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

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Media statement from The Garden Centre Association regarding Gardman


Mike Lind, Chairman of The Garden Centre Association (GCA) said: “The GCA are devastated for Gardman following the recent fire at their Daventry HQ. “The fire has completely destroyed Gardman’s main UK warehouse and distribution centre. “Gardman have worked extremely hard over the last few months to ensure they were able to provide the best products and services to all their customers in time for the busy spring season. “Gardman are a long-standing and active member of the GCA who have always been fully engaged in the association’s activities as well as supporting a large number of GCA members’ businesses. “The GCA…

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Kyle creates customer Plant Health Information Pack


The plant heath coordinator at Wyevale Nurseries has created an information pack on biosecurity to help address the recent concerns related to the topic within the industry (March, 2018). Kyle Ross from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford has created a Plant Health Information Pack to hand out to customers to raise awareness of potentially damaging pests and diseases that are currently threatening the horticulture industry. Twenty-four-year-old Kyle explained: “We feel it is important that businesses working within the sector are aware of these threats and how we can minimise the risk of these entering the country. “There are various pests and…

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From The Archives: How to maximise impulse sales January 2017


Garden Centre Retail asks The Display Centre’s Ali Newton why garden centres should be on the lookout for impulse barriers on their shop floor What is an impulse buy? “When a customer buys something that isn’t on their shopping list, something they didn’t plan to buy but saw and decided to get on the spot, that’s an impulse purchase,” Ali clarifies. Impulse buys can account for a significant amount of turnover within any retail outlet, Ali continues, and should be maximised wherever possible: “There are three really key tactics for making an impulse sale – not all three have to…

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HTA introduces Recycling Scheme for members


The HTA has launched a Recycling Scheme for its members which will enable businesses of all sizes to responsibly recycle their plastic and other waste and enhance their green credentials. Partnering with Ecogen, based in Winchester, the scheme will provide a cost saving solution for most by reducing the need for skips and amount of waste going to landfill. For those that have the ability to accumulate volume, ideally through bailing, it could even provide a source of income. Ecogen, who is fully accredited, registered and licensed in all aspects of specialist waste recycling, already work with a number of…

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Garden centre group brings back popular competition to ‘Name the Rose’ and see it sold across centres

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To celebrate one of the UK’s favourite flowers, Haskins Garden Centre has re-launched an exclusive ‘Name the Rose’ competition across all four of its centres. The competition, which is now open, closes on Saturday March 31. Customers are encouraged to visit haskins.co.uk/rose-of-the-year and fill in the entry form for the chance to win the rose and see the name used in all Haskins’ centres. This year’s rose is a scented floribunda with apricot coloured semi-double flowers. The rose produces sprays of flowers from June to September, growing up to heights of 1.5m. The variety is fully hardy and can handle…

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From The Archives: Sowing the seeds of success for home and garden retailers October 2016


A large number of retailers are still hesitant about selling home and garden products online. The challenge often lies in the size of the merchandise and the nature of the products. However, this sector represents 8% of the total online sales registered in the UK and studies show the market is on the rise. So how can online sellers make more hay while the sun shines on this sector? We’ve put together a brief plan that should help home and garden retailers to untangle the intricacies of this growing sector. Plan your seasons Planning around seasonality is a critical requirement…

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Gardman warehouse fire: Man arrested in arson inquiry


A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a large warehouse fire in Daventry. More than 50 firefighters were called to the building, owned by garden centre suppliers Gardman, in Parsons Road at 23:41 GMT on Sunday. The roof appears to have collapsed and a plume of smoke could be seen for miles around on Monday afternoon. Nobody is believed to have been injured but fire officers are expected to remain at the site for several days. Deputy Chief Fire Officer David Harding, from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It will be some time yet…

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From The Archives: If you build it… April 2016

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Gary Wilburn of HPW Architecture – whose CV includes Haskins, Blooms and the upcoming Rosebourne near Thruxton – discusses garden centre design trends How did you become involved with garden centres as a designer? My experience designing garden centres goes back over 20 years – we designed Blooms, as well as the first big Haskins sites. Obviously a lot’s changed in the industry since then. As an architect, how important is the built environment going to be going forward? I obviously would say this, but it’s only going to get more important because now you’ve got to design garden centres…

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Thieves ransack garden centre in Darwen Lancashire

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A garden centre has been broken into and ransacked. Police were called to The Four Seasons Garden Centre in Darwen shortly after 8am on Monday 12 March. Owner Sonia Butler said the offenders had smashed the lock to gain access to the shop and unsuccessfully attempted to break into the safe using power tools before making off with a mountain bike, mobile phone and gardening gloves. She said: “It doesn’t look like they managed to get the safe all the way open, but they managed to fish the keys out so they could get the shutter up and let themselves…

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Webbs Wychbold up for ‘Food Hall of the Year’ award


The food hall at Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Food at Webbs launched its new-look foodhall and restaurant last spring, featuring a butchery, cheese and deli counter, gelato bar, bakery and patisserie, chocolate library, a wall of wine, local beers and ciders, and a restaurant selling homemade dishes. The facility has been nominated for ‘Food Hall of the Year’ in the 5th year of the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, which recognises the best of the specialist independent retail market. Webbs’ executive chairman Ed Webb said:…

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