January 21, 2018

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Garden centre in Devon wows customers with new cafe offering including ‘free from’ treats -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Catshill garden centre donates trees to Dudley Zoo -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shoulder To Soldier makes plans at the Bents community allotment -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perrywood presents cheques totalling over £14,000 to chosen charities -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner -

Monday, January 15, 2018

Paradise Park Garden Centre supports town academy -

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New roads mean workers facing job losses at Willesborough Wyevale garden centre -

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bonningtons Announces New Website Launch -

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Squire’s in Long Ditton is Garden Centre of the Year -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Donkey Sanctuary thanks Dunbar Garden Centre visitors for their festive support -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Record breaking growth for Farplants’ Christmas offering -

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Notcutts celebrates successful 120th year -

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tong Garden Centre launches staff reward and recognition scheme -

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dogs met Santa at Squire’s -

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bunnings Warehouse opens its first store in South Yorkshire -

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thieves steal thousands of pounds of stock from garden centre in Warmington -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hawkesmill luanches new Geum For 2018 -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Are millennials driving houseplant sales in garden centres? -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chris Pateman appointed as HTA Chair -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Retail industry welcomes progress on Brexit talks -

Monday, December 11, 2017

  • garden centre

    Garden centre in Devon wows customers with new cafe offering including ‘free from’ treats

    A garden centre in Devon is wowing its visitors with not only quality, locally-produced food but also delicious vegan, gluten and dairy-free options to meet every dietary need. St John’s Garden Centre is a family business that has been running for more than 50 years, and has grown in popularity thanks to its newly-revamped Conservatory Café. Now run by the three Oliver brothers – Nick, Simon and Tom – the centre began as a smallholding for planting, harvesting and selling vegetables from its site at the bottom of St John’s Lane. It has since gone from strength to strength and now boasts…

  • Catshill

    Catshill garden centre donates trees to Dudley Zoo

    Big cats at Dudley Zoo will soon have a ‘tree-mendous’ addition to their new enclosure, thanks to a Catshill garden centre. Surplus potted Christmas trees from Willowbrook Garden Centre in Stourbridge Road are due to be planted in the new £100,000 extension to the snow leopard enclosure. The Castle Hill zoo’s assistant curator, Jay Haywood, said: “We’re extremely grateful for Willowbrook Garden Centre’s generous donation of more than a dozen potted fir trees, of all shapes and sizes, which is an enormous help to us. “We’re currently putting the finishing touches to the snow leopard’s enclosure, which we’re aiming to complete by…

  • Bents

    Shoulder To Soldier makes plans at the Bents community allotment

    Bents Garden & Home has teamed up with Shoulder to Soldier, donating a plot at its community allotment site to the Leigh based charity, which dedicates it’s time to supporting serving personnel, their families and veterans. Shoulder to Soldier was formed in June 2017, and is committed to providing support, practical advice, financial relief and social welfare for those who are serving or who have served in our armed forces.  It was a veteran who suggested the use of an allotment to help improve mood and motivation and within 24 hours of making the request a plot was donated by…

  • Perrywood hands over £14,000 worth of cheques to charities

    Perrywood presents cheques totalling over £14,000 to chosen charities

    On Monday 15 January, Tiptree based Perrywood presented cheques totalling a value of over £14,000 to its chosen charities at the garden centre: Mid and North Essex Mind, Marie Curie and Greenfingers. Throughout 2017, Perrywood’s staff and customers raised a total of £14,334.73 for the three charities. This total was presented to the charity representatives Jenny MacPherson and Stephanie Mills of Mid and North Essex Mind, Val Kruse and Irvine Turner of Marie Curie and Mandy Rooke of Greenfingers. These funds were raised throughout last year through a range of activities involving staff and customers including a tea party, quiz…

  • comedian

    BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner

    Radio and TV comedian Jo Caulfield will be compering the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) conference awards’ dinner this month (January, 2018). Jo, who is also a comedy writer, has worked on some of the biggest shows and with some of the top names in British comedy. Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “Not only has Jo been the regular warm-up performer for the BBC’s ‘Have I Got News For You’ for many years, she has appeared as a guest on the show, as well as on ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’. She has also appeared…

