August 23, 2017

Latest:

Decco appoints Debbie Paterson as new area sales manager -

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Makita UK returning to Saltex -

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Kelkay share the love with new paving range -

Monday, August 21, 2017

£54m lost for Bunnings in first year running Homebase -

Monday, August 21, 2017

Glee 2017: Simon King confirmed as second keynote speaker -

Monday, August 21, 2017

CastClear® reveal smart new retail carton -

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Brookes & Co get creative for Glee 2017 -

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries offers new Taster Menu for 2018 -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Garden Connect – Remarketing: be seen online by your customers -

Friday, August 18, 2017

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Johnsons Lawn Seed to announce changes to salesforce and ground breaking new product -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sales agent network to boost ecofective drive into garden centres -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Glee Green Heart grows again for 2017 -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kadai Firebowls® set to revolutionise outdoor cooking and leisure at GLEE 2017 -

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WOLF-Garten: Enjoy the fruits of your labour with ease -

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Webbs of Wychbold opens new food hall -

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Joyce Oomen to cover green decorations at GrootGroenPlus 2017 -

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hare Hatch Sheeplands to expand legally -

Monday, August 14, 2017

Notcutts outdoor space gets royal seal of approval -

Sunday, August 13, 2017

  • Stunning

    Stunning new Café Bar to open at Squire’s in Shepperton

    Squire’s Garden Centre in Shepperton has unveiled exciting plans to open a stunning new Café Bar in early October. It will have new Raffles style décor, flooring, seating and lighting. There will be distinct seating areas to choose from including the main Café Bar, a sophisticated afternoon tea area with piano, a coffee lounge with relaxing sofas, plus a special family-friendly area. There’ll be a delicious new menu and a new style of service – where customers order at the till then take an electronic tracker to their table, enabling them to relax and enjoy speedy waiter service. Sarah Squire,…

  • Horticulture

    Kent & Stowe consolidate market position

    Kent & Stowe is an established and well-respected player in the garden tools market. As part of Westland Horticulture, they have benefited from major investment in new product development, resulting in market leading equipment which has generated incremental sales in key market sectors. Garden tools for every gardener With its unique heritage and history, Kent & Stowe tools have been built on tradition and crafted for life. The Garden Life Range of lightweight tools became an instant success and created a new sector for people from all walks of life who found this lighter weight range put the pleasure and…

  • Debbie

    Decco appoints Debbie Paterson as new area sales manager

    Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed respected hardware, DIY and garden operator, Debbie Paterson as its new area sales manager in Scotland. Debbie will be looking after Decco’s many home and garden customers in Fife, Angus and the West of Scotland. Based in Decco’s Perth depot Stuart and McIntosh, she will spearhead business development across the territory.  Debbie has more than twenty years’ experience in sales and sales management with the last six years specialising in DIY, home and garden products through the independent retail sector. Her most recent role was in sales management at Stax. Commenting…

  • saltex

    Makita UK returning to Saltex

    Makita UK will be returning to Saltex this year which takes places at the NEC in Birmingham 1-2 November 2017.  Makita will be on stand K190d within the BALI Zone. The BALI Zone features and promotes leading BALI Registered Affiliate and Contractor members.  Also confirmed for 2017 are Boningale Nurseries, M&M Timber, Green-tech, Ground Control and British Sugar TOPSOIL. The Makita UK stand will showcase the ever-growing garden machinery range suitable for professional landscaping contractors, groundsmen and forestry workers. “We are delighted to be joining the BALI Zone at this year’s Saltex and to be teaming up with other leading…

  • paving

    Kelkay share the love with new paving range

    Continuing the trend for natural paving, Kelkay have developed a new heart shaped stepping stone in their natural sandstone range. Richard Pyrah, sales director explained: “We’ve seen huge growth in the sales of concrete stepping stones in a range of designs over the past couple of seasons, and retailers frequently report these in their top selling landscape lines. With the recent trend for natural paving, it was a logical progression for us to develop stepping stones in natural materials too, and we have been amazed at the response to the launch last year of our Random Stepping Stones in several…

Features

your

Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer asks: Do you know how your customers are making purchase decisions?

