Party for Perennial kick-starts HortAid 2018 with over £10,000 raised on the night

The Party for Perennial, which took place on Thursday 18 January at O’Neills in Central London, raised £10,000 on the night and ensured the charity’s annual fundraising campaign, HortAid, is off to a flying start. Read more

Call to the industry - Garden Re-Leaf Needs You!

With Garden Re-Leaf Day taking place across the country on Friday March 16th, Greenfingers is offering exciting sponsorship opportunities to businesses within the garden industry. Read more

Bob Hewitt - Garden Re-Leaf

Sign up for game of ‘fockey’ for Greenfingers Challenge Cup

Garden centre and horticultural industry staff are this month (January, 2018) being asked to sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference. Read more

L-R)  Ian Flounders, Julian Winfield and Bob Hewitt present a cheque to John Ashley.

Volunteering in nature is good for your health!

Volunteering outdoors in the garden could boost your mental health and keep you fit and healthy, and the good news is that garden therapy charity Thrive is looking for more people to come and help at all three of its regional centres in Reading, London and Birmingham. Read more

Tina with Anthony

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. Read more

Colleagues gather at Notcutts’ head office to celebrate the company’s 120th anniversary.

Ivyline and Greenfingers, anyone for tea?

Leading indoor pot supplier Ivyline are pleased to announce their first tie up with the Garden Industry charity Greenfingers. Read more

Green-tech meets I’m a celebrity for a Crimbo Bush Tucker Trial

Never one to hide their talents under the bushel the Green-tech team has once again shown why they are a much loved supplier to the landscaping industry. Read more

Bush tucker trial will it be you

Perrywood Garden Centre spreads Christmas Cheer across North Essex

Up to 20 deserving individuals will enjoy a surprise this festive season as Tiptree based garden centre, Perrywood, embarks on its Christmas Cheer campaign. Read more

Haskins Garden Centre and Alzheimer’s Society encourage local school to design Christmas cards for those with dementia

Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill has teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society to encourage children at Fairway Infant School to create Christmas cards for people with dementia. Read more

Husband and wife Bill and Margaret Wilkins with Tim Wilkins Alzheimer's Society Service

Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone gives chocolate to Wadars Animal Rescue volunteers for Christmas

Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone has partnered with Wadars Animal Rescue to spread festive cheer to volunteers that give up their time to support animals in distress or danger over Christmas. Read more

Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone gives chocolate to Wadars Animal Rescue volunteers for Christmas

Fire and theft disrupt Garden Centres' Xmas trading

Webbs was ramraided, Father Christmas had to flee a blazing grotto at Notcutts and thieves have been active as garden centres get busy for Christmas. Read more

Investment pays off for Creative Gardens

Creative Gardens beats the GCA averages following improvement works. Overall, almost as many centres were down in July as up. Read more

Creative Gardens' house plants area

Garden centres making the headlines around the country

Garden centres have made headlines in their areas for reasons as different as a fire, planning permission for housing, giving a facelift to a hospital garden and pleading not guilty to breaching planning laws.  Read more

Fire at Solent Nurseries

Petersham Nurseries to open in Covent Garden

Petersham Nurseries is to bring its passion for organic gardening, culinary excellence, ethical and sustainable sourcing to the heart of London in a new Floral Court luxury retail and residential development. Read more

Petersham Nurseries Courtyard

GCA names best Garden Centres for Plants

The GCA has named the regional winners in the competition to find the best plant retailers. The garden centres will face a second inspection before the national winners are declared in January. Read more

Barton Grange Garden Centre

Blue Diamond Redfield’s Home and Garden Centre raised £12,756 for charity

Rachel and Paula were able to hand a cheque for £12,756 to Vanessa Beech from the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Read more

Rachel & Paula and the team at Redfield’s, handing a cheque for £12,756 to Vanessa Beech, Phyllis

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

Squire’s customers raise over £21,300 for local charities

The fantastic Christmas grottos at Squire’s Garden Centres have helped raise £21,380.30 for numerous local charities. Squire’s customers donated this huge sum of money while visiting Santa in his grotto over the Christmas period. Read more

Holding the cheque are Andrew Jones, Laura Tough and Mark Morley from Squire’s

Perrywood presents cheques for over £14,000 to centre’s 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. Read more

Christmas trading patterns have changed

Christmas buying is getting earlier and overall sales have dropped in many centres, not helped by snow on the peak live tree weekend, closing some centres. Despite this, overall garden centre sales are up for 2017. Read more

Snow affected Christmas Tree sales

Make Garden Re-Leaf your New Year’s Resolution and sign up now!

Each year we endeavour to be better, eat better and exercise better. Make this the year you succeed by signing up to one of the Garden Re-Leaf challenges to raise money for Greenfingers Charity. Read more

Helen and Douglas House - Nathan and Greenfingers Gnome

The Klondyke Group are delighted to be involved in Mission Christmas

The Klondyke Group are delighted to be involved in Mission Christmas, the largest annual toy appeal in the UK, which is run by Cash for Kids. Read more

Cash for kids bin

A round-up of 2017, a year dominated by Brexit and Xylella

2017 started with a flourish but lost momentum and settled to be an OK year. Suppliers worried about Brexit, the living wage, higher costs and Wyevale. Retailers and growers worried about Xylella. Takeover activity reached new peaks among suppliers, but no major garden centres changed hands. The industry said goodbye to some old friends. Read our review – (open to non-subscribers). Read more

Dogs met Santa at Squire’s!

Squire’s Garden Centres recently held a special “Santa Paws” event for dogs to meet Santa and have their photo taken with him! It was free for dogs to meet Santa but many people kindly donated money to support Squire’s local charities. Read more

Santa Paws

Thrive gardeners in the Christmas spirit

Gardeners from Thrive were delighted to be able to choose their own real Christmas tree from Notcutts Garden Centre, near Oxford. Read more

Tree-mendous effort by local schools

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced that Long Ditton St Mary’s Junior School has won first prize in their “Decorate A Christmas Tree” competition. Read more

Children from Long Ditton St Mary’s School next to their winning tree at Squire’s

Plans for new Honiton GC look set for approval

Planning officials have recommended that plans for a new garden centre on the outskirts of Honiton are approved. Which means it could be trading by next spring. Read more

The new Bridgford Garden Centre rises from the ground

We have been sent a picture of the new Bridgford Garden Centre, near Nottingham as the steel is erected. It looks massive. Read more

Caution after a buoyant Easter

Garden centres report an excellent Easter and April with sales up 40% on last year and storm Katie. But chief executives tell us, “We must keep our feet on the ground,” and it will get tougher, with increased competition and inflation. Read more

2016 - a year of change

2016 saw second tier garden centre chains and independents invest as Wyevale consolidated. Homebase and Argos are sold. The HTA moved offices and moved to become the lead association for all gardening related businesses. Glyphosate, Xylella and the weather made frequent headlines. Scotts and Bayer looked for a way out of distributing consumer garden chemicals. Read our review – open to all. Read more

Bunnings buys Homebase

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