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GLEE PREVIEW


the visitor’s consideration, with the best of each category receiving the accolade of a ‘Glee Award.’ Show visitors can also cast their vote for their favourite, awarding one lucky entrant with the title of ‘Retailers Choice Award’. This


year’s New Product


Showcase categories will be Garden Plants, Seeds and Bulbs, Garden Growing Materials (Plant feeds, pest and weed control, growing media,


cloches, seed trays etc),


Nature, and Pet Alley – all of which represent key growth opportunities for garden retailers, whilst also addressing those issues that are shaping consumer spending habits. Once again, the Retail Lab @ Glee – in association with the HTA - will be created in partnership with a panel of industry experts, led by creative director, Romeo Sommers of ByRomeo.


Sector-by-sector update Garden Care is Glee’s most thriving area, and this year is set to feature everything from growing media, compost, fertilisers, and GYO products to garden machinery, garden tools and accessories. Glee’s Landscaping and Garden Decoration provides an unrivalled showcase of influential brands and leaders in garden and landscaping design. Featuring stunning displays, this area of Glee is a must-see section of the show, featuring many best-practice examples of how to cross-sell products in situ. From hard landscaping and aggregates to fencing, garden buildings and decorative accents such as pots, structures, soft landscaping, statuary, water features and timber supplies, Landscaping and Garden Decoration has everything to help garden retailers, builders’ merchants and landscapers to maximise those products that create the framework of every garden. Outdoor Entertaining is the place


to source products that really enable people to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, making it an ideal opportunity for buyers looking to source next year’s ranges and tap into growing leisure demand.


The plant sector is where buyers can shop for the best in nursery


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stock, bedding plants, house plants, cut flowers, trees and shrubs, herbs and florist sundries from both UK and international growers; as well as seeing the latest plant trends. Gifts, homeware and outdoor clothing are increasingly becoming big business within garden retail. Offering an unrivalled opportunity to maximise year-round sales, from Mothers’ Day to Christmas, these product categories are also ideal for driving impulse sales as consumers look to add value to their homes and gardens with stylish accessories, as well as wanting to look good in the garden. Glee Home, Gift & Clothing brings together a huge selection of product ideas to help your gift offering stand out. Added to this, the section also features additional, added value product lines such as clothing ranges, picnicware and seasonal decorations, plus games, toys and books. A new Home & Gift Village has been introduced for the 2019 event, providing home and gift suppliers with the opportunity to participate and exhibit as part of a larger group. Offering exclusive exhibition packages, exhibitors within the Home & Gift Village will be able to enjoy an enhanced shell stand exhibition space, a listing within the Glee website and the show’s dedicated preview and catalogue.


Special show features for 2019 A packed awards programme including Glee New Product Showcase


Glee 2019 will see even more focus on new products, including the New Product Showcase – created in partnership with Garden Trade News. This competition sees new designs and products displayed for


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Garden Growing Containers (All pots, planters, hanging baskets etc), Garden Decoration (Garden ornaments, garden lighting, plant supports, wall art etc), Garden Tools & Machinery (Hand and powered garden tools, garden gloves, garden kneelers etc), Garden Landscaping (Paving, statuary, garden buildings etc), Garden Leisure & Entertaining (BBQ’s, garden furniture and accessories etc), Garden Wild Bird and Wildlife Products (Wild bird feeds, feeders, wild life products etc), Garden Home, Giftware and Clothing, Garden Retail & Industry Services, Best of British Award, Best Eco Initiative Product Award, and Best House Plants and Accessories. Plants will also be celebrated


through the ‘Best Green Heart Display’ award, in partnership with Woodlodge, whilst Garden Trade News’ annual Great Awards will be celebrating the ‘Greatest Awards Best Plant Retailing Team’. The


Great British Growing


Awards come to Glee in 2019. Having hosted the ceremony to critical acclaim at Glee 2018, following a move from their previous home at the Edible Gardening Show, the Great British Growing Awards are set to return to Glee 2019. These awards


recognise all that is great within the gardening industry – from tool companies, to seed suppliers, garden writers to fruit nurseries and everything in between, as well as garden volunteers and community growing spaces. This year, the awards will be supported by a panel of industry stalwarts making up the judging panel, including Katie Lane (Lavender & Leeks), Rob Smith, Charles Dowding, Will Livingstone, and the GYO team. In an exciting move, the winners of the 21 categories for the 2019 awards will not be announced until the exhibition itself, making it an even more thrilling prospect for nominees and the wider market.


Seminar content, in association with the HTA


As always Glee will offer visitors a free, three-day Seminar Programme organised in conjunction with the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association), providing an enriched programme of expert business and garden retail advice to help grow your business through challenging trading


conditions. This content


will be derived from extensive industry research and is set to tackle key talking points,


struggles and


successes. This year they will focus on sharing their insight on the health and outlook of the industry and also how garden centres can engage with millennial and younger gardeners who will really drive the growth of the sector in years to come.


Glee Innovators Zone Celebrating its 10th ‘birthday’ in 2019, the Glee Innovators Zone has already helped more than 275 companies break into the garden retail market. This special area is


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