Best of British garden items at National Hardware Show

May 1-3 show will be United Kingdom export federation's 17th attendance

New flower and vegetable raised beds, garden clothing, wood-fired ovens, greenhouse frames and various garden accessories are among a variety of new items being brought to the North American market by five British garden and leisure product companies exhibiting at next month's National Hardware Show.

Killyleagh Box Company GrowRing
Killyleagh Box Company GrowRing
 Laura Ashley Garden products displayLaura Ashley Garden products display
 Wood Fired Ovens by Jamie OliverWood Fired Ovens by Jamie Oliver

The British group has been organized by the Gardenex export federation, which has a British garden and leisure industry information booth (Booth 10432) in the British pavilion, offering a comprehensive range of services to overseas buyers including a free-of-charge British garden and leisure product sourcing service. It is the 17th consecutive year that Gardenex has brought British groups of exhibitors to the National Hardware Show.

In addition to the five companies in the Gardenex organized group, other UK members of Gardenex are exhibiting their products at the fair in their U.S. distributors' booths.

The British exhibitors:
Killyleagh Box Company (Booth 10331) is exhibiting its GrowRings range of flat-packed, instant assembly raised beds that provide an easy and quick way to set up colorful flower displays or grow-your-own vegetables.

Laura Ashley Garden/Tenax UK Ltd (Booth 10329) is showing a wide selection of product categories including gloves, tools, wellington boots, clogs, aprons, kneeling cushions, picnic baskets and barbecue sets. Also on show is a new and exclusive range of umbrellas, garden hats, hanging baskets, containers and decorative products.

SOCKITBOX (Booth 12077) is the U.S. brand name for the popular DRiBOX weatherproof electrical connection box. The simplistic outdoor electrical connection box features an open and close lid that does not require the use of tools. It is portable and can be re-used for different tasks year-round, such as connecting holiday and low voltage lighting, garden appliances and water features.

Wood Fired Ovens by Jamie Oliver (Booth 10430) is introducing a new Jamie Oliver compact wood-fired oven complete with stand, flue and paddle. The pre-cast wood fired ovens are designed for home and garden use.

VegTrug (Booth 10428) is a raised, self-contained vegetable garden, suitable for growing vegetables in the smallest of spaces. The VegTrug is exported to 15 countries and has well-established sales in the UK. Also on show is a new range of greenhouse frames and covers.

Gardenex (Booth 10432) is the export federation for the British garden and leisure industry. It has extensive experience of dealing with the North American market, which is rated within the Top 3 export markets for member companies of the Gardenex federation. Since its formation 50 years ago, Gardenex has built up close contacts within the North American lawn and garden industry, and its British information booth at the NHS has become the focal point for international buyers wishing to source garden, leisure and pet products from the 150 members of the federation. It also provides international buyers with other valuable information on the British lawn and garden sector. Buyers can also find out more about the Gardenex Buyer/Supplier Meeting days that have proved beneficial to U.S. buyers when finding innovative lines and new suppliers. In addition, there will be information on Glee, the UK's trade show for the garden sector.

Gardenex member companies exhibiting products in their U.S. distributors' booths at the NHS include:
Earthmaker (home composting products) in the Exaco Trading Corp booth (12039);
Haws Watering Cans (metal watering cans) in the Bosmere Inc. booth (10429);
Straight plc (home compost bins, rainwater collection and recycling containers) in the RTS Companies Inc booth (10230).
Buyers wishing to learn more about the British exhibitors or the multitude of UK garden and leisure items available for export should contact Charlie Parker at Gardenex (The Federation of Garden and Leisure Manufacturers Ltd), the trade association that works on behalf of British companies to help its members increase sales worldwide. Email or visit the Gardenex website at By phone, call +44 (0) 44 1959 565995 or fax +44 (0) 1959 565885.

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