjects as diverse as water management issues and the natural landscape of Cape Cod. The sponsors, M&G have created a garden that we all desire, described as 'a contemporary paradise'.
To attain a Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze award, the gardens are judged on such criteria as impact and originality, quality of materials and workmanship. The choice of plants is also taken into consideration, their colour, texture and association. Then the overall design is assessed on unity, balance and creativity.
There's new ideas all through the show with merchandise to transform and invigorate your own garden.
Haddonstone will be launching their Sir John Soane Museum range of cast stone ornaments based on that institution's fantastic collection of artifacts and exhibitors offer everything a gardener needs from irrigation systems based on sustainable water supplies by Hozelock to the marvellous garden furniture of Barlow Tyrie.
Visitors to the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show will get the chance to enjoy modern, inventive gardens, new plants and ingenious new products. If you visit the show please let us hear about it, we'd love to see your comments.
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.