Flowerbed design is out of this world!

Josie Bryant, age 6, from The Russell School has won Squire’s Garden Centres competition to design a flowerbed at Teddington Lock. Josie is the youngest ever winner of this annual competition in which local school children are invited to design a planting scheme for a flowerbed at the Environment Agency’s lock on the River Thames in Teddington. Read more

Sarah Squire with winner Josie Bryant & Andy Croxford from the Environment Agency.

Staff to hike and cycle in aid of Greenfingers

Twenty-four members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford are this month (July, 2018) calling for sponsorship as they physically challenge themselves in aid of a children’s charity. Read more

Hillier to the rescue in new charity garden transformation project!

Since 2016, two year old Sebastian Burrell, who lives in Fair Oak, near Winchester, has been undergoing treatment at the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital as well as receiving support from Wessex Cancer Trust. He and his family have been selected to receive a garden makeover from the Chelsea Flower Show world-record holder, Hillier Nurseries, this summer. Read more

Nursery staff beat the heat

The Harrogate Advertiser pictures staff at Johnsons of Whixley with complimentary ice creams from freezers installed around the nursery during the hot weather by the Richardson family. Read more

Landscape Associates ‘throws down the gauntlet’ for GO NUTS for HortAid 2018

Team competition is hotting up ahead of Perennial’s biennial GO NUTS for HortAid Challenge, which this year is sponsored by Gabriel Ash and takes place on 30 September in Dorking, Surrey. Read more

Rose sales lift 130% during Klondyke Festival

The Klondyke Group’s June Rose Festival lifted rose sales by over 130%, with related products, feeds and pest control also seeing a marked uplift. Read more

Deco-Pak sand raises money for Greenfingers

A cheque for £2,550 was presented to children’s hospice garden charity Greenfingers, as a donation from decorative aggregate specialist Deco-Pak at the GIMA Charity Golf and Activity Day (Thursday, 7th June).  Read more

Craig Hall and Rebecca Cox present cheque to Greenfingers Ambassador Colin Wetherley-Mein (centre).

SBM Life Sciences account manager and family raise hundreds for Greenfingers Charity

An account manager from natural home and garden care solutions supplier SBM Life Sciences recently took up the challenge of running the Hackney Half Marathon with his family to raise money for Greenfingers Charity. Read more

Peter Clowes and family complete the Hackney Half Marathon for Greenfingers Charity.

Zest 4 Leisure parent company one of 1000 companies to inspire Britain

The parent company of Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber garden products including furniture, arches, arbours and fencing, is featured in the London Stock Exchange Group 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2018 report. Read more

Steve Morgan, Managing Director of Zest 4 Leisure

New plant centre concept opens at Hatton Shopping Village!

Hatton Shopping Village in Warwick, the quintessentially English shopping village, has welcomed a new Plant Centre concept to its retail offer. ‘The Alfresco Style - Garden Boutique’ is run by Lottie Newitt, a gardening TV Presenter & Blogger and Director of Alfresco Style Ltd who took over the lease of the previous Garden Centre on 30 April. Read more

Lottie Newitt

Griffin Glasshouses present the company’s latest donation to the National Garden Scheme

Alan Titchmarsh joined Linda Lane, managing director of Griffin Glasshouses, to present the company’s latest donation to the National Garden Scheme which brings the total to more that £45,000. Read more

Hundreds of garden centres, community groups and schools involved with National Children’s Gardening Week

National Children’s Gardening Week 2018 is just around the corner now (26 May-3 June) and over 300 garden centres nationwide are joining in with events or the Facebook campaign that’s put fun gardening projects for children in front of nearly half a million parents, teachers and grandparents in the past month. Read more

Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone donates gardening equipment to Meadowfield Hospital’s mental health ward

Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone has partnered with Meadowfield Hospital in Worthing to donate gardening equipment and tools for Maple Ward, its mental health ward. Read more

Haskins GC in Roundstone donates gardening equipment to Meadowfield Hospital's mental health ward.

