In 2014, Bord Bia research estimated the value of the gardening retail market at €631 million. The commercial gardening and landscape market, which includes landscape designers and contractors, is an important part of this sector.
The Irish amenity sector consists of hardy nursery stock, bedding plants, bulbs, cut flowers/foliage and turf grass grown by 244 producers in the sector. Exports of amenity horticulture crops were valued at €16 million in 2015 which primarily includes nursery stock, Christmas trees, cut foliage and bulbs. Meanwhile in Britain, the UK garden market is worth around £5 billion, (excluding landscaping and amenity sectors). (Garden Retail Market Analysis Report 2014).
UK adults spend around £1.5 billion each year on plants for their gardens and consumers aged 45-54 are the biggest spenders on garden products (excluding plants) by age group (hta.org.uk/ market-information/garden-industry-statistics.html). The gardening sector continues to flourish thanks to the influence of TV gardening programmes and festivals, such as Bloom, which inspire consumers to invest in and develop their gardens at home.
Decked in success
Whiteriver Group believes that the home owner favours a deck with a natural look and
anti-slip properties, which eliminates the need for the annual oil treatment that conventional wood decks are known for. “Our composite decks are manufactured from 60% wood, 30% high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and 10% additives which outperforms other traditional pure wooden and plastic decks,” a spokesperson for Whiteriver Group said.
Along with traditional garden decking, Whiteriver Composite Decks are used in marinas, swimming pools, seating and apartment balconies. Described by the company as having extreme durability, natural feel and splinter-free composition, Whiteriver believe that composite decking has a longer lifespan and saves time and money for the consumer.
At the Hardware Show in March, the company launched a new range, Ultrashield Composite Decking. The product is manufactured from a capped wood plastic composite which boasts a premium shield casing on all four sides. According to the company, Ultrashield is an eco-friendly alternative, with the warmth and appeal of natural hardwood. The product is available in five colours: teak; silver grey; antique; walnut; and cedar.
Whiteriver has recently released a 36-page composite deck brochure to the market which showcases the company’s decking types and available products. “There has been a major swing to composite decking over the past number of years and we believe it is a product that should be part of every merchant’s programme,” the spokesperson added.
ATG design, develop and manufacture work gloves that are formulated to provide protection from nicks, scratches, cuts and chemical products.
The company offers four brands that it describes as skin-friendly, comfortable and highly durable. ATG gloves are the only dermatologically-accredited type on the market and are recommended by the Skin Health Alliance, according to Irish distributor, Keypoint.
According to the company, the ATG MaxiFlex Ultimate range offers 360° breathability due to its patented micro-foam nitrile coating.
“Maxiflex has outstanding durability withstanding 18,000 abrasive cycles per millimetre thanks to the use of the DURAtech coating technology,” a Keypoint spokesperson said. “Our product is 25% thinner than most foam nitrile gloves on the market and offers twice the mechanical performance.”
Eye catching canopies
Colm Warren Polyhouses Ltd (CWP) provides retail canopies to a diverse client base throughout the country. The company’s range of products have been
used in garden centres, DIY stores, farm shops, and walkways, as well as storage and packing areas. According to the company, these canopies can lengthen customer time spent in-store and assist in creating eye-catching feature entrances for retail attractions. The product also serves as a protective shield from the elements, sheltering exposed stock, while its adaptable structure allows the owner to upgrade or expand the canopy.
The company offers cost-effective structures and claims on return investment. CWP also supplies and fits retail tables and shelving for plants and supplies retailers with Jiffy Retail Packs such as the Jiffy Starter Growing Kit, Jiffy Bio-degradable Pots and refill compost packs.
Cuprinol Garden Shades offer wood protection for six years and are also suitable for use on brick, stone and terracotta. “Cuprinol is sponsoring RTÉ’s Super Garden this year, which will involve a new group of designers set to transform five gardens around the country with the hope of competing in Bloom this summer. Cuprinol will also have a garden at Bloom, which will be a vibrant celebration of colour,” a company spokesperson said.
Established in 1991, John Murphy (Castlerea) Ltd has been supplying Protim wood preservative to the hardware sector for almost a decade.
The company has invested in the product to ensure compliance with new Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) laws, with John Murphy (Castlerea) Ltd responsible for direct control of Protim manufacturing under license.
The formulation remains unchanged and is available in a choice of green, brown and clear colours. The full range of Protim is available in 1L, 2.5L, 5L, and 25L sizes.
Bosch AFS 23-37 Brush Cutter
The Bosch AFS 23-37 brushcutter removes rough and long grass, weeds, nettles, brambles and bushes, according to Irish distributor Origo. Users have a choice between the extra-strong cutting line spool and metal blade, which can be switched without having to remove the safety guard. A spokesperson for Origo commented: “With a line-spool cutting radius of 37cm and a blade-cutting radius of 23cm, the 1.3 hp equivalent power delivers just the right performance to bring order to the garden. Thanks to its 950W motor and interchangeable head, the AFS 23-37 brushcutter is extremely powerful and ideal for removing rough and long grass, weeds, nettles, brambles and bushes.
Use the blade with a cutting radius of 23cm to remove brush and scrub, and the extra-strong 3.5mm cutting line spool with a radius of 37cm for high grass and weeds. Both are included in delivery and can be quickly and easily mounted or switched.” Also available from Origo is the Bosch AQT 45-14 X High Pressure Washer. The Origo spokesperson explains: “The new Bosch AQT 45-14 X offers powerful and flexible cleaning. The powerful 2,100w motor and specially coordinated nozzles combine to enable impressively fast and flexible cleaning results. Equipped with comprehensive special accessories for even the most stubborn dirt, it gives the user maximum cleaning performance at all times.”
The spokesperson added: “The special pump enables the high-pressure washer to take water both from the mains and from an external source. Large, all-terrain wheels and telescopic handle ensure easy handling. This Bosch high pressure washer is immediately ready to use thanks to quick-connect fittings and accessories integrated into the washer. It has a self-priming pump enabling it to take water from a barrel or water butt.”
True Temper has been supplying the Irish hardware sector with
construction, gardening and agricultural tools for over 85 years. The company recently launched the new True Temper range at the Hardware Show in March, which coincided with the global rebranding of some of the organisation’s homestead brands, complete with new features and benefits and with a fresh look.
Wheels in motion
DS Supplies Ltd stocks a range of Wagner Plant Trolleys, which the company claims add welcome turnover by boosting add-on sales for retailers. With over 35 years’ manufacturing experience, Wagner offers a range of presentation options, from single product, freestanding units, 1m-wide, in-line and back-to-back indoor and outdoor stands.
Designed to suit any budget, Wagner says these trolleys come in a range of low, medium and premium prices. They are made of glass, metal or FSC/PEFC certified natural wood in a variety of designs from contemporary to vintage styles.
The interior range is available with different castors suitable for various floor finishes such as parquet, laminate, tile and carpet. For heavy-duty gardening, Wagner offers extra loadbearing trolleys, complete with breaks for heavy, large plants and models that are adaptable to suit different pot sizes, along with robust variants for long-performance in outdoor areas. “Due to Wagner’s expertise in quality plant trolleys, retailers can take advantage of a fast-moving product range with strong turnover and attractive margins while consumers will find a fitting product solution for any kind of application,” a company spokesperson commented.