February 21, 2017

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Dobbies & Decco to speak at GIMA Day Conference -

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gardena: Gardening the modern way -

Monday, February 20, 2017

Could Garden Communities Solve the UK’s Housing Problems? -

Monday, February 20, 2017

Higgs helps garden centre grow business -

Monday, February 20, 2017

Gardman launch one stop shop for Christmas -

Monday, February 20, 2017

Herb Farm set to expand -

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Notcutts raise over £1,000 for Thrive -

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Millbrook plans for the future -

Friday, February 17, 2017

Ready, steady, Tendence 2017 -

Friday, February 17, 2017

Wildlife World introduces new Hedgehog Haus -

Friday, February 17, 2017

GROEN-Direkt’s Spring Fair: a promising start to the 2017 gardening season -

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Scotsdales launches year of charity fundraisers -

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Study tour gains insight and inspiration from Holland -

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Outline permission granted for Newbank Garden Centre extension -

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Westland set to make a big impact with TV advertisement this spring -

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stocking items that boost a home’s curb appeal -

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New RX model offers cutting edge lawncare -

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

WOLF-Garten expand 72 Volt range -

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blue plaque unveiling marks historic anniversary of Notcutts Garden Centres -

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New indoor soft play at Squire’s Shepperton -

Monday, February 13, 2017

  • Decco

    Dobbies & Decco to speak at GIMA Day Conference

    GIMA have announced that John Cleland, CEO of Dobbies Garden Centres and Charlie Lacey, CEO designate at Decco will both be speaking at the next GIMA day conference. The event is being held on Thursday 23rd March at Horticulture House, in Oxfordshire Following the sale of Dobbies to Midlothian Capital and Hattington Partners, John was appointed CEO in July 2016.  Having now been in the role for 8 months, Cleland will set out his vision for Dobbies, one of the UK’s largest chains of garden centres in the UK. Charlie Lacey takes over the reigns at Decco when John Findlay…

  • Gardena

    Gardena: Gardening the modern way

    Mini gardens within cities are on the rise and with the hectic day-to-day life of work and play in the city, a green retreat can act as a personal haven to unwind, even in the smallest of spaces. Gardena provides everything within its new product portfolio for city gardens to become a perfect green oasis. A small piece or lawn behind a terraced house or a balcony or terrace is a luxury for many city-dwellers and the trend inner city, is to create a small sanctuary over a few square metres – a green idyll to represent peace and relaxation,…

  • garden

    Could Garden Communities Solve the UK’s Housing Problems?

    Garden cities have become extremely popular options among potential homebuyers, as they’re being looked at as a solution to help Britain’s housing crisis. But what makes garden communities so coveted these days? They’re in the news because the government has given the green light for the construction of 14 new garden villages located anyone from Lancashire to Cornwall, each with 1,500 to 10,000 homes, and three garden towns in southern England which will see the construction of over 10,000 homes each. “Locally led garden towns and villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need, as well as…

  • Higgs

    Higgs helps garden centre grow business

    Advisers from a Midlands law firm have helped Hillview Garden Centres, a flourishing garden centre group, continue to expand with the acquisition of an 11th business. Jamie Partington, associate in the corporate team at Higgs & Sons, and Richard Saxton, partner in the Commercial Property team, worked closely with Hillview to deliver multiple acquisitions, with the purchase of Shipley Garden Centre at Heanor, Derbyshire the latest to complete. Hillview Garden Centres Ltd operates across middle England at Billing, Burford House, Charlecote, Hilltop, Little Heath, Newton Regis, Pavilion, Scotland Nurseries, Shipley, Studley and Studley Green. The Group started in September 2011…

  • Gardman

    Gardman launch one stop shop for Christmas

    Gardman have launched a glittering collection of best-selling Christmas lines to help drive volume sales throughout garden centres for Christmas 2017… With more than 100 products on offer, Gardman’s Christmas Emporium is a truly one-stop for your Christmas shop; Comprehensive range of 40 Artificial Christmas Trees Artificial mini trees, garlands and tree stands Pre-lit LED decorations in a choice of two festive themes; Rustic Rattan and Sparkling Silver Solar Christmas string lights Novelty solar lighting Christmas themed doormats Pre-lit LED canvases Festive cushions Topiary and artificial plants. Gardman’s Christmas range features a number of new products too, including the Premium…

