February 24, 2018

Latest:

Big rewards with the return of Pimp Up Your Roundup! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Anticipation builds for British Plant Fair -

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Glee welcomes new team member to boost UK coverage -

Thursday, February 22, 2018

GCA launches new Rising Star programme for catering staff -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Charity garden shop in Brighton thanks mystery donor -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Haskins donates bird boxes to school for National Nest Box Week -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Klondyke Group announce appointment of catering director -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Brackenburn creates renewable biofuel to burn in the home -

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Garden centre donates materials to Care Farm students -

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Best outdoor lifestyle retailer in the UK gong awarded to Gordale Garden Centre -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Stewarts Garden Centre customers thanked for £20,711 fundraising appeal total -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Plant expert to visit Perrywood Garden Centre for talks and orchid clinics -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Two added to Highfield Garden World planteria team -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Discount retailer boosts garden centre stock with Peterborough acquisition -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Residents express their shock and sadness at news Reigate Garden Centre is to close -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Grange Fencing introduces new consumer-facing brochure -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wyevale Garden Centres celebrates £1.7m fundraising success for Marie Curie -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New owner for Peterborough’s The Barn garden centre -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Reigate Garden Centre will close by October so hundreds of new homes can be built -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Deans garden centres’ fundraising helps keep air ambulance flying high -

Monday, February 12, 2018

  • Roundup

    Big rewards with the return of Pimp Up Your Roundup!

    ‘Pimp Up Your Roundup’ is back. Once again Roundup is challenging independent retailers to demonstrate their creative flair when it comes to their displays this season. With the UK’s number one weedkiller brand back on TV in March and a targeted social media and PR campaign to support its market leading range, Roundup is once again incentivising its retailers to take advantage of increased customer footfall in store. “With our fully integrated marketing campaign, including extensive TV advertising starting before Easter, we will be helping to drive more consumers in to store during the key weedkilling season,” commented Gary Philpotts,…

  • British Plant Fair

    Anticipation builds for British Plant Fair

    With just over a week to go until the much anticipated British Plant Fair, exhibitors and visitors alike are getting ready for the event. The best place to see the best of British growers all under one roof, the fair takes place next week, on Thursday 1st March at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry. Garden Centre buyers will be able to view a vast array of plants which are available to order on the day, all from British Growers. There will be a large selection of the best nurseries from across the UK, exhibiting all in one place, on one day….

  • Glee

    Glee welcomes new team member to boost UK coverage

    Daniel will be responsible for raising awareness of Glee’s exciting new dedicated pet sector – Pets @ Glee. Driving pets directly into the heart of the exhibition, Daniel’s remit will include securing leading UK and international pet brands for this thriving showcase; ultimately helping to arm garden retailers with everything that they need to maximise profits of pet products and grooming services in store. Additionally, Daniel’s role will see him work to grow Glee’s Plants, and Landscaping and Garden Decoration sectors, and will be looking to bring both new and existing UK based brands to these popular areas of the event. Finally, he will be overseeing…

  • GCA

    GCA launches new Rising Star programme for catering staff

    Following the on-going success of the GCA Rising Stars initiative a new programme aimed at garden centre catering staff was launched at its conference in January this year (2018). Sponsored by Creed Foodservice, it has been created to highlight and develop the talented individuals in garden centre restaurants and cafés and to recognise the important role catering plays in the industry. Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “Our existing Rising Stars programme, sponsored by Westland Horticulture, has gone from strength-to-strength and remains a significant benefit to GCA members wishing to develop their staff. It is also an important…

  • charity garden shop thanks mystery donor

    Charity garden shop in Brighton thanks mystery donor

    A homeless charity in Sussex would like to thank a mystery benefactor for a generous donation to their charity garden shop. Emmaus Brighton & Hove recently received a large donation of brand new gardening gifts from a mystery donor. The items will be displayed and sold in their garden shop ‘The Greenhouse’. The charity believes it to be excess Christmas stock from a local business which perhaps wasn’t sold throughout the January sale period. Emmaus Brighton & Hove is the local arm of an international charity helping people move on from homelessness by providing work and a home in a…

Features

Nisbets issue advice on wooden boards

Catering equipment supplier Nisbets has their say on the wooden boards saga

Feb 19, 2018

After a Birmingham restaurant was recently fined £50,000 for the unhygienic serving of food on wooden boards, Nisbets has issued some practical advice on the best way to ensure that your wooden boards are fit for use. Dean Starling, Development Chef at Nisbets believes that wooden boards are not unhygienic per se, it is more the way that they are cared for and used; “Wooden boards have hit the news recently with some media reporting that they are ‘incapable of being cleaned’.  The truth however is that wooden boards can provide an attractive alternative to plates however, it’s worth being…

Two thirds of Millennials seek innovation when it comes to their in-store shopping experience

Feb 1, 2018

Over the years, our lives have become consumed by technology – the average person checks their phone 85 times a day, whilst millennials check a staggering 150 times. We live in a world where ‘digital technology’ is evolving at such a rapid pace, thus OnBuy.com, the UK online marketplace, sought to find out how technology has changed, and how it is impacting the retail industry. Onbuy.com also provides key advice to business owners how they can ensure their business can thrive in an ever-changing digital world. What has changed in the retail sector? Utilising a 2017 report by PWC, Onbuy.com…

are millennials driving houseplant sales?