Oct 27, 2016

The answer to this might seem simple. Consumers are buying plants from you because you’re giving them good, upfront advice, you have an outstanding garden furniture showroom or your Christmas displays are the best in your area. I don’t want to argue about this but it’s a bit too simplistic. GFK did a survey among consumers and how they made their purchase decisions, what resources they used and why they bought products. This survey is a very valuable source and can help you to make better decisions in regards to your marketing. So, first of all, how does the customer journey…

futures

HTA Garden Futures Conference 2016

Oct 13, 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,…

Hage

Garden Centre Retail attends the Van Hage Exclusive Christmas Preview event

Oct 5, 2016

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…

summer

We’re better together, aren’t we?

Aug 31, 2016

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…

summer

Squires Badshot celebrate 80th anniversary with summer evening garden party

Aug 17, 2016

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….

New cutting tools enliven the autumn trade

Aug 16, 2016

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…

GCR Feature: Enhance the customer journey to see loyalty bloom

Jul 26, 2016

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…

GCR Feature: Follow the money – diversify

Jul 23, 2016

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…

GCR Feature: People counter and measuring footfall

Jul 18, 2016

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…

GCR Feature: A quick bite: food service equipment

Jul 4, 2016

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…

News

Stunning

Stunning new Café Bar to open at Squire’s in Shepperton

Squire’s Garden Centre in Shepperton has unveiled exciting plans to open a stunning new Café Bar in early October. It will have new Raffles style décor, flooring, seating and lighting. There will be distinct seating areas to choose from including the main Café Bar, a sophisticated afternoon tea area with piano, a coffee lounge with relaxing sofas, plus a special family-friendly area. There’ll be a delicious new menu and a new style of service – where customers order at the till then take an electronic tracker to their table, enabling them to relax and enjoy speedy waiter service. Sarah Squire,…

Horticulture

Kent & Stowe consolidate market position

Kent & Stowe is an established and well-respected player in the garden tools market. As part of Westland Horticulture, they have benefited from major investment in new product development, resulting in market leading equipment which has generated incremental sales in key market sectors. Garden tools for every gardener With its unique heritage and history, Kent & Stowe tools have been built on tradition and crafted for life. The Garden Life Range of lightweight tools became an instant success and created a new sector for people from all walks of life who found this lighter weight range put the pleasure and…

Debbie

Decco appoints Debbie Paterson as new area sales manager

Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed respected hardware, DIY and garden operator, Debbie Paterson as its new area sales manager in Scotland. Debbie will be looking after Decco’s many home and garden customers in Fife, Angus and the West of Scotland. Based in Decco’s Perth depot Stuart and McIntosh, she will spearhead business development across the territory.  Debbie has more than twenty years’ experience in sales and sales management with the last six years specialising in DIY, home and garden products through the independent retail sector. Her most recent role was in sales management at Stax. Commenting…

saltex

Makita UK returning to Saltex

Makita UK will be returning to Saltex this year which takes places at the NEC in Birmingham 1-2 November 2017.  Makita will be on stand K190d within the BALI Zone. The BALI Zone features and promotes leading BALI Registered Affiliate and Contractor members.  Also confirmed for 2017 are Boningale Nurseries, M&M Timber, Green-tech, Ground Control and British Sugar TOPSOIL. The Makita UK stand will showcase the ever-growing garden machinery range suitable for professional landscaping contractors, groundsmen and forestry workers. “We are delighted to be joining the BALI Zone at this year’s Saltex and to be teaming up with other leading…

paving

Kelkay share the love with new paving range

Continuing the trend for natural paving, Kelkay have developed a new heart shaped stepping stone in their natural sandstone range. Richard Pyrah, sales director explained: “We’ve seen huge growth in the sales of concrete stepping stones in a range of designs over the past couple of seasons, and retailers frequently report these in their top selling landscape lines. With the recent trend for natural paving, it was a logical progression for us to develop stepping stones in natural materials too, and we have been amazed at the response to the launch last year of our Random Stepping Stones in several…

