January 24, 2017

Latest:

GCA welcomes new inspectors -

Monday, January 23, 2017

Plans put on hold for Boundary Mill garden centre in Colne -

Monday, January 23, 2017

Squire’s Garden Centres to relaunch Chertsey and Hersham branches -

Monday, January 23, 2017

M&M Timber launch timber retail display solutions -

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Gardman – capitalise on national consumer wild bird care campaigns -

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Growers debate topical challenges and opportunities at HTA Contact Conference -

Friday, January 20, 2017

Three reasons to stock Kelkay’s artificial grass -

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hawkesmill Nurseries – get ready for perennials this month -

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Exhibitor stands at PATS Sandown ‘sold out’ -

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New e-commerce website for Wyevale Garden Centres -

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017: a year of profit with Briers -

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cosmos remain No.1 for 2017 -

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Notcutts celebrates 120 years of glorious gardening -

Monday, January 16, 2017

Changes to Christmas trading tactics pay off for Gloucestershire’s Highfield Garden World -

Monday, January 16, 2017

BRC reports first December rise in high-street footfall for five years -

Monday, January 16, 2017

SDEA British Group on show at EuroShop 2017 -

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stocks fly off shelves in garden centres after snow forecast -

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Plans to demolish garden centre and rebuild as a ‘Victorian Palm House’ -

Friday, January 13, 2017

Lubera to exhibit at The Garden Press Event 2017 -

Friday, January 13, 2017

New appointment to Kelkay’s Board of Directors -

Thursday, January 12, 2017

  • inspectors

    GCA welcomes new inspectors

    The Garden Centre Association has today (Monday, January 23, 2017) announced its three new inspectors who will begin visiting member garden centres this spring. Michael Cole, Gordon Emslie and Hedley Triggs will join current inspector, Roger Crookes, to complete the team for 2017. Iain Wylie, chief executive of the GCA, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Michael, Gordon and Hedley, who will be joining remaining inspector, Roger Crookes. The three new members will go through a thorough induction process before the inspection window opens to ensure the consistency of marking that we all expect continues. “We would like to say…

  • Boundary

    Plans put on hold for Boundary Mill garden centre in Colne

    Plans for a major new garden centre in Colne have been put on hold. But bosses at Boundary Mill have insisted their intended scheme for land off Greenfield Road has not been shelved. The Lancashire Telegraph understands access arrangements for the site, also next to Whitewalls Drive, has proved to be a sticking point. In 2014 the original proposals for the 9,000 square metre project, at the end of the M65, divided opinion in the town. Supporters pointed towards the 300 full or part-time jobs which could be created by the venture, which would have incorporated a farm shop and…

  • Hersham

    Squire’s Garden Centres to relaunch Chertsey and Hersham branches

    The newly rebuilt Squire’s Garden Centre in Chertsey is due to be officially opened in March, along with the reopening of the extended site in Hersham . The Chertsey branch will open to the public on February 7, while an official event will be held the following month when mayor of Runnymede Alan Alderson will unveil a commemorative plaque.  A giant 200-year-old olive tree from Spain will be planted to mark the occasion. The centre in Holloway Hill has been completely rebuilt to include a new outdoor plant area, shop and café bar , which is inside an octagon-shaped lodge…

  • M&M

    M&M Timber launch timber retail display solutions

    M&M Timber, based at Clows Top in Worcestershire, has launched a comprehensive range of merchandising units for retail displays.  The timber range is an ideal choice for garden centres, DIY businesses, nurseries, department stores and other retail businesses. Designed and manufactured using pressure treated timbers the display units offer a durable, natural display solution for fresh plants, trees, shrubs, gardening or building products and seasonal promotional displays.  The treatment used is Tanalith E wood preservative a tried and tested copper based wood preservative from Arch Timber Protection featuring high performance credentials, particularly for ground contact timbers. The timber retail display…

  • wild

    Gardman – capitalise on national consumer wild bird care campaigns

    Wild bird care market leader Gardman are encouraging for retailers to stock-up and boost sales during high-profile conservation-led events over the next few weeks. The British Trust of Ornithology’s (BTO) National Nest Box Week (14-21 February) creates a massive opportunity for consumers to directly help wild bird conservation. Natural nesting sites for birds such as disused old buildings or hollows in trees are fast disappearing. Taking part in National Nest Box Week gives people the chance to contribute to bird conservation, with the added pleasure of observing the breeding birds their nest boxes attract. Gardman has produced eye-catching point-of-sale material…

Features

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….

