January 21, 2018

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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

  • garden centre

    Garden centre in Devon wows customers with new cafe offering including ‘free from’ treats

    A garden centre in Devon is wowing its visitors with not only quality, locally-produced food but also delicious vegan, gluten and dairy-free options to meet every dietary need. St John’s Garden Centre is a family business that has been running for more than 50 years, and has grown in popularity thanks to its newly-revamped Conservatory Café. Now run by the three Oliver brothers – Nick, Simon and Tom – the centre began as a smallholding for planting, harvesting and selling vegetables from its site at the bottom of St John’s Lane. It has since gone from strength to strength and now boasts…

  • Catshill

    Catshill garden centre donates trees to Dudley Zoo

    Big cats at Dudley Zoo will soon have a ‘tree-mendous’ addition to their new enclosure, thanks to a Catshill garden centre. Surplus potted Christmas trees from Willowbrook Garden Centre in Stourbridge Road are due to be planted in the new £100,000 extension to the snow leopard enclosure. The Castle Hill zoo’s assistant curator, Jay Haywood, said: “We’re extremely grateful for Willowbrook Garden Centre’s generous donation of more than a dozen potted fir trees, of all shapes and sizes, which is an enormous help to us. “We’re currently putting the finishing touches to the snow leopard’s enclosure, which we’re aiming to complete by…

  • Bents

    Shoulder To Soldier makes plans at the Bents community allotment

    Bents Garden & Home has teamed up with Shoulder to Soldier, donating a plot at its community allotment site to the Leigh based charity, which dedicates it’s time to supporting serving personnel, their families and veterans. Shoulder to Soldier was formed in June 2017, and is committed to providing support, practical advice, financial relief and social welfare for those who are serving or who have served in our armed forces.  It was a veteran who suggested the use of an allotment to help improve mood and motivation and within 24 hours of making the request a plot was donated by…

  • Perrywood hands over £14,000 worth of cheques to charities

    Perrywood presents cheques totalling over £14,000 to chosen charities

    On Monday 15 January, Tiptree based Perrywood presented cheques totalling a value of over £14,000 to its chosen charities at the garden centre: Mid and North Essex Mind, Marie Curie and Greenfingers. Throughout 2017, Perrywood’s staff and customers raised a total of £14,334.73 for the three charities. This total was presented to the charity representatives Jenny MacPherson and Stephanie Mills of Mid and North Essex Mind, Val Kruse and Irvine Turner of Marie Curie and Mandy Rooke of Greenfingers. These funds were raised throughout last year through a range of activities involving staff and customers including a tea party, quiz…

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    BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner

    Radio and TV comedian Jo Caulfield will be compering the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) conference awards’ dinner this month (January, 2018). Jo, who is also a comedy writer, has worked on some of the biggest shows and with some of the top names in British comedy. Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “Not only has Jo been the regular warm-up performer for the BBC’s ‘Have I Got News For You’ for many years, she has appeared as a guest on the show, as well as on ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’. She has also appeared…

Features

curb

Stocking items that boost a home’s curb appeal

Feb 15, 2017

Garden Centre Retail magazine hears from Chris Hopkins, commercial director of Turnbull, for his expert opinion on what to stock within a garden centre. Before guests and potential buyers have even stepped foot in a home, their impression is being shaped by a property’s curb appeal. A home’s frontage has an immediate impact on people, so curb appeal cannot be understated — but improving it doesn’t necessarily mean expensive renovations. It means making sure a home’s outdoor area is up to scratch and well maintained, so it looks picturesque and accessible to guests and passers by. Some polishing and trimming…

impulse

How to maximise impulse sales

Feb 9, 2017

Garden centre retail asks The Display Centre’s Ali Newton about the importance of visual merchandising, and why garden centres should be on the lookout for impulse barriers on their shop floor. What is an impulse buy? “When a customer buys something that isn’t on their shopping list, something they didn’t plan to buy but saw and decided to get on the spot, that’s an impulse purchase” Ali clarifies. Impulse buys can account for a significant amount of turnover within any retail outlet, Ali continues, and should be maximised wherever possible: “There are three really key tactics for making an impulse…

amazon

Edwin Meijer – four things you can learn from Amazon’s new shops

Dec 14, 2016

You’re aware that your customers are behaving a little bit different than 10 years ago and that’s mainly because of the internet. For every purchase, Google gives us 100 alternatives and at least 25 shops to order from. And you can access it anywhere, anytime. So, in light of this, what does the garden centre of the future look like? Taking a look at Amazon helps a lot: not their webshop but the 2,000 grocery shops they plan to open! Garden Connect gives you 4 things to learn from Amazon. Why would they do that? You might think the high…

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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….

