Requesting a greenhouse without glass is one of the more unusual inquiries that our Marketing Department has received, but it was all in the cause of art and we were pleased to help out local designer Julian Bull create his latest installation.
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.
Dazzling with colourful interest in the brilliant sunshine, this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will prove to be a tremendous attraction for everyone as it caters for both keen gardeners and families who just what a day out in magnificent surroundings.
After all the dry hot weather that much of the country has experienced over the last few weeks, the lavender in David Coton's garden is at its most colourful and scented, he's cutting the flowerheads to make lavender biscuits or drying them for pot pourri. Here are more jobs you can do in the garden during July.
At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.
As part of a project designed to sow ideas, grow inspiration and cultivate futures, 300 London schools are growing their own picnic this summer and their reward could be a £500 voucher from GardenSite.