Eleven ground-breaking new garden products have been confirmed as the winners of the coveted Glee New Product Awards 2018.
Selected from hundreds of entries showcased at Glee (September 10-12, NEC Birmingham), the winning products were chosen by an expert panel of judges, representing independent and multiple retailers and international suppliers.
The 2018 judges considered each entry on a challenging range of criteria, including innovation, design, quality, environmental credentials, pricing and retail potential – resulting in some hot debates and close runners-up in a number of categories. A shortlist was then decided for each category, with the shortlisted suppliers then invited to join the judges in the ‘Pitching Den’.
Best Garden Decoration
Winner: Smart Garden Products – Wannabees
Shortlisted: Smart Garden Products Ltd – Llama Rama; The Solar Centre – Trueflame USB Solar Crook Lantern; Greenkey Home & Garden – Flamelights
Best Wildlife & Pets
Joint Winners: RSPCA – Slow Feeder Bowl, Westland Horticulture – Peckish Squirrel Proof Suet Pellets
Shortlisted: RSW International Ltd – Fetch & Treat Ball Game
Best Outdoor Entertaining
Winner: Smart Garden Products – Lit Firefly Balloons
Shortlisted: Burton McCall Ltd – Thermacell Halo Mini; Zest 4 Leisure – Maisy Set
Winner: Primeur – Recycled Rubber Stepping Stones Medallion
Shortlisted: Deco-Pak – Lumi Pave; Primeur – Landscape edge; Smart Garden Products – Solar Picket Fence
Best Home, Gift & Clothing
Winner: Tilnar Art – Besmo & Mo-Home (Meg Hawkins Collection)
Shortlisted: Burgon & Ball – RHS Gifts for Gardeners ‘British Bloom’ collection – pocket pruner & holster set; FallenFruits Ltd – Plant Terrarium with tools
Best Tools & Machinery
Winner: Block Blitz Ltd – Block Blitz Big Blitz
Shortlisted: Burgon & Ball – RHS-endorsed single-handed grass shear; Gardman Ltd – Carbon Steel Large Shovel
Best Garden Care – Chemicals, Fertilisers and Growing Media
Winner: Westland Horticulture – Deadfast New Rodenticides Range
Shortlisted: Block Blitz Ltd – Block Blitz Multi Pave Treatment; Block Blitz Ltd – Block Blitz Block Shield; West Country Soil Improvement Ltd – Bloomin Amazing
Best Garden Care – Growing Accessories
Winner: Tildenet Gardenware – Haxnicks Bamboo Pots & Seed Trays
Shortlisted: Vegepod – Vegepod Raised Garden Bed (medium); Vegtrug Limited – Grow Care
Best Plants, Seeds & Bulbs
Winner: Wyevale Nurseries Ltd – Agapanthus Fireworks
Shortlisted: Javado – Ficus Mangrove Melany Petit; Wyevale Nurseries Ltd – Salvia
Best of British
Winner: West Country Soil Improvement Ltd – Bloomin Amazing
A final award – Best New Product at Glee 2018 – was selected from all the entries received. This year the coveted title went to Primeur with its Recycled Rubber Stepping Stone Medallion.
Glee event director Matthew Mein commented: “We were delighted that so many superb, new products were entered for this year’s Glee New Products and offer many congratulations to the worthy winners. Our thanks also go to the judges who so kindly lent their valuable time and expertise.”