New cutting tools enliven the autumn trade

Aug 16, 2016

The trade and consumers enter this autumn gardening season well-equipped with the new generation of GARDENA Secateurs – a range of six new models. The new models convince with maximum application convenience, and always cut perfectly. Secateurs are part of the basic equipment for every gardener – they are used all year round and therefore have to cope in varying conditions. Gardening fans can continue to place their full confidence in GARDENA cutting competence. The range has been reorganised and optimised so that everyone can find the right secateurs for every application in the garden. The individual models have also been…

GCR Feature: Enhance the customer journey to see loyalty bloom

Jul 26, 2016

Alison Brown, marketing manager at K3 CRM, looks at the ways garden centre retailers can integrate multiple data sets to better understand their customers and build loyalty Garden centres are finding themselves in a highly competitive market. While often this comes with an upturn in order books, many are looking at ways they can turn one-off purchases into repeat business. Many businesses in this space are familiar with the idea of using enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to collect transactional data and purchase histories. But how many businesses are supplementing this with information on their customers from a customer relationship…

News

inspectors

GCA welcomes new inspectors

The Garden Centre Association has today (Monday, January 23, 2017) announced its three new inspectors who will begin visiting member garden centres this spring. Michael Cole, Gordon Emslie and Hedley Triggs will join current inspector, Roger Crookes, to complete the team for 2017. Iain Wylie, chief executive of the GCA, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Michael, Gordon and Hedley, who will be joining remaining inspector, Roger Crookes. The three new members will go through a thorough induction process before the inspection window opens to ensure the consistency of marking that we all expect continues. “We would like to say…

Boundary

Plans put on hold for Boundary Mill garden centre in Colne

Plans for a major new garden centre in Colne have been put on hold. But bosses at Boundary Mill have insisted their intended scheme for land off Greenfield Road has not been shelved. The Lancashire Telegraph understands access arrangements for the site, also next to Whitewalls Drive, has proved to be a sticking point. In 2014 the original proposals for the 9,000 square metre project, at the end of the M65, divided opinion in the town. Supporters pointed towards the 300 full or part-time jobs which could be created by the venture, which would have incorporated a farm shop and…

Hersham

Squire’s Garden Centres to relaunch Chertsey and Hersham branches

The newly rebuilt Squire’s Garden Centre in Chertsey is due to be officially opened in March, along with the reopening of the extended site in Hersham . The Chertsey branch will open to the public on February 7, while an official event will be held the following month when mayor of Runnymede Alan Alderson will unveil a commemorative plaque.  A giant 200-year-old olive tree from Spain will be planted to mark the occasion. The centre in Holloway Hill has been completely rebuilt to include a new outdoor plant area, shop and café bar , which is inside an octagon-shaped lodge…

M&M

M&M Timber launch timber retail display solutions

M&M Timber, based at Clows Top in Worcestershire, has launched a comprehensive range of merchandising units for retail displays.  The timber range is an ideal choice for garden centres, DIY businesses, nurseries, department stores and other retail businesses. Designed and manufactured using pressure treated timbers the display units offer a durable, natural display solution for fresh plants, trees, shrubs, gardening or building products and seasonal promotional displays.  The treatment used is Tanalith E wood preservative a tried and tested copper based wood preservative from Arch Timber Protection featuring high performance credentials, particularly for ground contact timbers. The timber retail display…

wild

Gardman – capitalise on national consumer wild bird care campaigns

Wild bird care market leader Gardman are encouraging for retailers to stock-up and boost sales during high-profile conservation-led events over the next few weeks. The British Trust of Ornithology’s (BTO) National Nest Box Week (14-21 February) creates a massive opportunity for consumers to directly help wild bird conservation. Natural nesting sites for birds such as disused old buildings or hollows in trees are fast disappearing. Taking part in National Nest Box Week gives people the chance to contribute to bird conservation, with the added pleasure of observing the breeding birds their nest boxes attract. Gardman has produced eye-catching point-of-sale material…

challenges

Growers debate topical challenges and opportunities at HTA Contact Conference

With the theme of ‘Surviving and Thriving’, the HTA Contact Conference for growers took place at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire on 17 – 18 January 2017, alongside the APL Stone Seminar and BPOA Spring Conference. Brexit was high on the agenda, alongside plant health, water legislation, seasonal labour, import substitution of Quercus (Oak), the Responsible Souring of Growing Media Scheme and plants for a sustainable 21st century city. Joshua McBain, head of innovation, foresight factory, summarised the latest matters surrounding Brexit. For the garden industry we can expect to see difficultly around access to EU migrant labour and moving goods…

artificial

Three reasons to stock Kelkay’s artificial grass

The new range of artificial grass from Kelkay has many advantages over ordinary grass and represents a great opportunity for garden centre sales growth. Responding to the trend for low maintenance and convenient garden features, Kelkay introduced a competitively priced and high quality range of artificial grass at GLEE in September. Retailers are already reporting growth in the pre-pack rolls of artificial grass in preference to bulk materials so Kelkay has focussed on high impact floor standing display bins containing easy – to – shop rolls. Alan Sheppard at Kelkay believes that there are three key factors that make their…

Hawkesmill

Hawkesmill Nurseries – get ready for perennials this month

Hawkesmill Nurseries, the Warwickshire based family company, are raring to go and to share their stunningly beautiful perennials with their customers. The Hawkesmill perennial selections are excellent spring sellers and available right now, which is the perfect time to start your season.  All plants are individually bar-coded and available with full colour POS.  There is also the option to have attractive, weatherproof pricing strips supplied, which can be attached to display benches to give a clear pricing message. Brand new for 2017 – all 9cm pots now come in newly introduced re-usable trays of 12, which Hawkesmill will then collect from customers when next delivering. Also available in this years perennial range are…