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

Bonningtons set to celebrate 50th Anniversary with Open Showroom Event


In 2017 Bonningtons, the Nottingham based importer and distributor of gardening, home and leisure goods, celebrates 50 years of trading, and is to mark this milestone with a spectacular Open Showroom Event running from 5 – 14 September 2017. With around 2,500 products warehoused in the UK, Bonningtons supplies a broad spectrum of businesses, from high street retail chains, garden centre groups and independent retailers, right through to cash and carry wholesalers, large internet retailers and trade professionals. In 2016 Bonningtons was named one of the UK’s fasting growing SME’s, and in 2017 was listed in the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000…

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SBM Life Science – A new time, new way


SBM Life Science, established in October 2016 following the sale of Bayer Garden and Bayer Advanced to SBM, is now fully operational throughout Europe and North America and is moving into the next phase of its business development, with its New Time, New Way strategy. This company strategy reflects the very different approach SBM will take in the market over the coming years.  It encompasses some of the significant changes and trends taking place in the garden care sector and aims to intimately connect with gardeners and their gardens, providing them with effective and trusted product solutions that are well…

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Zest4Leisure to wow SOLEX with double decker stand and big reveal of new products for summer 2018


Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber furniture, is set to astound attendees at SOLEX with its impressive two-tier stand and a range of new innovative products. Building on the existing range of winning products, Zest will be showcasing seven new products at stand 555 including a children’s picnic table, alfresco dining set, corner bench and more. Zest’s new products include: • The Madison Children’s Picnic Table • Denver Arbour Swing • Sophie Bench • Emily Coffee Table/Bench • Emily Corner Bench • Madison Picnic Table • Bahama Large Round Table & 4 Stool Set Steve Morgan,…

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FCL Global Forwarding confirmed as GIMA Awards headline sponsor


With the annual GIMA Awards just weeks away, final preparations are now underway. However, the event would be nothing without the support of its sponsors. This year FCL Global Forwarding – a multi-model logistics provider specialising in moving products for customers by sea, air, road and rail – is celebrating its fourth year as headline sponsors of one of the garden retail industry’s most popular events. Paul O’Malley, commercial director at FCL Global Forwarding said: “The garden retail industry is a pivotal part of our business, so it’s great to be able to give back through our ongoing sponsorship of…

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The sweet smell of success at Squire’s Rose Show


Squire’s Garden Centre in Shepperton hosted the Rose Society UK’s southern show on 24 and 25 June, forty years after the first rose show was held at Squire’s and the company has hosted the show every year since then. Rose growers from around the country came to compete in the show, with the some travelling all the way from Teesside and Wales to take part. Colin Squire, chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres presented the prizes, accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Spelthorne. Neil Duncan was awarded best exhibit in the show. Colin Squire commented: “Roses have such a special place in the…

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Glee 2017: bolder, brighter and brimming with freshness


Glee is as much a part of the gardening calendar as pruning, the first cut of the lawn and cold crisp mornings that accompany the first trips to the greenhouse. But unlike these annual milestones, Glee is changing; it’s growing and developing for the greater good of garden retailing. As garden retailing continues to look at ways to adapt to changing consumer spending habits, as well as attracting a new pool of customers, so must Glee look at what it offers to the industry it represents. This year, visitors to the show will find a bigger, fresher and bolder Glee…

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Retail Lab @ Glee speaks to creative director, Romeo Sommers


Please tell me more about your role as creative director of the Retail Lab @ Glee. What does your role entail, and how will it work at the show? I like to think of myself as an ‘inspirator’, meaning I draw inspiration from all aspects of life and my surroundings. My job is to listen to the latest trends, and to interpret them into tangible and workable concepts that can work in a commercial environment. I love to get people outside of their comfort zone, getting them thinking differently about how products are presented, how retailing can be shaped and…

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GIMA Awards 2017 – last few tickets remaining


With just a few weeks to go until the winners of the 2017 GIMA Awards are crowned, interested parties are urged to book their place now to avoid disappointment, as tickets are selling fast! Taking place at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales on July 13 the evening is set to be another fantastic event. This year the GIMA Awards will be celebrating the best the garden retail industry has to offer from nine product categories, as well as Best Point of Sale, Consumer Product Packaging, and Marketing Communication awards. The coveted Sword of Excellence, GCA Supplier of the Year,…

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Bookings up at GCA Plant Area Forum at Ball Colegrave with more places now available


The Garden Centre Association (GCA) is hosting its second annual GCA Plant Area Forum for plant area managers and plant buyers at Ball Colegrave in July (July 20, 2017). The event on July 20 will once again be facilitated by GCA inspector, Roger Crookes, who is also the organisation’s Ruxley Rose plant area competition judge this year and believes passionately in the power of plants. Iain Wylie, GCA chief executive, said: “Our first Plant Area Forum last summer was a big hit with all those who attended. It was a highly motivational day and this year’s event promises to be…

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Visitors vote for retail inspiration ideas at the HTA National Plant Show and Nursery Supply Show


Visitors to the HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, and Nursery Supply Show which took place this week at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire voted for their most inspiring retails stands and concepts at the events. The winner of the Planting the Seed Award, which highlights stand displays that capture the imagination, provide clear information and attract attention was: Profit Plant (stand 34/35) for their Bohemian room setting complete with tapestry carpets and a rocking chair. This stand provided lots of opportunity to display plants at different heights and the plant labelling encouraged visitors to use their senses. In second…

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