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

Houseplant sales bloom in July


HOUSEPLANT sales were on the up at garden centres across the country in July (2017) according to the results of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Compared to the same month last year (2016), sales were up 13.95%. Other good sellers during the month included clothing, up 14.4% and catering, up 9.8%. Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “It was great to see houseplant sales on the increase during July, however it couldn’t beat off the stiff competition from clothing sales, which have been the top seller for the third month in a row. “Seeds and…

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Wyevale Nurseries offers new Taster Menu for 2018


Wyevale Nurseries has unveiled a new concept in its 2018 promotional catalogue – the Taster Menu (August, 2017). The  Taster Menu is a small range of plants, which have successfully been through the first phase of its new plants trial system, but haven’t yet gone into full scale production. Adam Dunnett, sales and marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said: “With product innovation a top priority, we are keen to bring new plant introductions to our customers as quickly as possible and are able to do this with our new Taster Menu. “We can offer retailers the chance to…

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Ball Colegrave: Rich colours look set for retail sales in 2018


Strong colours certainly look set to be the underlying theme for bedding plant sales in 2018 judging by the response of visitors to this year’s Summer Showcase at our West Adderbury Trial Grounds. Over 3,500 visitors attended the 3 week long showcase, including Growers, Retailers, Parks, Landscapers, Plant Breeders, Garden Writers, Trade Associations, Students and Home Gardeners. Most visitors attending took the opportunity to vote for their favourite variety and by marking it with a Blue Flag. With over 1300 catalogue varieties, 200 new varieties, 700 experimental products and 9 ‘Trends’ colour themes on show, there was certainly plenty to choose from. We are…

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Anthony Tesselaar Plants presents “the world’s most scented shrub”


Often described as the world’s most scented shrub, Daphne Perfume Princess™ is recognised for its superior characteristics and performance. This plant was awarded Plant of the Year at the 2016 Nursery & Garden Industry awards in Australia, after its launch by Anthony Tesselaar Plants at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show in 2015. Daphne Perfume Princess™ has taken more than 10 years to develop and was raised by New Zealand based plant breeder, Mark Jury. True Breeding Success ‘Perfume Princess’ became a true breeding success, and demonstrated both of the characteristics that Mark had hoped for: compact, shrubby foliage…

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Hawkesmill Nurseries: New and exclusive ‘Victorian Violas’ range


Hawkesmill Nurseries, the family run business based in Warwickshire, grow an abundance of over 3.5 million plants throughout the year. The team are proud to announce that they have a brand new and exclusive Victorian Violas range which has been added to their array of plants for 2017. This superb collection of stunning violas comes from RHS Chelsea Gold medallist Rob Chapman. Rob Chapman said: “Our ongoing breeding programme has produced a range of stunning varieties, with a wonderful selection of colour and scent to grace your pots, patios and flower beds” Available from Hawkesmill Nurseries this year, the range has a rainbow of colour options, with many varieties also…

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Garden retailers sign up to industry Xylella statement


Following an emergency Xylella meeting held last week at the HTA, garden retailers have signed up to support a joint industry plant sourcing statement about Xylella fastidiosa. The statement, which incorporates the existing HTA Ornamentals Management Committee statement, reads as follows: “As a minimum standard, the following businesses have taken the decision NOT to knowingly purchase any host plants originating from regions where the disease Xylella is known to exist. The decision has been taken after detailed consideration as to the potential catastrophic impact the introduction of the disease could have to the UK environment, coupled with the ever increasing…

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Anthony Tesselaar: Distinctively different plants


Amongst the various plant brand leaders in the Anthony Tesselaar stable is the Rock and Roll® Alstroemeria. Its variegated foliage is striking enough but this is upstaged when it comes into flower. Rock and Roll® Alstroemeria is a completely different plant. The new young foliage surprises you with its perfect rosette shape that first starts off with a soft cream quickly turning to white,  all the while framed by  a rich green edge. Rich pink red flowers then appear above this startling foliage. The plant is at home in either full or part sun in the garden. ‘Wow Factor’ This comment…

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Xylella fastidiosa – a threat to the UK horticulture industry


Guidance on sourcing plant material For Retailers, landscapers, growers, designers and all dealing with plants in a professional capacity. What is the threat? Xylella fastidiosa is one of the most harmful bacterial plant diseases in the world. It can cause severe losses in a wide range of hosts and there would be a massive impact on the plant trade across all business sectors in the event of an outbreak in the UK. An outbreak of this disease, where several different plants are infected, will trigger immediate stock destruction within 100 metres and a movement ban of host plants within a…

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Lubera: The native and foreign plant divide


Many of the plants we think are native, are actually foreign. We have to have foreign varieties because this gives us a wider range of fruit and blooms to choose from. Even the fruits we think of as being British tend to rely on foreign genes. Markus Kobelt the managing director and founder of Lubera said: “The garden blackberry benefits from genes from East Coast America, which are included in the Navaho varieties, which we sell on our website. There are also varieties from the West Coast that have valuable qualities, so they are being included in Lubera’s ongoing breeding efforts.” Although…

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New and exclusive Salvia ‘Pink Lips’


Hawkesmill Nurseries, the family run business based in Warwickshire, grow an abundance of over 3.5 million plants throughout the year. The team are proud to announce that they have a brand new and exclusive Salvia which has been added to their range for 2017. Salvia ‘Pink Lips’ is a pink form of the immensely popular Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and is exclusive to Hawkesmill Nurseries this year.  Available from June and throughout the summer in bud and flower, this stunner will be supplied in 3 litre pots. The 21 plants per shelf will be provided with colourful lock in labels bringing joie de vivre to any display. Attractive to…

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