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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
We were lucky enough to be able to escape the office and head down the motorway to visit the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. With the usual London traffic and road works blocking the way and causing a huge queue on the turn-off from the motorway, we nipped past to Teddington, abandoned the car and finally made our way by train and bus to Hampton Court.
The Flower Show was as beautifully impressive as ever and the weather spoilt us with a hot sun and blue skies. First visit was to a new friend we’d made at the Bishop’s Palace Garden Festival, Paul Jupp from Meadow in My Garden to pick his brains about us possible exhibiting there in 2016.
New Stable Coat Colour, Light Green
The colour looks so nice and has been requested by a couple of other customers so we thought it was time to share the joy and make it a permanent feature on the range.
The colour has been added to the Stable Coat colour chart in our new brochure print run and is also available to buy now from our online shop
New Advice & Information Documents
In continuing efforts to make the world of wood stains an easier place to navigate, we have created a ‘Coverage Calculator’ and ‘What Wood Stain’ guide. These are available as downloads from the home page of our online shop or directly from the office.
Advice on weathering has also been updated to make it even simpler with our ‘To Stain or Not To Stain?’ and ‘Weathering Advice’ documents being amended accordingly.
New Protek Stockist List
We are very happy to say that Lawn Land in Cheshire are now stocking Protek at their revolutionary show site.
The site is set up as a garden displaying their leading ranges of UK made artificial grass and other products such as Protek Wood Preserver, Decking Stain and Royal Exterior Superior Wood Finish.
The Autistic Gardener paints with Protek
Back at the end of last year our favourite TV horticulturist contacted us from Betty TV to see if Protek would be interested in supplying a new gardening series with our wood stains. The concept sounded fantastic so we immediately agreed.
The series follows a multi-award winning designer, Alan Gardner and a specially selected team of keen gardeners to transform unloved back gardens of fee-paying clients. Alan and his team are autistic and he feels strongly that being autistic aids greatly in their creativity and approach to garden designs.
Epiosde 3 is on tonight at 8pm on Channel 4. I’ve already set my series record to make sure I don’t miss it and will be tuning in to see how they’ve used a selection of our Royal Exterior wood stains in their garden designs. For previous episodes visit http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-autistic-gardener
Bishop’s Palace Garden Festival
At the end of June we exhibited at the first ever Garden Festival held at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, Somerset. Being a local manufacturer we wanted to support this event and felt it was the perfect place to spread the word about Protek to the local populace and visitors flocking to see the A list speakers from the gardening world.
We were blessed by the weather and I was lucky enough to trade my office for a gazebo on the South Lawn with views looking out to the Bishop’s Palace and stunning gardens. On Saturday 20th June Alan Titchmarsh opened the festival and came to the South Lawn to plant a commemorative tree, replacing an ancient and spectacular specimen that was lost in a storm.
I had just met Alan Titchmarsh the previous Wednesday when I went to help out on the filming of a ‘Love Your Garden’ episode and was delighted to see his lovely smile again, grabbing the opportunity for a hug and a photo with him!
The festival was a huge success and our stall attracted a lot of interest with painted up items such as a bench and planter inspiring many people to buy wood stains for their garden projects......
New Shed & Fence formula
As the old yellow poly cans were phased out by the packaging manufacturers, a new attractive design was created for easy to use buckets. The wide opening makes direct application by fence brush easy and the bucket still allows for decanting in to roller trays and sprayers.
In an effort to minimise leakages caused by the over-enthusiastic handling of some couriers the formulation was thickened slightly. The side effects of this are that the colours now look denser, richer and have more of a luxurious sheen to them, as opposed to the old watery formulation that although pleasing, could have a tendency to leave some colours looking a bit washed out. For ease of use through a sprayer you can dilute a 5 litre bucket with approx. 0.5 litres of water to return it to the original consistency.
“Love Your Garden” heals more souls
For the fourth year running the production company Spun Gold TV, selected Protek wood stains for the series. The team skilfully use Protek’s diverse range of coloured wood stains to create striking backdrops to planting and often use the stains as an integral feature of the gardens.
Caroline from Protek says “Being a fan of the series I am delighted that ‘Love Your Garden’ are using our wood stains again this year. We feel very proud and privileged to be part of such a wonderful production and each year I look forward to seeing how they use our colours in their garden designs.
This year one of the garden transformations was taking place in Moorland, Somerset and they had an enormous amount of painting to get through. As our manufacturing factory is based in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, only about 30 minutes away from the garden, I very happily donned my overalls, enlisted the help of my mum and drove down to the site with a boot full of Royal Exterior Snow wood stain to help the team.......
Protek Pinterest Lifestyle Gallery Board
Over the years we have been collecting and creating a great range of lifestyle images to demonstrate what our products look like and offer inspiration.
Last summer we worked with Viewpoint Photography in Bath on a lifestyle imagery shoot and created a stack of amazing pictures.
These have been taken up by a number of leading household, interior design and garden publications, offering inspiration to their thousands of readers.
A Protek Lifestyle Gallery board has been created on Pinterest to display these images and new pictures will be added here. Please follow our board to make sure you get all the latest inspirational images!
Protek YouTube Videos
We have started building a collection of ‘How to’ videos demonstrating various makeovers with Protek wood stains. Practical advice and tips are easily demonstrated offering inspiration for simple but effective home projects.
The collection so far contains:
1. Creating a stylish Gin & Tonic table from a basic cheap garden table
2. Rejuvenating an old teak garden furniture set with Royal Exterior Walnut
3. Transforming old sun loungers using Royal Exterior Hazelnut
More will be added as they are created and we’d love to receive your video clips to add to the site. Just use a transfer site to upload clips and email links to email@example.com