Garden Show Gear
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show never fails to inspire me when it comes to its garden and plant displays, but what about all the other ‘stuff’ that fills the site? There is almost no type of garden sundry that cannot be bought at Chelsea – from tractor mowers to hygrometers and from wellington boots to bird boxes. This year I spent a couple of hours walking down Eastern Avenue assessing the garden tools and accessories on display.
Bulldog Tools have now been showing at Chelsea for four years and their products look great in one of the few planted stands (many exhibitors stands resemble Moroccan souks) in the Eastern Avenue. The new Alan Titchmarsh Garden Tools range was shown off well and was proving successful with visitors.
Wilkinson Sword continues to innovate and redesign garden tools. They are in the process of changing their name to Fiskars, but this has not stopped them continue to produce good value well made tools. PowerGear is still the easiest way to chop, prune and trim and with the new PowerStep design Wilkinson Sword’s loppers are set to be even easier on the arms!
Spear & Jackson made a very welcome return to Chelsea this year after many years of absence. Their best products in my opinion are the revolutionary ‘E’ series digging tools and my favourite tool at the show, the Razorsharp secateurs with interchangeable blades. These secateurs can be bought with standard bypass blades, anvil blades and flower snip blades giving you three different secateurs for a great price.
As always Felco showed off their great range of secateurs, loppers and knives with great success. Tubtrug (who manufacture our super-strong Gorilla Tubs) used this year’s show to launch their fully recycled Tubtrug in a range of new muted colours. Bosch, as ever had a fantastic looking stand – almost as good as some of the show gardens and packed with their great tools. The new Bosch Ciso cordless secateurs were very popular with visitors and are sure to be a massive hit.
The show as always was filled to the (metaphorical) rafters with garden lovers of all shapes, sizes, nationalities and ages. While there was a healthy smattering of £100,000 greenhouses, £25,000 statues and £2,500 plant pots, there were also 99p gloves, £1 packets of seeds and a thermometer for £2.50! The variety at Chelsea has always contributed to it being one of the best garden shows in the world.
I hope that the RHS continue to see the Eastern Avenue as an important part of the Chelsea Flower Show.
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