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2019 RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year Finalists Announced
by RHS
April 21, 2019

• RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21 – 25 May) to showcase pioneering garden products

• Outdoor living and environmental sustainability key themes in this year’s shortlist

• Esteemed entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den investor, Deborah Meaden to help select winning product at the world’s most famous Flower Show

This year’s prediction of a long, hot summer is reflected in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) shortlist for the RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year award 2019, sponsored by M&G Investments. Outdoor living features prominently among 12 of the latest gardening innovations, which include wood fired and table top pizza ovens from Distinctive Gardens and Ooni Pizza Ovens, and the ‘Cuba’, a portable LED lantern with an inbuilt Bluetooth speaker from Light Innovation.

Sustainability and the importance of preserving the natural environment is a prominent theme amongst the gardens at this year’s show and is also reflected in the increase in new products championing key environmental messages. Home composting is the most environmentally-friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste, and it produces compost that can be used as an excellent soil improver. So it is no surprise that two innovative composter designs have made the shortlist, a miniature version of HOTBIN Composting’s popular design, which makes use of everything from leaves to small bones and the attractive Obelisk Composter from Wilstone, which comes in the form of an obelisk plant support which directly feeds plants from its internal compost. Other stand out products include a fully biodegradable indoor watering can from Husk and the Haxnicks bamboo pots and seed trays.

The prestigious RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year Award recognises the best new garden products with entries judged on a number of criteria, including innovation, visual appeal, functionality, quality, value for money and environmental sustainability.

The 2019 RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year will be awarded at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Press Day, Monday 20 May, and will be chosen by a team of experts including esteemed entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den investor, Deborah Meaden.

Judge Chris Harrop OBE said: “I am delighted to be once again chairing the judging panel for the RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year. This is our 9th year and it’s fantastic to be able to see the best in garden product innovations every year and see which ones are setting the standards for our industry in terms of design innovation, functionality, quality, ergonomics and importantly sustainability.”

Other shortlisted products include Jonas Breakfast Table, Grand Plant Belles, Tree of Life Illuminated Wall Mount, Tressa Planter, and the Container Weeder. Tickets to RHS Chelsea Flower Show are available from: www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea

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