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

Doug Stewart: 10 ways to boost sales in the planteria


  Garden Centre Consultant Doug Stewart shares ten ways to add inspiration to the heart of every garden centre – the planteria. Filled with scent and colour, they are the very heart of any garden centre. They are our point of difference and the very reason for our existence. They are the vehicle through which we sell our credibility and our passion for plants and gardening. Garden retailing is all about creating great customer experiences. Our customers tell us they are looking for inspiration, so where better place to start to share our love of plants and gardening than in…

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Click & collect: you’re missing a trick if you don’t

Click & collect

  Liz Dobbs – researcher, editor, writer and author on all things garden and plant related – discusses how to run a successful click & collect system in your garden centre. I’m a great fan of click & collect when it comes to non-gardening purchases, Christmas shopping in particular, and I’m not alone. Research by Barclays predicts a switch from home delivery to click & collect over the next three years. You might argue that garden centres stock a number of items that require home delivery due to size, weight and installation needs – and this is true – but…

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Keith Bateman: The value of EPoS for smaller independents


Keith Bateman discusses the value of EPoS for the smaller independent garden centres. For smaller independents, retail management is often done by experience, knowing the business inside-out, with stock control and reordering done by eye. Given that works for many organisations, at what point does EPoS (Electronic Point of Sale) become viable? There are some misconceptions about EPoS Systems. Firstly, that they’re only practical for businesses with large sites or multiple centres and secondly, that they need a huge team to run them. In our experience, smaller independents and a site with upwards of two tills can benefit from the greater…

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Family business: The effect of emotions on decision making

Family business

Dr Nicola Davies – psychologist and writer – takes a look at decision making within family-run garden centres where emotions are often running high. When it comes to decision making in a family business, it’s often all too easy to let emotions rule so that you end up making choices that will be regretted later. In a family run garden centre it’s not just business, it’s personal for all involved and this can lead to some pretty heated discussions. So how do you keep the peace while making the best choice for your business? A seven step process To keep…

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Edwin Meijer – get started with your web shop

Edwin Meijer

Edwin Meijer founder of Garden Connect – the provider of online marketing services to over 150 garden centres since 2002 – explains how to get started with your web shop. A lot of retailers complain about the online competition nowadays. Companies like Amazon are generating huge revenues in the UK and that revenue has to come from somewhere: brick and mortar stores like yours. Joining them by opening a web shop yourself sounds like a good solution, but is it really the best way forward? To start, most people are inexperienced with e-commerce and do feel that it’s quite easy…

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Creating the feel-good factor in your garden centre’s restaurant


Catering can play a major role in boosting your garden centre’s appeal and turnover. Thermoflor has discussed this matter with experts from the sector and contributes expertise in the field of design and construction, like recently for Forest Lodge in Farnham.  Food is emotion At the Garden Retail Experience congress that took place in the Netherlands professor Cor Molenaar (Retail Marketing) held an inspiring speech about the future of garden centres:  “Catering may be the ultimate experience factor that customers are searching for. Especially if it is combined with loyalty actions such as free coffee when you buy something, it…

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Are you selling and displaying your seeds properly?

selling seeds

Liz Dobbs – a researcher, editor, writer and author on all things garden and plant related – talks to Garden Centre Retail about selling seeds. Selling seed in garden centres is not only about the core A-Z range for the keen gardeners, but enticing customers who don’t know what seed they want or who may not even have thought about it to make purchases. The major seed brands put a lot of research and development into marketing but as Ian Cross, marketing manager of Mr Fothergill’s, explains retailers still have a job to do: “The garden centres who do well selling seeds…

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The Future for EPoS: Keith Bateman


Keith Bateman from Davidson Richards talks to Garden Centre Retail about the future for EpoS. We live in unprecedented times in terms of the pace of technology, and now cloud technology is the way forward for storing and accessing our precious information. With many of us already using the cloud for our smart phones for photos, social media, email, music and countless apps we don’t think twice about updating or maintaining these. In the business and retail world, the cloud is also transforming how EPoS and retail management solutions are delivered and consumed. In the past, retailers needed a physical…

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Catering: Fail to plan; plan to fail

Catering feature

Vision Commercial Kitchens talk to Garden Centre Retail about what businesses will need to initially consider when thinking about adding catering to their establishments. The old adage ‘fail to plan then plan to fail’ is true in all aspects of business but none more so than when making an investment in something as critical as your first food and beverage retail offering. We all know how valuable catering is to the garden retail industry. In 2007/08 the approximate annual spend in garden centre cafés and restaurants was £130m and this has grown to a whopping £200m and can often account…

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Making the most of space


Commercial director of AIS, David Standing explains how to make the most of the space in your garden centre. Earlier in my career with the likes of Homebase and B&Q everything was analysed to within an inch of its life. There were, of course, systems in place and specialist teams to look at every business metric – a situation that is typically not replicated within smaller independent businesses. Nevertheless, it is difficult to argue against the merits of understanding as much detail as possible about business performance and one of those key metrics is return on space. Those companies, as…

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