April 24, 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

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Stocking items that boost a home’s curb appeal


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…

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How to maximise impulse sales


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…

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Blog #10

Last week proved to be another exciting week for the team here at GCR. After a trip up to Blackpool for the Garden Centre Association’s Annual Conference (which I’ll talk about later), we have come back even more motivated and eager to integrate ourselves into the garden retail industry. We’ve had such a great response from people who have heard of what we’re doing, the majority of people have been really encouraging, letting us know how excited they are to receive our magazine once we launch. Even those few who seem less convinced that there is space for a new…

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Blog #9

Momentum is gaining and we’re on a roll with putting together the first issue of Garden Centre Retail. It’s finally taking shape and our design team are working hard to make it looks as new and exciting as possible. We also sent out a mailshot two weeks ago with information to our readers about our publication, as well as a page dedicated to us as a team – which you can now find on our ‘meet the team’ tab of our website. We met and interviewed our first big name in the industry, which we will present as our ‘View…

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Blog #8

Happy New Year!   2014 has begun, and so has the final countdown to the launch of Garden Centre Retail. Today we’re sending out a letter to our readers, and there’s a buzz of excitement in the air. This letter offers an explanation of what we’re all about, as well as a brief breakdown of the GCR team here at Eljays44. We’ve started to gather up our content base and are carefully piecing the magazine together, with the help of our new designer. It is Olivia’s first day here, and she has spent the morning designing a letter along with…

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Blog #7

We have moved! Now based in the charming little village of Rustington, Eljays44 has a shiny new office which is much more suited to our ever-growing team. I’m sure we’ll publish some photos when we have finalised the furnishings, but for now we’re focussing on getting set up and staying on track. Things are progressing so fast and we don’t want to disrupt our flow with this move. On the contrary, it’s actually proving to be more productive – it’s given us the opportunity to get organised (not that we weren’t already!) as well as set ourselves up in perfect…

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Blog #6

I have started putting together a draft copy of the magazine, and it’s already looking good. We’re pretty much sorted in terms of the layout order, and even further on than last week with regards to finding contributors. A great deal of interest has been expressed by various individuals within the industry. I wouldn’t like to give anything away but it’s looking like we’ve got some big industry names on board already, and the magazine is really taking shape. My previous entries have all been about what’s going to happen or what we’re going to include. I now feel like…

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Blog #5

The ball is well and truly rolling. Our second and third editorial meetings took place today – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – so it seems we can barely keep our minds off our new publication. Our countless ideas and plans are coming to fruition and taking a definitive shape on paper.   Something we have stressed since day one and haven’t backed down on is the need to get out there and do the research, meet the people, and generally get to know the garden retail in as much depth as possible. This is something…

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Blog #4

After a very successful and eventful week that saw that the buzz and excitement of FutureScape (which was double the size of last year, with nothing but positive feedback), we were finally able to turn our attention properly to Garden Centre Retail, and getting it off the ground. This morning we had a ‘kick-off meeting’, and it looks like we’re all geared up and set for a March release. We have so many ideas, and we can’t wait to get them out there. The important thing now is making sure we get these ideas across to you in the most…

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Blog #3

For the past week I have been thinking quite a bit about what’s going on in the landscaping industry, having attended GroSouth and the Skills Show last week, and especially with FutureScape tomorrow. My trip up to Birmingham for the Skills Show was a lot of fun, and interesting too. I was encouraged by the amount of people exhibiting their skills and the massive crowds of people watching, keen to get involved. The amount of outdoor-related exhibitions/stalls was surprising too ranging from floristry to stone-masonry. This week I’ve been looking into the RHS and their campaign to build up the…

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