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.
David Coton spent a day in north Wales recently to present Zest4Leisure with an award for their Dorset Arbour achieving the highest sales on GardenSite in 2014 and to see what's in store for this year.
Earlier on this year I had the pleasure of presenting sales manager Alwyn Williams and his team with the award for their Dorset Arbour as the most popular garden structure of its kind on GardenSite.
Excellent online and garden site sales, coupled with outstanding service, were taken into account. Customer comments were also reviewed, and they were highly complementary regarding sturdiness, storage space and style.
The Dorset Arbour is only one of a superb variety of timber garden furniture and buildings. In addition there is a highly diverse collection including decking, planters, log cabins and a very popular grow your own range.
Zest is a young firm, only ten years old, but have created a very favourable impression in such a short time. They are always introducing fresh products on the market and I specifically wanted to learn about new ones for the 2015 season.
Although differing in size, the large Hampshire Arbour and compact Cheltenham Arbour both feature elegant lines and a storage space underneath the seat. They are ideal places to relax, unwind and enjoy the garden.
The Winchester Pergola lets you enjoy a quiet moment with a trellis filled with colourful and sweet smelling climbing plants, while the Miami Swing has a stylish canopy to offer the ultimate in relaxation.
New planters are also to the fore, with the chunky legs of the Norbury and triangular Deep Root Corner versions lifting them off the ground, and the Rossett Square Planter presenting a contemporary design of interlocking wood.
These new introductions, like all Zest garden products are not only good to look at, they are manufactured with pressure treated certified timber from managed forests and come with a 10 year guarantee.
Seeing all these new products I couldn't help but come away with the impression that this is a company full of ideas, offering innovative designs that will enable everyone to fully enjoy their gardens whether they are relaxing, entertaining or gardening.
In these uncertain times it's reassuring to know that Barlow Tyrie have been designing and manufacturing top quality teak furniture for nearly a century, and they have announced several new ranges to coincide with their one hundredth birthday.
Keeping everything we offer on GardenSite fresh with the widest choice is always important, that's why David Coton recently paid a visit to Royalcraft, who offer an impressive selection of high quality outdoor furniture that we will feature next year.
It's autumn and David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that we should also now be planning ahead for next year.
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 2019.