bunnings

£54m lost for Bunnings in first year running Homebase

The UK arm of the Australian garden centre chain Bunnings recorded a loss of £54m for last year, marking a difficult first 12 months in charge of former Argos stablemate Homebase. Bunnings bought the British DIY retailer in January 2016 for £340m, in the first stage of a £1.4bn sale of Homebase’s then parent company Home Retail Group. The remainder of the HomeRetail business, including the catalogue retailer Argos, was acquired by Sainsbury’s – the supermarket group that originally established Homebase in 1979. Bunnings has so far rebranded four of its 265 UK stores and has been undertaking a broader…

Simon

Glee 2017: Simon King confirmed as second keynote speaker

Joining Glee’s keynote roster in 2017 will be well-known naturalist, film maker, author and co-designer of several award-winning garden wildlife products, Simon King OBE. Simon will be presenting a special off-one session on Tuesday 12 September (2:10 – 2:30pm within Glee’s seminar theatre, Retail Lab) entitled ‘The Secrets to a Successful Wildlife Garden’. Never before has there been such a wide choice of products to help attract and support wildlife in your garden. Whether you have a square metre in the heart of the city or a rambling spread in suburbia, there are a host of interventions you can make…

CastClear®

CastClear® reveal smart new retail carton

CastClear® is a proven combination of both organic and unique nutrient materials large and small. It’s the solution to lawn worm cast problems and has been selling in garden centres since the autumn of 2011 via 350 retail stockists. Showcasing at Glee: CastClear® is rolling out a smart new retail carton into the garden retail sector this autumn. More details can be found at www.CastClear.co.uk where consumers can quickly locate their nearest stockist. Call 0871 234 3480 or email sales@CastClear.co.uk for further details.

Co

Brookes & Co get creative for Glee 2017

Brookes & Co, the leading UK- based PR and marketing company specialising in the home and garden sector, will be attending this year’s GLEE show in support of a number of its clients, including housewares gadgets company, Creative Products. Based in Staffordshire, Brookes & Co offers PR and marketing services from market research to website design to brand development. With over 30 years experience, the company is renowned for its in-depth knowledge of and insight into the home and garden market. Working with longstanding clients, such as the British Home Enhancement Association (BHETA), Grange Fencing and Eden Greenhouses, Brookes &…

taster

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…

remarketing

Garden Connect – Remarketing: be seen online by your customers

Consumers have a short memory: if they don’t see your brand for a while they will forget that you exist. Garden Connect is now introducing our Remarketing service which allows you to show your banners and advertisements to customers in your own geographical location, they will be shown on well-known websites like the BBC, Telegraph and Daily Mail.  And to make it even better you can try it for free for 3 months, if you visit our stand at GLEE or Four Oaks in September. What is remarketing? Every time that visitors open your website a small cookie is placed…

Nick

Interview with Glee’s keynote speaker, Nick Bailey

1. After 27 years’ experience in the horticultural industry, what continues to inspire you about gardening? I am often described as an expert in my field, but I see myself still a student in it. You never stop learning. It’s exciting to still be learning – every day, observing, even if not actually gardening. I enjoy plants and how the environment responds to them.  2. What have been some of the key learnings from your experiences overseas, having worked in Spain, South Africa and Australia?   There have been some key challenges: Plant supply – in UK & Europe we have a huge diversity…

rich

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…

product

Johnsons Lawn Seed to announce changes to salesforce and ground breaking new product

