January 23, 2018


Garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Smart Garden Products is bringing the Three Kings brand to Spring Fair -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wildlife World returns to Spring Fair in February 2018 -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Wyevale Nurseries landscape & amenity sales up by 20% -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Squire’s customers raise over £21,300 for local charities -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Garden centre in Devon wows customers with new cafe offering including ‘free from’ treats -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Catshill garden centre donates trees to Dudley Zoo -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shoulder To Soldier makes plans at the Bents community allotment -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perrywood presents cheques totalling over £14,000 to chosen charities -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner -

Monday, January 15, 2018

Paradise Park Garden Centre supports town academy -

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New roads mean workers facing job losses at Willesborough Wyevale garden centre -

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bonningtons Announces New Website Launch -

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Squire’s in Long Ditton is Garden Centre of the Year -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Donkey Sanctuary thanks Dunbar Garden Centre visitors for their festive support -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Record breaking growth for Farplants’ Christmas offering -

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Notcutts celebrates successful 120th year -

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tong Garden Centre launches staff reward and recognition scheme -

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dogs met Santa at Squire’s -

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bunnings Warehouse opens its first store in South Yorkshire -

Saturday, December 16, 2017

HTA Garden Futures Conference 2016


HTA’s annual Garden Futures conference this year asked: what lies ahead for the industry? With a wide range of guest speakers and a panel discussion towards the end of the day, the conference focused on the need for change and adaptation in order for the industry to survive in the face of challenges such as climate change, technological advancements and Brexit. The day opened with head of innovation at Future Foundation Joshua McBain, who took a concentrated look on what we know about Brexit so far, and forecast what its long and short term implications may be for the industry,…

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Garden Centre Retail attends the Van Hage Exclusive Christmas Preview event


At the Van Hage Exclusive Christmas Preview evening on 29th September, Garden Centre Retail’s Ash O’Mahony spoke to marketing manager Lynsey Martinez about the importance of events for garden centres. With visitors enjoying a variety of Christmas themed displays and Christmas trees as well as free food and wine tasting, a grand raffle, shopping discounts and even the chance to meet a reindeer, Lynsey explains why events are a top priority for Van Hage in the coming year.   How did the event go? It went really well, we had a lovely atmosphere, great feedback on the Christmas Shop and…

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We’re better together, aren’t we?


Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer talks about the benefit of having an ePos system. Summer is almost over so traditionally the trade show season starts. We’ve got 7 in the next 5 weeks including Four Oaks next week and GLEE the week after. It could be a good time to have a chat with one of the ePos providers at the trade shows. Having an ePos system opens a wide range of opportunities for you – apart from all the boring benefits like VAT and proper accounting. HTA Garden Retail Monitor It’s a common thing in the Netherlands and coming to…

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Squires Badshot celebrate 80th anniversary with summer evening garden party


Event: Summer Evening Garden Party Location: Squire’s Garden Centre, Badshot Lea Road, Farnham, GU9 9JX Date: Thursday 18th August Time: 6pm-8pm Cost: FREE entry to the Summer Evening Garden Party BBQ: £10 for adults & £8 for children Gardening Workshop: £25 per adult Booking: Tickets are required for the BBQ and Gardening Workshop. Call 01252 333666 or visit the Info. Desk at Squire’s Badshot Lea   Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea in Farnham is holding a Summer Evening Garden Party on Thursday 18th August at 6pm-8pm, and all are welcome! This free event is to celebrate Squire’s 80th Anniversary….

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New cutting tools enliven the autumn trade

The trade and consumers enter this autumn gardening season well-equipped with the new generation of GARDENA Secateurs – a range of six new models. The new models convince with maximum application convenience, and always cut perfectly. Secateurs are part of the basic equipment for every gardener – they are used all year round and therefore have to cope in varying conditions. Gardening fans can continue to place their full confidence in GARDENA cutting competence. The range has been reorganised and optimised so that everyone can find the right secateurs for every application in the garden. The individual models have also been…

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GCR Feature: Enhance the customer journey to see loyalty bloom

Alison Brown, marketing manager at K3 CRM, looks at the ways garden centre retailers can integrate multiple data sets to better understand their customers and build loyalty Garden centres are finding themselves in a highly competitive market. While often this comes with an upturn in order books, many are looking at ways they can turn one-off purchases into repeat business. Many businesses in this space are familiar with the idea of using enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to collect transactional data and purchase histories. But how many businesses are supplementing this with information on their customers from a customer relationship…

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GCR Feature: Follow the money – diversify

Garden centre design and business consultant Paul Pleydell argues that to thrive going forward, garden centres may need to diversify 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. 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 at the current time, where it needs to be, and…

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GCR Feature: People counter and measuring footfall

Garden centres can and should take advantage of new technology, and one way to do this is by tracking footfall in your centre using video and Wi-Fi. Garden Centre Retail spoke to British company FootfallCam to find out more FootfallCam’s third generation counters use Wi-Fi to measure more than just the number of feet passing through your entrance. With this system, it’s possible to measure store front conversion, dwell time spent in store, returning customers and cross-shopping in different branches. Installation is straightforward, requiring only a Cat5e cable chased from the router to the counter – an easy job for an IT…

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GCR Feature: A quick bite: food service equipment

Gary Thacker, director of national accounts at foodservice equipment manufacturer Fri-Jado, advises garden centre caterers on using front of house counters to target a more diverse range of customer  Long gone are the days when visitors to garden centres were content with a pot of tea and a sticky bun. Today, garden centre restaurants attract a broad range of customers from senior citizens and families with children to ‘ladies that lunch’ and workers grabbing a bite to eat. To meet the demands of such a diverse range of diners, garden centres need to offer a variety of menu options all…

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Five smart and inspiring tips


Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer shares his top five smart and inspiring tips on using the advances in technology to increase retail sales. We’re living in an ever-connected world: the number of smartphones and tablets sold to senior citizens is still increasing and the youngsters have been addicted to their smartphones for years. How can you inform & inspire customers on the go? And how can your staff use smartphones to be more productive? Smartphone or plastic card? A lot of garden centres run loyalty schemes and are using plastic cards. Integrating schemes into smartphones enables a new range of features….

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