Just two weeks to go until we can all hang up our hats and relax with family and friends for some festive fun - and those of you working in the Christmas industry undoubtedly deserve a break. These are the busiest shopping weeks of the year and retailers running Santa's grottos and special Christmas activities are flat out entertaining excited children and making their Christmas wishes come true.
The judges from Garden Trade News are also travelling the length and breadth of the country checking out the very best that garden centres have to offer in terms of festive fun for the Greatest Christmas Awards - so look out, they may be watching you! The winners of the Awards will be announced at the Majestic hotel on Sunday 11th January 2015.
Unique designs from Gisela Graham
Gisela Graham returns to Hall M with her 2015 collection confirming her as Europe's outstanding designer Christmas company, with twelve new themed collections - every one springing a surprise - to help retailer customers stand out from the crowd.
Gisela pulls a new, original twist on the familiar genres: Gingerbread, Nordic, Folk Art, Woodland, Frost and Nostalgia and she explores new ideas with her usual sure, commercial touch. A Partridge in a Pear Tree as you've never seen it; a novel riff on Origama; an affectionate echo of the 1950s; helping Santa deal with his correspondence; a little girl's dream of fairies and many more. Gisela Graham also puts fun into parties and Halloween. Visit Gisela Graham on Stand M14-16.
Quirky gifts for gardeners
The Satchville Gift Company will be revealing some exciting new products alongside its fabulous new decorations for Christmas 2015. The company has expanded its ranges of garden and homeware to include some stunning metal lanterns in a selection of colours and lovely wicker lanterns for a soft, romantic glow. Buyers looking for something unusual will also be interested in its wide range of decorative planters such as a glamorous handbag, watering can or tractor - or for something really quirky, look out for its metal carry trays, filing cabinets and stacking pots. Alongside its gifts for gardeners and Christmas decorations, Satchville also has a collection of patio and indoor furniture and a wide range of items for floristry and horticulture including glassware and functional planters.Read more