This Glee, Johnsons Lawn Seed – the UK’s leading grass seed brand – will launch its next bestseller to the market, accompanied by expert advice on maximising lawn seed sales and official announcements regarding its enhanced salesforce. The no.1 lawn seed supplier’s latest innovation comes after yet more developments in state-of-the-art seed production technology.  The new product will feature packaging in line with the rest of the Johnsons Lawn Seed range and work to bolster interest in garden centre lawn care offerings next season. Changes to the salesforce are to be announced at the show, demonstrations of an entertaining new…

ecofective

Sales agent network to boost ecofective drive into garden centres

Sipcam UK, which launched its ecofective range of environmentally friendly and natural feed, weed and control products earlier this year, has recruited a network of sales agents to help boost sales into garden centres. Nine experienced and well-known agents will cover the UK and ROI, working in cooperation with Decco (exclusive wholesaler) and handling merchandising and some direct selling where required.  A major thrust will be promoting the new sub range of seven child and pet safe labelled products that are also bee friendly. Since its launch at Glee 2016, the ecofective range has been well received by retailers recognising…

heart

Glee Green Heart grows again for 2017

Reflecting Glee’s ongoing growth, the show’s Green Heart is set to welcome its largest ever number of exhibitors including a wealth of returning and new names. Additionally, it will be celebrating the introduction of its first-ever Flemish Pavilion, plus providing a launchpad for some exciting new product innovations that are unlike any plant varieties seen before. Big name brands such as Wyevale Nurseries, Gardeners Kitchen, Chessum Plants, Golden Grove Nurseries, Anglo Aquatic Plants, , Channel Island Plants, Craigmarloch Nurseries, Darby Nursery Stock, H.S.Hommers, Hawkesmill, Javado, Kilworth Conifers, , Lovania Nurseries Ltd, Morleys Nurseries Ltd, New Leaf Plants, Van Poecke and…

Simon

Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board

Simon Fraser, managing director of Ben Reid & Co in Aberdeen, has been appointed to the HTA Board. With a Diploma in Horticulture and an HND in Commercial Horticulture Simon has worked for a number of nurseries and garden centres in Aberdeen, Lincolnshire, Kent and New Zealand. This was followed by a six-year stint managing the family forestry business before a number of roles outside the industry. Now as managing director of Ben Reid & Co Simon is the fourth generation of his family that have owned and managed this Aberdeen business. Simon has represented Scottish members on the HTA…

cooking

Kadai Firebowls® set to revolutionise outdoor cooking and leisure at GLEE 2017

Innovation is key to the great success of Kadai Firebowls® by Wilstone, who have been at the leading edge of fire bowl barbecuing for the last decade. Their approach brings together the traditional skills of artisan producers with innovative British designs that have shaped the way fire bowl cookery has evolved. Christo Mckinnon-Wood, co-founder and managing director of Wilstone explained: “The new Holi Grill is an example of innovation in action, our newly designed grill system will be incorporated into the Recycled Kadai Firebowl®, allowing wood or embers to be moved, stoked or replenished without the need to interrupt cooking…

WOLF-Garten

WOLF-Garten: Enjoy the fruits of your labour with ease

The WOLF-Garten multi-change® Tree Care Without a Ladder system makes harvesting fruit from even the tallest of branches easy, without ever having to take a foot off the ground. There are a range of handles to choose from, all of which can be used with any tool head from the entire multi-change® system. For fruit harvesting, the most versatile of these handles are telescopic, of which WOLF-Garten carry three models. The largest extends from a generous 220cm to a whopping 400cm – no fruit is out of reach with this handle! If what is needed is something that can be…

food hall

Webbs of Wychbold opens new food hall

A brand new food hall and restaurant has opened to the public at a garden centre near Droitwich. The project has now been completed at the Webbs of Wychbold in Worcester Road, and focuses on local foods and international produce. The new facility features an onsite butchery including a state-of-the-art Himalayan Salt Chamber, a cheese and deli counter, a gelato bar, a bakery and patisserie, a chocolate library, a wall of wine, local beers and ciders, Buxtons master butchers and a restaurant offering a wide selection of homemade hot dishes, salads, sandwiches, handmade cakes, and loose-leaf. Afternoon tea is served…

