Garden suppliers body GIMA to run Peter Seabrook inspired competition to find best garden products of the century

Garden manufacturer's association GIMA is running a competition to find the best garden products of the century, suggested by garden writer Peter Seabrook in his Horticulture Week column last month (1 March).

Seabrook's idea for the competition is based on the RHS plant of the century competition, the results of which will be announced at Chelsea Flower Show next month. The RHS is said to be supportive of the idea for the product competition.

GIMA boss Neil Gow expects national consumer press interest, where there will be a consumer vote. GIMA members will nominate products.

Seabrook suggested systemic insecticides, polythene, rigid plastic, electric-powered hand tools, slow-release fertilisers, resin furniture and garden centres. Gow suggested peat-based composts and multiple action lawn feeds.

Gow said: "The RHS is supportive." He said he was looking for the products that "revolutionised gardening".  The winners will be announced at GIMA's awards on 18 July.

Gow added that collaboration with RHS, GCA and HTA "that would not have been possible a few months ago" was continuing ahead of the launch of a joint consumer garden marketing campaign in 2014.

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