Friday, September 24, 2010

Englishman’s Kitchens & Fine Custom Cabinetry

Click over to our Facebook Fanpage to check out our newest post regarding Englishman’s Kitchens & Fine Custom Cabinetry. You’ll be able to learn about a new venture on the part of Englishman’s Fine Furnishings. The company’s leadership team has again addressed the home trend of customized design for lasting value and comfort. With a background in fine cabinetry and furniture-making, Englishman’s introduces its custom kitchen line and design / build options housed in a newly expanded furniture and accessories showroom at AmericasMart in Atlanta. Read about this on our Fanpage and log onto www.englishmansfurniture.com for further details about the company and its beautiful home furnishing capabilities. Note: Designers and media members, tours with the company’s owner are available upon request.

Friday, September 17, 2010

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: Sokul


The Sol Maya woven pattern is highly weather resistant and is currently available in six different colors: ivory, wash, honey (pictured), java, graphite, and onyx. Sol Maya’s cushions are made of quick-drying foam and are Hand-crafted.

Sokul’s entire collection is 100% recyclable and so is its production and packaging. Even Sokul’s website is powered off of energy produced from windmills. What an extraordinary effort they make to be environmentally and socially responsible and aware. We are proud of the “green” efforts being made in the casual furniture industry and proud to feature so many of these companies on our blog.

~ Jeff

Thursday, September 16, 2010

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: The Rug Market

Our first “Sneak Peek” of a rug company features The Rug Market’s trend-setting designs. Company representatives will be displaying creative, durable and easy-to-care-for rugs at booth 8-3018 at Casual Market. For more than 20 years now, The Rug Market has been producing high quality rugs with the philosophy dedicated to design, creativity, service, and quality. This philosophy is evident to us in two of their rugs pictured below.




This rug, named Florin Blue, combines the best of modern and vintage Italy in its design and can be used indoors as well as outdoors.






With geometrical brown and cream mid-century squares, this Lloyd Brown rug would be a nice addition to an office or dining room. Or, it can be used outdoors to make a patio feel homier in a contemporary way.



We’re looking forward to Casual Market, beginning Tuesday, September 21! Are you? Keep up with our “Sneak Peek” series for some more great previews.

~ ECPR team

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: Harbour Outdoor

Harbour Outdoor is an eco-friendly manufacturer of contemporary outdoor furniture based in Australia, and it’s the company’s Balmoral product that we are including in our “Sneak Peek” series. Balmoral is a convertible seating piece that can be assembled into more than 15 configurations. Pictured below is the Balmoral arranged as a sectional sofa and as a chaise.


Situated on a solid High Pressure Laminate surface and supported by aluminum legs, the Balmoral is sturdy in design. The interchangeable back and arm cushions have removable covers for easy maintenance and are covered in Sunbrella fabric that can be customized with an array of color choices. We like the sleek, modern look of Balmoral and the fact that it is suited to be used indoors as well as in any outdoor landscape or climate. Harbour Outdoor also makes the choice to use only recycled materials, even materials that will not emit toxic or biologically harmful substances when broken down or burned. We think Harbour Outdoors as a company and design leader would be a great feature in any trade or consumer magazine, and we look forward to more great furniture from them in the future!

For those attending Casual Market, Harbour Outdoor will be at booth 8-8038. And, visit Harbour Outdoor’s Facebook page to connect with them and find out more information.

~ Don

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: Lloyd / Flanders

The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; the Gulf Shores; the Great Lakes; and the Mississippi River and bayou territory are but a tip of the great coastlines / waterfronts located right here in the United States. Coastal Living magazine has celebrated this fact in its issues for many years. Woven wicker furniture masters, Lloyd / Flanders has teamed with Coastal Living to create a Coastal Living Collection of casual furniture that embodies stylish, well-made pieces for coastal lifestyles across the country. These four new product lines will be introduced at Casual Market next week.