Features

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…

echo

Ariens launches new ECHO website

Aug 24, 2017

Ariens Company has launched a new website for ECHO Power Tools, offering an improved user experience. The new website has clear visual and responsive design and visitors, both domestic and professional, will be able to navigate their way around with ease. A key feature is the new e-commerce functionality which provides ECHO customers with an additional channel to purchase ECHO products. ECHO build all their machines to professional standards to meet the demands of domestic customers and professionals, who want to use their outdoor tools to increase productivity and reduce downtime in maintenance. The new website has a clean, uncluttered…

gardena netatmo

GARDENA and Netatmo announce new partnership

Aug 24, 2017

GARDENA smart system coming from Europe’s leading gardening brand is the only complete smart solution that combines automatic garden irrigation and lawn care within one platform. Robotic lawnmowers, sensors and watering controls can all be controlled via one app. That gives more freedom to the passionate gardener. GARDENA smart system now allows the integration of compatible devices by other companies into its app for the smart garden. Netatmo is a revolutionary smart home company, developing groundbreaking, intuitive and beautifully-designed connected consumer electronics. Presence, Netatmo’s outdoor security camera that distinguishes between people, cars and animals, is the first device from a…

News

garden centre

Garden centre in Devon wows customers with new cafe offering including ‘free from’ treats

A garden centre in Devon is wowing its visitors with not only quality, locally-produced food but also delicious vegan, gluten and dairy-free options to meet every dietary need. St John’s Garden Centre is a family business that has been running for more than 50 years, and has grown in popularity thanks to its newly-revamped Conservatory Café. Now run by the three Oliver brothers – Nick, Simon and Tom – the centre began as a smallholding for planting, harvesting and selling vegetables from its site at the bottom of St John’s Lane. It has since gone from strength to strength and now boasts…

Catshill

Catshill garden centre donates trees to Dudley Zoo

Big cats at Dudley Zoo will soon have a ‘tree-mendous’ addition to their new enclosure, thanks to a Catshill garden centre. Surplus potted Christmas trees from Willowbrook Garden Centre in Stourbridge Road are due to be planted in the new £100,000 extension to the snow leopard enclosure. The Castle Hill zoo’s assistant curator, Jay Haywood, said: “We’re extremely grateful for Willowbrook Garden Centre’s generous donation of more than a dozen potted fir trees, of all shapes and sizes, which is an enormous help to us. “We’re currently putting the finishing touches to the snow leopard’s enclosure, which we’re aiming to complete by…

Bents

Shoulder To Soldier makes plans at the Bents community allotment

Bents Garden & Home has teamed up with Shoulder to Soldier, donating a plot at its community allotment site to the Leigh based charity, which dedicates it’s time to supporting serving personnel, their families and veterans. Shoulder to Soldier was formed in June 2017, and is committed to providing support, practical advice, financial relief and social welfare for those who are serving or who have served in our armed forces.  It was a veteran who suggested the use of an allotment to help improve mood and motivation and within 24 hours of making the request a plot was donated by…

Perrywood hands over £14,000 worth of cheques to charities

Perrywood presents cheques totalling over £14,000 to chosen charities

On Monday 15 January, Tiptree based Perrywood presented cheques totalling a value of over £14,000 to its chosen charities at the garden centre: Mid and North Essex Mind, Marie Curie and Greenfingers. Throughout 2017, Perrywood’s staff and customers raised a total of £14,334.73 for the three charities. This total was presented to the charity representatives Jenny MacPherson and Stephanie Mills of Mid and North Essex Mind, Val Kruse and Irvine Turner of Marie Curie and Mandy Rooke of Greenfingers. These funds were raised throughout last year through a range of activities involving staff and customers including a tea party, quiz…

comedian

BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner

Radio and TV comedian Jo Caulfield will be compering the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) conference awards’ dinner this month (January, 2018). Jo, who is also a comedy writer, has worked on some of the biggest shows and with some of the top names in British comedy. Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “Not only has Jo been the regular warm-up performer for the BBC’s ‘Have I Got News For You’ for many years, she has appeared as a guest on the show, as well as on ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’. She has also appeared…

