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

Exhibitor stands at PATS Sandown ‘sold out’


Visitors to PATS Sandown in March can expect a busy and exciting show as all exhibitor stands at the two-day event have now been sold. The Surrey and Esher Halls at Sandown Park will be packed with stands showcasing new products. And with the ‘Show Sold Out’ signs being posted already, there will be lots to see and talk about with over 140 companies exhibiting. As well as meeting up with a long list of PATS regulars, visitors will be greeted by a host of new faces when the show takes place on Tuesday, March 21, and Wednesday, March 22,…

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SDEA British Group on show at EuroShop 2017


The British Group will be showcasing some of the most innovative and cutting edge retail display equipment at the world’s largest and most respected shopfitting, display, PoP and exhibition systems show. EuroShop 2017 boasts over 2200 exhibitors on display from more than 50 countries and it anticipates over 100,000 visitors will pass through its halls during the five days. Shop and Display Equipment Association will once again be supporting a group of highly skilled and talented companies who between them offer the best of British design, display and services. Some companies will be showing for the first time, others will…

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Plus fours at the ready for Greenfingers Challenge Cup


Garden centre and horticultural industry staff are this month (January, 2017) being asked to sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference. A game of golf with a difference will take place on Sunday, January 22 at St Andrews in Scotland to raise money for Greenfingers, which creates gardens at children’s hospices nationwide. Ian Flounders, The Cabbages team captain, said: “I am thrilled to be taking over the reins from Danny Adamson at this exciting event for an extremely worthwhile cause. “We have organised a game of golf with a difference. I…

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GCA Conference: Is ‘the extraordinary often surprisingly normal’?


Garden centre owners, managers and teams attending the 51st Garden Centre Association (GCA) annual conference this month (January, 2017) will be challenged to become more creative to cultivate a competitive edge. Throwing down the gauntlet is Professor Gareth Jones, an expert in business culture and creativity, who will be presenting to delegates on Tuesday, January 24. He began his career as a University academic in Economic and Social Studies at the University of East Anglia before moving to the London Business School, where he joined the Organisational Behaviour Group. Iain Wylie, chief executive of the GCA, said: “During this period…

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HTA Contact Conference: ‘Surviving and Thriving’ 17 – 18 January 2017, last chance to book


There is just over a week to go until the HTA Contact Conference – the biennial event aimed at all those working across the nursery stock sector.  If you haven’t already booked your place there are now only a few days left to do so! The event takes place at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 January 2017. With the theme of ‘Surviving and Thriving’, Jan de Vries from Anthos and Amy Gray from NFU are the latest names to be added to the inspiring two day programme. Anthos is the Royal trade association for arboriculture…

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Chelsea’s most decorated designer to attend Hillier wholesaler trade days


In 2016 Sarah Eberle became the most decorated designer in the history of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show when she received a gold medal with her Hillier in Spring garden that she designed for Hillier Nursery and Garden Centres. Sarah will be working with Hillier for the 2017 show, and to celebrate the partnership Hillier has announced that Sarah will be attending its wholesaler trade days that are taking place on 7th and 8th February. The event will start at 9am at the Brentry Nursery Glasshouse with a welcome from Robert Hillier OBE, Hillier’s chairman. This will be followed by…

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Christmasworld, Floradecora, Creativeworld and Paperworld – the exhibition dream team for the start of the season


Doors will be opening to this quartet of trade fairs open on 27 January until 31 January 2017 in Frankfurt am Main. The combination of these shows will give added value helping buyers and retailers broaden their horizons for success in business. Buyers can discover new product ideas and innovations at these world-class consumer goods trade fairs helping retailers get trade off to a perfect start in the business year. Christmasworld is the world’s most important order venue for the international decoration and festive articles sector, whilst Floradecora will première in its own hall (27 – 30 January) offering buyers fresh flowers,…

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High seas adventurer to speak at GCA Conference


One of Britain’s most highly regarded sailors and a true adventurer will be giving delegates at the Garden Centre Association’s annual conference (January, 2017) tips on competitive tenacity and the will to win. Pete Goss MBE will be speaking at the organisation’s 51st annual conference on Tuesday, January 24. Iain Wylie, chief executive of the GCA, said: “Pete first captured the headlines while competing in the Vendée Globe. Risking his own life in the midst of a fierce Southern Ocean hurricane, he turned around to rescue French rival Raphael Dinelli from his stricken vessel. “Since winning his first offshore race…

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GrootGroenPlus extends ‘My Favourite Plant!’ theme in 2017


During the 26th edition of trade show GrootGroenPlus, the theme was ‘My Favourite Plant!’ This proved to be such a versatile theme, that it has been extended for a year.  My Favourite Plant! Last year, we noticed that there was a need for more knowledge (sharing) when it came to plants. This resulted in the theme ‘My Favourite Plant!’; a theme focused on assortment and sharing knowledge. Participants were given the opportunity to indicate what their favourite plant was and why. On top of that, there were many opportunities to share knowledge, for example through the library. This library included…

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Alex Polizzi’s Fixer Karl to speak at GCA conference


Retail consultant Karl McKeever who appeared on BBC TV’s ‘Alex Polizzi – The Fixer’ will be speaking at the Garden Centre Association (GCA) annual conference in January (2017). Garden centre chiefs and their teams who attend the event on January 23 will be offered advice by Karl on how to improve their customer experience and their commercial performance. Iain Wylie, chief executive of the GCA, said: “Following his work helping to transform the fortunes of the Wimbledon-based pet store, Creature Company, on the well-known BBC 2 TV show ‘Alex Polizzi – The Fixer’, Karl has gone on to share his…

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