Perennial staff take on Great Wall to raise £6,000 for trade charity

Two members of the Perennial marketing and fundraising team are taking on the challenge of a lifetime as they prepare to tackle one of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Great Wall of China Read more

The Gardens Group gets ready to glisten and glow with return of award-winning Christmas displays

Promising meandering displays, glistening decorations and twinkly lights galore, The Gardens Group’s much-anticipated and award-winning Christmas displays will be unveiled this year at a number of special open evenings throughout October. Read more

Do Lancashire thieves have facilities for growing-on?

Thieves broke into Florna Plants, a wholesale plant nursery based in West Lancashire, taking primroses and mini cyclamen that were not ready for sale, prompting the nursery to ask, “do the thieves have facilities to grow them on?” Read more

The search is on for two new apprentices

One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries has announced this month (August 2018) that it is looking for two new apprentices. Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford is calling for people to apply for its two-year Horticultural Apprenticeship, which will start in September 2018. Read more

Carla Nash, Team Leader on the Moving Crew at Wyevale and Sam Lloyd, a first-year apprentice.

GCA announces Ruxley Rose finalists

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has today (August 8, 2018) announced the finalists in its annual Ruxley Rose competition. Twenty centres all received top scores in the spring bedding and hardy nursery stock categories from the GCA's spring inspections and have now been put forwards for autumn judging. Read more

Aylett Nurseries

Celebration raises £20,000 for children

A 65th birthday, a 30-year business milestone; and an OBE in recognition of his services to business and charity all paved the way for a lavish celebration for John Athwal OBE of Premier Decorations Ltd in June – raising more than £20,000 for his favourite Fence Club charity to help sick and disadvantaged children. Read more

John and Jito Athwal (pictured centre) together with their children, partners and grandchildren.

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

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

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

Garden Centres in the News

An example of when an event can backfire and two more garden centres look set to disappear into housing projects. Read more

Fire Brigade called to Wyevale’s Windlesham garden centre

The fire and rescue service was called to Wyevale’s Windlesham garden centre last week to rescue a man who was trapped upside down between two containers. Read more

Customers praise Trentham’s £1m new look

Blue Diamond completed a £1m refurbishment of Trentham Garden Centre at the end of March, winning the approval of its Staffordshire customers. Read more

Ivyline spread happiness at Glee by raising nearly £3000 for Greenfingers Charity

Leading indoor pot supplier, Ivyline, has been spreading happiness throughout 2018 which has led to a fantastic donation of nearly £3000 to Greenfingers Charity. Read more

James Brindle, Ivyline presented Linda Petrons, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Greenf

Smart has Christmas all wrapped up!

The Smart Warehouse team have been busy wrapping over 1,500 very large ‘Christmas Presents’ with tens of thousands of cartons of Three Kings stock arriving at customers’ premises in time for Christmas displays! Read more

Santa’s helpers delivering Christmas cheer

Wyevale Garden Centres partners up with The Royal British Legion for ‘Thank you’ Campaign

To mark the centenary year since the end of the First World War, Wyevale Garden Centres is partnering with The Royal British Legion, by joining their ‘Thank you’ campaign. Read more

Roger Mclaughlan, CEO, Wyevale GC & Rob Hogg-Thompson, Corporate Partnerships Officer, RBL.

Haskins Garden Centres top multiple categories at the Garden Centre Association South Thames regional awards

The garden centre group, Haskins, is celebrating after taking home several prestigious awards at this year's Garden Centre Association South Thames regional awards. Read more

Dogs welcome at popular Perthshire Garden Centre

Glendoick Garden Centre has joined an increasing number of retail establishments in allowing dogs on to the premises. Following help from Dog Friendly Perthshire, a “Dog Etiquette” notice has been produced to make sure all customers are able to enjoy their experience at Glendoick. Read more

Brian & Mrs Mc

Gardman are proud to be a Thank You partner to the RBL in Centenary Year

Today the Royal British Legion has launched a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed, and changed our world. Gardman have worked with the Royal British Legion now for several years as the products we produce resonate with consumers to support this charity. Read more

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

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

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

GCA names its top UK Garden Centres

The Garden Centre Association names its best garden centres by region. The overall winners will be revealed at its January conference at St. Andrews from January 22 until 25. Read more

Burston Garden Centre

Stylish new look at Squire’s in Long Ditton

Squire’s Garden Centre in Long Ditton has a stylish new look, following a £700,000 investment to make it bigger and better than before! Read more

Plant area with a new canopy

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