The annual Garden Press Event went ahead as planned despite the snowy weather affecting large parts of the UK.
The 13th year of the event, which is dedicated to showcasing the garden industry to the media, saw the event move to the Business Design Centre, which was reportedly well received by exhibitors and visitors.
Despite the weather, media representing key trade and consumer titles came from across the country to find out the latest information on new products, themes and innovations ahead of the 2018 gardening season.
This year saw over 100 companies exhibit including Westland Horticulture, Suttons, Stiga, Honda, David Austin Roses, Elho, Bulldog Tools, Cadix, Wyevale Nurseries and Hozelock and included 26 new companies for 2018.
Alongside the exhibitors themselves a series of short speaker slots took place in The Briefing Room covering topics such as plant health, National Children’s Gardening Week and the latest trends.
All exhibitors were eligible to put products forward for the New Product Awards, raising £2,650 for Greenfingers. The winner of the new product award was Bio-Bean for their Coffee Logs product made from coffee grounds with the runner up being Willow Wand.
At a pre-event dinner there was a presentation to both Guy Buttershaw and Sue O’Neill thanking them for their work in developing and running the event for the past 13 years.