Category Archives: Shows

Where you can find us, and where we have been.

Good for the Planet, Good for your Garden!

By far our bestseller for 2021 was our newest product – the Easy Pallet Planting Pot range! Gone are the days when we saved pallets up for bonfire night… So many of you have told me about your pallet upcycling projects – seats and benches, tables and wall decorations – and now you can plant them up with no effort.

These brilliant pots are made from recycled plastic, and are designed to fit standard pallets by sitting in the top or clipping over the sides. Available in three sizes and four colours their popularity took us by surprise and at several shows we were out of stock. (Sorry!)

Also made from recycled plastic, the Conny Drainpipe/Railing pot is a brilliant way to hide a downpipe and another practical way to introduce vertical planting if you are limited on outside space. The pot clips onto an easy to attach webbing strap which will fit an average (10cm) drainpipe with ease. (Strap included with pot.) Available in the same four colours as the Pallet Pots for simple colour coordination!

Update to 2021 show dates.

Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to cancel our attendance at this years RHS Hampton Court Show; we hope it doesn’t cause inconvenience to anyone.

   Where to find us in 2021*       

Chenies Manor Plant Fair – July 18

Newbury Flower Show – July 31 – Aug 1

Hyde Hall Flower Show – August 4-8

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show – August 29 – 30

Wisley Flower Show – September 7 – 12

Harrogate Autumn Show – September 17-19

Malvern Autumn Show – September 24 – 26

Autumn Show & Game fair – October 2-3

*All venues & dates subject to confirmation

Harrogate here we come

Traditionally our first show of the year it feels strange to be heading to Harrogate this late in the calendar, but we will still pack our woollies just in case! The show opens on Thursday 20th for four days and we look forward to seeing you there. Obviously any website orders will not get processed while we are at the showground (or while we are setting up); any orders placed after Saturday 15th May will be despatched Tuesday 25th at the earliest.

At Last…

It’s looking like this year will be a good strong step on the road back to normal.

We are so looking forward to attending our first show of 2021 – Spring Live! at the South of England Showground, Ardingly on this coming weekend Saturday 24th April – Sunday 25th April. Of course, it will feel different to previous years. There will be limits on the amount of people allowed to attend. We will have to wear face masks, use hand sanitiser, keep our distance from each other, touch things as little as possible. This obviously poses challenges – traditionally we have laid tools out for you to try to help you make your decision about what is right for you. Those demo tools will still be available; they will be kept on the stand and brought out and sanitised when requested. We want your experience to be as close to the good old days as possible and as safe as possible.

The organisers have worked really hard to ensure that this show can go ahead; as frustrating as some of the restrictions will be please remember that they are there for the safety of us all, and that by following the rules we can get our lives back to the way they were.

Several items are showing as out of stock on the website – this is because the stock will be at the show. Don’t panic! More stock will be arriving over the next month, with some new Darlac products making an appearance too.

After Spring Live! we will be getting ready for Harrogate Spring Flower Show at the Yorkshire Showground from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd May. Looking forward to seeing you all at the showgrounds!

2021 – Here we come!

Well, fingers crossed we may get out and about again this year – at the moment most of our regular shows are going ahead (Unfortunately not Suffolk County Show, but it should be back in 2022) so bookings have been made where possible; we are still waiting on dates for Autumn shows but will update the list as information arrives.

   Where to find us in 2021*       

Spring Live! – April 24-25

Harrogate Spring Flower Show May 20-23

South of England Show – June 11-13

Blenheim Palace Flower Show – June 25-27

Hampton Court Flower Show – July 5-11

Chenies Manor Plant Fair – July 18

Newbury Flower Show – July 31 – Aug 1

Hyde Hall Flower Show – August 4-8

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show – August 29 – 30

Wisley Flower Show – September 7 – 12

Harrogate Autumn Show – September 17-19

Malvern Autumn Show – September

*All venues & dates subject to confirmation

Autumn Update…..

Malvern Plant and Garden fair 2020

It was great to finally get out in the fresh air and get the marquees out of storage! Well done to the organisers at Three Counties Showground for making life seem (almost) normal again. Yes, a smaller show than the regular Autumn show, but plant focused and a great weekend for everyone – exhibitors and visitors alike. Even the weather was perfect. Thank you to all our visitors for following the social distancing guidelines and using the hand sanitiser; it was truly wonderful to see so many of you. Lets hope that spring brings us more shows and social events that are as safe and well managed as this was.

Autumn Show and Game Fair 2020 (South of England Showground)

At the time of this post, the Autumn Show at Ardingly is still going ahead on 3rd & 4th October. However, we all know how quickly rules and regulations can change, so if you have pre-booked your tickets for the show, please remember to double check the shows website before you head off to avoid any wasted journeys!

ray of sunlight from behind clouds

2020 Shows Update…

I was about to say that I had taken the year off for 2020, but a tiny glimmer of light has been spotted in the doom and gloom of this years non-existent show schedule.

The South of England Agricultural Society at Ardingly Showground are hopeful that the Autumn Show and Game Fair (October 3rd & 4th) will be going ahead. We are waiting to hear how social distancing measures will affect the way that the event is structured; we all want to ensure that everybody attending is safe and are aware that this event will have a very different feel to it from the normal show experience.

With that in mind, we have booked our pitch; If the show goes ahead then we will be there, bringing you Darlac tools, Drawing Boards T-Shirts and our new additions for 2020 – growing solutions for small spaces from Blooming Walls and Green Wash.

Fingers firmly crossed, we look forward to getting out in the fresh air and catching up with you!

Where to find us in 2020*

Newbury Garden Show – April 18-19

Harrogate Spring Flower Show – April 23-26

Spring Live! – May 2-3

Malvern Spring Festival – May 7-10

National Garden Show – May 15-17

Suffolk County Show – May 27-28

South of England Show – June 11-13

Blenheim Palace Flower Show – June 26-28

Hampton Court Flower Show – July 6-12

Chenies Manor Plant Fair – July 19

Hyde Hall Flower Show – August 5-9

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show – August 30-31

Wisley Flower Show – September 8-13

Harrogate Autumn Show – September 18-20

Malvern Autumn Show – September 26-27

Autumn Show & Game Fair – October 3-4

*All venues & dates subject to confirmation.

The best laid plans….

Well, like the rest of the world, our plans for this year are very much up in the air.

Our first seven shows have been either cancelled or re-scheduled for later in the year; at the moment Blenheim Palace Flower show will be our opening event followed by Hampton Court. There are no guarantees that either show will happen at the moment!

So, to keep us out of mischief we have decided to create a website. Which would be great if we knew what we were doing…. Don’t expect a site that is swish and slick and does exciting things. Don’t expect regular posts or interesting articles (not for a long long time anyway). But feel free to laugh at typo’s, design faults and general stuff going wrong. We are on a learning curve and are just going to enjoy the ride.

Thanks for riding with us!