The Savannah collection is reminiscent of the Deep South. It is characterized by the woven patterns of decorative wicker combined with sturdy aluminum framing for light, yet comforting furniture…yielding functional use with easy comfort. And, given our own seat in the South, we like that the furniture is made using materials from the region like southern cypress wood for the occasional and dining tables. We definitely think designers and homeowners will be attracted to this collection for its quaint charm.


Stemming from South Carolina’s cultured heritage, the Low Country collection reminds us that fundamental craftsmanship is still beautiful. What an addition these pieces would be to any porch, deck or backyard! The seats and backs of the seating pieces are crafted with hand-woven vinyl wicker similar to woven grass baskets that were popular years ago and still can be found for sale along Charleston’s streets and alleys.


The Great Lakes collection is a line of simple, classic, placid furniture that reminds us of the isolated nature surrounding the five Great Lakes. Even the color palette for the line reflects the blues, greens and woodsy hues that people associate with a calm lakeshore.


Last, but not least, is the Carmel collection. The pieces in this collection take us out west to the California coast. Full of artistic flair and whimsical character, the Carmel furniture is built on open weaves and flared legs, which is why we think it would look great in a sunroom or porch area, or even in a well-planned exterior space by the sea.

Stop by Lloyd / Flanders showroom, booth 1650, at Casual market to see these amazing collections and find out more about Lloyd / Flanders. Editors seeking regional design trends and themes for outdoor space articles, these lines might be of good interest to you.

~ Sarah Kate

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: Highwood

With less than one week until Casual Market, we have this week to wrap up our “Sneak Peek” series with some more amazing companies. For all the posts regarding Casual Market “Sneak Peeks,” simply scroll down and read previous entries all the way back to our introductory post about Casual Market and the series on Sept. 2. But, moving on…This special “Sneak Peek” is about Highwood USA’s Adirondack Collection, that will displayed at booth 8-1063 at Casual Market.

Highwood is a manufacturing leader in synthetic wood structures and furniture, which can be more beneficial for homeowners due to its long-lasting attributes. Synthetic wood is less likely to loose its color and more resistant to water and stains all while being extremely easy to maintain. We think it’s fantastic that Highwood has taken its knowledge of synthetic wood and applied it to a classic style chair like the Adirondack. The Adirondack Collection features pieces handcrafted here in the United States available in a natural toffee color or crisp white finish. The product as a whole is fully recyclable and weather resistant. And, we like that all the items in the collection – the adult chair, ottoman, table and the child chair – completely fold for convenient storage when not in use.

For those attending Casual Market, Highwood’s booth is surely one to visit. And, feel free to leave any comments now or post-Casual Market regarding the Adirondack Collection.

~ Jeff

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: Pride Family Brands

Part of our “Sneak Peek” series is previewing new, exciting companies or pieces that will be featured at Casual Market. Another part of our Casual Market work is previewing the trends forecasted for 2011, with the goal of assisting our media contacts to acquire glimpses into the casual and outdoor furniture companies’ latest introductions and insights. Pride Family Brands, showing at booth 1747-48, will be exhibiting several collections that follow in the Pride Family Brands’ tradition of durable casual furniture. We want to highlight some of these products that clearly represent trends we’ve been gathering during our “Sneak Peek” series process.

One of Pride Family Brands’ new collections is the Veranda Collection with its old world detailing and deep cushion seating. Decorative arches with rivets support the baluster-style arm and legs of each seating piece. Given our research and the many articles on outdoor rooms we have written, our team expects the deep seating pieces like the ones in the Veranda Collection are going to be popular among attendees at this year’s Casual Market. As more and more people are embracing the backyard as an additional room of the house, outdoor furniture is reflecting extra comfort and durability for everyday use and special occasions entertaining guests. The trend of staying in homes longer and working to redecorate or enhance existing décors is paramount to this kind of livable setting, and to the growing success of the Casual Market for 2011.


