April 26, 2018

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Millbrook Garden Centre: The Dog’s Tale -

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Lubera’s new edibles so far for 2018 -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Historic Farplants Launch: Small Plants for Small Spaces -

Monday, April 23, 2018

Profits bloom at Scottish garden centre firm -

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Is your website GDPR compliant? -

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Food at Webbs at Wychbold garden centre wins Farm Shop & Deli Award -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Abbots Leigh garden centre café reopens -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley ‘will remain open’ -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Haskins Garden Centres choose charities for the year -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gardman Service Update -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centre manager stole more than £30,000 from family business -

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Strikes fire: Garden centre to reopen ‘as soon as possible’ -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Owner of Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley goes into administration -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

‘Major damage’ in Stokesley garden centre fire -

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bents raises over £22k for Alzheimer’s Society -

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Notcutts celebrates success at its own annual conference and awards dinner -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

  • Millbrook

    Millbrook Garden Centre: The Dog’s Tale

    Isn’t the advice never to work with animals or children? Back in September last year, Millbrook Garden Centre at Gravesend ignored these words of wisdom and as a dog-friendly venue, invited customers to bring their four-legged friends along to audition for the starring role in a new promotional video, ‘Millbrook, The Dog’s Tale’. Millbrook’s Managing Director, Tammy Woodhouse, says: “We always enjoy welcoming dogs to our Centre and it’s great to see so many of our customers bringing them along every day, so we wanted to celebrate this by making a short video giving a dog’s perspective of the store….

  • Lubera

    Lubera’s new edibles so far for 2018

    Welcome to Part 2 of the recap on new edibles from Lubera for 2018.  And in May, there will be even more new varieties available. Oooh La La – Give It Up For ‘Madame Sanssouci’ A strong and romantic name for a strong gooseberry: Easycrisp ‘Madame Sanssouci’, or ‘Madame NoWorries’, as we call our new gooseberry, is not only equipped with one of the best resistance against mildew that we have ever seen in our breeding, but also beautiful shiny, leathery leaves and also (almost) no thorns. A strong bush in a 5 litre pot £16.90 The Fantastic Fruithunters & Their’Prairie Dawn’…

  • Small

    Historic Farplants Launch: Small Plants for Small Spaces

    Farplants brand new range, Small Plants for Small SpacesTM, is the largest product launch in the history of the co-operative group and is now stocked in garden centres up and down the UK. It’s the new concept for selling small hardy plants targeted to the consumer limited by space. Small Plants for Small SpacessTM brings together the specialisms of all five of the co-op nursery members and is the first time all of the nurseries are growing plants in tandem for a single campaign. Drawing on hundreds of years of horticulture knowledge within the Farplants Group, the very best plants…

  • garden centre

    Profits bloom at Scottish garden centre firm

    Scottish garden centre group Klondyke has underlined its growth ambitions after recording a 20 per cent increase in profits in the latest period. The latest accounts for the family-owned group show Klondyke made £5.9 million profit before tax in the year to 30 September compared with £4.8m in the preceding year. Turnover increased around 6% annually to £54.5m at the group, which operates five centres in Scotland and 17 in England and Wales. Directors noted the economic backdrop is challenging. Consumer spending has been under pressure amid sluggish growth in wages. However, they reckon the company is following an effective strategy in…

  • GDPR

    Is your website GDPR compliant?

    Do you want to make sure your website, webshop and e-mail marketing is GDPR compliant? Garden Connect is offering a free audit of your online presence to make sure you comply to the new legislation. Sjors Hemmen, business developer of Garden Connect, explains the topics covered in the audit: “For most garden centres GDPR is a hassle. We’re managing over 300 garden centres across Europe within the garden industry so we have a clear overview what centres should and shouldn’t do to comply with the GDPR.” Garden Connect has shown best practices during its webinars and the HTA seminar. “We…

