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

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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From The Archives: Benchmarking with the HTA – August 2016


The HTA has launched the new Garden Retail Monitor, promising to help garden retailers improve their business through sales benchmarking of regional and national averages. The new Garden Retail Monitor (GRM) system aims to put more management information in the hands of garden centres than ever before. What’s more, there’s no burdensome monthly or weekly data entry needed, saving precious time for your business. How it works The concept is simple. Data from a garden centre’s EPoS system is automatically uploaded to a secure, encrypted database, where it’s collated with data from across the country. Participating retailers have an account,…

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A look to the future at the Garden Press Event 2018

Garden Press Event

Last week, Garden Centre Retail braved the snowy conditions to visit the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, to take in the latest products and innovations for the garden sector. A first at its new home having moved from the Barbican Centre, the Garden Press Event offered journalists, bloggers and garden writers the chance to get their hands on some of the newest products from the biggest suppliers to the market. This move coincided with a new ownership of the show, with the HTA and GIMA becoming partners and buying out Guy Burtenshaw and Sue O’Neill, whose last involvement in…

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Catering equipment supplier Nisbets has their say on the wooden boards saga

Nisbets issue advice on wooden boards

After a Birmingham restaurant was recently fined £50,000 for the unhygienic serving of food on wooden boards, Nisbets has issued some practical advice on the best way to ensure that your wooden boards are fit for use. Dean Starling, Development Chef at Nisbets believes that wooden boards are not unhygienic per se, it is more the way that they are cared for and used; “Wooden boards have hit the news recently with some media reporting that they are ‘incapable of being cleaned’.  The truth however is that wooden boards can provide an attractive alternative to plates however, it’s worth being…

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Two thirds of Millennials seek innovation when it comes to their in-store shopping experience

Over the years, our lives have become consumed by technology – the average person checks their phone 85 times a day, whilst millennials check a staggering 150 times. We live in a world where ‘digital technology’ is evolving at such a rapid pace, thus OnBuy.com, the UK online marketplace, sought to find out how technology has changed, and how it is impacting the retail industry. Onbuy.com also provides key advice to business owners how they can ensure their business can thrive in an ever-changing digital world. What has changed in the retail sector? Utilising a 2017 report by PWC, Onbuy.com…

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Are millennials driving houseplant sales in garden centres?

are millennials driving houseplant sales?

The Present Tree discusses the health benefits houseplants offer millennials, and how the emerging indoor gardening trend will progress is 2018. 2017 was the year that millennials bought more houseplants than any other age demographic, with more than 14 million posts on Instagram hash tagged plants. As fewer millennials are buying homes, the exposure to nature is often limited in tiny rented flats. The emerging houseplant trend followed numerous studies, suggesting young consumers are becoming more environmentally aware and food conscious than any other generation, with trendy terms like natural, organic and sustainable growing in popularity. Yet mocked as plant hoarders…

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BRC: Rates respite reduces retailers pressure


Following a business campaign led by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the Chancellor’s has announced in his Budget that the move from RPI to CPI indexation will be brought forward by two years to 2018. Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the BRC, said: “This is a hugely welcome and positive move. From being caught in a web of competing pressures from all parts of the economy, limiting the scope for action, it’s clear that the Chancellor has listened to the retail industry and the growing chorus from across business and commercial life who have spoken up in favour of…

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From Canada, with love


Edwin Meijer from Garden Connect returns from a trip to Ontario, Canada with the International Garden Centre Association to take a look at the garden history in the Niagara Falls area of the country It was my first time but definitely not the last one! Two weeks ago I came back from the International Garden Centre Association trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. With a group of over 200 people from all over the world, we enjoyed the trip through the garden industry in this part of Ontario. Since I was travelling around in a bus with a group of about…

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GCR speaks to Simon King about his Wildlife World range


Can you tell me about the range you’ve worked on with Wildlife World? Over a period of several years I developed various garden wildlife product designs, based on my knowledge of the natural world and wildlife behaviour. Norman and I have known each other for some time, and decided to sit down and put my ideas into practice. I had various prototypes that I had tried and tested previously, which after much discussion and planning we began to put into production. We launched our first collaborated product, the brushwood robin nester, at GLEE last year, which received a lot of…

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Online plant shop raises $1.1m to lead the houseplant revival among London’s stylish homeowners and offices


Patch (www.patch.garden), the online plant shop, has completed a $1.1m seed investment in its efforts to bring gardening to the digital age. 12 months after launching in East London, the startup has now served over 5,000 customers across the capital, has been growing 30% every month this year and has secured its seed round, led by early-stage investors Forward Partners and supported by London Co-investment Fund and several angel investors. Patch is looking to fill a gaping hole left by traditional garden centres, which are struggling to deliver value to customers due to rising costs, and a slowness to respond…

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