April 30, 2017

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Glee Talking Head: The affordability of gardening – how is it changing? -

Saturday, April 29, 2017

M&M Timber win prestigious award -

Friday, April 28, 2017

Survey finds 8 out of 10 British consumers prefer independent businesses over larger stores -

Friday, April 28, 2017

Plant hunter Ben attends California Spring Trials -

Friday, April 28, 2017

New Forest Garden fencing panel reduces noise by eight times -

Thursday, April 27, 2017

RHS report reveals threat to UK Gardening from Climate Change -

Thursday, April 27, 2017

ECHO®ASK-RW23D Scissor Head – a safer cut -

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sons take over Acres Garden Supply -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

GCA Westland ‘Rising Stars’ workshop opens for ninth year -

Monday, April 24, 2017

Husqvarna group celebrates landmark -

Monday, April 24, 2017

Chessington Garden Centre expands into lucrative new business -

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fern sales up 44% year on year for Wyevale Nurseries -

Saturday, April 22, 2017

RHS calls for gardeners to create more bee-friendly habitats -

Friday, April 21, 2017

Stewarts Garden Centres note growth in olive tree popularity -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Khaled McGonnell: Zippy new service gets pro gardeners in a flash -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gardening expert Roy Lancaster to visit Ashwood Nurseries in Kingswinford -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Be Sure with Gro-Sure – £1m TV and national press spend -

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Notcutts Garden Centre launches contest to name new variety of rose -

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Major expansion plans for Planters at Bretby -

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter sees rush in barbecues sales -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

  • glee

    Glee Talking Head: The affordability of gardening – how is it changing?

    As over 600 companies start to gear up for another Glee exhibition, the leading show for the garden retail industry, we ask whether the affordability of gardening is changing. Is good, better, best still a thriving approach to range selections? Are high-end price tags enticing more consumers, or is bargain basement still the ultimate winning formula? Here, a number of Glee 2017 exhibitors join the debate, sharing their own thoughts and experiences. Manufacturers of the finest quality agricultural and garden tools, Burgon & Ball is often considered at the top end of the market. Heather Culpan, managing director at Burgon…

  • M&M

    M&M Timber win prestigious award

    M&M Timber is celebrating success after being crowned ‘Treated Wood Trader of the Year’ in the 2017 Wood Protection Association (WPA) Awards. On Wednesday 5 April, the M&M Timber team attended the WPA Awards at the Marriot Breadsall Priory Hotel, Derby, where they were finalists for both Preservative Treated Wood Project of the Year and Treated Wood Trader of the Year. The team were ecstatic to come away winning the prestigious title of Treated Wood Trader of the Year – a great accolade to their name. The WPA is a technical and advisory organisation dedicated to the use of wood protection…

  • survey

    Survey finds 8 out of 10 British consumers prefer independent businesses over larger stores

    77% of over 200 people surveyed pledged to shop at or use small businesses more than they did in 2016 41% of consumers already shop weekly at smaller businesses 48% shop small to boost the local economy and support the community A recent survey by Liberis, a UK alternative finance provider, reveals that 8 out of 10 consumers plan to use independent businesses in preference to larger businesses this year. The survey was commissioned by Liberis to discover current consumer attitudes towards small businesses. The data further revealed that 65% were aware that using a smaller provider can be more…

  • Ben

    Plant hunter Ben attends California Spring Trials

    A member of staff at one of the UK’s leading nurseries in Hereford has recently just got back from attending the California Spring Trials in the USA (April, 2017). Ben Gregory, product development manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, visited 12 nurseries in the country searching for some unusual plants and building relationships with breeders and growers. The 24-year-old from Worcester said: “This is the largest trial event of new breeding focused on annual, perennial and shrub varieties in the world. Approximately 70 breeders from around the world show their latest products and trials at nursery sites throughout California. It…

  • fencing

    New Forest Garden fencing panel reduces noise by eight times

    Loud music, barking dogs, noisy neighbours and road traffic are the most irritating unwanted sounds in a garden, according to a *government survey. It is now possible to reduce the impact of these by as much as eight times with a cleverly designed acoustic garden fencing panel from the UK’s leading producer. Other specialist noise reducing garden fences are on the market but the Forest Garden Decibel Panel not only dramatically cuts noise levels but also looks great and is affordable. This is the first DIY acoustic panel and can be fitted as a replacement or as a new fence….