Features

Hayes Garden World's temporary structure

Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure

Apr 10, 2018

Hayes Garden World, located in Ambleside, is the largest Garden Centre in Cumbria, attracting over a million visitors per year.  In the run up to the festive period, they wanted to transform their furniture section into a Christmas shop. Worldwide Structures were approached by Hayes Garden World to provide a single storey temporary structure to accommodate some of their garden furniture over the Winter months.  During the development stage, drawings and images were sent through of the proposed structure and project details finalised. Upon confirmation of the project, the structural components were prepared and delivered to site.  Installation of the…

buyers

From The Archives: Turning browsers into buyers November 15

Apr 6, 2018

Martin Newman takes a look at how web optimisation can turn your website browsers into buyers Ask your customers which websites they spend the most time on and you’ll hear the same names again and again: Facebook, Amazon, BBC and maybe MailOnline. The way these high-traffic websites are designed has more of an impact on how successful your own website is than you might think. The acknowledged expert in website usability, Jakob Nielsen has created a law of web user experience: “Users spend most of their time on other websites.” He argues that web users expect your website to work…

cash flow

From The Archives: Cash flow issues or unhelpful banks September 2014

Apr 4, 2018

There are a number of very simple points to look at when considering cash flow, and whether the problems are internal or if you are having issues with banks being unhelpful, these steps could prove extremely useful in gaining you improved cash flow results, just by making minimal changes to your business, explains Simon Quinton Smith of Quinton Edwards. Turn stock into cash Look at your stock areas where you have too much of one item or areas where some of the stock is looking old – holding too much stock will tie up cash and increase storage and insurance…

EPOS

From The Archives: Why you should invest in an EPoS system May 2017

Mar 30, 2018

Garden Centre Retail spoke to commercial manager of Davidson Richards, Jo Bateman, about what EPoS can bring to a garden centre. Who uses EPoS? “Approximately 50% of garden centres have taken up EPoS to date, but that number is increasing, as even the smaller-sized garden centres are seeing the benefit,” says Jo. “In previous years a lot of retailers, including garden centres, felt the system was too complicated and expensive to bother with. As time has gone on they are starting to realise the benefits, in terms of the speed and ease of stock management and information gathering.” The evolution of…

Garden centre

From The Archives: Follow The Money June 2016

Mar 28, 2018

Garden centre design and business consultant Paul Pleydell argues that to thrive going forward, garden centres may have to diversify their offer even further Whether you love it or hate it, the internet won’t go away – and more importantly, neither will online retailing.  The upshot is that as competition grows, trading online won’t get any easier – and neither will running a garden centre. The question is, what’s the way forward? I’ve helped in the strategic development of numerous garden centres, and each time I follow a simple process. This involves ascertaining where the business is now, where does…

Twitter

From The Archives: How to publicise your event using Twitter July 2017

Mar 26, 2018

After putting out a press release, taking out an advert in your local paper, and telling your core customers in person, what else can be done to get bodies through the door for an event?  Garden Centre Retail spoke to Kimberley Hornby, managing director of Hornby Whitefoot PR about how to use Twitter to drive publicity and attract a wider audience to your garden centre’s event. Timing is everything All events are different, but the most successful ones manage to build up a frenzy of interest over a period of time.  Always work backwards from the event – the day…

Tong

From The Archives: Tong looking for a brand new start March 2016

Mar 23, 2018

Co-owner of Tong Garden Centre Mark Farnsworth talks about how revamping the catering offer has been central to building a new identity across the business. Tong Garden Centre was once considered to be one of the leading garden centres in the north. The centre was rebuilt following a fire in 2001, which created an indoor retail area of nearly 70,000ft2 and over 100,000ft2 of outdoor selling space. With 700 car parking spaces and excellent warehousing all sitting on a 17 acre site, we knew that the infrastructure was in place to restore Tong’s reputation after several difficult years. My business…