Are millennials driving houseplant sales in garden centres?

Dec 12, 2017

The Present Tree discusses the health benefits houseplants offer millennials, and how the emerging indoor gardening trend will progress is 2018. 2017 was the year that millennials bought more houseplants than any other age demographic, with more than 14 million posts on Instagram hash tagged plants. As fewer millennials are buying homes, the exposure to nature is often limited in tiny rented flats. The emerging houseplant trend followed numerous studies, suggesting young consumers are becoming more environmentally aware and food conscious than any other generation, with trendy terms like natural, organic and sustainable growing in popularity. Yet mocked as plant hoarders…

Brexit

BRC: Rates respite reduces retailers pressure

Nov 23, 2017

Following a business campaign led by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the Chancellor’s has announced in his Budget that the move from RPI to CPI indexation will be brought forward by two years to 2018. Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the BRC, said: “This is a hugely welcome and positive move. From being caught in a web of competing pressures from all parts of the economy, limiting the scope for action, it’s clear that the Chancellor has listened to the retail industry and the growing chorus from across business and commercial life who have spoken up in favour of…

Canada

From Canada, with love

Oct 19, 2017

Edwin Meijer from Garden Connect returns from a trip to Ontario, Canada with the International Garden Centre Association to take a look at the garden history in the Niagara Falls area of the country It was my first time but definitely not the last one! Two weeks ago I came back from the International Garden Centre Association trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. With a group of over 200 people from all over the world, we enjoyed the trip through the garden industry in this part of Ontario. Since I was travelling around in a bus with a group of about…

wildlife

GCR speaks to Simon King about his Wildlife World range

Sep 28, 2017

Can you tell me about the range you’ve worked on with Wildlife World? Over a period of several years I developed various garden wildlife product designs, based on my knowledge of the natural world and wildlife behaviour. Norman and I have known each other for some time, and decided to sit down and put my ideas into practice. I had various prototypes that I had tried and tested previously, which after much discussion and planning we began to put into production. We launched our first collaborated product, the brushwood robin nester, at GLEE last year, which received a lot of…

online

Online plant shop raises $1.1m to lead the houseplant revival among London’s stylish homeowners and offices

Sep 14, 2017

Patch (www.patch.garden), the online plant shop, has completed a $1.1m seed investment in its efforts to bring gardening to the digital age. 12 months after launching in East London, the startup has now served over 5,000 customers across the capital, has been growing 30% every month this year and has secured its seed round, led by early-stage investors Forward Partners and supported by London Co-investment Fund and several angel investors. Patch is looking to fill a gaping hole left by traditional garden centres, which are struggling to deliver value to customers due to rising costs, and a slowness to respond…

enemies

Edwin Meijer: Google – Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer

Sep 13, 2017

You may remember the age old saying ‘Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.’ Well, Google is a friend and a foe in retail: a friend because you have access to an enormous marketplace, and a foe because they take away your business. In this article, I would like to highlight three of Google’s innovations which you should definitely keep an eye on. And to keep it fun, I will also highlight three of Google’s failures. The buy button You search for products on Google, you compare products with Google Shopping and well, why not buy products now that you’re…

News

Roundup

Big rewards with the return of Pimp Up Your Roundup!

‘Pimp Up Your Roundup’ is back. Once again Roundup is challenging independent retailers to demonstrate their creative flair when it comes to their displays this season. With the UK’s number one weedkiller brand back on TV in March and a targeted social media and PR campaign to support its market leading range, Roundup is once again incentivising its retailers to take advantage of increased customer footfall in store. “With our fully integrated marketing campaign, including extensive TV advertising starting before Easter, we will be helping to drive more consumers in to store during the key weedkilling season,” commented Gary Philpotts,…

British Plant Fair

Anticipation builds for British Plant Fair

With just over a week to go until the much anticipated British Plant Fair, exhibitors and visitors alike are getting ready for the event. The best place to see the best of British growers all under one roof, the fair takes place next week, on Thursday 1st March at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry. Garden Centre buyers will be able to view a vast array of plants which are available to order on the day, all from British Growers. There will be a large selection of the best nurseries from across the UK, exhibiting all in one place, on one day….