Paradise Park

Paradise Park Garden Centre supports town academy

Paradise Park is helping Breakwater Academy in Newhaven to reward pupils who had achieved 100 per cent attendance in their school terms. It approached Paradise Park Garden Centre, part of the family-run Tates of Sussex group of garden centres, who stepped in to help with suitable gifts for the pupils aged between fiveand 11. Sales director Mark Gilbert said: “Tracey Fontaine from the academy contacted us recently with this idea and we were delighted to help out and encourage good attendance at school.” source

Wyevale

New roads mean workers facing job losses at Willesborough Wyevale garden centre

Twelve people could lose their jobs when a garden centre is demolished to make way for the new junction 10a. The Willesborough Wyevale site, just off the A20 opposite the Pilgrims Hospice in Ashford, will shut on Sunday. Firm bosses say they have been unable to find a suitable new home for their business, meaning staff at the centre could be out of a job. Spokesman Sarah MacRory said: “We have evaluated alternative locations for our business but have found nothing suitable. “There are 12 people currently employed by Wyevale at the Ashford garden centre, and we have entered into a…

Bonningtons

Bonningtons Announces New Website Launch

Published by Phil Every Bonningtons Plastics Ltd, the Nottingham based importer and distributor of home, gardening and leisure goods, has launched a new e-commerce website. Developed to make ordering online much easier and more reliable than ever before, the website provides the most accurate stock information to date, which is particularly essential for the company’s wholesale, retail and e-commerce customers. Since implementing the hourly warehouse-to-website stock feed, the company reports a significant improvement in order fulfilment rates and customer satisfaction. Being fully responsive, the website is mobile friendly, so customers now find it much easier to order online at a…

Long Ditton

Squire’s in Long Ditton is Garden Centre of the Year

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced the winners of their annual garden centre awards. With 15 centres across the South East competition was tough, but Squire’s in Long Ditton came out top and won the double – best Garden Centre and best Café Bar of the year. They also won top awards for their Christmas Department and Pets & Aquatics Department. The awards were voted for by the senior management team at Squire’s, and are based on results as well as customer feedback. Anne Deadman, Manager at Squire’s in Long Ditton, received the trophies from Chairman Colin Squire and Deputy Chairman…

Dunbar

Donkey Sanctuary thanks Dunbar Garden Centre visitors for their festive support

Kind-hearted customers have donated more than £1,000 at Dunbar Garden Centre to help donkeys. Visitors to the garden centre handed over £1,252.50 over the festive period, with the money going towards The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary. The charity, near Melrose, aims to provide permanent accommodation for donkeys and mules in need of re-homing, whether as a result of rescue from cruelty or neglect or because the owners could no longer care for them. source

Farplants

Record breaking growth for Farplants’ Christmas offering

The West Sussex plant wholesaler introduced 11 new ranges this year, which includes for the first time, pot grown Christmas trees. The Farplants Christmas selection combined 2017’s must-have trends with traditional favourites, to provide an extensive collection to entice festive shoppers. Brett Avery, Farplants Sales Ltd Managing Director, is delighted with the response to their new Christmas offering. “Our new and extended collection has resulted in unprecedented sales growth for Christmas. While traditional favourites continue to be essential, contemporary designs with the latest colours and textures have proved very popular. New for 2017, the Nordic woodland range combines the popular…

Notcutts

Notcutts celebrates successful 120th year

Notcutts, the family-owned garden centre business, is celebrating after a successful 120th anniversary year. Throughout 2017, Notcutts marked their 120 years in business and recognised the family that helped make it the success it is today. In February, a blue plaque was unveiled to mark the achievements of horticultural pioneer Roger Crompton Notcutt who founded Notcutts Garden Centres in 1897. The plaque can be seen at the front of The Old House – Roger’s Georgian home of almost 30 years, which is now Notcutts’ offices. This year also saw the launch of the Maud Notcutt collection of interior and garden…