Another trend we’ve been noticing is the increase in details and carvings for table pieces. Small intricacies like these encourage more elegance in casual furniture. As an evolving trend, elegance and detailing are being showcased unlike in the past few years. Pride Family Brands will be introducing its Pedestal Table and Romanesque Tabletop at Casual Market. The Pedestal Table base features urn-like, scrolled feet and has been finished by a hand-applied antiquing process for an old world look and feel. The Romanesque Tabletop is a stunning carved design available in multiple sizes including Pride Family’s extension-sized table. With a deep, hand-tooled motif, we love this tabletop’s balance of flourish and linear elements.

Editors and producers, keep these pieces and us in mind for features on which you are working about how to add touches of elegance with durability for outdoor rooms. Stay tuned to our blog until the market’s opening day for more Casual Market “Sneak Peeks,” and look for our updates and byline articles about new products and exciting trends post-market.

~ Don

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: EbeI Inc.

Stylish, comfortable outdoor furniture from Ebel Inc. will be introduced at Casual Market next week, including its four new collections, two of which fall into the aluminum category, a new venture for Ebel. What you’ll expect to see is classic design throughout each collection that is sure to please any homeowner’s style taste.

The Veronne Collection features Ebel’s first swivel recliner as well as a variety of dining and modular pieces that can be used to create the ideal seating arrangement. We are working on an outdoor room design article for Dallas Homes, and you can imagine this type of lifestyle setting would be a good example for consumer readers.



The Porte Collection is available in both Walnut and Black weave colors and is comprised of seating pieces that are almost all stackable, making the collection as much resourceful as it is enjoyable and beautiful.



The Messina Collection is one of the two new aluminum categorized sets from Ebel. With a sleek, woven aluminum detail in the backrest, Messina pieces translate Ebel’s signature look into a new medium. This example of woven aluminum will set trends in 2011, and we hope to feature it in one of our Good Housekeeping magazine photo-sharing online content posts.



Finally, the Salerno Collection is the other introductory collection into the aluminum category. With an aim to address the trend of livable elegance in outdoor spaces, Ebel created pieces in this collection with details like a twisted-metal base and hand-applied Antique Copper finish.


We are swooning over the simple, elegance that radiates from each of these four new collections and are looking forward to seeing them at Casual Market. Ebel Inc.’s booth number is 15-121 for those attending Casual Market. But, what we like most about Ebel is the eco-friendly responsibility the company maintains for each collection. All Ebel’s aluminum and wicker is 100% recyclable, and the teak that is used comes from sustainable plantations. Beyond the materials used to create the furniture, Ebel conducts environmental practices in other ways, like its partnership with Trees for the Future and its move in 2009 to print all marketing materials in a factory certified method by the Forest Stewardship Council.

~ Sarah Kate

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: PT Sumroes Karya Utama

We continue our IFCA “Sneak Peek” series with a company that manufactures outdoor furniture made of aluminum frame, teak wood and rattan synthetic fiber weaving. The Bohdeline brand distributed by the company PT Sumroes Karya Utama will be showing outdoor furniture at Casual Market, booth 8-7030, under the name Bohdeline. We wanted to feature one of its furniture sets, the Alaska Living Set.


This Alaska Living Set encompasses the latest trends in outdoor furniture as well as the design characteristics of comfort and durability. The Alaska set features details like the oversized arm rests on all the pieces, the use of high quality, long-lasting synthetic material, and the stylish choice of twisted-cord detailing. We love how appropriate this Alaska set and other Bohdeline pieces are for hotel or building’s with casual lobby settings as well as for backyard homes. The company offers a rare combination of elegance and durability in this outdoor furniture line.

~ ECPR team

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: Designing Fire

Fire pit tables are taking a strong place as a frontrunner in the outdoor accessories category as a clean and safe alternative to fire pits alone. With these tables, heated by propane, there is no need to worry about smoke, ashes or embers, yet they offer the same benefits of a wood-burning fire…even roasting marshmallows. This “Sneak Peek” entry is all about one such fire pit table, the Oriflamme Fire Table. It is a new introduction from Designing Fire, an exhibitor during next week’s Casual Market at booth 8-1093.

