January 23, 2018


Garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Smart Garden Products is bringing the Three Kings brand to Spring Fair -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wildlife World returns to Spring Fair in February 2018 -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Wyevale Nurseries landscape & amenity sales up by 20% -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Squire’s customers raise over £21,300 for local charities -

Monday, January 22, 2018

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

Special gardener’s afternoon tea party at Squire’s Hersham


Squire’s Garden Centre in Hersham is having an official opening of their new look garden centre on Friday 17th March – 33 years to the day since it first opened in 1984. The Mayor of Elmbridge Councillor Tannia Shipley will open the newly extended garden centre at 3.30pm, then customers can come and celebrate with Squire’s by booking a special one-off “Gardener’s Delight” Afternoon Tea. Hosted by Colin Squire, the delicious gardening themed menu includes a glass of Prosecco with Hibiscus, an allotment of petit fours, a selection of finger sandwiches (beetroot infused salmon & horseradish crème fraiche, plus free…

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Hawkesmill nurseries – British Plant Fair 2017


Warwickshire based Hawkesmill Nurseries are the award winning family run business who grow over 3.5 million plants throughout the year with a range of over 1200 varieties. Growing and supplying plants to garden centres and nurseries for over 40 years, Hawkesmill Nurseries will be displaying a fine array of their collections and promotions at the British Plant Fair on March 2nd at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.  Here you will be able to see examples of Perennials, Alpines, Ferns & Grasses, Wildflowers, Herbs, Veg & Strawberries, plus Season Starter Collections. All plants will be available to order for immediate delivery or as advance orders, enabling you to reserve…

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Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day


It’s just over a month until the gardening industry bursts into combined promotional activity by celebrating Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day on Friday 17th March 2017. OK, the event was created to benefit our favourite gardening charity, but don’t forget that at the same time garden centres, growers, suppliers and trade associations all benefit from the combined effort to start the gardening season with a huge bang. In 2016 Greenfingers Charity benefited by more than £140k – the most successful Garden Re-Leaf Day ever. This year Garden Re-Leaf is set to break that record again thanks to a great variety of…

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Ready, steady, Tendence 2017


International order platform set to take off with seasonal decorations, home textiles and outdoor living. The most international order platform in the second half of the year will appear in a new light from 24  to 27 June 2017. Tendence will not only be in pole position ahead of all other autumn order fairs but also be characterised by additional product groups and lots of new products revolving around the worlds of furnishing, living and giving for Europe’s buyers. At the same time, Tendence gives the high-volume international trade the chance to order in good time for their spring and summer…

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Study tour gains insight and inspiration from Holland


It was an action packed few days for garden centres and suppliers attending the HTA Garden Retail Study Tour in Holland last week. The tour began on Wednesday 8th February with a visit to the Elho factory where the group heard the latest trend information and ideas from this family company that was established in 1964. The offices themselves are a design masterpiece and the home from home showroom layouts are impressive, as is the factory itself which turns out over 60 million pieces a year. 50% of the electricity generated by the company windmill runs the office and factory complex,…

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Glee 2017: Driving year-round sales


With so many recent sales campaigns geared towards Christmas, February is indeed the big comedown when customers often tighten their belts and the ‘urge to splurge’ dramatically declines. Now with the wider offering garden retail affords, businesses can use this traditionally quiet time of year as the ideal opportunity to maximise year-round sales and encourage footfall with a particular emphasis on driving profits in the post-Christmas slump. The perfect place to tap into such an opportunity will be at Glee (11-13 September, NEC Birmingham), which already promises to be the place to be in 2017 to see inspirational products, displays…

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Squire’s customers raise £24,758 for local charities


Squire’s Garden Centres have presented cheques totalling £24,758 to various charities across the South East, including Change of Scene, Quest Riding for the Disabled, Alzheimer’s Dementia Support and Cherry Trees to name but a few. Squire’s customers donated this huge sum of money primarily in return for a visit to see Santa, who was handing out gifts in his grotto across Squire’s centres during the Christmas period. Customers were generous with their pounds and the money raised was nearly £7,000 more than last year. Sarah Squire, deputy chairman at Squire’s commented: “As always our Christmas grottos were incredibly popular, and…

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Party for Perennial raises over £32K and kicks off HortAid 2017


The Party for Perennial 2017, hosted by Perennial’s Chairman Dougal Phillip and designer and broadcaster James Alexander-Sinclair at The Barbican Centre on 19 January, raised over £32,000 for the horticulture industry’s occupational charity and gave Perennial’s annual HortAid campaign a huge kick start. The total raised was made up of event sponsorship, ticket sales, the popular auction and raffle, donations and Perennial Partnerships secured on the night. In addition to launching fundraising activity for the year ahead, the evening was also a chance to celebrate the successes of 2016. A total of £162,925 was raised in voluntary donations last year, the…

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GCA Conference 2017


This year’s GCA Conference began with a welcome from chariman Julian Winfield, with the first seminar of the day led by John Ashley, who outlined the hard work and tremendous support received from the industry for Greenfingers and Garden Re-Leaf day in 2016; with the former raising an incredible over £430,000 in total, and the latter over £140,000. The 2017 Re-Leaf day date will be Friday 17th March, and John urged anyone who is yet to take part to approach him and discuss what they can do to support the charity.  Mike Burks followed by thanking the four GCA Inspectors…

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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…

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