National Garden Scheme awards £50,000 to Horatio's Garden Oswestry

At the launch of National Garden Scheme’s 2018 Garden Visitor’s Handbook in London on March 15th, Horatio’s Garden was selected as one of the 2018 Garden and Health charities and was awarded £50,000 for the Horatio’s Garden Oswestry Appeal. Read more

Bunny Guinness

Thompson & Morgan and RHS Garden Hyde Hall team up
for a ‘Floral Fantasia’ this summer

Thompson & Morgan and RHS Garden Hyde Hall team up to create a fabulous garden for an event this summer, aptly named Floral Fantasia. Thompson & Morgan is transforming an area of the well-known RHS site near Chelmsford in Essex into a magnificent floral exhibition, showcasing many varieties of bedding plants. Read more

GARDENA unveils new Ambassador Stores in four locations across the UK

This year sees GARDENA, the leading European brand for high quality garden watering and tools, add two Ambassador Stores to its roster, with the aim of increasing brand presence and further boosting sales into garden centres in the UK market. Read more

Squire’s managers go back to the floor

Team members at Squire’s Garden Centres Group Office have been experiencing various roles across the business. Each employee was allocated one of Squire’s 15 garden centres to work at, with the Centre Manager choosing the job that they should do for the day. Called “Feet On the Floor” this programme came about following a suggestion in Squire’s annual employee survey. Read more

Martin Breddy, Sarah Squire and Karen Smith experienced different roles across the business.

Croft Primary School plans for Tatton

The RHS Tatton Flower Show is just around the corner and Bents Garden & Home is proud to be supporting a local primary school in its ambition to deliver a show garden at what is the North’s biggest celebration of gardens, flowers, horticulture and outdoor living. Read more

Stewart Garden announce winner of 'Win a £5,000 Garden Makeover' competition

Stewart Garden, part of the Global Keter Group, has announced the winner of its 'Win a £5,000 Garden Makeover' competition. Read more

Andy Burns MD Stewart Garden Russell Lester winner and Damien Wilson manager Harlow Garden Centre

Greenfingers charity bags cash from Squire’s

Greenfingers, a charity that creates magical gardens at children’s hospices, has bagged £4,219 thanks to Squire’s Garden Centres. Squire’s donated the proceeds of the government carrier bag tax to the charity, as well as money raised from a 12-hour “Plant-a-thon” that the Squire’s team took part in. Read more

Sarah Squire (Squire’s Deputy Chairman) with John Ashley (Greenfingers Chairman).

Independent garden centres at either end of the country expand

Building starts on a new garden centre in Honiton, while work is nearly completed on an additional retail building for Threaplands in Scotland. Read more

Scott (L) and Grant Higgins

Wyevale Nurseries reports the best May sales ever

Members of staff at one of the UK’s leading nurseries are celebrating this week after announcing it had the best May ever in its recorded trading history with sales up by 14% (2018). Read more

Adam Dunnett Sales Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries

Stewart Garden Programme deadline looms as National Children's Gardening Week approaches

Ahead of National Children's Gardening Week, 26 May to 3 June 2018, the Stewart Garden Schools programme is making a last call for primary schools interested in taking on gardening projects as their 6 July deadline for applications looms. Read more

Another garden centre fire

The store was burnt down last night at Fosters Garden Centre at Thrybergh, near Rotheram, requiring 25 firefighters to tackle the blaze.  The garden centre, machinery store and petrol station continue to trade. Read more

Solar helps power one of Europe’s largest garden centres

One of Europe’s largest garden centre has installed a 250 kWp solar PV array on the rooftop of its new building, which is now open to the general public. Bridgford Garden Centre, in Nottingham, now features the latest technology including underfloor heating and rainwater harvesting and is now also being powered by 925 solar panels. Read more

Mr Fothergill’s teams up with the RHS to send seeds to Syrian refugees

Mr Fothergill’s Teams up with the RHS to Send Seeds to Syrian Refugees. Hundreds of Syrian refugees from the Domiz Camp in Northern Iraq are benefiting from receiving 2,000 flower and vegetable seed packets, from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds. Read more

GREATsoils event hailed a success

One of the UK’s leading nurseries last Wednesday (May 16, 2018) helped to host an event dedicated to good soil management practice. Read more

Plants donated to 'Love Your Garden'

Hawkesmill Nurseries, the Warwickshire based family company, are over the moon to have been asked to donate a variety of plants to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to help with their new garden. Read more

BeeBot success for Kershaws Garden Centre

The BeeBot All in One Composter from Kershaw’s Garden Centre from Brighouse in West Yorkshire is set to feature at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This follows a challenge set by the HTA for retail members to create an innovative ‘robot’ composter to feature on The Great Escape – the industry feature within The Discovery Zone at this year’s show. Read more

The Beebot

Bee friendly family fun

Spend some quality time together this National Children’s Gardening Week (Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June, 2018). Read more

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