News

garden centre

Garden centre in Devon wows customers with new cafe offering including ‘free from’ treats

A garden centre in Devon is wowing its visitors with not only quality, locally-produced food but also delicious vegan, gluten and dairy-free options to meet every dietary need. St John’s Garden Centre is a family business that has been running for more than 50 years, and has grown in popularity thanks to its newly-revamped Conservatory Café. Now run by the three Oliver brothers – Nick, Simon and Tom – the centre began as a smallholding for planting, harvesting and selling vegetables from its site at the bottom of St John’s Lane. It has since gone from strength to strength and now boasts…

Catshill

Catshill garden centre donates trees to Dudley Zoo

Big cats at Dudley Zoo will soon have a ‘tree-mendous’ addition to their new enclosure, thanks to a Catshill garden centre. Surplus potted Christmas trees from Willowbrook Garden Centre in Stourbridge Road are due to be planted in the new £100,000 extension to the snow leopard enclosure. The Castle Hill zoo’s assistant curator, Jay Haywood, said: “We’re extremely grateful for Willowbrook Garden Centre’s generous donation of more than a dozen potted fir trees, of all shapes and sizes, which is an enormous help to us. “We’re currently putting the finishing touches to the snow leopard’s enclosure, which we’re aiming to complete by…

Bents

Shoulder To Soldier makes plans at the Bents community allotment

Bents Garden & Home has teamed up with Shoulder to Soldier, donating a plot at its community allotment site to the Leigh based charity, which dedicates it’s time to supporting serving personnel, their families and veterans. Shoulder to Soldier was formed in June 2017, and is committed to providing support, practical advice, financial relief and social welfare for those who are serving or who have served in our armed forces.  It was a veteran who suggested the use of an allotment to help improve mood and motivation and within 24 hours of making the request a plot was donated by…

Perrywood hands over £14,000 worth of cheques to charities

Perrywood presents cheques totalling over £14,000 to chosen charities

On Monday 15 January, Tiptree based Perrywood presented cheques totalling a value of over £14,000 to its chosen charities at the garden centre: Mid and North Essex Mind, Marie Curie and Greenfingers. Throughout 2017, Perrywood’s staff and customers raised a total of £14,334.73 for the three charities. This total was presented to the charity representatives Jenny MacPherson and Stephanie Mills of Mid and North Essex Mind, Val Kruse and Irvine Turner of Marie Curie and Mandy Rooke of Greenfingers. These funds were raised throughout last year through a range of activities involving staff and customers including a tea party, quiz…

comedian

BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner

Radio and TV comedian Jo Caulfield will be compering the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) conference awards’ dinner this month (January, 2018). Jo, who is also a comedy writer, has worked on some of the biggest shows and with some of the top names in British comedy. Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “Not only has Jo been the regular warm-up performer for the BBC’s ‘Have I Got News For You’ for many years, she has appeared as a guest on the show, as well as on ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’. She has also appeared…

Paradise Park

Paradise Park Garden Centre supports town academy

Paradise Park is helping Breakwater Academy in Newhaven to reward pupils who had achieved 100 per cent attendance in their school terms. It approached Paradise Park Garden Centre, part of the family-run Tates of Sussex group of garden centres, who stepped in to help with suitable gifts for the pupils aged between fiveand 11. Sales director Mark Gilbert said: “Tracey Fontaine from the academy contacted us recently with this idea and we were delighted to help out and encourage good attendance at school.” source

Wyevale

New roads mean workers facing job losses at Willesborough Wyevale garden centre

Twelve people could lose their jobs when a garden centre is demolished to make way for the new junction 10a. The Willesborough Wyevale site, just off the A20 opposite the Pilgrims Hospice in Ashford, will shut on Sunday. Firm bosses say they have been unable to find a suitable new home for their business, meaning staff at the centre could be out of a job. Spokesman Sarah MacRory said: “We have evaluated alternative locations for our business but have found nothing suitable. “There are 12 people currently employed by Wyevale at the Ashford garden centre, and we have entered into a…

Bonningtons

Bonningtons Announces New Website Launch

Published by Phil Every Bonningtons Plastics Ltd, the Nottingham based importer and distributor of home, gardening and leisure goods, has launched a new e-commerce website. Developed to make ordering online much easier and more reliable than ever before, the website provides the most accurate stock information to date, which is particularly essential for the company’s wholesale, retail and e-commerce customers. Since implementing the hourly warehouse-to-website stock feed, the company reports a significant improvement in order fulfilment rates and customer satisfaction. Being fully responsive, the website is mobile friendly, so customers now find it much easier to order online at a…

Long Ditton

Squire’s in Long Ditton is Garden Centre of the Year

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced the winners of their annual garden centre awards. With 15 centres across the South East competition was tough, but Squire’s in Long Ditton came out top and won the double – best Garden Centre and best Café Bar of the year. They also won top awards for their Christmas Department and Pets & Aquatics Department. The awards were voted for by the senior management team at Squire’s, and are based on results as well as customer feedback. Anne Deadman, Manager at Squire’s in Long Ditton, received the trophies from Chairman Colin Squire and Deputy Chairman…

Dunbar

Donkey Sanctuary thanks Dunbar Garden Centre visitors for their festive support

Kind-hearted customers have donated more than £1,000 at Dunbar Garden Centre to help donkeys. Visitors to the garden centre handed over £1,252.50 over the festive period, with the money going towards The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary. The charity, near Melrose, aims to provide permanent accommodation for donkeys and mules in need of re-homing, whether as a result of rescue from cruelty or neglect or because the owners could no longer care for them. source

Farplants

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…

Notcutts

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…