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New products to enhance your garden; the Landscape Show 2014

I love exhibitions; it’s just so exciting finding wonderful new products.

Of course, some are less than wonderful, but I’m not including them here…

Lots of useful catalogues, collected by Sophia from The Landscape Show
So glad I took my pink trolley! A good haul of useful info.

Useful hardware

Lumena Light's Show stand
That’s my deck, right down there!
Obviously, I have to put Lumena Lights right up there; as they splashed my garden all over their marketing!They sell good quality mid-range lights with replaceable bulbs.

A selection of up and down-lighters
Nice looking lights!

Kyoto Design laser cut screen
Laser cut screen by Kyoto Design, from Australia
These next two products are intriguingly linked. It’s both being screens, although the second is an unexpected but so useful one:

A display of unusually patterned drain covers
Drain covers have never before been cool! From Lateral Design Studio

I wish I could find the literature for this pizza oven!
I wish I could find the literature for this pizza oven!
This is a first for me, a smoker/pizza oven in a beehive!

And yes, there's the pink trolley in the corner...
And yes, there’s the pink trolley in the corner…

Tungsten Smart-Heat Portable Garden Patio Heater
Strange looking unit! Directional heat radiation with minimal heat loss, from Bromic.
How to make your evenings more pleasurable!The latest in patio heaters and features.

Square 'Fire Table', using gas for a contemporary garden
The epitome of contemporary garden design! A ‘Fire Table’ for entertainment, decoration, a little heat and pure visual pleasure!

Cast-iron spherical firepit cut into a dragon image
Hand-cut dragon firepit, glorious!
These cast-iron firepits are meant to last at least 25 years. Worth the investment, and can be made to you own specification.

Firepit company woodland sphere
A most beautiful sight on any evening!

Colourful trellis and shapely obelisks!
Colourful trellis and shapely obelisks! From Trellis Direct (
To the right: an intriguing system for screening your patio. Keeps the rain out too!

Terrace screening, lowered to shade the terrace below.
Light and Shade Adjustable Terrace Roof system. Very contemporary, very easy to use. From

Solid larch garden planters and furniture By Fatleaf of Dorset.
Lovely solid larch planters made from local sustainable forests. By Fatleaf of Dorset.
To the left: I love the colourful trellis (and painting it oneself is such a chore); and larch is a lovely extra-long-lasting wood. The sailors of you might have moored up to larch pilings…

Terrace screening, lifted to allow light through.
Lifted screen, the Light edition…


Exciting Artists!

Beautiful stained glass 2
Beautiful glass bowl by Mel Howse, Extraordinary Glass Artist

Mel Howse

Beautiful stained glass 1
Beautiful Stained Glass from an ecclesiastical piece

Hannah Griffiths Moasic Tree on a large building wall
Hannah Griffiths Mosaic Tree
Hannah Griffiths

Hannah Griffiths Mosaic of a cherry-eating bird
Hannah Griffiths. Small mosaic of a cherry-eating bird!

 Hard Landscaping Materials

Rubberwood plywood decking
This is plywood decking using rubberwood; otherwise-to-be-discarded rubber plantation trees. Excellent material properties, but an odd medicinal smell!
I do prefer the feel of natural wood decking, and the new product to the left, from Roundwood of Mayfield, seems to solve the need for ease of maintenance with a really goood product.

Composite Decking
Virtually maintenance free composite decking. It’s reasonably realistic… From Decking NI Ltd

Clay bricks for garden paths in earth tones
Wonderfully solid and traditional paving bricks from Urman of Holland
I love natural materials and modern exciting ones too, so long as they are good quality and work well. These clay pavers are the most durable around; the Cedec will not last for very long, but can be very readily top-dressed and will look good-as-new again. Both very sustainable products!

Free-draining compactable gravel for a natural-looking but firm pathway
Free-draining compactable gravel for a natural-looking but firm pathway and useful for top-dressing tree-pits. Super Cedec from CED.