Features

Morphy

Morphy Richards: Cooking up a fresh source of margin

Apr 14, 2017

With continuing pressure on margins, enterprising retailers are always looking for potential new revenue streams. And here is one which is proving both popular and successful. It’s the food prep market – worth a healthy £190m+ at RSP – which has gone from strength to strength as cooking from scratch remains high on the agenda for foodies.  Driven by the huge wave of TV cookery programmes the category has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years with food processors, juicers and kitchen machines now being at the top of peoples’ shopping lists. Market research giant Mintel claim that 93%…

week

Terence Nicholson: Give your lawn some TLC this Gardening Week

Apr 7, 2017

It’s time to grab the tools from the shed and turn your garden into a spring haven: next week is National Gardening Week. This means people up and down the country will be spending time in their garden and giving it some TLC. This year, the focus of gardening week is about helping new gardeners. There are a number of activities and events throughout the UK and the aim is to get people outside and tending to their gardens. If your garden has been a bit neglected over the winter months, gardening week is the ideal time to spruce it…

mobile

Five top tips to make your garden centre mobile friendly

Feb 28, 2017

Last week Edwin Meijer, founder of Garden Connect, found a video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aag1P4OwA3s), made in 1999, in which the interviewer is asking random people on the streets if they wanted to have a mobile phone. “I don’t see the point of it”, “Imagine people would call you while you’re on the bike” and “I have a wired one at home, so why would I need a mobile one?” were the answers. A lot has changed since then, hasn’t it? Since more people are using tablets and smartphones rather than desktop computers it’s important to assure your garden centre is…

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,…

News

glee

Glee Talking Head: The affordability of gardening – how is it changing?

As over 600 companies start to gear up for another Glee exhibition, the leading show for the garden retail industry, we ask whether the affordability of gardening is changing. Is good, better, best still a thriving approach to range selections? Are high-end price tags enticing more consumers, or is bargain basement still the ultimate winning formula? Here, a number of Glee 2017 exhibitors join the debate, sharing their own thoughts and experiences. Manufacturers of the finest quality agricultural and garden tools, Burgon & Ball is often considered at the top end of the market. Heather Culpan, managing director at Burgon…

M&M

M&M Timber win prestigious award

M&M Timber is celebrating success after being crowned ‘Treated Wood Trader of the Year’ in the 2017 Wood Protection Association (WPA) Awards. On Wednesday 5 April, the M&M Timber team attended the WPA Awards at the Marriot Breadsall Priory Hotel, Derby, where they were finalists for both Preservative Treated Wood Project of the Year and Treated Wood Trader of the Year. The team were ecstatic to come away winning the prestigious title of Treated Wood Trader of the Year – a great accolade to their name. The WPA is a technical and advisory organisation dedicated to the use of wood protection…

survey

Survey finds 8 out of 10 British consumers prefer independent businesses over larger stores

77% of over 200 people surveyed pledged to shop at or use small businesses more than they did in 2016 41% of consumers already shop weekly at smaller businesses 48% shop small to boost the local economy and support the community A recent survey by Liberis, a UK alternative finance provider, reveals that 8 out of 10 consumers plan to use independent businesses in preference to larger businesses this year. The survey was commissioned by Liberis to discover current consumer attitudes towards small businesses. The data further revealed that 65% were aware that using a smaller provider can be more…

Ben

Plant hunter Ben attends California Spring Trials

A member of staff at one of the UK’s leading nurseries in Hereford has recently just got back from attending the California Spring Trials in the USA (April, 2017). Ben Gregory, product development manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, visited 12 nurseries in the country searching for some unusual plants and building relationships with breeders and growers. The 24-year-old from Worcester said: “This is the largest trial event of new breeding focused on annual, perennial and shrub varieties in the world. Approximately 70 breeders from around the world show their latest products and trials at nursery sites throughout California. It…

fencing

New Forest Garden fencing panel reduces noise by eight times

Loud music, barking dogs, noisy neighbours and road traffic are the most irritating unwanted sounds in a garden, according to a *government survey. It is now possible to reduce the impact of these by as much as eight times with a cleverly designed acoustic garden fencing panel from the UK’s leading producer. Other specialist noise reducing garden fences are on the market but the Forest Garden Decibel Panel not only dramatically cuts noise levels but also looks great and is affordable. This is the first DIY acoustic panel and can be fitted as a replacement or as a new fence….