weed control

From The Archives: How to sell weed control December 2015

Mar 21, 2018

Simple explanations and cutting down on options is the way to sell weed control, an often confusing product, says Geoff Hodge It was an interesting year for weedkiller sales. The cold weather in spring meant a slow start, but sales soon picked up in summer and went on well into autumn. But were weedkillers picked up by your customers? And were they happy with the results they achieved? From my talks with gardeners, weedkiller use still engenders lots of bewilderment and confusion. And their confusion isn’t helped at all by their point-of-purchase experience. Behavioural research, carried out by Shopping Behaviour…

impulse

From The Archives: How to maximise impulse sales January 2017

Mar 19, 2018

Garden Centre Retail asks The Display Centre’s Ali Newton 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 sale – not all three have to…

garden

From The Archives: Sowing the seeds of success for home and garden retailers October 2016

Mar 16, 2018

A large number of retailers are still hesitant about selling home and garden products online. The challenge often lies in the size of the merchandise and the nature of the products. However, this sector represents 8% of the total online sales registered in the UK and studies show the market is on the rise. So how can online sellers make more hay while the sun shines on this sector? We’ve put together a brief plan that should help home and garden retailers to untangle the intricacies of this growing sector. Plan your seasons Planning around seasonality is a critical requirement…

garden centre

From The Archives: If you build it… April 2016

Mar 14, 2018

Gary Wilburn of HPW Architecture – whose CV includes Haskins, Blooms and the upcoming Rosebourne near Thruxton – discusses garden centre design trends How did you become involved with garden centres as a designer? My experience designing garden centres goes back over 20 years – we designed Blooms, as well as the first big Haskins sites. Obviously a lot’s changed in the industry since then. As an architect, how important is the built environment going to be going forward? I obviously would say this, but it’s only going to get more important because now you’ve got to design garden centres…

HTA

From The Archives: Benchmarking with the HTA – August 2016

Mar 12, 2018

The HTA has launched the new Garden Retail Monitor, promising to help garden retailers improve their business through sales benchmarking of regional and national averages. The new Garden Retail Monitor (GRM) system aims to put more management information in the hands of garden centres than ever before. What’s more, there’s no burdensome monthly or weekly data entry needed, saving precious time for your business. How it works The concept is simple. Data from a garden centre’s EPoS system is automatically uploaded to a secure, encrypted database, where it’s collated with data from across the country. Participating retailers have an account,…

Garden Press Event

A look to the future at the Garden Press Event 2018

Mar 8, 2018

Last week, Garden Centre Retail braved the snowy conditions to visit the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, to take in the latest products and innovations for the garden sector. A first at its new home having moved from the Barbican Centre, the Garden Press Event offered journalists, bloggers and garden writers the chance to get their hands on some of the newest products from the biggest suppliers to the market. This move coincided with a new ownership of the show, with the HTA and GIMA becoming partners and buying out Guy Burtenshaw and Sue O’Neill, whose last involvement in…

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…

News

Millbrook

Millbrook Garden Centre: The Dog’s Tale

Isn’t the advice never to work with animals or children? Back in September last year, Millbrook Garden Centre at Gravesend ignored these words of wisdom and as a dog-friendly venue, invited customers to bring their four-legged friends along to audition for the starring role in a new promotional video, ‘Millbrook, The Dog’s Tale’. Millbrook’s Managing Director, Tammy Woodhouse, says: “We always enjoy welcoming dogs to our Centre and it’s great to see so many of our customers bringing them along every day, so we wanted to celebrate this by making a short video giving a dog’s perspective of the store….

Lubera

Lubera’s new edibles so far for 2018

Welcome to Part 2 of the recap on new edibles from Lubera for 2018.  And in May, there will be even more new varieties available. Oooh La La – Give It Up For ‘Madame Sanssouci’ A strong and romantic name for a strong gooseberry: Easycrisp ‘Madame Sanssouci’, or ‘Madame NoWorries’, as we call our new gooseberry, is not only equipped with one of the best resistance against mildew that we have ever seen in our breeding, but also beautiful shiny, leathery leaves and also (almost) no thorns. A strong bush in a 5 litre pot £16.90 The Fantastic Fruithunters & Their’Prairie Dawn’…