The table sits at coffee-table height with a propane tank concealed in the base. We like that the Oriflamme Fire Table is completely customizable. Choices include burner designs, granite or Tuscan stone finishes, round- or square-shaped tabletops, and over 24 types of colored, artistic fire glass.

We were pleasantly surprised to find the Oriflamme Fire Table not only lightweight and portable but also easy to assemble (no tools required). If you’re looking for more about this amazing product, click the following link for a video of the Oriflamme in action, including a look at the different burner designs that can be inserted into the glass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qJQ5Kqqv_4&feature=player_embedded.

Designing Fire’s Oriflamme Fire Table definitely provides ambiance and warmth with unique style unmatched in today’s gas fire table market. – For our editor contacts looking for fire pits to address any last minute October or November editorial features, email or call us, or you may post comments here.

~ Sarah Kate

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: Terra Furniture

Our “Sneak Peek” series continues today with Terra Furniture, a company whose founders have been in the business for over 40 years and focus on providing high-quality casual furniture and accessories. At Casual Market this year, Terra Furniture will be showing off two such products of high quality- the Regent Dining Collection and the Anastasia Outdoor Deep Seating Collection.

We are particularly fond of the Regent Dining Collection, Terra Furniture’s newest dining set that can transition from outdoor to indoor. The dining chair pictured is made of tubular and cast aluminum, and is available in 20 different finishes. For those of you who are hoteliers, restaurateurs, spa owners, and designers working in commercial spaces, Terra Furniture offers a creative choice for the back of the chair. It can be customized to include a company logo or initials, another reason to love the Regent Dining Collection!

Just looking at the Anastasia Outdoor Deep Seating Collection and we’re convinced the club chair, loveseat and ottoman will be favorites for any homeowner looking to create a relaxing setting on a verandah, patio, or in most any outdoor room. Terra Furniture covers each comfortable piece’s cushions in durable, all-weather Sunbrella fabrics, leaving the choice of 200 possible fabrics to the customer. Our take on the best part about this collection: the pieces can be left outdoors year round, without worry of fading.

If you are attending Casual Market, stop by Terra Furniture’s booth, 8-2050. And, for more information, visit www.terrafurniture.com.

~ Sarah Kate

Friday, September 10, 2010

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: NorthCape International

NorthCape International specializes in furniture that ranges from traditional to contemporary. Every piece created with high-quality manufacturing, its pieces are meant to stand the test of weather and wear. At the same time, in selecting the company for inclusion to our “Sneak Peek” series, our team agreed NorthCape’s furniture can make a true design statement in any setting. And, two of NorthCape’s collections we’re excited to see at Casual Market are the Berkshire Collection and the Cabo Collection.

One of the most versatile elements of NorthCape’s Berkshire Collection is the choice to accessorize the pieces with sunny shades of fabric and bold patterns or neutral-toned fabrics and earthy trimmings. After conducting much casual furniture trend research last year on the part of our team, the Berkshire Collection options act as an indicator the trend of bold-to-traditional colors and styles is still present.


The collection is defined by its thick, hand-woven
weave in a rich cappuccino color. The rustic feel of the weave combined with the rich brown hue really allows Berkshire pieces to be beautiful and functional. Matched with other pieces from the collection or mixed with other coordinating accessories, NorthCape’s Berkshire Collection can yield a timeless look for any backyard, patio, porch or terrace.

The Cabo Collection exudes a more luxurious resort feeling as a collection but at an affordable price. This modular collection’s pieces are crafted with a lightweight aluminum frame and covered with a Jacobean flat weave. The fabric for the cushions is completely durable due to its UV-protected PE woven resin, and NorthCape has a fabric library of over 150 textures and colors to use for the cushions.