Climate

RHS report reveals threat to UK Gardening from Climate Change

The quintessentially British lush, green lawn could become a thing of the past; gardeners in the north could enjoy a longer growing season and plant pests and diseases not yet established in some areas of the country could become commonplace; these are some of the findings of a new report from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and leading academics into the impact of climate change on gardening. Called Gardening in a Changing Climate, the far ranging report looks at both the impact the increase in global temperatures is currently having on plants and gardeners and the future of gardening as…

ECHO®

ECHO®ASK-RW23D Scissor Head – a safer cut

Working in built-up areas can present hazards when cutting close to bystanders, cars or buildings. It only takes a few stones or loose objects to get thrown into the air and there is the potential of damage to property or even a risk to safety. The new ECHO® ASK-RW23D scissor head, a rotary scissor attachment suitable for most ECHO® brushcutters, helps to reduce this risk. It works on the principle of a 20:1 reduction ratio gearbox and two contra-rotating blades that actually ‘snip’ the grass or brush – just like a pair of scissors. This means you have safer and…

Sons take over Acres Garden Supply

Acres Garden Supply prides itself on maintaining a family feel and offering a wide range of products to deck out anyone’s garden no matter what their needs, tastes or budget. Acres, based in Corsley, was founded by husband and wife John and Jenny White 49 years ago and started out life as a landscaping business. Over time, passers-by began to spot the remnants of materials in the depot left over from jobs the couple had carried out that day and people started asking the couple if they were for sale. They then realised that there was a gap in the…

stars

GCA Westland ‘Rising Stars’ workshop opens for ninth year

Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea was privileged to host this year’s Garden Centre Association (GCA) ‘Rising Stars’ workshop. The GCA Westland Rising Stars programme aims to develop talent within the horticultural industry, and it is now in its ninth year. Eighteen representatives from garden centres across the South were chosen to attend, and four of these were employees from Squire’s Garden Centres – Chris Carpenter, Lisa Collingbourne, Alex Cawley and Lana Wright. Former GCA inspector Ian Boardman ran the workshop which gives candidates masterclasses on various topics. Industry expert Peter Seabrook, who writes for Amateur Gardening and The Sun,…

husqvarna

Husqvarna group celebrates landmark

Husqvarna Group, one of the world’s leading producers of forest, park and garden products, will celebrate a landmark occasion for British manufacturing today as it marks the production of its 1 millionth robotic lawnmower at its UK headquarters in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham – a first for the industry. The day, which proves a milestone moment for the company, is a testament to Husqvarna Group’s devotion to innovation in lawn mowing, and to the 130,000 sqm Newton Aycliffe site which has been a manufacturing force for robotic mowing since 2006. Husqvarna Group is a pioneer in robotic grass cutting technology,…

chessington

Chessington Garden Centre expands into lucrative new business

Chessington Garden Centre is using Microsoft Dynamics NAV integrated with point of sales (POS) system LS NAV from The NAV People to underpin its ambitious business plans. Dynamics NAV integrated with LS NAV has enabled the business to launch an award winning garden design, build and maintenance service, deploy a new ecommerce ‘click and collect’ service and host a calendar of sell out events including the popular Santa’s grotto, which achieved ticket sales of over 52,000 in 2016. Expanding at a phenomenal rate and having outgrown previous systems that had turned into short-term remedies, Chessington Garden Centre deployed Dynamics NAV…

fern

Fern sales up 44% year on year for Wyevale Nurseries

Fern sales have seen a surge at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford as it announces a 44% year on year increase (March 2016 until the end of March 2017). The company says it feels this is due to the plants being on trend in the retail, amenity landscape and domestic landscape markets. Adam Dunnett, sales and marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “It’s fantastic news. There are few factors for the increase in sales such as the interiors colour trend for 2017 being that of ‘Greenery’ and botanical and ferns feature in prints and on fabrics. Our increase in fern sales…

bee

RHS calls for gardeners to create more bee-friendly habitats

Local beekeepers have welcomed a new campaign to urge gardeners to create more bee-friendly habitats and foraging areas. The ‘Bee Creative in the Garden!’ call from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the Wildlife Trusts comes as bees are under increasing pressure, largely due to loss of habitat. In the countryside, according to the charities, 97 per cent of lowland meadow has been lost. They added that the increase in people paving over their gardens is also contributing to the loss of green space. Helen Bostock, senior horticultural advisor at the RHS said: “A healthy garden is buzzing with bees…