Small

Historic Farplants Launch: Small Plants for Small Spaces

Farplants brand new range, Small Plants for Small SpacesTM, is the largest product launch in the history of the co-operative group and is now stocked in garden centres up and down the UK. It’s the new concept for selling small hardy plants targeted to the consumer limited by space. Small Plants for Small SpacessTM brings together the specialisms of all five of the co-op nursery members and is the first time all of the nurseries are growing plants in tandem for a single campaign. Drawing on hundreds of years of horticulture knowledge within the Farplants Group, the very best plants…

garden centre

Profits bloom at Scottish garden centre firm

Scottish garden centre group Klondyke has underlined its growth ambitions after recording a 20 per cent increase in profits in the latest period. The latest accounts for the family-owned group show Klondyke made £5.9 million profit before tax in the year to 30 September compared with £4.8m in the preceding year. Turnover increased around 6% annually to £54.5m at the group, which operates five centres in Scotland and 17 in England and Wales. Directors noted the economic backdrop is challenging. Consumer spending has been under pressure amid sluggish growth in wages. However, they reckon the company is following an effective strategy in…

GDPR

Is your website GDPR compliant?

Do you want to make sure your website, webshop and e-mail marketing is GDPR compliant? Garden Connect is offering a free audit of your online presence to make sure you comply to the new legislation. Sjors Hemmen, business developer of Garden Connect, explains the topics covered in the audit: “For most garden centres GDPR is a hassle. We’re managing over 300 garden centres across Europe within the garden industry so we have a clear overview what centres should and shouldn’t do to comply with the GDPR.” Garden Connect has shown best practices during its webinars and the HTA seminar. “We…

Fosseway Garden Centre

Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections

A plan to extend Fosseway Garden Centre has been passed despite fears it is “becoming into a shopping complex.” Fosseway Garden Centre in Stow Road will now have a soft play area, a new events space building, a new office and staff facilities as well as a mezzanine storage area. The centre will also have a storage building, an outdoor sales area, a bigger car park and a new store entrance. Moreton Town Council told Cotswold District Council: “There are concerns that products for sale will replicate those sold in town and will subsequently take trade away from the High…

Webbs

Food at Webbs at Wychbold garden centre wins Farm Shop & Deli Award

The food hall at Webbs at Wychbold has won the top prize at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Food at Webbs was named Food Hall of the Year during an award ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham on Monday, April 16. The annual awards commended the Worcester Road garden centre for its renovated food hall, which launched last spring, as well as its commitment to supporting an extensive network of regional suppliers. Ed Webb, executive chairman of Webbs, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be recognised by our industry peers and the voting public as a top quality food…

weather

Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout

Garden centres across the country were affected by the bad weather during the early Easter break (March, 2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Compared to the same month last year (2017) sales in outdoor plants were down -46.17%, and sales in seeds and bulbs were down -30.54%. Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “At this time of year we expect to see customers getting organised for the gardening season ahead, buying up new plants and their seeds and bulbs ready for planting, but this wasn’t the case as the wet weather meant that…

garden centre

Abbots Leigh garden centre café reopens

Refurbishment at Brackenwood Garden Centre café, in Pill Road, began in January, and it has now reopened as The Garden Tea Room. The kitchen and indoor seating area offers teas, coffees, homemade cakes, breakfasts and light meals, while work to complete an enlarged conservatory is still ongoing. New tenants Mark Ingram and Dotty Laskowska have worked at restaurants across North Somerset and Cornwall in chef and front-of-house roles respectively. Garden centre administrator, Sarah Winstone, said so far so good for the new venture. She said: “We had a good number of visitors over the Easter break. “The combination of a…

garden centre

Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley ‘will remain open’

The owner of a garden centre near Bournemouth Airport has reassured customers the business won’t close. Vic Plowman, who owns Plowmans Garden Centre in Christchurch Road, said trading at the centre is strong and there is no cause for concern. Signs promoting a clearance sale have recently gone up outside the business. The posters read: “Closing down. Everything must go.” Plowmans is leased to company Home and Garden, which has recently gone into administration. A buyer for the company is being sought. Despite that, Mr Plowman said the garden centre will not be affected. The centre is the home of the well-loved…