If you’ll be attending Casual Market, stop by booths 16-112 and 16-130 for NorthCape International’s selection of furniture, lamps, rugs and accessories.

~ ECPR team

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: California Outdoor Concepts

With so many diverse companies exhibiting at Casual Market, we continue our “Sneak Peek” series with hopes that everyone attending the show, or not, will enjoy reading about select new products and interesting trends surrounding this year’s Casual Market. A leading designer in casual furniture products, California Outdoor Concepts will be showing one-of-a-kind fire pits at booth 8-2012. The fire pit category at markets and trade shows is a growing trend, as more of a focus is put on backyards being functional living spaces.

We gathered some feedback about this from Clint Blevins, president of California Outdoor Concepts. He shared with us that when he and his team started the company almost 10 years ago, they felt they were providing a product that gave additional heat for backyard activities. But, they know today the fire pit is really a gathering place; a place to share conversations and maintain relationships. The modern and sophisticated appearance of their fire pits is a tell-tale sign they know all about creating warm atmospheres for homeowners and business owners in need of fire elements. We, here at ECPR, want to share two particular fire pits from California Outdoor Concepts - the Monterey and the Del Rio – that really captured our attention.

The Monterey is a multifunctional fire pit table reminiscent of California style and feel. With dark mahogany footing and basket weave base, the Monterey combines aesthetic beauty with practical needs of an outdoor table. An individual could easily rest his/her feet up on the top for extra warmth and comfort or set a plate and glass on the edge for a fireside dinner with guests.

The Del Rio from the La Costa series is fashioned from its Spanish name meaning “to or from the river”. A coffee table in shape in size, this fire pit is made of sleek, modern details, like the granite top sourced from actual mountains. Media members, if you have editorial needs for what’s hot in outdoor fire pits for your fall and winter issues / editions, please comment here, or you are welcome to email or tweet us.

~ Jeff

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: TUUCI

Here, we have posted another “Sneak Peek” from a shade design company, TUUCI. This innovative shade product company will be participating in the fall 2010 Casual Market beginning September 21. And, with shade options continuing to evolve in outdoor room importance, TUUCI is clearly staying on top of market and design trends.


TUUCI’s newest introduction is its Ocean Master MAX Cantilever Classic Parasol from the Ocean Master MAX Cantilever Collection, designed and inspired from marine elements. The automatic telescope mast supports the shade parasol that provides 200 square feet of uninterrupted shade and ambiance. TUUCI blends style and function together with the MAX Cantilever Classic as it combines beautiful aesthetics with solid engineering features, like the tandem-retrieving crank system, for the ultimate shade experience. We really admire the product because it is a timeless piece that eludes sophistication and contemporary comfort. We believe the nautical look and easy to operate features makes it an ideal shade choice.

TUUCI is a leader in shade products furnishing cafés, hotels and resorts while also focusing on environmental sustainability. See more of TUUCI’s products at booth 8-7038 at Casual Market or visit www.tuuci.com for more information.

~ Don

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: Century Leisure Furniture

The quaint yet thriving French city Marseille, located on the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean coast, is the essence of European spirit and style. This same refined, bucolic spirit is captured in the Marseille Collection created by Century Leisure Furniture. Century Leisure will be showing this collection and more at Casual Market, beginning September 21, at booth 1700.

The chaise from the Marseille Collection

The look of the Marseille Collection is clean and linear with subtle details that enhance its sophistication, according to Eric Graham, the senior director for Century Leisure. And, the collection includes dining and lounge chairs, bar stools, loveseats, chaises and tables all in hand-wrought steel with a pewter finish. Each of the seating pieces features Century’s distinct bull nose cushion details, and, the tables are topped with brushed White Carrara marble.

The lounge chair from the Marseille Collection

A side table from the Marseille Collection

We hope everyone is enjoying these amazing “Sneak Peeks” before Casual Market begins just around the corner. Designers, retailers, manufacturers, and media members, keep reading our blog for more product spotlights and new trends in casual and outdoor living! There are many more Sneak Peeks to follow soon.