olive

Stewarts Garden Centres note growth in olive tree popularity

It must be all the holidays to Greek islands, as Stewarts Garden Centres say olive trees (Olea Europaea) are becoming a more popular feature in British gardens. The company which has centres in Wimborne and in Christchurch has expanded its range to meet the demand, where customers not only purchase smaller lollypop shaped plants, but also invest in larger olive trees, some trimmed with a cloud shaped foliage, for over £1000. Jamie Rolling, outdoor plant buyer manager at Stewarts, said: “The Olive plant requires very little attention, whether kept in a container inside a well ventilated room, or planted in…

fastgardener

Khaled McGonnell: Zippy new service gets pro gardeners in a flash

Business is growing at garden centres all around the country, as the weather gradually improves and people want to coax their gardens back into shape. But as many would-be gardeners know all too well, it’s not always the easiest of tasks. Quite simply, many people just don’t know what they’re doing in the garden. With an array of plants, trees, shrubs and everything else of differing species, it’s understandable that the casual gardener lacks the detailed knowledge required to properly care for them. And to have them looking their very best – even in the age of Google when they…

Roy

Gardening expert Roy Lancaster to visit Ashwood Nurseries in Kingswinford

Gardening expert and plant hunter Roy Lancaster will be meeting gardeners at a Kingswinford nursery on Saturday to help raise money for the Beacon centre for the Blind. Roy, one of the greats of British gardening and a popular former TV gardener, will chat with visitors at the opening of John Massey’s garden at Ashwood Nurseries, near Kingswinford, on Saturday April 22 after giving a lecture at the nursery in the morning which has already sold out. Nursery owner Mr Massey opens his garden at the back of Ashwood Nurseries regularly through the seasons and this year the takings will…

gro-sure

Be Sure with Gro-Sure – £1m TV and national press spend

Garden retailers can ‘be sure’ they are stocking the right products this spring, with £1m pledged for Gro-Sure’s TV and national press campaign. The Be Sure with Gro-Sure® campaign is back on TV screens with a series of ten second TV adverts, supported by national advertising. These will drive 14m consumers to your doors. It is estimated that 2 out of 3 consumers will see the adverts at least once. The adverts each feature different gardeners who are not sure how to achieve success in their gardens. Gro-Sure® products provide reassurance and a solution to their problems. There are 2…

rose

Notcutts Garden Centre launches contest to name new variety of rose

Notcutts Garden Centres are inviting customers to let their imagination bloom with a competition to name a special new rose variety. The rose will be launched in July as part of Notcutts’ 120th anniversary celebrations this year. The new rose is a bright and cheerful pink colour, with a complex, spicy scent. It is disease resistant, easy to cultivate and will thrive in beds, mixed borders or large planters. The new rose has been bred and rigorously tested over the past six years by leading UK rose breeders, Harkness Roses. The competition was launched to Notcutts Privilege Club members in their…

Planters

Major expansion plans for Planters at Bretby

A popular South Derbyshire garden centre is hoping to expand with a larger sales area as the final plans to improve the firm are submitted. Planters at Bretby, in Bretby Lane, Bretby, has applied to South Derbyshire District Council for permission to provide an extension for a main entrance, additional sales area and store. Should the plans be approved the 1,965 square-metre floor space will be increased by an extra 1,533 sq m. A report with the application submitted by Gerald Ingram, from the centre, said: “As with most garden centres now, outdoor plants, shrubs and trees only account for a…

barbeque

Easter sees rush in barbecues sales

Retailers and manufacturers are predicting Brits might ditch the traditional Easter roast for a barbecue dish because of the mild weather. Paul Yates, UK director of prestige German barbecue brand, Monolith said: “The last month has seen us swamped with calls from retailers looking to stock barbecues and accessories for a boom in sales right before Easter.  The spell of good weather, particularly in recent weeks and the forecast for a mild Easter break has encouraged shoppers to start thinking outdoor dining.” The UK is Europe’s leading barbecue nation, in fact outdoor dining is our number one summer leisure activity.*…

Elho

Van Hage opens Elho ambassador ‘store within a store’

