Next week, Bulldog Tools will be showing our range of British made gardening tools at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
This year will be the fifth in a row that visitors to the show have been able to purchase our tools, but the very first year that we will also have a trade stand offering Ethel Gloves to the public.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has origins dating back to 1862 when the show was held at the RHS garden in Kensington. The show first moved to the current site at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea in 1913 and was called the Great Spring Show. The showground now extends to 11 acres (45,000 m²) with attendance figures of 157,000 visitors over the week and is very often completely sold out well in advance of the opening day. This year’s show will include feature gardens by top designers Cleve West, Diarmuid Gavin, Joe Swift, Andy Sturgeon and Arne Maynard as well as smaller show gardens and nursery displays.
Last year’s show was a triumph for Bulldog Tools when we were awarded a gold medal for our show garden entitled ‘Self Sufficient Blacksmith’s Garden’ which was designed by our great friends Mary Payne and Jon Wheatley. Not only was the pavilion garden awarded a gold medal and surrounded with crowds each day, but we also received an official visit from Her Majesty the Queen.
Our trade stands this year will carry broad ranges of both Bulldog Tools and Ethel Gloves including some of the more unusual tools we manufacture (but are often not carried in Garden Centres) like bulb planters, spiking forks, ratchet pruners, compost forks and rubber rakes. We will also feature favourites like our stainless steel tools, topiary shears, children’s tools and our ever popular mini pruning sets. On the Ethel Gloves stand we have included the prestigious V&A range and our new sustainable range of Ethel Bamboo Gloves, which we can also confirm have been submitted for the prestigious RHS Chelsea Product of the Year award.
In addition to all the tools and gloves, we are delighted to announce that both stands will have planting designed for us by BBC Radio Essex’s popular garden presenter Ken Crowther. Ken has had his own programme on BBC Essex since 1992, is a past president of the Horticultural Trades Association and also runs an award winning maintenance and landscaping company.
If you are lucky enough to have tickets for the show this year, then why not come and visit our Bulldog Tools Stand at EA74 on the corner of Eastern Avenue and Southern Way and the Ethel Gloves stand at EA26 on Eastern Avenue and the corner of the Sweetingham Steps (down to the bandstand), we would very much like to meet you.
To see the details of the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, you can visit the official website here.