Wow, how exciting is this – we actually had a proper day out last week, meeting real people at the annual Garden Press Event in London! The event’s aim is to give us a chance to review new gardening products and mix with the movers and shakers of the horticulture stratosphere (don’t think Caroline got the memo though….)
Elaine was in charge of transport arrangements so naturally we got lost immediately. But once we finally managed to catch the right London Bus and bagged the top-deck front seats E and C were like kids on a school outing.
Once there, we realised just how busy the horticultural industry had been over lockdown, progressing peat-free, chemical-free and plastic-free alternatives for us to use at home. One of our favourites (and overall winner of the 2022 New Product Award at the event) was a range of re-useable cell trays made of natural rubber. They’ll last for years and are made of a natural product rather than manufactured plastic.
Meanwhile Elaine was planning yet more devious ways to ensure her grandchildren were lured into her love of gardening and was attracted to Johnsons’ child friendly plant propagator.
I was just thrilled to be rubbing shoulders with some of my horticultural heroes and we had lovely chats with two of our favourite authors and columnists, Val Bourne and Helen Yemm, and a good old giggle with house plant guru and all round superstar, Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek of ‘Steph’s Packed Lunch’ fame (our feature picture).
There was plenty to look forward to for the summer as well, and Elaine was enthralled by the prospect of two new David Austin rose introductions this summer, ‘Elizabeth’ and the Morecombe and Wise inspired ‘Give Me Sunshine’ – both entirely appropriate in what is going to be a Platinum Jubilee celebration of all things British.
I was delighted too when another true British company Henchman ladders (who will actually feature in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant Commemorative Album) offered to let me trial one of their wonderfully stable platform ladders to clean our glasshouse roof lights this spring.
What a wonderful day we had, I’ve put links to the new products we were excited about at the end of the blog.
Not sure it’s a viable as a new biological pest control measure but here is a little demonstration of Carolines skill at hooking off aphids.
And here are links to some of the products that impressed us:
Evergreen’s peat-free compost
Wildlife World’s natural rubber cell trays
Johnsons’ caterpillar greenhouse kit
David Austin’s two new roses for 2022
Henchman’s high ladders
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