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.
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 complimentary 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 with storage space underneath the seat. They are ideal places to relax, unwind and enjoy the garden, 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.
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.