joyce

Joyce Oomen to cover green decorations at GrootGroenPlus 2017

Every year, the green decorations are an important eye catcher at trade fair GrootGroenPlus. Joyce Oomen of Blooming Business BV, who spoke at the trade fair last year and discussed rotating plants, will return this year to take care of the supervision and coordination of implementing the green decorations. Rotating plants as a specialisation Joyce Oomen is passionate about and fascinated by creating a gorgeous, blossoming rotating plant design. She has been trained as a flower arranger and she has grown into a full-fledged partner specialised in creating colourful planting for parkland gardens and festival gardens. She creates planting plans,…

sheeplands

Hare Hatch Sheeplands to expand legally

A garden centre near Wargrave is planning to add to its attractions after settling a long-running planning dispute. Rob Scott, the owner of Hare Hatch Sheeplands, wants to expand his farm shop, re-introduce a fishmongers and create a ‘cactus world’ feature as he is a specialist grower. He has submitted a planning application to Wokingham Borough Council, with whom he was involved in a five-year dispute that cost him thousands of pounds and a suspended prison sentence. A spokesman for the garden centre said: “By working closely with the council we hope to gain their approval for our plans and…

outdoor

Notcutts outdoor space gets royal seal of approval

Andrew Notcutt, great-grandson of the founder of Notcutts garden centres, and Notcutts operations director (North), Chris Coward, met HRH Princess Anne last week when she visited Halton Carers Centre in Runcorn. Notcutts garden centre Rivendell in Widnes has shown its support to the carers centre by donating potted flowers, hanging baskets, bulbs, pots and compost to create an attractive outdoor area for carers, their loved ones and staff to enjoy when they visit the centre. David Quigley, centre manager at Notcutts Rivendell said: “The carers centre in Halton does fantastic work in our local community and we were delighted to…

urban

Urban Jungle garden centre opens second branch in Beccles

After 17 years, garden centre and cafe Urban Jungle is aiming to bloom as it opens a second store – creating more than 15 jobs. Urban Jungle, which is based in Ringland Lane, Costessey, opened a new branch in Weston, near Beccles, on Saturday as it crossed the county border for the first time. The tropical plant nursery has also opened a second Café Jungle at the London Road site, which will serve organic food with all the vegetables grown on site. There have been 15 staff hired as part of the expansion and Urban Jungle said more jobs are in…

Ruxley

GCA Ruxley Rose finalists announced

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced today (August 11, 2017) the names of the finalist garden centres in its Ruxley Rose competition. The 20 centres all received top scores in the spring bedding and hardy nursery stock categories from the GCA’s spring inspections and have now been put through for autumn judging. Iain Wylie, GCA chief executive, said: “Our member garden centres received visits from our inspectors throughout the spring and their findings have determined 10 finalists in the Garden Centre (GC) category and 10 finalists in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category, who will go through to the…

Briers

Briers strengthens supply chain with expanded sales team

Fashion-led garden clothing and giftware company Briers has further increased investment in its sales management team, with new team members added following on from appointments made throughout the year to strengthen the supply chain.  The expansion of Briers’ workforce comes as the company experiences an increase in demand and expanded worldwide distribution. At the beginning of the season Briers appointed Charlotte Prentice from Suttons as national sales manager, with Chris Keightley as international sales manager. In the last twelve months the company also brought in Tahnee Miles as head of supply chain and Collette Pope as project manager. Tara Truman…

shrub

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…

Violas

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…

TrueFlame

SolarCentre to launc TrueFlame Solar Torch Light at GLEE 2017

TrueFlame is a beautifully designed solar powered torch light that produces a stunningly realistic flame effect after dark which is totally unique. Perfect for marking borders, flower beds and paths, the TrueFlame Solar Torch Light is fully automatic, wireless and completely solar powered. “We’ve been developing solar lights for over 10 years now, but I think this is probably the most exciting product we’ve ever launched and there’s a real buzz about it in the office” said David Eaton, managing director: “We’ve all seen solar lanterns with a flicker effect, but TrueFlame looks so real it is mesmerising. When people first see it they…

