12 innovative new goodies – from £1.75 to £26,000!
The shortlist of 12 products competing for the RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year award has been announced.
The award evaluates the best new garden products with entries judged on innovation, visual appeal, functionality, quality, value for money and environmental sustainability.
The 2018 RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year will be awarded at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on press day, Monday, May 21, and will be chosen by a team of experts including Dragons’ Den investor Deborah Meaden.
She said: “It is a great pleasure to be back on the judging panel for the RHS Chelsea Product of the Year. Every year the calibre of designs gets better and better and I cannot wait to see what pioneering gardening product takes home gold in 2018.”
Fruit Tree Sleeves, Agralan Ltd: A tube of fine mesh netting with ties at each end. Tie over a branch and tie each end to protect ripening fruit, RRP £24.99, www.agralan.co.uk.
Wonder Weed Puller, Burgon & Ball (main picture): A long-handled lightweight aluminium tool for easy weeding in lawns and a satisfying ejector button to jettison them, RRP £19.99, www.burgonandball.com.
HEAT 500, Chesneys: A barbecue heater combining a versatile and easy-to-use cooking experience with an effective outdoor heating system, RRP £2,802, www.chesneys.co.uk.
Dalefoot Bulb Compost, Dalefoot Composts: Made on a Lake District hill farm near Penrith, this free-draining, peat-free compost is blended from sustainably harvested wild bracken and feeds for more than two years, RRP £8.50, www.dalefootcomposts.co.uk.
ASK Consult International, safety Skal: A garden sculpture as much as a piece of furniture and inspired by curling winter beech leaves. Uses traditional West Country Boatbuilding techniques and fastenings, RRP £725, www.mojosi.com.
Custom built modular natural rock stream, James Doran Webb Ltd: A rock stream with its own water system and custom-made of natural stone. This can be fitted to a hill or provided free standing to form the base around which landscape can be designed, RRP £26,000, www.jamesdoranwebb.com.
Traditional Wall Greenhouse, Kadai Firebowls by Wilstone: One-piece solid steel frame with toughened glass and mirrored back to maximise light. Included are galvanised trays, capillary matting and folding shelves, RRP £1,450.00, www.kadai.com.
The Green Wall Vertical Planter, Labels ‘n’ Things: Inexpensive and easy to install. Only one irrigation pipe is needed along the top row which drips to feed each planter, RRP £5.99, www.labelsnthing.co.uk.
Optigrow Seed Range, Mr Fothergills Seeds: A compact range of vegetable seeds to which non-chemical seed priming treatment (using only water and air) has been applied, guaranteeing faster germination and better result, RRP from £1.75- £3.59, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.
Niwaki Garden Shears FSC, Niwaki: Made from hard-wearing SK steel with white oak handles – ideal for hedges, shrubs, box clipping and topiary, RRP £72, www.niwaki.com.
Verona Sofa, Bridgman, PJ & Co Ltd: Featuring the newest maintenance-free materials and exclusive fully waterproof cushions, RRP £1,699, www.bridgman.co.uk.
EasyPrune, Robert Bosch Ltd: Cordless power-assisted secateurs perfect for pruning flowers, thinning branches or trimming shrubs, enabling precise cuts of up to 25mm thick with one hand, RRP £84.99, www.bosch.com.