A return of events: Glee is back!

Events are back, with Glee leading the charge as the first dedicated garden retail exhibition to make its in-person return post-lockdown (14th – 16th September NEC Birmingham). This year’s show will bring together hundreds of brands and thousands of exciting products under one roof, providing garden buyers with the first opportunity in 18 months to ‘shop’ new ranges to boost their retail offering and build on the incredible momentum created throughout lockdown. Continue reading

Get set for the Glee Green Heart 2021

The horticultural hub of Glee, the Green Heart, is making its return later this year and is set to provide one of the first face-to-face networking opportunities for the plant trade sector within the last two years.  Working in partnership with Woodlodge – the Green Heart’s official merchandising bench supplier – Glee Green Heart is a must-attend event for any retailer wanting to optimise the unprecedented growth of green living in autumn 2021 and beyond. Continue reading

Glee introduces COVID-19 Status Checks

Following the government’s recent update regarding the safe reopening of events and working in consultancy with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the NEC, it has been confirmed that this year’s Glee exhibition (14th – 16th September) will ask all attendees to verify their COVID-19 status on arrival. Continue reading

New brands confirmed for Glee 2021

As the industry gears up for the return of Glee as an in-person event (14th – 16th September, NEC Birmingham) – the first since 2019 – there are a number of new brands which are getting ready to make their Glee debut. Here we find out more about those companies never-before seen at the leading garden retail event. Continue reading

With eight weeks to go until Glee 2021, show organisers unveil a new date for next year’s event

There is great anticipation in the garden retail sector for the long-awaited return of Glee (14th – 16th September 2021, NEC Birmingham) as an in-person event; with suppliers and retailers set to reconnect and create new opportunities at this year’s show. Building on this excitement, the Glee team has confirmed that the 2022 event will move to a new date in order to meet the ever-developing needs of the garden retail sector. As a result, Glee 2022 will take place June 28th – 30th. Continue reading

How the order to ‘stay home’ gave houseplants another welcome boost

Houseplant sales have been on an upward curve for some time now but, for anyone wondering if the trend has hit its peak, think again because Covid has taken the demand for greenery in the home up another notch. Lockdown has seen the nation engage with plants and gardening like never before, with retailers often struggling to keep up with demand and a new army of plant enthusiasts stepping up their spend. UK houseplant sales are forecast to top £4billion this year and the category is enticing in a wealth of younger consumers, for whom, becoming a ‘plant parent’ or impressing your followers on social media is all the rage. So, what’s behind this upswing in sales? The Glee team find out more. Continue reading

Glee 2021: celebrating newness within garden retail

As the first dedicated garden retail exhibition to make its in-person return post-lockdown, Glee (14th – 16th September, NEC Birmingham) has an important role to play. From networking and educating, to inspiring retailers and suppliers alike, this year’s event will be a highly anticipated showcase of the newest and most exciting innovations that the garden sector has to offer ahead of the 2022 season. Continue reading

Add value to planter sales with LECHUZA PON

The wealth of planters on offer to consumers in store is enough to overwhelm but, once they have got past which ‘look’ they want to create at home or in their garden, what more can retailers offer them to ensure their green-fingered endeavours are a success? With LECHUZA’s specially-formulated PON substrate, you have a perfect opportunity to create linked sales to keep those tills ringing or, even, upsell customers to a series of LECHUZA self-watering planters that come complete with the miracle-working substrate; adding value and interest to what would otherwise be a fairly ordinary transaction. Continue reading

Is container gardening for me?

Events this past year served to highlight how much people value some kind of outdoor space or greenery, even if it is an urban jungle on a windowsill. You just need to look at the spike in demand for gardening products last summer to see how many people were bitten by the gardening bug. However, if you’ve shied away from gardening in the past through fear of failure or just never thought you had the space to create something special, think again. Container gardening, particularly with the help of LECHUZA’s self-watering pots, could be the answer to building a garden or green space to suit your lifestyle. Continue reading

Grow Your Own Italian feast

Whether you’re trying to cook more healthily at home or simply missing being able to eat out at your favourite Italian restaurant, LECHUZA has the perfect recipe for creating your own delicious pizza and pasta dishes at home, using the freshest ingredients. Fear not, there is minimal gardening involved, as LECHUZA planters do the hard work for you. All you need to do is picture yourself in the Mediterranean, with the heady scents of fresh basil, garlic, tomatoes and oregano filling your kitchen. Continue reading

Grow your own cocktails with LECHUZA

With the pubs closed for a little longer and lockdown rendering any tolerance you once had for the people in your household completely non-existent, drinking at home has never been so popular (and needed). Whether it’s a tipple to pep up your Zoom ‘happy hour’, raising a glass to our amazing NHS frontline workers – or just because it’s Tuesday – LECHUZA can help you grow the tastiest cocktails in the comfort of your own home, whatever the occasion.  Continue reading

Spring into container gardening with LECHUZA

Whether you’re looking for an abundance of cheerful colour after the cold, gloomy winter, or want to create a lush indoor jungle with a mix of houseplants and succulents, LECHUZA – the expert in beautiful and functional planters – shares its five failsafe tips for successful container gardening this spring. Continue reading

LECHUZA sets the new standard in planters with its 2021 offering

With the popularity of houseplants hitting stratospheric levels and three million new gardeners* embracing their green fingers for the first time in 2020, it’s safe to say that gardening has become mainstream once again. One brand that is helping gardeners – and retailers – to maximise the many benefits of this pastime is the multi-award winning German brand, LECHUZA, which is bringing to market an exciting new range of recyclable plastic pots and planters which will help retailers offer something different for the discerning buyer. Continue reading