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

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

Jody Lidgard opens Greenfingers Garden in Grimsby Hospice

Award winning garden designer, landscaper and Greenfingers Charity Ambassador Jody Lidgard officially opened the new pirate themed garden at Andy’s at St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby on Tuesday 17th April. Read more

John Ashley from Greenfingers and Michelle Rollinson from St Andrews Hospice

Popular garden centre raises more than £2,550 for Countess Mountbatten Hospice

Haskins Garden Centre in West End has raised £2,563.26 for its charity partner, Countess Mountbatten Hospice. Read more

Popular garden centre raises money for Countess Mountbatten Hospice.

Jail for office manager who conned garden centre

An office manager who stole over £30,000 from Abergavenny Garden Centre by, among other things, setting up fake payees, gets jail. Read more

Volmary running for Life

The team at Volmary are well known locally for their charitable endeavours. In recent years they have contributed to local good causes such as the Wisbech Rose Fair, Parson Drove Pre-school and Wisbech in bloom to mention a few. Read more

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

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

Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition spreads its wings with new Innovation Award

Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition, which is sponsored by The Gardens Group, is now open for entry, and this year, there is a new award for gardens where innovation has blossomed. Read more

Picture credit: Ken Dolbear, MBE

Food at Webbs awarded Food Hall of the Year

Food at Webbs has been named Food Hall of the Year at this year’s prestigious Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Runners up included Ludlow Food Centre, Delifonseca Dockside, Fodder and Great Cornish Food Store. Read more

Thrive forms new partnership with The Pot Company to launch ‘Anniversary Planter’

The Pot Company, a leading wholesaler of planters to the Garden Centre industry, have recently announced the launch of The Anniversary Planter designed and developed in association with Thrive. Read more

New planter range celebrating 40 years of Thrive’s work

Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill nominates Alzheimer’s Society as its Charity of the Year

The team at Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill has announced it will be focusing its fundraising efforts towards supporting Alzheimer’s Society for another year. Read more

Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill nominates Alzheimer's Society as its Charity of the Year

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