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contents Time to freshen up


As I write from the office, which has had all the lights turned off as an attempt to cool the building down, I’m dreaming about being in the garden on a nice sofa – a cool lemonade in hand, summer music and watching the wildflowers thrive. My most recent endeavour to avoid the gym has seen me spending more time in the garden as some kind of compromise, and boy have I found it more exhausting and a thousand times more enjoyable than running on a treadmill and staring at a concrete wall for 45 minutes. In fact, this issue provides us with an abundance of inspiration in getting


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the garden prepped for the warm weather, whether it’s simply mowing the lawn and planting a few flowers, or if you like the finer things – even adding a built in ice bucket to your garden table (I know, total extravagance eh?) Whatever the task, it seems now is the perfect time to create inspiration for gardeners who are looking to add a little je ne sais quoi to their outdoor space. I had the privilege of attending the GIMA awards at the beginning of this month which saw many deserved winners of this industry celebrating their successes, and I never miss an opportunity to meet new people and discuss the future of the market – you can see a full list of the winners on page 20. Many of you spoke to me about modernising the material, and taking it in a new direction, and I genuinely appreciate these comments because the magazine is ultimately for all of you. If you have any thoughts, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I promise I’m not scary – well, you didn’t see me at the GIMA Awards after I had a glass of wine spilt down my back, but hey, it was a satin dress what do you expect from me?


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@ GCUpdateUK Big Interview


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11 Outdoor Living 12 Decorative Garden Products 14 Retail & Gift 16 Greenhouses and Outdoor Buildings 18 Expert Opinion 20 Industry Awards: The GIMA Awards 2019 22 Association Comment


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