~ Sarah Kate

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: Foremost Groups

The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, a.k.a, Casual Market is less than two weeks away, and we are in full swing for everything that is furniture, trends and accessories related to casual and outdoor living. The Naples Club Chair from stylish and innovative Foremost Groups is part of a new collection that channels a West Indies feeling. Meticulously crafted of cast aluminum, then finished with hand-applied highlights to give depth to the color and look of the metal, the Naples Club Chair is sure to be a stand out at Foremost’s booth at Casual Market, number 8-4117.

Besides the beautifully detailed finish of the chair, we love the spacious, deep seating of this club chair. Extra thick, large cushions covered in high-quality Sunbrella fabric offer extra comfort in a clean, chic way. Its modern day durability makes it family and children friendly; it’s overall sense of style makes it worthy to be included in our “Sneak Peeks”. – Editors, this chair would enlighten your readers on some of the most incredible form-and-function outdoor seating for 2011.

~ Jeff

Friday, September 3, 2010

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market “Sneak Peek”: Philips Consumer Luminaires

We are excited to begin our “Sneak Peek” series for The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market (IFCA) with a new exhibitor to Casual Market, Philips Consumer Luminaires. Look for the LivingColors lighting product as the spotlight of the company’s exhibit booth. Just introduced in the U.S. during August, LivingColors is a cleverly-designed blend of a luminaire and light source offering up to 16 million color combinations to transform a room’s or space’s ambiance.

This revolutionary lighting product combines the latest in LED technology with the concept of colored lighting “painting” a room for different atmospheres. Whether it’s a warm yellow for a lazy Sunday spent reading or a vibrant purple to enhance the entertainment feel of a dinner party, individuals can save up to three favorite settings for easy use in the future. There is also a dimmable white light and an automatic color-changing setting as additional features. We can easily see LivingColors becoming popular with home owners, business owners and especially designers in the hospitality business. And the easiness of use with LivingColors plugging into any outlet and being controlled by a touch-sensitive remote control is yet another standout reason why we had to include this product in our “Sneak Peek” series.

If you’ll be at Casual Market, stop by Philips Consumer Luminaires’ booth 8-3009 to see LivingColors. Or, for now, find more information about LivingColors at: http://www.lighting.philips.com/microsite/living_colors/

And, stay tuned to our blog for our upcoming “Sneak Peek” posts!

~ Sarah Kate

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Get a Sneak Peek into the Newest and Most Innovative Casual Furniture & Accessories

September for us, here at Eberly & Collard Public Relations, signifies one very important market week- The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market (ICFA) in Chicago, IL. Held from September 21-24, Casual Market offers the most complete range of collections in new furniture, accessories and trends for outdoor living. It makes sense then, why Casual Market is the only show endorsed by the International Casual Furnishings Association.

Our ECPR team is working closely with MMPI, the show’s well-equipped production company, to cover select products and innovative trends, as introduced or launched by some of the showroom owners and exhibitors who will participate. We will be writing pre-show “Sneak Peeks” and publishing them on our blog for attendees and members of the media. Many of our media contacts have requested this resource, as is our norm, so we are looking forward to reporting helpful information about our clients and many others in the industry. We hope everyone enjoys the posts!

Keep checking our blog for an ongoing series of product “Sneak Peeks” and for information released from MMPI about the market event leading up to September 21. Also, follow us on Twitter during the market, as we’ll be tweeting about products and trends from the Casual Market. Here are our social media channels:

· Blog: http://www.eberlycollardpr.blogspot.com/
· Facebook Fanpage: http://tinyurl.com/ECPR-Facebook
· Twitter: http://twitter.com/eberlycollardpr
· Flickr photo pages: http://tinyurl.com/ECPR-Flickr

So, think of our social media channels as a means to learn about 2010’s advanced and new products for the home and outdoor furniture and accessories industries. Members of the media whom may not yet have tapped into this resource, contact us if you would like to receive special articles, product profiles, photos, etc. directly.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Chicago!