In March 2017, Van Hage opened its Elho branded store concepts within its main Great Amwell garden centre and experienced strong sales in the first week. “We have been a customer of Elho’s since 2010,” said Ben Stevenson, gardening category manager: “It was in 2016 that we featured Elho as part of our Beautiful Gardens Magazine. From a small display, turnover greatly exceeded expectations. Through last year’s success it’s clear that our customers liked the product range and uniqueness. As part of the Tillington Group of Garden Centres, we had seen the success Bents has had with its Elho store, and…

circus

Circus rolls into Hagley garden centre

Webbs West Hagley is gearing up the arrival of the popular John Lawson’s Circus. The circus will be at the garden’s West Hagley store from Saturday April 8 until Thursday, April 13. Join the crowds at 10.30am, 1pm or 3pm for a dazzling show of aerial aerobatics, juggling feats, balancing acts, hilarious clowns and much more. Ringmaster Attila Endresz will welcome all visitors to the hour-long show in his own special style while Bippo the Clown will make sure that visitors of all ages leave with a beaming smile on their face. The hour-long show is suitable for all ages, and parents…

gima

2017 GIMA Charity Golf and Activity Day

Running alongside GIMA’s annual Charity Golf Day, will be the inaugural GIMA Kwik Cricket and Laser Clay Shooting Challenge.  This fun and accessible day will be open to anyone who wants to come along and enjoy some fun and relaxation in the glorious county of Shropshire. Participants will start the day by arriving at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort, before having coffee and a bacon butty with the golfers.  You’ll then transported to Lilleshall, around 20 minutes from the hotel, for the day’s activities. Set in the shadow of the Lilleshall Monument, you’ll be welcomed to the village cricket ground…

Morphy

Morphy Richards: Cooking up a fresh source of margin

With continuing pressure on margins, enterprising retailers are always looking for potential new revenue streams. And here is one which is proving both popular and successful. It’s the food prep market – worth a healthy £190m+ at RSP – which has gone from strength to strength as cooking from scratch remains high on the agenda for foodies.  Driven by the huge wave of TV cookery programmes the category has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years with food processors, juicers and kitchen machines now being at the top of peoples’ shopping lists. Market research giant Mintel claim that 93%…

peat-free

Peat-free compost not clearly labelled at garden centres, survey finds

Less than a fifth of compost products at garden centres are clearly labelled as peat-free, according to a survey for conservation organisations. A third of the 238 volunteers who took part in the survey for Friends of the Earth, Plantlife, RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts did not find peat-free compost clearly available at retailers and half of those who checked prices found it was more expensive. The environmental groups are calling for more action to give green-fingered householders more chance to buy peat-free products to prevent the destruction of vital peatlands in the UK, Ireland and elsewhere. Peat-free gardening is…

Epilepsy

Bents raises £30,000 for Epilepsy Action

Bents Garden & Home once again wishes to thank its customers for their enormous generosity in helping the Centre to raise a fantastic £30,000 for Epilepsy Action; its charity of the year 2016.  The figure once again breaks all fundraising totals since the Centre launched its Charity of the Year initiative in 2005. Harvinder Chaggar, from Epilepsy Action was joined by 11 year old Elliot Bent to accept the donation, with Aimee Maguet from Alzheimer’s Society, the Centre’s 2017 charity of the year, also attending the event. Matthew Bent, managing director at Bents Garden & Home said:  “We are overwhelmed…

gardman

Gardman reveals their four big ideas for change and growth

Following the launch of Gardman’s 2016 Wild Bird Care Catalogue, they identified “4 Big Ideas” that they believed would deliver significant change and growth… and they are! It’s now eight months on since this launch and Gardman is delighted to report that they’ve seeing an outstanding growth of 36%; which equates to £16 million of additional retail sales. From having a better understanding of category dynamics and consumer needs, Gardman has been able to tackle seasonal sales dips, target untapped younger markets, overcome barriers to feeding and tap into decorative lifestyle trends. Getting consumers to feed all year round In…

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New visitor centre for RHS Gardens now open

A Royal Horticultural Society garden has officially opened its new visitor centre and cafe to the public. After a year of hard work and planning Ian Le Gros, head of site, declared the the new facilities at Hyde Hall, near Rettendon, officially open and welcomed excited visitors in. The visitors centre includes a new cafe and shop. The gardens came under the spotlight last year when gardener Matthew Oliver managed to grow and set the record for the largest outdoor grown pumpkin in the UK – which weighed in at a staggering 95 stone. The Visitor Centre is open daily…