Haskins

Haskins Garden Centres choose charities for the year

The team at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown has announced it will be focusing its fundraising efforts towards supporting Autism Wessex for the year. Employees at the centre aim to raise several thousands of pounds by running events throughout 2018, as well as providing the charity the space to host information and awareness evenings to raise further donations. Autism Wessex provides high quality specialist services for adults and children affected by autism throughout Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset. According to statistics there are around 700,000 people affected by autism in the UK. Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres,…

gardman

Gardman Service Update

“Following the fire at the Gardman Daventry warehouse on 12th March, we’re pleased to communicate that within the space of a month we have fully operationalised our Kings Lynn warehouse. We now have over 50 staff with years of experience working full time at the site. “In the last week we have increased our stock holding to over 1,200 SKU’s. We now have large volumes of both gardening and lighting stock arriving from UK ports and overseas. We also have a constant supply of our top selling Wild Bird Care products arriving daily from our local UK supplier. The team…

garden centres

Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide

The UK’s garden centres are suffering after the country’s spate of bad weather, with sales at their worst levels in at least five years. So far this year, average underlying sales are down 15% to 20%, with the early Easter proving a washout, says the Garden Centre Association. Now the horticulture industry is hoping for brighter late spring weather. “It’s literally in the lap of the gods,” said the association’s chief executive, Iain Wylie. He told the BBC that people were not coming in to buy flowers and other plants because of unfavourable conditions in their often waterlogged gardens. “We…

garden centre

Garden centre manager stole more than £30,000 from family business

A family who have been running a garden centre for 60 years have been left “devastated” after their trusted office manager took more than £30,000. Ian McDonald, director of Abergavenny Garden Centre in Llanfoist, said Zena Price betrayed his trust and her offending had a direct impact on the small family-run business. In a victim impact statement read out at Cardiff Crown Court, he said: “I feel personally devastated as I had full confidence and trust in her.” The court heard 37-year-old Price conned her employers out of £32,021.92 over a three-year period. Nuhu Gobir, prosecuting, said she was employed in April 2014…

Strikes

Strikes fire: Garden centre to reopen ‘as soon as possible’

Bosses pledged to see Strikes Garden Centre back up and running – hopefully within days – following a blaze which destroyed the building. Firefighters were called on Friday night after flames took hold at the Stokesley centre. Despite their efforts the landmark garden centre was almost totally burned to the ground, leaving staff and customers devastated. But on Monday chief executive David Yardley and retail operations director David Abbott, said they were meeting with insurers to sort out moving forward adding: “We are looking at getting things moving as quickly as we possibly can – get some sort of temporary trading facility, hopefully…

Hayes Garden World's temporary structure

Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure

Hayes Garden World, located in Ambleside, is the largest Garden Centre in Cumbria, attracting over a million visitors per year.  In the run up to the festive period, they wanted to transform their furniture section into a Christmas shop. Worldwide Structures were approached by Hayes Garden World to provide a single storey temporary structure to accommodate some of their garden furniture over the Winter months.  During the development stage, drawings and images were sent through of the proposed structure and project details finalised. Upon confirmation of the project, the structural components were prepared and delivered to site.  Installation of the…

garden centre

Owner of Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley goes into administration

A garden centre near Bournemouth Airport is set to close after the ‘Beast from the East’ dealt a trading blow. Home and Garden, which owns Plowmans Garden Centre in Christchurch Road, has gone into administration. A buyer is being sought for the business. Administrators, Mazars LLP, are continuing to trade at the garden centre, as well as seven other sites across the country run by Home and Garden. Plowmans is holding a closing down sale in the meantime. Customers told the Daily Echo they would be sad to see the garden centre close. It is well known for being home to the…

garden centre

‘Major damage’ in Stokesley garden centre fire

A huge fire has destroyed large parts of a garden centre dubbed a “local institution”. The fire burned overnight at Strikes Garden Centre in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, including its aquatics centre containing tropical fish. Fire crews were called at 21:20 BST on Friday, with eight fire engines and 40 firefighters attending at its height. North Yorkshire Fire Service said there had been “major damage” to the centre and the roof had collapsed. Three crews remained at the scene on Saturday morning. Station manager Andy Creasy said on Saturday that crews were still “dealing with hotspots” and that investigation teams were…

