Q & A with Kimberley Hornby, MD of Hornby Whitefoot PR

Having represented some of the biggest businesses in the gardening industry, including leading trade organisations and charities, and heading up Glee’s PR team for the last ten years, it would be impossible to pitch Kimberley Hornby as a ‘rising star’. Read more

Kimberley speaking at a GIMA Day Conference

Keep your friends close but your enemies closer

You may remember the age old saying ‘Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.’ Well, Google is a friend and a foe in retail: a friend because you have access to an enormous marketplace, and a foe because they take away your business. In this article, I would like to highlight three of Google’s innovations which you should definitely keep an eye on. Read more

Selling more plants starts with Google

Do you want to sell more plants? Do you wonder how you can reach your target audience in a more efficient and affordable way? Or are you interested in learning how Google can help you to attract new customers to your garden centre? Visit Garden Connect at the HTA Plant Show to learn everything about Google and how it can help you to sell more plants online! Read more

5 top tips to make your garden centre mobile friendly

Edwin Meijer, founder of Garden Connect, gives you 5 top tips to help your garden centre survive in the mobile world. Read more

4 things you can learn from Amazon's new stores

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. Read more

5 things you didn’t know about e-commerce

The UK is the number 1 online shopping country of the world. Brits are spending more online than any other population in the world so there are plenty of opportunities for you to make that next step forward. In this article Garden Connect shows you 5 things you might not have known but can be very valuable for you. Read more

Barking for a landscaper or gardening services

Bark.com, the online service to find local services, has announced its launch into the gardening sector.  Gardenforum tried it and raised 3 credible leads in the first hour. Read more

GIMA Buying Group gets the go-ahead

The new GIMA Buying Group, mooted at their recent conference, is to go ahead with the aim of supplying a one-stop shop for members. Read more

Social media for the garden industry

There is a myriad of social media platforms these days which can be confusing and overwhelming to those not familiar with it. The garden industry can be conservative with the majority of garden retailers having always sold, promoted and interacted through bricks and mortar. The rise of social media as a PR and marketing tool cannot be ignored. Your customers are using social media and as a business so should you. Read more

Awareness campaign highlights deadly legionella hotspots

A Legionella Awareness Day campaign has uncovered that over 1300 cases of legionella have been reported in the UK since 2014, listing Greater London, Greater Manchester and Nottinghamshire as three of the areas most affected. Read more

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Greenhouse complex for flagship Waterdrinker: The Green Trade Center

Waterdrinker in the Dutch town of Aalsmeer has given the go-ahead for the construction of a Green Trade Center, to be completed by the end of this year. Read more

Perennial - Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society

We are the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture when times get tough. We provide free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from horticulture. Read more

HTA National Plant Show website renewed by Garden Connect

The HTA has appointed Garden Connect to renew its' National Plant Show website. Read more

5 tips to get the most out of your loyalty card!

The loyalty card is dead - hail to the loyalty card! The old fashioned plastic card is making a come back and offers garden centre a wide range of opportunities. Here are 5 tips from Garden Connect to get the most out of your loyalty card. Read more

Be aware: the ROBO customer is coming your way!

Behaviour of customers is changing these years more than it ever had: since thousands of years people gathered together in city centres to trade and purchase products – or more recently they visited a garden centre to purchase products. The internet is changing this but luckily the ROBO customer is coming to you soon – if you have a proper website in place. Read more

National Plant Show busier than ever

More people attended the first day of the HTA National Plant Show than on both days last year. We bring you chat from the aisles and some interesting innovations. Read more

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