Products at the Chelsea Flower Show gallery May 2012
Our round-up of the best products on show
Every year at the Chelsea Flower Show dozens of new garden products are launched, and some are shortlisted for the show's product of the year award. Which? Gardening has taken a first look at a selection of the garden tools on show to see if they're as good as they claim.
Agralan claims that this hand-held hoe is ergonomically shaped for comfortable use while weeding. With a different width of wire loop at each end, it looks like no hoe we've seen before. But does it live up to its promise to make weeding easier?
Bosch ALS 25 Leaf Blower Vac
A blower and garden vacuum with collection bag and shredder fan. Bosch claims the ALS 25 will quickly and thoroughly clear even wet leaves away, and can be converted into a garden vacuum in just a few moves.
Read our first-look review of the Bosch ALS 25 Leaf Blower Vac to see whether our experience matched the claims.
Bosch ALB 18 Li Cordless Leaf Blower
Another Bosch product featured at this year's Chelsea is the ALB 18 Li Cordless Leaf Blower, which promises to be powerful enough to remove leaves from the garden and patio, while being lightweight and convenient, too.
Claiming to provide up to 10 minutes uninterrupted running time, we put it through its paces.
Bosch KEO Cordless Garden Saw
The first ever battery-powered pruning saw of its kind. Designed to cut branches up to 8cm in diameter easily and effortlessly, with a detachable branch grip for comfortable one-handed working.
We've given the Bosch KEO Cordless Garden Saw the once over to see if it really is worth giving up your cheaper, traditional hand saw for - or is it just an expensive gadget?
Burgon & Ball RHS Endorsed Draw Hoe
The new Burgon and Ball Draw Hoe has a long wooden handle and a sharpened stainless-steel head. Endorsed by the RHS, the hoe costs £26.95 and is an attractive-looking tool. We gave it a quick hands-on test to see whether its performance could match its good looks.
Darlac Children’s Bamboo Garden Tools
With bamboo handles and coated carbon-steel heads, Darlac says these children’s tools are well finished and robust. Each piece has been hand welded so that the tools are strong and durable.
We take a look at the Darlac Children's Bamboo Garden Tools and reveal what our four-year-old helper thought of them.
Felco 231 Anvil Loppers
Promising to be reliable, efficient and ergonomic, the Felco 231 Anvil Loppers are made from high-grade forged aluminium with tough steel blades. Felco claims they cut effortlessly through branches and timber, with a curved cutting head designed to keep the branch close to the central axis.
Which? Gardening put them through their paces to see if they are worth their high price tag (£169.99).
Harrod Horticultural Slot & Lock Connectors
Harrod Horticultural claims its Slot & Lock Connectors firmly grip aluminium tubing to allow you to create a sturdy frame of any shape to protect fruit and vegetables or support climbing plants. These connectors won the Product of the Year Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012. Find out if they live up to the hype with our first-look review.
Spear & Jackson 6758GS Geared Anvil Secateurs
More and more secateurs and other cutting tools are being made with ratchets and gears to require less effort when pruning. With this in mind, Which? Gardening takes a first look at the new Spear & Jackson Geared Anvil Secateurs, which promise lasting sharpness and easier cutting.
Spear & Jackson 8175RS Geared Shears
A new pair of shears from a top gardening brand, the Spear & Jackson 8175RS Geared Shears are designed to cut smoothly and easily thanks to their SK5 steel blades and fibreglass handles. Which? Gardening takes a look at them to see if they live up to their claims.
Spear & Jackson 8215RS Geared Bypass Lopper
Another Spear & Jackson product featured in our Chelsea first-look review, this Bypass Lopper has a geared action for easier cutting, with fibreglass handles and carbon steel blades. Read our review to see what we made of these loppers when we put them through their paces.
Town & Country Weedmaster Floral Gloves
These gloves promise to be lightweight and flexible with enough resilience for weeding. Made from 100% cotton with a protective nitrile coating to improve grip on the palm, how do they cope with fiddly tasks such as planting seeds? Find out in our first-look review of the Weedmaster Floral Gloves.