Gadgets that harness the power of AI and smart technology are set to revolutionise the market for garden goods

“Alexa, start the lawnmower”. “Alexa, water the borders and vegetable patch”. “Alexa, order me a pack of Miracle-Gro”. Turn back the clock by a decade and such voice commands would have been dismissed as the plot of a sci-fi movie. Now, AI and smart technology that has revolutionised our homes is set to transform the way the nation tends its flowers, fruit, lawns and vegetables. High-tech app-controlled kit and robotic gadgets that promise to make gardening easier are taking the garden retail market by storm. Continue reading

A look ahead to Glee 2019

As the leading trade show for the garden and outdoor leisure sector, Glee is a key date in the calendar. With just five months to go until the doors open on the 2019 event (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham), the show’s organisers confirm that this year’s exhibition will be a bigger and more vibrant showcase of the best the industry has to offer. Continue reading

Value of UK pet market set to hit £7billion by 2021 as millennials’ passion for pampering pets fuels demand for fashionable, luxurious accessories

Britain has always been a nation of animal lovers. Now, we’re an island of truly pampered furry friends – with animals no longer regarded as pets, but one of the family. Even in turbulent economic times, Brits are putting pets’ wellbeing before their own – and that’s music to the ears of pet accessory retailers. Continue reading

Plants at Glee 2019 update

The horticultural heart of the exhibition, Glee Plants, showcases an extensive range of plants, trees and shrubs from UK and international suppliers. To date a host of brands – of all sizes – have confirmed their presence at the September show (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham), bringing with them the best new plant varieties for the season ahead. Continue reading

Garden retail on track to power ahead in 2019 as industry defies gloomy outlook for Britain’s High Streets

Retail success stories seldom hit the headlines with the UK gripped by Brexit jitters – but the nation’s garden centres are riding on the crest of a wave. While Britain’s High Streets are facing economic headwinds that have seen big name retailers consigned to history, garden centres are bucking the trend and experiencing healthy levels of growth. Continue reading

2018 Glee New Product Winners – where are they now?

The beating heart of Glee, the Glee New Product Showcase provides a one-stop-shop for all the latest product innovations from around the show. Each year 11 products are selected as winners by a panel made up of leading industry figures and gardening experts. Six months have now passed since the 2018 winners were crowned, making it the perfect time to catch up with some of the brands to find out how the award has helped grow business, and to see what 2019 has in store. Continue reading