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

Alan Titchmarsh named as first RHS Ambassador

The RHS is delighted to announce that Alan Titchmarsh will be the charity’s founder RHS Ambassador. In the role Alan will continue to champion the industry-wide campaign, Horticulture Matters, to raise the profile of careers in horticulture. For the first time the RHS is inviting a group of exceptional and influential individuals to be RHS Ambassadors to promote horticulture and help the charity make a difference to people’s lives, secure the future of horticulture and help safeguard the planet. Alan, an RHS Vice President, is the first RHS Ambassador, and in the role will continue to highlight the critical green…

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Raymond Evison: Guernsey Post Celebrates

Guernsey Post is delighted to announce the release of a special stamp issue which celebrates the achievements of Raymond Evison OBE, VMH, a world-renowned authority, breeder and grower of clematis cultivars, who this year was awarded his 25th Gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (stamp issue date 13 November 2013). Guernsey Post’s 25 Years of Gold issue features five of the clematis that Raymond Evison exhibited at the highly successful 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In total he exhibited 50 different varieties at the show, all of which were raised in his famous Guernsey nursery, something rarely done…

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Dr Steve Peters on achieving success

The psychiatrist behind the GB Olympic cycling team, Dr Steve Peters, will be sharing his secrets of how to perform at the optimum level at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in January (2014). Dr Steve Peters, who is a consultant psychiatrist, bestselling author and Head of Sports Psychology for UK Athletics, will be speaking at the conference on Monday, January 27. Iain Wylie, interim Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “We are absolutely thrilled Steve will be joining us and sharing his secrets for success. He’s had a fascinating career, working with some of our best-known and most admired…

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Charlie Dimmock visits Hillier Garden Centre, Horsham.

Celebrity gardening expert Charlie Dimmock visited the Hillier Garden Centre in Horsham on Saturday to meet local budding gardeners, share her wealth of knowledge, and remind people of the great taste of the original malted milk drink Horlicks. The visit was a chance for gardening enthusiasts to dig a little deeper with one of the nation’s most recognisable gardening faces, whilst enjoying a sample of Horlicks from the new look pack; which still has the same great taste people know and love. The Hiller staff welcomed Charlie into the ‘Horlicks Hub’, a living room experience inside the garden centre, where…

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GCG: Former senior buyer to join Briers

Tristan Sissons will join Briers as trading director in January 2014, where he will oversee brand building, new product development, the adoption of new sales channels and the company’s expansion into new export markets. As Briers embraces social media and the need for bespoke consumer experiences, Mr Sissons will spearhead a brand strategy to lead Briers through its next stage of expansion. Mr Sissons previously held the role of senior buyer at The Garden Centre Group (formerly Wyevale Garden Centres) which he joined in 2009. While with the firm, he achieved annual turnovers exceeding £54 million – over 20% of…

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Richard Webb takes to pen & paper

The former chairman of the family-owned Webbs garden centre has finally found time to become a new author aged 73. Richard Webb, an expert in the horticultural industry, has indulged his love of history after retiring from Webbs in 2005 and from the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society in 2010. Having written a great deal for gardeners since joining Webbs in 1962, he has now returned to history, his degree subject at Oxford University. His first book, Mrs D – the Life of Anne Damer (1748 – 1828), tells the story of a woman who was much more than a…

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Stagecraft appoints new managing director.

Seb Smith, 50, is the new managing director of leading shopfit and garden centre design business Stagecraft. He takes over from founder Tom Davis, who will move to the chairman’s role. Seb has a strong background in retail display having previously worked for international display business Displayplan and before that with Display Creatives. As director of Displayplan’s retail division Seb created a £10.5 million business from scratch in just four years.  During his career he has delivered large retail programmes for major brands such as M & S, Gap, Clarks shoes, Nike and Banana Republic. He also has experience as…

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RHS appoints Paul Cook as curator of RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has appointed Paul Cook as the new curator of RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Paul started in September, after moving from Cheshire where he held the post of Curator at Ness Botanic Gardens for more than 11 years. At RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Paul will be responsible for managing and developing the garden’s plant collections. He will be leading a team of 30 horticulturists, RHS trainees and volunteers. According to Paul, “It’s very exciting to join the RHS, as I wanted to be part of an organisation that had long term plans,…

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IGCA board: Paul Cooling elected.

This month, Paul Cooling has been elected to the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) board replacing Sue Allen, who is retiring from the role. The Chairman of Coolings Nurseries has been a long-time supporter of the IGCA and his appointment continues the UK presence on the international board. He said: “My father, Michael, was an early supporter of the IGCA. He took me to my first International Congress in Holland in 1978 and since then I’ve attended 18 in total. Carrying on the family tradition, I took my daughter Jessica to the most recent Congress I attended in Germany in…

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Following the recent appointment of new sales director May Philpott, Solus Garden & Leisure has made further significant new additions to its sales team. New appointments to the gardening sales team include Jon Grandidge as Northern Sales Manager and Michelle Brown as Southern Sales Manager. Both bring with them significant sales experience and are committed to improving customer service and developing Solus’s own brand and third party brand sales. Jon Grandidge is a high performing sales manager with big brand experience and will focus on team development and driving forward brand distribution. Michelle Brown is an experienced consumer brands sales…

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