~ ECPR team

IGC Show 2010 “Best of Products”: Circle Organics

Posting about all these options for soil amendments shown at IGC 2010 lately has caused me to really wonder about what happens underground – below the soil. When a fertilizer claims to “bring your soil to life”, what does that actually mean? I thought about this when writing this week’s post about Circle Organics. It’s truly amazing the complex development behind each of the company’s products and other companies from “Best of Products” we’ve previously featured. I see these products as part of this intrinsic system where amendments / fertilizers build up the soil, the soil builds up the plants, the plants build up our eco-system; it’s neat to think of these microbes and nutrients as a catalyst in this chain of feeding and sustaining the Earth. So, with that in mind, let’s move on to the actual “Best of Products”, featuring Pure Castings and Eco Boost from Circle Organics. These two products are %100 organic, meaning they are safe for families, pets and the environment and %100 beneficial to the soil in any lawn or garden.

Made from worm castings, Pure Castings is essentially the first step to healthy topsoil. Pure Castings is a developed blend of minerals, nutrients and living microscopic organisms. The castings are a result of a scientifically-developed diet of components known to promote naturally healthy soils and plants. For landscapers and consumers, the fact that the castings are odorless makes them pleasant to use in residential and commercial settings. For retailers, the castings provide a totally organic alternative to entice today's green-savvy customers. The end result is fertilized topsoil that boosts healthy plant growth for any lawn or garden.

Similar to Pure Castings in its derived formula, Eco Boost is a liquid soil amendment that seeps further than the soil and into a plant’s roots. This highly concentrated product includes 13 varieties of Endo/Ecto Mycorrhizae- a complex and diverse blend of living beneficial microbes comprised of more than 40 varieties, totaling 13.89 million plus CFUs per fluid ounce. Also, notably, this includes several different types of Archaea. It also includes liquid humates, proteins, amino acids and even, yucca and North American sea kelp. In action, these powerful ingredients increase a plant’s health and therefore its ability to resist drought, disease and pests.

Clearly, these products are deserving of “Best-of Products” status. - Media members, let us know your questions, comments and needs for source insights, photos or articles.

~ Sarah Kate

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

IGC Show 2010 “Best of Products”: Clesen Wholesale

Creative, new container ideas are always a welcome idea for folks in the garden industry. And, we all know how beneficial these creative ideas are to spark consumer interest and sales. At IGC, we were particularly smitten with Clesen Wholesale’s incredible selection of products for making beautiful containers year-round. Clesen Wholesale offers a range of seasonal plants, flowers and decorations to garden centers and professional landscapers. They company also custom grows a variety of other plants to truly offer a gamut of choices. What makes Clesen’s options stand out is not only the fact they are seasonally appropriate, but also they are an eclectic mix of plants (like vegetables), flowers and synthetic decorations.

Pictured below is a fall container from Clesen. Perfect for decorating homes, businesses, hotels, etc., Clesen’s fall selections include magnolia, oak leaves, artichoke, sorghum, yarrow, and more, all embodying fall’s classic color scheme and earthy vibe.


For those garden centers and landscapers planning ahead for winter, Clesen also has beautiful products that work in extreme weather conditions. Branches, evergreens, wreaths, garlands, and the newest introduction, snow berries make for wonderful wintry wall or door hangings, containers or beds. The snow berries are all-natural, white berries and made from a plant similar to sugarcane, yet they are tolerant of cold temperatures and wet weather. Handmade and hand dipped into red, gold or silver paints and finished with a shimmer, the berries are one of Clesen’s items that will spruce up any outdoor arrangement for those colder days that are around the corner.

For more information about Clesen Wholesale and pictures of products, and for retailers wanting to make orders, visit: http://www.clesen.com.

~ Don and Jeff