Bents

Bents raises over £22k for Alzheimer’s Society

Customers and colleagues have once again shown enormous generosity in helping Bents Garden & Home raise an incredible amount for its 2017 Charity of the Year.  A total of £22,100 has been presented to Alzheimer’s Society, who will use the donation to help people living in the Warrington and surrounding areas. Penny Hamer from Alzheimer’s Society visited Bents to accept the donation and was joined by Zachary Clements and a team from St Rocco’s Hospice, the Centre’s 2018 Charity of the Year; a cause which was chosen by Bents’ customers in a vote held earlier in the year. Says Matthew…

notcutts

Notcutts celebrates success at its own annual conference and awards dinner

Notcutts, the family-owned garden centre business, has hosted an annual conference and awards dinner to recognise team and business achievements over the past 12 months. The conference, which was held on Wednesday 21 March at the Five Lakes Crowne Plaza Resort in Maldon, Essex, brought together colleagues representing all 18 garden centres as well as the central support teams. The event also offered interactive learning sessions for colleagues. The event was sponsored by leading names including Hozelock, Bidfood, Briers, Mr Fothergills, Kettler, Gardman, Stanley Bragg, Scotts, LeisureGrow, Pelican, Porters, Gleeds, Esprit and McBains Cooper. After the conference, an awards dinner…

hydrangeas

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical

With Spring just around the corner, Magical Hydrangeas are making homes beautiful all over the UK once more, thanks to their stunning natural beauty and super long lifespan. Hills Plants, the Sussex based parent company of The Little Botanical, is the only British business with a licence to grow this amazing indoor flowering plant and we’re proud to have the Magical Hydrangeas available for the UK market. With their starting colours, pink and blue, which slowly change tone to become something altogether more magnificent, when exposed to daylight, these beauties just keep on blooming all the way to Autumn. Available…

garden centre

Garden centre gifts £650 worth of plants to the Martlets Hospice

Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade has donated more than £650 worth of garden plants and gardening equipment to aid the Martlets Hospice in the major redesign of its gardens. Included is a silver birch tree to provide dappled shade, and a rose named Compassion, providing scent throughout the summer months. Tates Garden Centre director Darren Clift said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Martlets Hospice and have supported them as one of our key charity partners since Mayberry opened in 2010. “One of our former members of staff was cared for at the hospice so this only added to our…

garden centre

North-east garden centre named one of the best in UK

A North-east garden centre is celebrating being named one of the best in the UK. The Mains of Drum has been placed in the top three in Britain, after winning Best in Scotland late last year. Staff at the centre had been waiting nervously since the announcement of the Scotland-wide award for confirmation of the UK accolade. Being selected within the top 10 centres in the country means that the Garden Centre Association (GCA) recognise Mains of Drum as a “Garden Centre of Excellence”. The GCA said: “The winners of our Garden Centres of Excellence awards have all showed that they…

gold

Gold found in stream at Cardwell Garden Centre

Tiny nuggets of gold have been found at the bottom of a stream running through a local garden centre. The amazing discovery has sparked a modern-day Klondike Gold Rush with dozens of would-be prospectors standing knee-deep in the water, panning for the precious metal. The stream that runs through Cardwell Garden Centre, near Gourock comes from an underground spring on nearby Bargane Hill. Geological experts believe the recent de-forestation on the hillside led to soil erosion causing sediment – containing the flecks and nuggets of gold that had been lying under the ground for thousands of years – being washed into the…