cream

Beefayre introduce new hand cream range

Beefayre – a leading UK manufacturer of quality homewares, scented candles, beauty and gifting products – is expanding its stunning product portfolio with the introduction of its new ‘Bee Garden’ hand cream collection. To celebrate this latest launch, all orders placed before September 1st will be subject to a 20% discount. Available in handy 60ml tubes, the new hand cream collection will feature the beautiful hand-drawn packaging designs that have become synonymous with the Beefayre brand. The hand creams will be available in four of Beefayre’s most popular fragrances – Honey Lily, Watermint & Rosemary, Bluebell, and Wild Fig –…

GroZone

Smart Garden’s GroZone setting the new standard in patio greenhouses

Innovation and modern, functional design is at the heart of everything Smart Garden does. The company’s latest offering, GroZone, is no exception. Launched last year, the original GroZone Max reinvented the humble patio greenhouse, repositioning it as a high-quality and credible part of the Grow Your Own category. This journey is set to continue with six new designs bolstering the portfolio in 2018. Launching to the garden retail market at Glee, these new greenhouse options will build on the design concept introduced in 2016, creating a truly comprehensive range for the coming season. The latest innovative designs will offer something…

STIHL

STIHL launches TV campaign

Leading gardening equipment manufacturer STIHL has made its television debut this month with a TV campaign that shows just how easy it is to whip your garden into shape with ‘STIHL-magic.’ In celebration of 90 years in business, as well as new innovations like the latest app controlled Viking iMow and the new cordless Lithium-Ion garden tool range, STIHL has partnered with UKTV in its first ever national TV advertising campaign. The ad sees the latest products in STIHL’s cordless range come to life in a sorcerer’s apprentice style concept, which demonstrates how the products allow you to create your…

futures

Garden Futures Conference 2017 line up announced

Garden retail – the great escape – is the theme for this year’s HTA Garden Futures Conference and Dinner, sponsored by Hozelock, which takes place on Wednesday 4 October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. This one day conference and dinner is aimed at all those from across the garden industry from business owners to directors and managers. The theme of this year’s one-day strategic event reflects the role of both gardens and garden centres as an escape and focuses on the benefits, positive role and unique opportunities that this provides for the industry. It also tackles key issues impacting the…

DM

Business opportunity for sale in Ayrshire with DM Hall

Sunnyside Nursery, a well-established family run lifestyle business in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, comprising a florist and garden centre business, together with owner’s accommodation, is on the market at a guide price of £595,000 with DM Hall, one of Scotland’s largest independent firms of chartered surveyors. The sale opportunity arises due to the impending retirement of the owners. The business, located to the east of Hazel Grove, a local road route within the Corsehill area to the east of the 16,000 population town, sits on almost a 7 acre site, with a garden centre complex, polytunnels and greenhouses. Large parts of the…

cutting

Wilkinson Sword set to showcase elite cutting collection at Glee 2017

Wilkinson Sword will be unveiling a premium range of cutting tools at GLEE 2017, the UK’s leading garden retail event, as well as celebrating some of the brand’s most successful products from the past year. The Elite Cutting Collection, launching at the show this year, is perfect for those looking to upgrade their tired old tools with something a bit special. The range is comprised of a refined selection of premium garden tools ready to provide cutting-edge performance, precision, and comfort. Individually crafted with superior Japanese SK3 steel blades, strong dual cast housing with integrated shock absorption system and lightweight…

Floradecora

Famous names sign up for Floradecora 2018

Fresh flowers and plants are gaining ever greater importance in the retail trade – whether as seasonal decoration for the home, for a festive table at birthdays, weddings and the like, as an attractive gift to take along as a guest – or, indeed, even as a fresh addition to product displays in the shop window and in the shop interior. The demand is for easy-care and long-lasting products, which give people an appetite for bringing more fresh greenery into the home or giving it as presents. In order to meet this increased demand and, at the same time, generate…