Words by: Lauren Regan, Account Director
Spring is well and truly in the air and the O team have been out on the road, discovering the newest and most innovative ideas in gardening at the Garden Press Event 2019 at the beautiful Business Design Centre in Islington.
With over 110 exhibitions, including a host of international brands and household names, the Garden Press Event is the place to be to get a sneak peek at new products and discover what trends are shaping the sector this year and beyond.
This year everyone is talking about…
The future is here and robotics and garden tech were a hot topic of conversation at this year’s show. Saving you time and energy in the garden, day or night, rain or shine, robotic lawnmowers will cut the grass so you don’t have to. With a range of brands showcasing their products, the standout robotic of the show had to be Flymo’s Flymo 1200 R – Robotic Lawn Mower. The UK’s number one best-selling robotic mows the lawn on its own, while you enjoy your free time to do other things. It’s flexible and therefore well suited for nearly any garden type, as well as for example secondary areas.
Urban and indoor gardening is on the rise with those living in urban jungles still looking for things to nurture. Indoor plant sales are up 15-20 percent this year and one look at Instagram will tell you that easy to care for succulents are going nowhere fast. Green spaces that are quick and easy to care for, but still deliver the wow factor, are more popular than ever with companies such as Farplants Group exhibiting their award-winning ‘Small Plants for Small Spaces’ range, helping to inspire gardeners to find the perfect plants for modern sized gardens.
Wild about nature
Creating wildlife havens in your outdoor space is a big trend in 2019 as more consumers make more environmentally nature friendly decisions when it comes to their gardens. Created by conservation scientists, Seedball is a unique innovation to help people to grow bee and butterfly-friendly wildflowers while Hozelock and wildlife gardener Kate Bradbury have unveiled their new range of natural gardening products that help make a real difference to bees in the UK.
And finally, with all the excited chatter around what the spring and summer will bring for gardens around the UK, we loved the idea of new gardening app Candide, which helps to inspire and connect gardeners and plant lovers around the UK and start conversations about everything from growing tips to dream garden tours.