Features

curb

Stocking items that boost a home’s curb appeal

Feb 15, 2017

Garden Centre Retail magazine hears from Chris Hopkins, commercial director of Turnbull, for his expert opinion on what to stock within a garden centre. Before guests and potential buyers have even stepped foot in a home, their impression is being shaped by a property’s curb appeal. A home’s frontage has an immediate impact on people, so curb appeal cannot be understated — but improving it doesn’t necessarily mean expensive renovations. It means making sure a home’s outdoor area is up to scratch and well maintained, so it looks picturesque and accessible to guests and passers by. Some polishing and trimming…

impulse

How to maximise impulse sales

Feb 9, 2017

Garden centre retail asks The Display Centre’s Ali Newton about the importance of visual merchandising, and why garden centres should be on the lookout for impulse barriers on their shop floor. What is an impulse buy? “When a customer buys something that isn’t on their shopping list, something they didn’t plan to buy but saw and decided to get on the spot, that’s an impulse purchase” Ali clarifies. Impulse buys can account for a significant amount of turnover within any retail outlet, Ali continues, and should be maximised wherever possible: “There are three really key tactics for making an impulse…

amazon

Edwin Meijer – four things you can learn from Amazon’s new shops

Dec 14, 2016

You’re aware that your customers are behaving a little bit different than 10 years ago and that’s mainly because of the internet. For every purchase, Google gives us 100 alternatives and at least 25 shops to order from. And you can access it anywhere, anytime. So, in light of this, what does the garden centre of the future look like? Taking a look at Amazon helps a lot: not their webshop but the 2,000 grocery shops they plan to open! Garden Connect gives you 4 things to learn from Amazon. Why would they do that? You might think the high…

your

Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer asks: Do you know how your customers are making purchase decisions?

Oct 27, 2016

The answer to this might seem simple. Consumers are buying plants from you because you’re giving them good, upfront advice, you have an outstanding garden furniture showroom or your Christmas displays are the best in your area. I don’t want to argue about this but it’s a bit too simplistic. GFK did a survey among consumers and how they made their purchase decisions, what resources they used and why they bought products. This survey is a very valuable source and can help you to make better decisions in regards to your marketing. So, first of all, how does the customer journey…

futures

HTA Garden Futures Conference 2016

Oct 13, 2016

HTA’s annual Garden Futures conference this year asked: what lies ahead for the industry? With a wide range of guest speakers and a panel discussion towards the end of the day, the conference focused on the need for change and adaptation in order for the industry to survive in the face of challenges such as climate change, technological advancements and Brexit. The day opened with head of innovation at Future Foundation Joshua McBain, who took a concentrated look on what we know about Brexit so far, and forecast what its long and short term implications may be for the industry,…

Hage

Garden Centre Retail attends the Van Hage Exclusive Christmas Preview event

Oct 5, 2016

At the Van Hage Exclusive Christmas Preview evening on 29th September, Garden Centre Retail’s Ash O’Mahony spoke to marketing manager Lynsey Martinez about the importance of events for garden centres. With visitors enjoying a variety of Christmas themed displays and Christmas trees as well as free food and wine tasting, a grand raffle, shopping discounts and even the chance to meet a reindeer, Lynsey explains why events are a top priority for Van Hage in the coming year.   How did the event go? It went really well, we had a lovely atmosphere, great feedback on the Christmas Shop and…

summer

We’re better together, aren’t we?

Aug 31, 2016

Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer talks about the benefit of having an ePos system. Summer is almost over so traditionally the trade show season starts. We’ve got 7 in the next 5 weeks including Four Oaks next week and GLEE the week after. It could be a good time to have a chat with one of the ePos providers at the trade shows. Having an ePos system opens a wide range of opportunities for you – apart from all the boring benefits like VAT and proper accounting. HTA Garden Retail Monitor It’s a common thing in the Netherlands and coming to…

summer

Squires Badshot celebrate 80th anniversary with summer evening garden party

Aug 17, 2016

Event: Summer Evening Garden Party Location: Squire’s Garden Centre, Badshot Lea Road, Farnham, GU9 9JX Date: Thursday 18th August Time: 6pm-8pm Cost: FREE entry to the Summer Evening Garden Party BBQ: £10 for adults & £8 for children Gardening Workshop: £25 per adult Booking: Tickets are required for the BBQ and Gardening Workshop. Call 01252 333666 or visit the Info. Desk at Squire’s Badshot Lea   Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea in Farnham is holding a Summer Evening Garden Party on Thursday 18th August at 6pm-8pm, and all are welcome! This free event is to celebrate Squire’s 80th Anniversary….

