Month: July 2018

Future Garden Trends and Outdoor Cooking on Show at SOLEX

Kettler displays 2019 garden furniture at Solex 2018.

The annual trade show for garden furniture and outdoor living took place at the NEC this July. SOLEX is the best place for industry buyers to see what Kettler will be offering in 2019.

New Garden Furniture Trends

So, what can you look forward to? The Palma range will continue to impress with a new table design set to fire up the garden furniture market.

Our wicker range will expand, with a new family going into garden centres across the UK.

We have new furniture blends, mixing two materials to make one modern set. Our RHS range is set to grow after the success of the wooden garden furniture and Harlow Carr wicker sets (pictured above).

Our new accessories will help you unwind outdoors. We are dipping our toe in new territory, continuing to innovate and improve the garden experience.

The Future of Outdoor Cooking

We introduced the BBQ accessories from the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range to buyers. The accessories will improve your cooking prowess and inspire your BBQ recipe repertoire.

Chefs from Heston’s Fat Duck Group visited the show for the first time ever and cooked delicious tasters for our guests. They cooked prawns on the Furnace gas BBQ and chicken souvlaki (pictured above) on the spit of the HUB charcoal BBQ.  Not only that, but our customers had a special, private look at the ultimate outdoor cooking machine.

4,000 years in the making, the future of outdoor cooking is coming to the UK…

 

Were You Prepared for the Heatwave?

SOLEX is always a great time for Kettler to not only look forward to the new year’s garden trends, but also reflect on the past year. We saw people flock to their garden furniture when the summer heatwave hit this year. We are proud to help you be ready to relax in these high temperatures on high-quality luxury garden furniture.


Benefits of Gardening & Outdoor Living

How gardening can help you feel good

While a bit of weeding and pruning might not seem like the most energetic of activities, studies show that gardening goes beyond providing a good workout, as it can also be therapeutic and reduce anxiety as well as physical pain.

Research has shown that prolonged light exercise, such as gardening, can burn more calories than a gym session, in spite of feeling much easier to do. This physical exercise, in combination with spending time outdoors being creative and productive, can also improve mood and self-esteem. Amazingly, images and recordings of natural environments alone have been proven to reduce feelings of pain and even improve healing times in hospital wards.

The therapeutic value of gardening is becoming more and more recognised, according to the Royal Horticultural Society, which promoted the positive impact of horticulture and green spaces at the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show, with two Chelsea gardens pledged to NHS patients.

Garden tweaks to improve wellbeing

Aside from green-fingered tasks, there a few tweaks that can make your outdoor space reach its full wellbeing potential:

  • Create space to sit in
    It’s really important to find a place in your garden to enjoy its beauty and serenity. You can choose garden furniture to reflect your taste, making it an elegant and useful part of your living space. Whether it’s with al-fresco meals at a dining set, basking in the glorious sun on a lounger or enjoying some tranquillity with a good book on an outdoor sofa, take the time to relax in your outdoor space.
  • Grow from seed
    Grow plants from seed either on your own or as a fun way to get children to experience the joys of gardening. The enjoyment you get is timeless, and people of all ages will not grow tired of seeing their seedlings germinate and then grow on in the garden.
  • Try your hand at growing fruit and veg
    There’s nothing more exciting and rewarding than nurturing tasty fruit and vegetables to put on the kitchen table. Buying vegetable seeds and planting them with your children is an affordable and easy activity for the school holidays and teaches them how food is grown.
  • Fill your garden with plants that welcome wildlife
    By growing flora that attracts bees and butterflies, your garden will become a hive of activity. Plants from the Lamiaceae family, including lavender, rosemary and sage are best as they’re also low maintenance and easy to keep.

For more useful advice, have a look at these handy tips on creating a feel-good garden from RHS award-winning designer Matt Keightley.

The health benefits

Whether you have a lifetime of gardening experience or are just getting started, we’ve created a handy visual guide. From the physical health benefits to improved mental wellbeing, our guide covers the benefits of outdoor living across all age groups.

The benefits of outdoor living don’t stop there either. Having created a beautiful garden, it can be enjoyed in many different ways, from enjoying a morning coffee on a comfy garden chair to hosting BBQs for friends and family.