Stewart Garden launches Blenheim Half Barrel Planter at Glee 2012

Stewart Garden launches Blenheim Half Barrel Planter at Glee 2012

Stewart Garden, the gardening products division of UK manufacturer, Stewart, has announced the launch of the Blenheim Half Barrel Planter, which will be on display at Glee 2012.

The all new Oak effect Blenheim Half Barrel Planter measures 61cm by 40cm making it ideal for larger plants, herbs, fruit and vegetables or a small tree. It can also be used as a stylish garden or patio water feature for those with limited space.

It’s important to have your garden looking as bright as possible. Dahlias are invaluable for the summer and autumn, either in patio containers or as cut flowers as they often flower until the first frosts. You can also pad the barrel out with Heucherella, which has amazing foliage all year round.

Plants such as Caltha palustris and Caltha Polypetala, herbaceous perennial plants of the buttercup family, are perfect for the Stewart Garden Blenheim Half Barrel Planter if it is used as a garden water feature.

Whether you live in the middle of a busy city or in the countryside, you can use the Stewart Garden Blenheim Half Barrel Planter as a pond to attract wildlife to your garden.

Manufactured in tough plastic, the Stewart Garden Blenheim Half Barrel Planter is lightweight and highly resistant to wear and tear from the elements.

BBC Gardeners’ Question Time panellist and BBC Gardeners’ World columnist, Pippa Greenwood said, “The Blenheim Half Barrel is bound to become a favourite as the ultimate mini patio pond. It’s great for smaller spaces or even balconies.”

Stewart Garden will be showcasing the Blenheim Half Barrel Planter as part of its What’s New collection at Glee 2012, the national gardening trade show. Other products in the collection include the 190 Litre Oak Effect Water Butt, Piazza, Watering Cans, Strawberry/Herb Pot and Clear Pots for Orchids.

Stewart Garden supplies products to garden centres including Wyevale and Dobbies as well as DIY stores such as Wilkinson and Homebase.

Glee 2012 takes place from 17 – 19 September at the NEC, Birmingham. Stewart Garden will be exhibiting on Stand 5C06-D05 in Hall 5.

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Stewart - backgrounder

Stewart is the UK market leader in the manufacture and supply of technical plastic moulded products for the gardening, home and professional catering sectors. The company offers an extensive portfolio of products ranging from garden planters and propagators, to food containers and specialist storage products. Three specialist divisions also work across the aerospace, automotive and medical industries.

The company employs 70 permanent staff and 30 seasonal workers at a purpose-built 178,000 sq ft facility in Banbury, Oxon, which opened in September 2012. The factory and distribution centre includes state of the art machinery giving Stewart a world class advantage over its UK competitors.

It enjoyed a turnover of £13 million in 2010.  

Stewart is headed by CEO Richard Butler who built his career in the technical plastics and rubber sector and has worked for leading manufacturers in the aerospace and automotive sector.

Originally established in 1945 the company was the subject of a BIMBO (buy-in/ management buyout) in June 2011.  ECI, the mid-market private equity specialist, invested £12 million in the company in a deal that valued the business at £17 million.

Stewart Garden produces grow your own products, watering, pots, propagators and garden accessories and sundries. These are available in over 1600 outlets across the UK and Eire including major DIY outlets such as Homebase and Wilkinsons and garden centres across the UK such as Dobbies and Klondyke/Strikes, The Garden Centre Group and some 600 plus independent garden centres.

Stewart Garden plays an active role in the gardening and leisure industry through its membership of:

  • GIMA – the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association
  • Gardenex – the Federation of Garden and Leisure Manufacturers Limited
  • HTA – the Horticultural Trades Association

Stewart won the House Beautiful Best Product Garden Category in 2005 and the Klondyke Dry Goods Supplier Award in 2010. The company was a GIMA Awards - POS Finalist in 2009, and Best of British Finalist in 2011. It’s Heat and Grow Thermostatic Propagator was top in the Which? Gardening Best Buy test on windowsill propagators 2011.

Stewart Home provides food storage and homewares products. These comprise of the Refine, Essentials and Seal Fresh food and drink storage collections, offering hygienic storage in a wide range of colours and shapes.

Stewart Catering supplies the Gastronorm and Seal Fresh food storage ranges to the catering industry and specialist cook shops via wholesale and cash and carry outlets.

Other Stewart divisions are:

  • Stewart Aerospace
  • Stewart Automotive
  • Stewart Medical

Each division of Stewart is BS ISO 9001-2000 and TS16949 accredited and operates from the company’s manufacturing, warehousing and distribution centre in Banbury, Oxon.

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