‘Popular’ Garden Centre’s Grotto to save lockdown Christmas in Colchester

As many upcoming events are cancelled, Poplar Nurseries secures socially distanced Santa visit to bring festive cheer to town. Read more

Santa Elf at Poplar Nurseries Colchester 2019

Baytree Garden Centre celebrate 50 years

Reinhard and Vonnie Beihler celebrate Baytree 50 years growing from a stall at the side of the road to the largest independent garden centre in the region. Read more

New Food Hall opens at Squire’s in Wokingham

Squire’s Garden Centre on Heathlands Road in Wokingham has expanded its current food selection by opening a new Food Hall in space recently vacated by a clothing concession.    Read more

Matt Tanner, Manager at Squire's Wokingham

Online plant marketplace launches to support small business

New online marketplace connects Londoner’s with local and independent plant sellers.  It provides an online presence for small businesses and independent sellers that traditionally trade at physical markets Read more

Treat your mask like underwear

Stewarts garden centres are using humour to help underline the message that everyone will be wearing masks.  Read more

Dobbies to open restaurants across the UK

Dobbies reveals measures in place to open its 68 restaurants across the UK from Friday 3rd, in Northern Ireland, and England to following day, overseen by a safety champion at each store. Read more

Tragic accident at Westland’s Dungannon factory

The BBC has reported that a man has died in what has been described as a "tragic accident" at Westland's peat plant in Dungannon, County Tyrone.  Read more

Business as usual after fire at Cook’s Garden centre

Cook’s Garden Centre is open as normal after a fire on Friday afternoon destroyed a check out area and glasshouse, including a gold medal winning Chelsea flower show stand. Read more

Fire at Johnsons Garden Centre (Updated)

Fire broke out at Johnsons Garden Centre near Boston on Sunday, causing smoke to billow above the site. Read more

Garden centres receive top awards at GCA conference

Garden centre staff across the country are celebrating after receiving awards at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in Bristol yesterday (Monday, January 27, 2020). Read more

Bents Garden and Home - Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Creativity and Innovation winners.

Dobbies to consider float in a year or so UPDATED

Dobbies says that its underlying sales are around £300m after acquisitions and 5% like for like growth. Chairman Andrew Bracey says it will look to float on the Stock Exchange “in a year or so”. Read more

Spate of thefts hits garden centres

Garden centres in West Yorkshire, the Midlands and Northumberland have been hit by a series of break ins, where goods are being stolen to order. Read more

Photo: Northumbria Police

Massive fire at Birmingham garden furniture warehouse

A large fire has destroyed a warehouse at Tyseley in the West Midlands belonging to an importer of rattan garden furniture. Read more

Photo: British Transport Police

Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

Bents and Cowells take the top GCA plant awards

Bents and Cowells top the first day’s awards at the 2018 GCA conference. Also prominent were Fairways of Ashbourne, Stratford and Barton Grange Garden Centres. Read more

Ruxley Rose (Destination Garden Centre category) – Bents Garden & Home

The Greener Gardening Company to support gardening charity Perennial

The Greener Gardening Company has pledged to help raise the profile of gardening charity Perennial – with sales of its leading range of Richmoor garden professional growing media set to generate vital funds. Read more

Palmers Garden Centre wins prestigious National Family Business Awards

Enderby-based Palmers Garden Centre were recently named as winners at the annual celebration of the Family Business Awards hosted by Family Business United. Read more

Caroline and Robert (centre) with Team Members from Palmers Garden Centre

Greenfingers says “Thank You”

Greenfingers says “Thank You” to the UK’s “amazing” Gardening Industry…..and to the Smart Team for their support! Read more

Linda from Greenfingers Charity with Paris and other members of the Smart Team.

BGC to restore Treasures of Tenbury

As the new owners of Burford House and Gardens, the former home of Raymond Evison and the National Clematis Collection, BGC want this again to be a horticultural treasure. Read more

Burford House

The Midland's biggest drive-in cinema comes to Webbs

Webbs of Wychbold will open what it claims is the Midlands' biggest drive-in, set in the garden centre car park. Read more

Oldrids store in Boston to close

Oldrids’ Boston store is to close, the garden centre in Grantham continues to trade. Read more

Garden centre and other news around the country

The Duchess of Cambridge at Fakenham Garden centre, in Hello feature. Another Norfolk garden centre is for sale, while the Sunday Telegraph warns against buying plants on Amazon. Read more

Garden Centre in Bury St Edmunds to close

Marlows Home and Garden Centre in Bury St Edmunds is to close, blaming poor trading conditions caused by Coronavirus. Read more

Gifting Plants to Frontline NHS Workers

Webbs, Bransford Webbs and Plant Love UK have joined forces to show their gratitude to the hardworking staff at Worcestershire Royal Hospital by donating free plants to brighten their homes and gardens. Read more

Garden Centres of Excellence - winners announced at GCA conference

The winners of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) most prestigious awards including its Garden Centres of Excellence were announced at its annual conference yesterday (Tuesday, January 28, 2020). Read more

Barton Grange Garden Centre - Destination Garden Centre of the Year

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. Read more

News from garden centres around the UK

News from garden centres around the UK includes a father and son locked in at Endsleigh, expansion of two charity garden centres and permission for housing on a popular garden centre. Read more

Grimsby Garden Centre to double in size

Plans submitted for two 2 massive garden centres

Plans have been submitted for an 8500 sq m. Blue Diamond garden centre on the Elveden Estate, while further plans have been submitted for the 53 acre outlet village and garden centre near Tewkesbury. Read more

Tewkesbury visuals

GCA reveals its ‘Garden Centres of Excellence’ winners

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) revealed the winners of its most prestigious awards at its annual conference including its 10 Garden Centres of Excellence and the Garden Centres of the Year. Read more

Destination Garden Centre of the Year - Bents Garden and Home

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

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