Yesterday saw the annual Press Event for the British gardening media at the RHS Lawrence Hall in Vincent Square, London. As usual I attended with our friends from Bulldog Tools who were showing off designs for their first show garden which will be in the Grand Pavilion at The Chelsea Flower Show this year (you can see the designs here).
The Garden Media Guild who help organise the Press Event each year always try to encourage as many journalists as possible to attend, making it a really good exhibition as well as a chance to meet up with people you haven't seen for a while.
Whilst it would be indiscreet to gossip, there were a number of comments (some positive!) made about Alan Titchmarsh's new reported £2 million, two year contract with ITV. Hopefully Alan will be able to add some quality horticultural content to ITV's otherwise 'garden-free' schedule.
Among those attending were friend of Quality Garden Tools, Christine Walkden as well as Lila Das Gupta, Charlie Dimmock, Helen Yemm, Jean Vernon, Adam Pasco, Veg Plotting (see the blog), Nigel Colborn, Steve Bradley from The Sun, Vicky Kingsbury from The English Garden and Pippa Greenwood who was showing her new grow your own range (which you can read about here).
There were also lots of new companies showing as well as some long time supporters of the event including: Bulldog Tools, Sutton Seeds, The Nether Wallop Trading Co, Bosch Lawn and Garden, Fiskars, Hilliers, David Austin Roses, HTA, Haddonstone, Flymo, Gardman and more.
The main trend amongst manufacturers continues to be Grow Your Own - the juggernaut continues to roll! Hopefully, although this theme is dominant at the moment, customers will be lured into other aspects of gardening as well - flowers still exsist!
Although this was in no way a media scrum it was an event full of good sports!
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