Glee

Glee welcomes new team member to boost UK coverage

Daniel will be responsible for raising awareness of Glee’s exciting new dedicated pet sector – Pets @ Glee. Driving pets directly into the heart of the exhibition, Daniel’s remit will include securing leading UK and international pet brands for this thriving showcase; ultimately helping to arm garden retailers with everything that they need to maximise profits of pet products and grooming services in store. Additionally, Daniel’s role will see him work to grow Glee’s Plants, and Landscaping and Garden Decoration sectors, and will be looking to bring both new and existing UK based brands to these popular areas of the event. Finally, he will be overseeing…

GCA

GCA launches new Rising Star programme for catering staff

Following the on-going success of the GCA Rising Stars initiative a new programme aimed at garden centre catering staff was launched at its conference in January this year (2018). Sponsored by Creed Foodservice, it has been created to highlight and develop the talented individuals in garden centre restaurants and cafés and to recognise the important role catering plays in the industry. Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “Our existing Rising Stars programme, sponsored by Westland Horticulture, has gone from strength-to-strength and remains a significant benefit to GCA members wishing to develop their staff. It is also an important…

charity garden shop thanks mystery donor

Charity garden shop in Brighton thanks mystery donor

A homeless charity in Sussex would like to thank a mystery benefactor for a generous donation to their charity garden shop. Emmaus Brighton & Hove recently received a large donation of brand new gardening gifts from a mystery donor. The items will be displayed and sold in their garden shop ‘The Greenhouse’. The charity believes it to be excess Christmas stock from a local business which perhaps wasn’t sold throughout the January sale period. Emmaus Brighton & Hove is the local arm of an international charity helping people move on from homelessness by providing work and a home in a…

Haskins

Haskins donates bird boxes to school for National Nest Box Week

Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone has partnered with Angmering School to promote awareness of National Nest Box Week. The garden centre has donated a total of 12 bird boxes to the school to be mounted around the school site during National Nest Box Week and spark students’ interest in providing a home for breeding birds and a safe place for them to build a nest. Students and teachers were invited to visit the garden centre last week and pick up their bird boxes. Carole Burden, head of science at Angmering School, commented: “We’re so grateful to Haskins for inviting us…

Klondyke

The Klondyke Group announce appointment of catering director

The Klondyke Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Keren Feeney as its new Director of Catering and Food Sales. Keren will step into her new role from 1st March 2018. Keren is currently in the role of Group Catering Manager and oversees the Group’s overall catering strategy and restaurant development programme. Commenting on the new appointment, Chief Executive David Yardley said: “Keren brings valuable know-how and passion to the company and will be an asset to the board. Her knowledge of commerce and trends will be invaluable as we look to enhance the dining experience for our customers…

garden centre

Garden centre donates materials to Care Farm students

Malmesbury Garden Centre have donated compost, vermiculite and horticultural fleece to the students at the Lakeside Care Farm at the Lower Moor Farm nature reserve. Dean Sherwin, manager of the Lakeside Care Farm said: “The materials will be used to increase the opportunities for the students to work ‘seed to harvest’, for example, the compost will enable us to sow seeds and nurture them through their growing cycle until they are ready to harvest. “The students will then either have the opportunity to take the produce home or to cook a meal together at the farm. “Seeing through such an…

plant show

Squire’s plant show heralds start of gardening season

Squire’s Garden Centres held their annual plant show at Squire’s in West Horsley on Thursday 8th February. Thirty two suppliers from across the UK and abroad came to showcase their latest plants. Exciting new varieties on display included Hosta ‘Autumn Frost’, Hebe ‘Joan Mac’, Pieris ‘Polar Passion’, Jacob’s Ladder ‘Kaleidoscope’ and Raspberry ‘Little Red Princess’. Squire’s Plant Managers were treated to a preview of some of the stunning plants that will soon be on sale to the public, and they also voted for their best performing supplier in two categories – Hardy Plants & Bedding Plants. Barnsfold won ‘Best Bedding…

Gordale

Best outdoor lifestyle retailer in the UK gong awarded to Gordale Garden Centre

Celebrations have been held to congratulate Wirral’s largest garden centre, Gordale, on their latest achievement, becoming the best outdoor living retailer in the UK. At the end of January, the Garden Centre Association held their annual conference, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the winners of their prestigious awards were revealed. The award was presented to Gordale Garden and Home Centre in recognition of their extensive and comprehensive garden furniture selection, range and display of barbecues, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, customer care, building and servicing section and excellent delivery service.  Scoring a massive 92%, the department of 14 lead…

Stewarts

Stewarts Garden Centre customers thanked for £20,711 fundraising appeal total

Terry Head, Retail and Marketing Director of the Stewarts Garden Centres, presented a cheque on behalf of the thousands of customers who donated towards last year’s appeal on behalf of the Dorset and Wiltshire Children’s hospices Julia’s House. The £20,711.40p total was raised for Stewarts’ charity of the year not only from donations in collection tins and the wishing well, but also during activities including Easter egg hunts, Halloween events and proceeds from the sale of kids’ reindeer badges over the Christmas festivities over the last 12 months. Laura Kelly, Community Fundraising Manager at Julia’s House said: “We are thrilled…

Perrywood

Plant expert to visit Perrywood Garden Centre for talks and orchid clinics

A plant expert is due to visit a garden centre in Tiptree this week. On Friday and Saturday, orchid expert Dr Manos Kanellos will be visiting Perrywood Garden Centre in Tiptree to give customers the opportunity to learn more about orchids. Dr Kanellos will be sharing his expertise during two talks on both days at 11am and 2pm, providing advice to everyone from houseplant novices to Phalaenopsis connoisseurs. The talks will aim to answer customers’ questions about these plants, including how to repot your orchids, how to trigger your plant to re-bloom and general tips about caring for them. he…