Chelsea Flower Show Preview: new products
by Rhiannon James
From hoses to herb dryers, here’s a roundup of new gardening tools and equipment to check out at the Chelsea Flower Show this year.
The new FELCO 231 curved blade anvil loppers are super-light and have a cam-lever system to increase cutting power whilst reducing effort, normally £154.99 but there will be a special show price at Chelsea (FELCO, EA79, www.felco.com).
The cordless AKE 30 LI chainsaw by Bosch is powered by a Lithium Ion battery which means it’s lighter, more powerful and quicker to charge than a standard battery-powered machine. Weighing just over 5kg and taking 90 minutes to fully recharge, it has been shortlisted for the new RHS Chelsea Product of the Year award, £359.99 (Bosch, RHW 21, www.boschgarden.co.uk).
The Planto Garden Organiser has five deep pockets to keep gardening kit close to hand and can be hung on a wall or door when not in use, £25.00 (Wellington and Barrow, EA62, www.wellingtonandbarrow.com, 0844 3350361).
For the larger city garden, Hozelock have new 30-metre and 40-metre versions of their wall-mounted Auto Rewind Hose Reel, £99 for the 30 metre version and £129 for the 40 metre version (Hozelock, EA85, www.hozelock.com/store-locator.html, 0121 313
To celebrate its 160th anniversary, Clifton Nurseries has created a new range of own-brand tools and accessories including this spade and fork, £49.95 each (Clifton Nurseries, PW3, www.clifton.co.uk, 0207 289 6851).
Sophie Conran’s collection of gardening tools for Burgon & Ball has been specifically designed to suit the size of women’s hands. With beech wood handles and stainless steel bodies, the collection includes a trowel, a fork, a potting sieve, a dibber, a compost scoop, a weeder and secateurs and has been shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Product of the Year, £14.95 to £19.95 (Burgon & Ball, EA100, www.burgonandball.com, 0114 233 8262).
Spear & Jackson’s new Litework range is up to 25% lighter than their standard tools and includes spades, forks, rakes, secateurs and shears. The weight of the ratchet anvil loppers has been reduced even further, to around half that of the standard product (Spear & Jackson, EA76, www.spear-and-jackson.com).
Grow Your Own
Sparrow & Finch have a whole range of new products for Grow Your Own enthusiasts, including the Living Larder Tomato Garden, £179.95, and the Living Larder Salad Garden, £199.95. The knee-high Tomato Garden has a sturdy A-frame system to support plants whilst the waist-high Salad Garden (shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Product of the Year) has three compartments so you can easily stagger planting for a constant supply of fresh leaves. There’s also the Gardeners’ A-Frame, £89.95 to support climbing crops, which has a hinged top so the angle of the frame can be adjusted (Sparrow & Finch, RGB5, www.sparrowandfinch.co.uk, 01892 861202).
The Herb Dryer, £25.00, which has been shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Product of the Year, allows you to dry and preserve surplus home grown produce such as herbs, seeds, chillis and mushrooms for use all year round (Nether Wallop Trading Co, PW29, www.netherwalloptrading.com, 01264 355553).
Glasshouses and Arches
Hartley Botanic’s new Grange glasshouse, is a fairly compact 3.3 metres square, but its unusually high pyramid roof makes it feel more spacious and means it can house large greenhouse plants. It comes in a choice of nine colour finishes including olive, forest and light green, stone and light ivory and has been shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Product of the Year. The standard price is £14,333 but it’s currently available for an introductory price of £10,750 (Hartley Botanic, MA6, www.hartley-botanic.co.uk, 01457 819155)
The Ogee garden arch (from £251.00 to £329.00) is made from steel which has been galvanised and then powder coated and is one of a new range of arches Harrod Horticultural are launching at Chelsea this year (Harrod Horticultural, PW47, www.harrodhorticultural.com, 0845 402 5300).