Winners of the Glee New Products annual competition for the year’s best new garden, leisure and pet care products include Hardy Garden Orchard, which won a special award.
Hardy Garden Orchard wooed the Glee team of independent experts with Javado. Judges said the company was a clear winner with the orchid product, which also won the plant category.
Judge John Little, managing director of Poplars Garden Centres, said: "It offers consumers not only the chance to grow orchids in their gardens but offers retailers an unrivalled sales opportunity."
Nick Davison, Glee event director, added: "This is the first time a plant has ever won this award and demonstrates the exciting levels of innovation to be found throughout Glee."
More than 220 products entered the competition across almost a dozen categories. Each entry was rated against a range of commercial, practical and environmental criteria.
Judges looked at design and originality, how well consumer needs were met; and any unique features or technologies setting the product apart from competitors.
Entries were also judged for quality, fitness for purpose, environmental impact; value for money and a range of packaging factors.
Other judges included Caroline Owen, managing director of Scotsdale Garden Centre, John Stanley, the international retail expert and Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres.
The winners were:
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company won the garden care category for Roundup Gel. Judges called the product a "must have in the garden shed" and at just over a penny a shot, great value for money. Shortlisted entries were Higrow for a Plant Food Maker and Westland Horticulture for West+ light & easy multi-purpose compost.
Handy Distribution won the garden machinery category for the McCullouch CS340 Chainsaw. Judge journalist and editor Chris Biddle was impressed with the "visual appeal, ruggedness and compactness" of the kit. The firm was also shortlisted for the Flymo EasiCut 500 cordless mower and the Handy 3in1 Cut N’ Rake.
Wildlife World won the home and gift category with its Tweetie Treats Wild Bird Cake Making Kit. Judges praised the entry for its fun, simplicity and educational qualities. Finalists included Fallen Fruits for the Garden Shed Printed Doormat and Taylors Bulbs for a Chilli Starter Kit.
Swallow (GB) won the garden leisure category for its Cygnet Greenhouse. Judges said the well-priced T-shaped design would look good in any garden. Shortlisted entries were Border Stone for its Valley Paving and Kingsley Smythe for the Cromwell Set.
Cygnet Greenhouse also topped the best of British category, beating Coral Products’ Raintower Terrace and Sorcit’s HUGO Watering Can.
Westminster Stone Company won the garden design category for the National Trust Cotswold Manor Collection. Judge writer and editor David Curtis said the product recreated the beautiful stonework of the Cotswolds. Belissa Haas was shortlisted for a Tower for Herbs.
Floramedia won the retail support category for FloraLinQ, with judges saying QR codes were "very much part of the future" for consumers using smartphones and apps.
Slug Gone won the green category for its Slug Gone product, with judges praising the recycled-wool and animal-waste product for feeding while protecting plants. Bridge Brook Energy was shortlisted for Barbies.
Organiser Nick Davison said: "These awards are a testament to the original thinking that thrives in the garden, leisure and pet-care industries."
The entries will be displayed in the New Products Awards showcase for the show, from 19 to 21 September.