This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

GLEE New Products - The Award Winners

Eco Decking Tiles

The international Garden and Leisure Exhibition product awards, held in the UK, have just been announced. A team of fifteen expert judges from the garden, pet and leisure industries studied more than two hundred and eighty GLEE New Product entries in fourteen categories. The products were rated for innovation, design and originality; how well products met the gardener’s needs; and any unique features or technologies setting the product apart from competitors. They were also judged for quality, fitness for purpose, environmental impact and value for money. The following are two of those that are particularly relevant to home gardeners.

Landscaping - Eco Decking Tiles by Eco Deck UK
Judges' Comment: "At the price offered - around £60 per square metre - it was well packaged for both the customer and professional, and very easy to clip together."

Nursery - Marvellous Mushrooms by Mr Fothergill's Seeds
Judges' Comment: "It's an exciting product for all ages, from the very youngest to the oldest customer. The mushrooms are grown on recycled products such as logs, straw and old newspapers. You don't even need a garden to grow these mushrooms."

To read about all the gardening related awards from GLEE visit the News pages on the GardenMessenger web-site click here.

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