April 25, 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

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

From The Archives: Follow The Money June 2016

Garden centre

Garden centre design and business consultant Paul Pleydell argues that to thrive going forward, garden centres may have to diversify their offer even further Whether you love it or hate it, the internet won’t go away – and more importantly, neither will online retailing.  The upshot is that as competition grows, trading online won’t get any easier – and neither will running a garden centre. The question is, what’s the way forward? I’ve helped in the strategic development of numerous garden centres, and each time I follow a simple process. This involves ascertaining where the business is now, where does…

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Squire’s Staff Donate Easter Eggs to Eagle Radio Appeal


After hearing how short of Easter eggs Eagle Radio were on their Easter Egg Appeal, all staff at the newly opened Squire’s Garden Centre in Woking have donated their Lindt egg that that they were given by the company. Employees at many other Squire’s Garden Centres across the South East have also donated their Lindt egg to the Eagle Radio appeal, which will help give local, less fortunate children a happier time this weekend. Martin Breddy, Squire’s Managing Director commented “We always give a chocolate egg to our hard working staff to say ‘thanks’ at this very busy time of…

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From The Archives: How to publicise your event using Twitter July 2017


After putting out a press release, taking out an advert in your local paper, and telling your core customers in person, what else can be done to get bodies through the door for an event?  Garden Centre Retail spoke to Kimberley Hornby, managing director of Hornby Whitefoot PR about how to use Twitter to drive publicity and attract a wider audience to your garden centre’s event. Timing is everything All events are different, but the most successful ones manage to build up a frenzy of interest over a period of time.  Always work backwards from the event – the day…

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Bord Na Mona Horticulture announces new head of horticulture

Bord Na Mona

Mark Higgins has recently taken over the position as Head of Horticulture for Bord Na Mona.  Mark joins Bord Na Mona Horticulture with a strong strategic commercial and operational background which he has gained within the FMCG sector, with considerable experience in growing market share in very competitive environments. He has spent much of his career to date in Ireland and the UK and has extensive experience in delivering business performance targets. Mark joining Bord Na Mona Horticulture is well timed for the organisation’s horticulture business, which is the leading Irish supplier of growing media and barks in Ireland and…

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Gardening glove from Towa makes RHS Product of The Year 2018 finals


New to the UK gardening market for 2018, the Luminus gardening glove from Japanese brand Towa has made the final of the prestigious RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2018. Available in three attractive floral designs – Rose, Olive and Herb – the Luminus glove combines aesthetic appeal, comfort and hand protection whilst retaining the dexterity and sensitivity of touch required for delicate gardening tasks. The palm is coated using Towa’s patented MicroFinish technology which gives up to 100% more grip than standard gloves and brings the added benefit of less effort being required for handling tasks, something that…

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From The Archives: Tong looking for a brand new start March 2016


Co-owner of Tong Garden Centre Mark Farnsworth talks about how revamping the catering offer has been central to building a new identity across the business. Tong Garden Centre was once considered to be one of the leading garden centres in the north. The centre was rebuilt following a fire in 2001, which created an indoor retail area of nearly 70,000ft2 and over 100,000ft2 of outdoor selling space. With 700 car parking spaces and excellent warehousing all sitting on a 17 acre site, we knew that the infrastructure was in place to restore Tong’s reputation after several difficult years. My business…

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From The Archives: How to sell weed control December 2015

weed control

Simple explanations and cutting down on options is the way to sell weed control, an often confusing product, says Geoff Hodge It was an interesting year for weedkiller sales. The cold weather in spring meant a slow start, but sales soon picked up in summer and went on well into autumn. But were weedkillers picked up by your customers? And were they happy with the results they achieved? From my talks with gardeners, weedkiller use still engenders lots of bewilderment and confusion. And their confusion isn’t helped at all by their point-of-purchase experience. Behavioural research, carried out by Shopping Behaviour…

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HTA Board statement on Chairman

HTA Chief Executive Chris Pateman

The HTA Board have today announced that Chris Pateman has left his post as Chairman due to family reasons. Chris said, “I find a number of family issues are now requiring my attention and the long commute had made it harder than anticipated. As a result, I no longer feel able to contribute to the HTA as I would have wished. In my short tenure with the HTA, it has been both a privilege and a pleasure to have witnessed the enthusiasm of the teams.” Adam Taylor, President, said, “We are sorry to see Chris go but we understand his…

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Popular garden centre raises more than £4,500 for Dorset Mind

Dorset Mind

Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown has raised £4,548.03 for its charity partner, Dorset Mind. The garden centre selected the local mental health charity as its charity to support in 2017. Employees at the centre raised funds and awareness for the charity by hosting events throughout the year as well as participating in individual charitable challenges. During 2017 the garden centre held two popular Quiz Nights and also collected donations in its Wishing Well and Fountain Coins, coins thrown into the centre’s outdoor water features. Throughout December, the centre also held a Christmas Family Night and Christmas Shopping Night to encourage…

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Charlie Dimmock Opens Squire’s in Woking

Charlie Dimmock

Snowy conditions could not defeat the crowd that came to see much loved gardening expert and TV presenter Charlie Dimmock officially re-open Squire’s Garden Centre in Woking last Saturday 17th March. Charlie Dimmock was at Squire’s all day hosting a number of gardening activities, including planting up pots to raise money for the charity Greenfingers, a Gardeners Question Time, a Spring Container Workshop, and she launched Squire’s ‘Grow Your Own Chips’ initiative for school children showing them how to grow potatoes in pots. Customers enjoyed live music from the Panama Jazz Band, and children were treated to face painting, balloon…

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