January 21, 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

Thieves steal thousands of pounds of stock from garden centre in Warmington -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hawkesmill luanches new Geum For 2018 -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Are millennials driving houseplant sales in garden centres? -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chris Pateman appointed as HTA Chair -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Retail industry welcomes progress on Brexit talks -

Monday, December 11, 2017

Record breaking growth for Farplants’ Christmas offering


The West Sussex plant wholesaler introduced 11 new ranges this year, which includes for the first time, pot grown Christmas trees. The Farplants Christmas selection combined 2017’s must-have trends with traditional favourites, to provide an extensive collection to entice festive shoppers. Brett Avery, Farplants Sales Ltd Managing Director, is delighted with the response to their new Christmas offering. “Our new and extended collection has resulted in unprecedented sales growth for Christmas. While traditional favourites continue to be essential, contemporary designs with the latest colours and textures have proved very popular. New for 2017, the Nordic woodland range combines the popular…

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Notcutts celebrates successful 120th year


Notcutts, the family-owned garden centre business, is celebrating after a successful 120th anniversary year. Throughout 2017, Notcutts marked their 120 years in business and recognised the family that helped make it the success it is today. In February, a blue plaque was unveiled to mark the achievements of horticultural pioneer Roger Crompton Notcutt who founded Notcutts Garden Centres in 1897. The plaque can be seen at the front of The Old House – Roger’s Georgian home of almost 30 years, which is now Notcutts’ offices. This year also saw the launch of the Maud Notcutt collection of interior and garden…

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Tong Garden Centre launches staff reward and recognition scheme


The management team at Tong Garden Centre has launched a new reward scheme that recognises employees who go the extra mile to deliver exceptional results. The scheme rewards employees who have gone the extra mile and the monthly prizes include a pin badge and High Street gift vouchers. In addition, two cups – the customer service and the directors’ cups – are awarded for one off contributions to customer service and the business respectively. The initiative started in September and is open to all members of the team, irrespective of job function or seniority. Training Manager, Carrie Mackertich said that…

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Dogs met Santa at Squire’s

Dogs meet Santa at Squire's

Squire’s Garden Centres recently held a special “Santa Paws” event for dogs to meet Santa and have their photo taken with him. Dogs of all shapes and sizes came along, and were very happy to ‘paws’ for a photo with Santa while the ‘puparazzi’ (or owners) snapped away! Santa rewarded all good dogs with some tasty treats. It was free for dogs to meet Santa but many people kindly donated money to support Squire’s local charities. Over £500 was raised for the Guide Dog Association, Princess Alice Hospice, Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, the Alzheimer’s Society and Riding for the…

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Bunnings Warehouse opens its first store in South Yorkshire


Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors in Rotherham on 14 December. The new store is located on Parkgate, is over 70,000 square feet offers customers more than 30,000 leading home improvement and garden products from a wide range of global market-leading brands. Other services include everything from paint mixing to key cutting, a garden centre, timber cutting and in-store D.I.Y. Workshops. Bunnings’ team members have already been busy ahead of today’s store opening, helping with projects in the Rotherham area. This included redecorating two bedrooms at Rotherham Hospice for families and installing shelving at Shiloh…

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Thieves steal thousands of pounds of stock from garden centre in Warmington

Thieves steal stock from garden centre

Security camera footage has recorded two thieves stealing high value items from the National Herb Centre last night, Wednesday. The brazen thieves were filmed filling three trolleys worth of items, some of which had a retail value of £250, once between 6.30pm and 6.50pm and for a second time from 7.45pm. Sam Turner, who runs the centre with his brother, Nick, said the theft was discovered this morning, Thursday, when a member of staff arrived at work. He said: “We are very rural here. It looks like the thieves had taken a couple of trolleys and took a few bits…

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Hawkesmill luanches new Geum For 2018

Hawkesmill launches new Geum for 2018

Hawkesmill Nurseries is a family run business with over 40 years growing experience – providing quality seasonal plants to Retail Nurseries and Garden Centres.  They are based in the heart of the country having their own satellite nurseries all within a 10 mile radius of the main production and dispatch site. For 2018, there are many hidden gems in the Hawkesmill catalogue and now is the perfect time to contact the team to pre-order for the coming season! One of the new varieties for 2018, is the Geum ‘Censation Lipstick’ – perfectly named for the dreamy, creamy, pink tone of the petals. Geum…

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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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Chris Pateman appointed as HTA Chair

HTA Chief Executive Chris Pateman

The HTA has announced the appointment of Chris Pateman as the chair of the association. In this new role Chris will assist the HTA Board in coordinating the activities of the HTA Executive and their teams at Horticulture House, ensuring that the strategic objectives of the Association are being achieved. In addition, the chair will represent the HTA at a senior level to Government and other stakeholders. Chris was formerly the CEO of the Federation of Communication Services (FCS), a position he held for the last 5 years. In this role Chris had the ultimate responsibility for representing FCS members’…

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Retail industry welcomes progress on Brexit talks


Responding to the published joint report from EU and UK Brexit negotiators, William Bain, Policy Adviser – Europe and International at the BRC said: “Once endorsed by the European Council next Friday we would hope talks can move quickly on to the principles and terms around the transitional arrangements to ensure businesses have the certainty to plan and invest and that consumers don’t face higher costs or delays from tariffs or onerous customs barriers. UK consumers should continue to benefit from lasting tariff-free trade and as free a flow of goods to and from UK and the rest of Europe markets as…

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