Eleven ground-breaking new garden products have been confirmed as the winners of the coveted Glee New Product Awards 2017, at a special award presentation organised and run by Garden Trade News.
Selected from hundreds of entries showcased at Glee (11 – 13 September, NEC Birmingham), the winning products were chosen by an expert panel of judges, representing independent and multiple retailers and international suppliers.
Entries were submitted into twelve key garden retail categories, comprising:
- Best Retail Services and Experiences Products
- Best Outdoor Entertaining Products
- Best Garden Decoration Products
- Best Home, Gift and Clothing Products
- Best Wildlife and Pets Products
- Best Garden Care – Growing Accessories Products
- Best Garden Care – Chemicals, Fertilisers and Growing Media Products
- Best Plants, Seeds and Bulbs Products
- Best Tools and Machinery Products
- Best Landscaping Products
- Best of British
- Glee Consumer Choice – sponsored by Modern Garden
A further award – Visitor Choice Award, sponsored by The HTA – will be announced on Wednesday (13th September) morning at 12:30pm. Retailers visiting the Glee New Product display are invited to vote for their favourite product after viewing the entries on display to select this year’s Visitor Choice Award.
The 2017 judges – Tony Kersey, Bunnings/Homebase; Michelle de Lavis-Trafford, Choice Marketing; Marcus Cousins, Aylett Nurseries; Heidi Towse, Frosts Garden Centres/Tillington Group; Ian Hodgson, Editor at Large, Garden News; Brian Archibald, bandhsolutions; Nigel Wallis, Baytree Garden Centre; Anita Meuleman, Editor in Chief, Garden Retailer and Tuinzaken – 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’.
All entries can be found in a single central located New Product Showcase at the end of central boulevard in Hall 17.
Best Retail Services and Experiences Products
Winner: Mud Daddy – Mud Daddu
Best Outdoor Entertaining Products
Winner: The Fire Pod – The Fire Pod
Best Garden Decoration Products
Winner: The Solar Centre – TrueFlame
Best Home, Gift and Clothing Products
Winner: Gold Leaf – The RHS Collection
Best Wildlife and Pets Products
Winner: Wildlife World – Dew Drop Wild Bird Window Feeder
Best Garden Care – Growing Accessories Products
Winner: Elho – Green Basics Growhouse Flowerbridge
Best Garden Care – Chemicals, Fertilisers and Growing Media Products
Winner: Neudorff – Nemotode Range
Best Plants, Seeds and Bulbs Products
Winner: Wyevale Nurseries – Senecio Angel Wings
Best Tools and Machinery Products
Winner: Burgon & Ball – Wonderweed Puller
Best Landscaping Products
Winner: I-glo – I-glo Decking Disc
Best of British
Winner: I-glo – I-glo Decking Dish
A final award – Best New Product at Glee 2017 – was selected from all the entries received. This year the highly coveted title went to I-go – I-glo Decking Disc.
Matthew Mein, Glee event director confirmed: “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.”