April 20, 2018

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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

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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gold found in stream at Cardwell Garden Centre -

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Christmas department at Haskins Garden Centres now open due to high demand -

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Squires garden centre in Chertsey officially opens

Chertsey

Squire’s chairman, deputy chairman and the Mayor of Runnymede Councillor Alan Alderson officially opened the new Squire’s Garden Centre in Chertsey on Wednesday March 1. A plaque was unveiled on a 300-year old olive tree, which had been planted by Chairman Colin Squire to commemorate the opening of the new centre. An olive tree was chosen as it’s a tree of great vigour, very hardy and easy to grow, and it is a symbol of abundance, glory and peace. Invited guests had a tour of the garden centre, which has a new outdoor plant area and a stylish shop with a…

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Giftware Association hosts Meet the Buyer event

giftware

The Giftware Association (GA) will be holding a Meet The Buyer’ day with a team from The Tillington Group of Garden Centres. The event will take place on May 11 at Brentwood in London. The Tillington Group of Garden Centres is a not-for-profit association of some of the best independent garden centre businesses in the UK that co-operate in buying and marketing. There are 11 member companies with 38 garden centres, representing a combined turnover of more than £200 million. They sell a wide range of products from plants, gardening products and furniture to books, greeting cards and giftware. GA…

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Retailers given the chance to attend PlantFest at Hereford nurseries

plantfest

Retailers are being invited to two nurseries in Hereford this month (March, 2017) to attend their PlantFest. Wyevale Nurseries and Allensmore Nurseries will hold the joint open day on Wednesday, March 8 from 9.30am until 5pm. Adam Dunnett, sales and marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We’re holding the open day event again in collaboration with our neighbours Allensmore Nurseries and customers are encouraged to come and visit both sites in one day. “This year we have decided to make our open day more of a plant festival and will be loading our despatch glasshouse with stunning, eye catching displays…

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

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

Fair

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

re-leaf

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

Tendence

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

tour

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

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

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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