Burgon & Ball at Glee: A plethora of productive partnerships

Company: Burgon & Ball
  • Sophie Conran for Burgon and Ball Precision Secateur
  • Corona Flex Dial Branch and Stem Pruner
  • Burgon and Ball Sophie Conran secateurs
  • Burgon and Ball Baby Dotty indoor hanging pot

Burgon & Ball, the UK’s longest-established designer and manufacturer of garden tools and accessories, will once again be at this year’s GLEE exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC to launch a wide range of new ideas in gardening and giftware. And what’s more, this year there’s an exciting new collaboration, with an organisation which can truly be said to be a household name in the UK.

For now the details of the new partnership are strictly under wraps, with visitors to the Burgon & Ball stand at GLEE the very first to know. But that’s not the only development to make its debut at the show.

The Sheffield-based manufacturer is of course perhaps best-known for its collaboration with the RHS, and GLEE visitors will be able to see a new collection of RHS-endorsed garden tools on show. In a category new to the RHS-endorsed ranges, the four new tools in the collection have been drop-forged, a process lending increased strength and durability to the steel. These tools have been designed to do a tough job in the garden – but their appeal will also extend to non-gardeners as well, thanks to a key trend in interior design.

There will also be a new RHS-endorsed specialist rake for lawn care, designed to take the hard work out of an annual lawn care task which makes a huge difference to lawn health, but which often gets neglected.

At GLEE Burgon & Ball will also unveil exciting new developments in the top-selling Sophie Conran collection. Sophie, the only daughter in the famous Conran British design dynasty has been working with Burgon & Ball since 2010, and the collaboration has proved a fruitful one. The ranges of garden hand tools and giftware have gained something of a cult following among gardeners, as they combine Sophie’s designer style with Burgon & Ball’s toolmaking expertise.

September will see significant updates to the range, with beautiful new practical gardening items, all impeccably designed to combine elegant looks with advanced performance. There will also be a selection of gorgeous new gardening gifts, developed with Sophie’s signature ‘modern country house’ style and Burgon & Ball’s keen eye for a trend. And to make sure these items catch the eye in-store, a fresh and contemporary look for the collection will be on show, with new-design packaging launching this autumn.

Another Burgon & Ball partnership in the GLEE spotlight will be the Corona range of high performance tools from the USA. Engineered for lasting performance, Corona tools are a byword for quality across North America and are the choice of professionals as well as keen gardeners. At GLEE last year selected lines were previewed to great acclaim, and this September the whole of the range now available in the UK will be on show, offering new opportunities to retailers.

With the vogue for houseplants in full swing and indoor greenery remaining an interior design must-have, GLEE will also see new designs added to Burgon & Ball’s hugely popular collection of indoor pots. The new additions include a selection of glazed pots exploring colour and texture; a way to increase sales of one of the runaway successes of the range; and something very different, to bring a taste of the exotic to those who’ve been inspired to flex their floristry muscles.

With a reputation for innovation and new product development, Burgon & Ball’s stand (8E50-F51) is a must for all show visitors. So make a note to visit Burgon & Ball at GLEE to see the full range of exciting new products on offer from this respected name in gardening.


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