Yorkshire business helps bees get their buzz back

A family-run business in Yorkshire is doing its bit to help boost the UK’s bee population, by hosting colonies of bees on site at their plant nursery. Read more

Wyevale Nurseries up 14% on March sales

One of the UK’s leading nurseries in Hereford is celebrating this month (April, 2017) after its March sales were up by 14% compared to the same month the year before. Read more

Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director, Wyevale Nurseries

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

Johnsons hails successful first year of Scottish partnership

National plant supplier Johnsons Garden Centre Sales, part of the York-based Johnsons of Whixley Group, has worked alongside leading Scottish nursery Craigmarloch Nurseries Ltd, to achieve a significant sales increase during the first year of the companies’ partnership. Read more

Craigmarloch 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

Castle Gardens’ 30th anniversary celebrations opened by The Mayor of Sherborne

The Mayor of Sherborne, Councillor David Birley, officially opened Castle Gardens’ 30th anniversary celebrations on Saturday 1 April with a cake cutting ceremony, which was attended by customers old and new, local businesses and friends of the garden centre. Read more

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Castle Gardens

Europe’s Strongest Man hopefuls prepare with help of horticulture company

World-class competitors from the Strongman circuit, including Game of Thrones star Thor Bjornsson, have been preparing for the upcoming Europe’s Strongest Man competition with the help of leading commercial nursery business Johnsons of Whixley. Read more

24 Zest 4 Leisure employees to tackle Manchester Marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK!

Zest 4 Leisure part of the P&A Group of companies based in Mold, North Wales last month announced Cancer Research UK as its new chosen charity for 2017. Read more

P&A employees all taking part in the Manchester Marathon on Sunday.

Making the grass greener on the other side with new electric vehicle charge point at Poundbury Gardens

Electric and hybrid vehicles can now be recharged at Poundbury Gardens, following the installation of a new Rolec Sercuricharge charge point. Read more

(L-R) Jon Nash, Mike Burks & Lucy Simpson with the new charge point outside Poundbury Gardens.

Garden Re-Leaf – where the money goes

“Garden Re-Leaf Day was a really good event with lots of new people taking part,” said Linda Petrons, head of fundraising at the Greenfingers charity. See pictures and stories and see where the money goes. Read more

Guests at Robin House on the new Pirate Ship

Enter this year's GIMA Awards and book your place at the Gala Dinner

Entries are now being taken for this year's GIMA Awards and join colleagues and customers for the GIMA Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 13th July at the Celtic Manor Resort. Read more

Mega Plant-athons for Garden Re-Leaf Day

The Garden Re-Leaf Day Plant-athons this year will look to bring an added element of excitement to garden centres when they begin towards the end of next week (from 16th March). Featuring inter-store competitiveness, a father and son team, and tests of stamina and speed - this year’s participants will be looking to raise more than £23,000 for Greenfingers. Read more

Richard Cumming and son Robbie

Haxnicks series of events featuring Pippa Greenwood get off to a great start

A programme of events, sponsored by Tildenet brand Haxnicks, have begun with Pippa Greenwood speaking to packed audiences at Haskins’ Ferndown and West End Centres. Read more

Fordingbridge innovation at Almondsbury and Hillier

Fordingbridge is working with Hillier on several of their sites and has recently added a large walkway at Almondsbury. Read more

The barrel-vaulted walkway was covered using Opal 60 Fabric

Transplant Division celebrates 30th anniversary 

Staff at Wyevale Nurseries’ Transplant Division recently (March, 2017­) celebrated the 30th anniversary of the company’s opening. Read more

(L-r) Steve Ashworth, Ray Jenkins and Jules Griffiths celebrate the Division’s 30th anniversary.

Champagne Taittinger selects Burgon & Ball groundbreaker spades for historic planting

Burgon & Ball has helped world-famous Champagne house Taittinger make history by providing the spades to break first ground at a new vineyard in Kent – the first planting in the UK by a Grande Marque Champagne house. Read more

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger and Patrick McGrath of Hatch Mansfield break ground at a new UK vineyard.