News

Decco

Dobbies & Decco to speak at GIMA Day Conference

GIMA have announced that John Cleland, CEO of Dobbies Garden Centres and Charlie Lacey, CEO designate at Decco will both be speaking at the next GIMA day conference. The event is being held on Thursday 23rd March at Horticulture House, in Oxfordshire Following the sale of Dobbies to Midlothian Capital and Hattington Partners, John was appointed CEO in July 2016.  Having now been in the role for 8 months, Cleland will set out his vision for Dobbies, one of the UK’s largest chains of garden centres in the UK. Charlie Lacey takes over the reigns at Decco when John Findlay…

Gardena

Gardena: Gardening the modern way

Mini gardens within cities are on the rise and with the hectic day-to-day life of work and play in the city, a green retreat can act as a personal haven to unwind, even in the smallest of spaces. Gardena provides everything within its new product portfolio for city gardens to become a perfect green oasis. A small piece or lawn behind a terraced house or a balcony or terrace is a luxury for many city-dwellers and the trend inner city, is to create a small sanctuary over a few square metres – a green idyll to represent peace and relaxation,…

garden

Could Garden Communities Solve the UK’s Housing Problems?

Garden cities have become extremely popular options among potential homebuyers, as they’re being looked at as a solution to help Britain’s housing crisis. But what makes garden communities so coveted these days? They’re in the news because the government has given the green light for the construction of 14 new garden villages located anyone from Lancashire to Cornwall, each with 1,500 to 10,000 homes, and three garden towns in southern England which will see the construction of over 10,000 homes each. “Locally led garden towns and villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need, as well as…

Higgs

Higgs helps garden centre grow business

Advisers from a Midlands law firm have helped Hillview Garden Centres, a flourishing garden centre group, continue to expand with the acquisition of an 11th business. Jamie Partington, associate in the corporate team at Higgs & Sons, and Richard Saxton, partner in the Commercial Property team, worked closely with Hillview to deliver multiple acquisitions, with the purchase of Shipley Garden Centre at Heanor, Derbyshire the latest to complete. Hillview Garden Centres Ltd operates across middle England at Billing, Burford House, Charlecote, Hilltop, Little Heath, Newton Regis, Pavilion, Scotland Nurseries, Shipley, Studley and Studley Green. The Group started in September 2011…

Gardman

Gardman launch one stop shop for Christmas

Gardman have launched a glittering collection of best-selling Christmas lines to help drive volume sales throughout garden centres for Christmas 2017… With more than 100 products on offer, Gardman’s Christmas Emporium is a truly one-stop for your Christmas shop; Comprehensive range of 40 Artificial Christmas Trees Artificial mini trees, garlands and tree stands Pre-lit LED decorations in a choice of two festive themes; Rustic Rattan and Sparkling Silver Solar Christmas string lights Novelty solar lighting Christmas themed doormats Pre-lit LED canvases Festive cushions Topiary and artificial plants. Gardman’s Christmas range features a number of new products too, including the Premium…

farm

Herb Farm set to expand

Garden centre Herb Farm off Peppard Road has been granted planning permission by South Oxfordshire District Council for a 224 sq. m, two-storey extension for a new café plus an outdoor dining area. The extension will also house a kitchen, cold store, two craft rooms and toilets on the ground floor with office space on the first floor. There has been a café at the garden centre since 2003. It was initially called the Orangery Coffee Shop and then became Daisy’s Coffee Shop until 2015 when that relocated to the Dog Inn in Peppard. Since then it has been run in-house by owner Richard…

Thrive

Notcutts raise over £1,000 for Thrive

Colleagues and customers at Notcutts Garden Centre located in Nuneham Courtney (Oxfordshire) have raised over £1000 for charity Thrive, which enables positive change in the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people through gardening and horticulture, and is based in Beech Hill, near Reading, Berkshire. The money was raised by hosting a series of flower arranging masterclasses which attracted almost 200 people. Notcutts centre manager Jonathan Tew said; “I am delighted that our flower masterclass events were such a success. Not only were they lots of fun but they also raised money to support the incredible work that Thrive do. Gardening…

Milbrook

Millbrook plans for the future

Tracey Bowler, human resources director at the Millbrook Garden Company, knows how hard it is to find great people with the right attitude and knowledge to work in the industry. Tracey felt that it was getting harder every year so the company looked at other ways of finding the right staff and, as a result, the business has now introduced a company succession plan for the next 5 years. Starting by consulting with all department managers, Millbrook sought to identify people who showed potential within the business. These people were recognised for their drive and enthusiasm and it was felt…