December 12, 2017

Latest:

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

Profits wilt at Dobbies Garden Centres -

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Warner Bros order garden centre to take down festive Harry Potter display -

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cardwell Garden Centre Dig In To Help Green-Fingered Pupils -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Coconut Kitchen range now available in Dobbies Garden Centres throughout the UK -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Santa’s grotto is being rebuilt after blaze at Notcutts garden centre -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Council-run Inspirations Garden Centre faces axe as part of £2.7million cuts -

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fire engulfs Santa’s grotto at Notcutts Garden Centre in Woodbridge -

Monday, December 4, 2017

Garden centre worker jailed for fraud -

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Wyevale Garden Centre in Andover hosts ‘royal’ opening -

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold, Droitwich, ram raided by gang -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Santa arrived in style at Squire’s Garden Centres -

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Composite Prime launches HD Fence to rival traditional timber panels -

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Perrywood Garden Centres celebrates winning GCA regional Christmas award -

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dobbies makes a students Christmas wish comes true at King’s Lynn garden centre -

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BRC responds to publication of industrial strategy paper -

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thetford Garden Centre unveils refurbished cafe -

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hare Hatch Sheeplands in garden centre closure threat -

Monday, November 27, 2017

Tesselaar: So, which new plants really stand out?

tesselaar

Amongst the many new plant novelties we see on the circuit, often some of them are not that great, just new, and some can be almost identical to what is currently on the market. Consumer-Lead If we are to expand the plant and garden market, we must be quite selective when introducing new products and understanding that ultimately its the consumer that keeps us in business. We would not produce a new car that is poor on fuel consumption, only has a reverse gear, and runs on square tyres.  Just how many plants have been introduced as novelties without full…

Read More

‘Candy coloured’ Zinnia wins RHS People’s Choice Award

zinnia

A Zinnia with petals that transition from deep purple to pale pink and white has seen off competition from more than 100 other plants to be voted best new variety for 2017. Candy coloured ‘Zany Rose Picotee’ won the RHS People’s Choice Awards as red and pink floral displays dominate this year’s list. The public were invited to vote for their favourite new variety – newly bred variations of a plant – from 108 trialled at RHS Garden Wisley’s five acre trials site this year. The runners up were Celosia argentea var. cristata ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and Ipomoea ‘Party Dress’. Visitors…

Read More

HTA: In search of berried treasure

berried

Berry-bearing trees and shrubs come into their own in autumn, creating colourful displays that last well into winter, which is why they have been chosen as the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Plant of the Moment for October. From elderberries to rose hips, crab apples to firethorns, the addition of “berrying” plants adds a new dimension to any garden, with plants carrying fruits and berries through autumn and into winter. Berry-producing plants also provide home grown food for hungry birds and wildlife too, enhancing their appeal and value to the garden. Evergreen shrubs provide structure and form to the garden throughout…

Read More

Nursery showcases hardy plants grown and nurtured in the Vale of York

nursery

Leading horticultural nursery Johnsons of Whixley has announced the release of its new 2018 Garden Centre Sales Catalogue, featuring its largest ever range. The new catalogue features a wide selection of hardy plants grown and nurtured in the Vale of York, on which the 200-acre Johnsons nursery is located. The release of the catalogue follows an extremely successful period of sales and the stock available aims to meet the growing demand of a diverse cross-section of customers. Johnsons of Whixley garden centre sales manager, Mark Reynard, said: “Finalising and distributing our annual catalogue is always an exciting time for the…

Read More

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

online

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…

Read More

Bumper berry haul set for September as rains ripen harvests

September

UK gardeners, as well as birds, are set be gladdened by what is predicted to be a bumper berry haul this September, predicts the Royal Horticultural Society. A warm and dry start to the year followed by July and August rains have contributed to many berry-yielding plants, including spindle bushes (euonymus), firethorn (pyracantha), and crab apples, ripening early. As a result, they are less susceptible to the autumn rots and moulds that blight many in the later weeks of autumn and means we are set for a longer than average display of seasonal colour. The bountiful showing of reds, blacks,…

Read More

HTA: The arrival of fashionably late perennials

perennials

Add fresh excitement to your displays this autumn with Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) ‘Plant of the Moment’ for September– perennials. Several hardy perennials have been patiently growing all year, waiting for their turn to take centre stage. And now their time has come to burst into bloom and fill your garden with vibrant colour. Japanese anemones are always a favourite. Tall and bold, their simple flowers in shades from pink to white really celebrate the season. They’re adaptable too, growing in sites from full sun to partial shade. Commonly called Ice Plants, the thick fleshy foliage of sedum varieties add…

Read More

Laurica’s Red Gold Christmas offers

Laurica

Leading Belgian grower Laurica Plants are already planning their pre-Christmas retail sales. Director Marian Maenhoudt said “ We have established high levels of pre-Christmas sales in recent years. These include pyramids and crown on stem in a red-gold pot with a red ribbon, which are a very popular gift for the festive season. We sell them on mix trolleys, or the garden centre can order the sizes they request”. Laurica began their Autumn event campaign at Florall in Waregem last week. This is followed by two major U.K. events in September. These are Four Oaks (Sept 5-6) on stand E146-147…

Read More

Vertical Living Garden to show at Four Oaks

Kelkay

The award winning Wonderwall will be on show at Four Oaks from Sept 5-6th. This is a high tech self-irrigating planter which can be used to create many stunning displays. The Wonderwall planter transforms all kinds of wall or spaces to create a vertical living garden. Ideal for commercial or domestic use, the Wonderwall planters will make an impressive impact and make any dull space come alive. You can create any type of display from a window box to covering a full side of high rise building, the process for building a  Wonderwall couldn’t be simpler. The Self-watering system design makes…

Read More

Wyevale Nurseries get new promotions ready for Glee

Plants

The team at Wyevale Nurseries are gearing up this month (August, 2017) ready for Glee from September 11 until 13 at the NEC in Birmingham. The Hereford-based nurseries will be at the garden and outdoor living trade show to promote its new catalogue and to give attendees the chance to see its new plants for the coming year. Adam Dunnett, Sales & Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We are exhibiting at GLEE again this year armed with our Promotions Catalogue for 2018 and samples of the new promotions we have launched within it. “Featured on the stand (NB21 –…

Read More