April 26, 2018


Millbrook Garden Centre: The Dog’s Tale -

Thursday, April 26, 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

Bents raises over £22k for Alzheimer’s Society


Customers and colleagues have once again shown enormous generosity in helping Bents Garden & Home raise an incredible amount for its 2017 Charity of the Year.  A total of £22,100 has been presented to Alzheimer’s Society, who will use the donation to help people living in the Warrington and surrounding areas. Penny Hamer from Alzheimer’s Society visited Bents to accept the donation and was joined by Zachary Clements and a team from St Rocco’s Hospice, the Centre’s 2018 Charity of the Year; a cause which was chosen by Bents’ customers in a vote held earlier in the year. Says Matthew…

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From The Archives: Cash flow issues or unhelpful banks September 2014

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There are a number of very simple points to look at when considering cash flow, and whether the problems are internal or if you are having issues with banks being unhelpful, these steps could prove extremely useful in gaining you improved cash flow results, just by making minimal changes to your business, explains Simon Quinton Smith of Quinton Edwards. Turn stock into cash Look at your stock areas where you have too much of one item or areas where some of the stock is looking old – holding too much stock will tie up cash and increase storage and insurance…

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Notcutts celebrates success at its own annual conference and awards dinner


Notcutts, the family-owned garden centre business, has hosted an annual conference and awards dinner to recognise team and business achievements over the past 12 months. The conference, which was held on Wednesday 21 March at the Five Lakes Crowne Plaza Resort in Maldon, Essex, brought together colleagues representing all 18 garden centres as well as the central support teams. The event also offered interactive learning sessions for colleagues. The event was sponsored by leading names including Hozelock, Bidfood, Briers, Mr Fothergills, Kettler, Gardman, Stanley Bragg, Scotts, LeisureGrow, Pelican, Porters, Gleeds, Esprit and McBains Cooper. After the conference, an awards dinner…

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Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical


With Spring just around the corner, Magical Hydrangeas are making homes beautiful all over the UK once more, thanks to their stunning natural beauty and super long lifespan. Hills Plants, the Sussex based parent company of The Little Botanical, is the only British business with a licence to grow this amazing indoor flowering plant and we’re proud to have the Magical Hydrangeas available for the UK market. With their starting colours, pink and blue, which slowly change tone to become something altogether more magnificent, when exposed to daylight, these beauties just keep on blooming all the way to Autumn. Available…

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

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Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade has donated more than £650 worth of garden plants and gardening equipment to aid the Martlets Hospice in the major redesign of its gardens. Included is a silver birch tree to provide dappled shade, and a rose named Compassion, providing scent throughout the summer months. Tates Garden Centre director Darren Clift said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Martlets Hospice and have supported them as one of our key charity partners since Mayberry opened in 2010. “One of our former members of staff was cared for at the hospice so this only added to our…

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

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A North-east garden centre is celebrating being named one of the best in the UK. The Mains of Drum has been placed in the top three in Britain, after winning Best in Scotland late last year. Staff at the centre had been waiting nervously since the announcement of the Scotland-wide award for confirmation of the UK accolade. Being selected within the top 10 centres in the country means that the Garden Centre Association (GCA) recognise Mains of Drum as a “Garden Centre of Excellence”. The GCA said: “The winners of our Garden Centres of Excellence awards have all showed that they…

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Gold found in stream at Cardwell Garden Centre


Tiny nuggets of gold have been found at the bottom of a stream running through a local garden centre. The amazing discovery has sparked a modern-day Klondike Gold Rush with dozens of would-be prospectors standing knee-deep in the water, panning for the precious metal. The stream that runs through Cardwell Garden Centre, near Gourock comes from an underground spring on nearby Bargane Hill. Geological experts believe the recent de-forestation on the hillside led to soil erosion causing sediment – containing the flecks and nuggets of gold that had been lying under the ground for thousands of years – being washed into the…

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


Haskins Garden Centre group has opened its Christmas department across all centres, due to high demand from customers. With centres in Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex, the popular garden centre group experienced a higher number of visitors to the Christmas department last year than ever before. The group normally launches Christmas in September but has opted to open in April to give shoppers more time to spread the cost of Christmas over a longer period of time. Dean Ridley, head of retail operations at Haskins, commented: “We normally give our customers three months to shop our Christmas department, but we’re…

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From The Archives: Why you should invest in an EPoS system May 2017


Garden Centre Retail spoke to commercial manager of Davidson Richards, Jo Bateman, about what EPoS can bring to a garden centre. Who uses EPoS? “Approximately 50% of garden centres have taken up EPoS to date, but that number is increasing, as even the smaller-sized garden centres are seeing the benefit,” says Jo. “In previous years a lot of retailers, including garden centres, felt the system was too complicated and expensive to bother with. As time has gone on they are starting to realise the benefits, in terms of the speed and ease of stock management and information gathering.” The evolution of…

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Kemps Plants garden centre expands with five-figure backing from HSBC


A garden centre in Bristol has opened a 4,300 sq ft extension after receiving a five-figure finance package from HSBC. Kemps Plants, which has banked with HSBC since 2003, has built the extension to meet consumer demand for its growing range of dry goods, including plant chemicals, garden furniture and BBQs. This follows a major renovation project in 2010 which comprised the owner of the business, Lee Kemp, using a £310,000 funding facility from the bank to re-build the garden centre. Kemp said: “HSBC has played a pivotal role in the success of the business over the last two decades,…

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