Welcome to the world’s largest tradeshow for Independent Garden Centers, also known as IGC in Chicago. For anyone who likes to garden, the array of new products is astounding.
The tradeshow takes place in the conference area along the Navy Pier, so it’s a beautiful location and the weather is picture perfect.
Here are just a few of the fabulous new products gardeners can look forward to in 2013. I asked everyone I met if these products are either readily available or available for ordering online and was assured that if gardeners wanted them, they could find them right now.
I hope you’ll enjoy this small selection of what caught my eye in the new products section. It was hard to narrow the choices to just these five and there are hundreds of other booths to visit tomorrow on the gigantic tradeshow floor.
Organic Plant Magic is an all-purpose plant food that’s alive with beneficial organisms and bills itself as “the organic alternative to Miracle-Gro.” I talked with Kevin Richardson, managing member, who explained that Plant Magic is good for flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, lawns and even indoor plants, too. More information on www.organicplantmagic.com.
I enjoyed meeting Joseph Masciovecchio, president of The Predator Preventer company and learned he invented this ingenious device that offers 24-hour protection from nuisance wildlife from rabbits to moose and even bears. Joseph says this solar-powered device has three layers of protection from pulsating deterrent lights that look like a larger predator’s eyes to high-power blinder lights and a high frequency alarm that’s safe for humans. Visit www.ThePredatorProtection.com.
I liked the Caterpillar Caddy a lot, especially when I found out it took a father-son collaboration to get it to market. The Caterpillar Caddy is an adorable way to store a self-coiling hose that provides 50 feet of easily accessible garden watering. It’s a whimsical and functional addition to the garden. Look for it on www.gardensmartproducts.com.
Seedy Greetings are clever greeting cards from my friends at the Hudson Valley Seed Library. This new product is a greeting card that includes an art pack of seeds on the inside. I liked the design and the fact the card is a way to share a message and a packet of heirloom seeds with a gardening friend. Check out the designs at www.SeedyGreetings.com.
For something completely different, take a look at Wintercraft to create your own round ice sculptures. These can be used to decorate the outside of the house with a warm candle glow in winter or use them for party decorations (or wine chillers). I’ve often admired ice sculptures featured in decorating magazines and Wintercraft makes it easy. You can see more at www.WinterCraft.com.
I’ll be sharing more from IGC in upcoming posts, so I hope you’ll keep checking in.