Gardening is hungry work…Klondyke opens new restaurant at Brookside Garden Centre

The new build restaurant is part of an ongoing redevelopment project of the full garden centre site and offers a fantastic dining experience for 220 covers. Read more

Ferndown’s Haskins Garden Centre selects Dorset Mind as charity partner

Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown has selected local mental health charity Dorset Mind as its charity partner to support in 2017. Read more

Dorset Mind at Haskins Garden Centre

Bents donates £30k to Epilepsy Action

Bents Garden & Home once again wishes to thank its customers for their enormous generosity in helping the Centre to raise a fantastic £30K for Epilepsy Action; its charity of the year 2016. The figure once again breaks all fundraising totals since the Centre launched its Charity of the Year initiative in 2005. Read more

25 employees from Zest 4 Leisure complete Manchester Marathon to raise funds for Cancer Research UK

Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber products, has raised thousands of pounds after completing the Manchester Marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK. Read more

Cardwell’s April Fool gets people talking

There was a serious plan behind an April Fool spoof by Cardwell Garden Centre. Featured in the Greenock Telegraph evening newspaper, it had some people fooled and even more laughing. Read more

Wyevale Nurseries loans plants for WellChild fundraiser

A charity fundraiser taking place in Cirencester next month (April, 2017) has had a helping hand from one of the UK’s leading nurseries. Read more

Adrian Hoare, Wyevale Nurseries

Family-run Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire celebrates 25 years in business

With 25 years of growth on record, turnover approaching £10m and 10,000 customers through the doors every week, Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire looks and tastes very much like a family business success story. Read more

Staff at Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire celebrate the family firm’s 25th birthday.

Mayor of London encourages green-fingered young gardeners at Ideal Home Show

Writtle University College wins the 2017 Young Gardeners of the Year Award sponsored by BriteLite at this year's Ideal Home Show sponsored by Zoopla. Read more

Durstons’ Director completes 630 mile coastal walk

Director, Steve Durston of Durston Garden Products has recently completed a challenge he set himself six years ago which was to walk the UK, 630 mile West Coastal Path running from Studland Bay in Dorset to Minehead in Somerset. Read more

Steve with a bottle of champagne from his wife. He since received an official Completion Certificate

33 years of garden delights at Squire's Hersham

Squire’s Garden Centre in Hersham celebrated the official launch of their newly extended and refurbished garden centre last Friday 17th March, which is exactly 33 years to the day since it first opened in 1984! Read more

Nigel Shipley, Sarah Squire, Mayor of Elmbridge Tannia Shipley, Colin Squire, Tim Spearman

Koi Carp worth £7,725 stolen from Squire’s Garden Centres

On Friday 10th March ten extra large Koi Carp and one Sturgeon were stolen from the display pond at Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea, near Farnham. Intruders broke in late on Friday evening, and took these very valuable fish, which are worth a total of £7,725. Read more

Koi Carp at Squire’s before the theft.

Scotsdales hosts over 165 guests for ‘Ladies Night’ charity event

Cambridge-based garden centre, Scotsdales, kicked off its year of charitable initiatives yesterday evening with a ‘Ladies Night’ event that raised over £1,245 for Breast Cancer Now and Greenfingers Charity. Read more

Stewart Garden Schools Campaign grows by 75% as 174 schools sign up for 2017 

Stewart Garden’s Schools Campaign for 2017 is up and running. And it’s bigger than ever. This year sees the fifth Stewart Garden Schools Campaign and 174 schools have signed up to take part. That’s up from just over 100 last year – an increase of around 75 per cent. Read more

Val Bourne well known garden writer

Official opening of Squire’s Garden Centre in Chertsey

Squire’s Chairman, Deputy Chairman and the Mayor of Runnymede Councillor Alan Alderson officially opened the new Squire’s Garden Centre in Chertsey on Wednesday 1st March. Read more

L-R: Colin Squire, Alan Alderson (Mayor of Runnymede), Matt Tanner, Martin Breddy & Sarah Squire.

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