Scotts Miracle-Gro donates its 2016 Chelsea Flower Show garden

Scotts Miracle-Gro has donated its 2016 Chelsea Flower Show garden to Lawefield Primary School, with the aim of increasing children’s understanding and enjoyment of growing their own fruit and vegetables, and getting their 5-a-day. Read more

Jamie Butterworth, RHS Ambassador, Joanne Beetham, Headteacher & Jane Hartley, Scotts Miracle-Gro.

Garden centre and supplier celebrate three decades of business together

National plant supplier Johnsons Garden Centre Sales, part of the York-based Johnsons of Whixley Group, is celebrating a 30 year partnership with a leading South Yorkshire garden centre. Read more

Millennium Maze, Wentworth

Blue plaque unveiling marks historic anniversary of Notcutts Garden Centres

A historic blue plaque has been unveiled at the home of Roger Crompton Notcutt, who founded Notcutts Garden Centres 120 years ago. Read more

Members of the Notcutts family and the local community gather for the unveiling of a blue plaque.

Fordingbridge launches new website

Fordingbridge, one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of walkways, canopies and inspiring buildings, has officially launched its new website. Read more

GIMA awarded ‘Charity Champions’ at Party for Perennial

Earlier this month at the Party for Perennial, the horticultural trade charity named GIMA one of its ‘Charity Champions’, for raising over £6,000 from two separate fundraising events. Read more

Vicky Nuttall (GIMA Director), Colin Wetherley-Mein (GIMA Past President), Laura Garnett (Perennial)

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

Council threatens Hare Hatch Sheeplands with an injunction

Wokingham Borough Council has threatened Hare Hatch Sheeplands with court action despite a planning appeal being scheduled for September and a local petition signed by 8500 supporters. Read more

Rob Scott with Andrea Burlingham with some of the animals the centre needs to find homes for because

Grovewell buys MacFarlanes, near Folkestone

Grovewell Garden Centre has added a third garden centre to its group with the acquisition of MacFarlanes at Hawkinge. Read more

Edward Boult

Ingatestone garden centre ceases trading

Ingatestone Garden Centre in Billericay, Essex has been closed by its owner saying the business was no longer financially viable. Read more

Wyevale switches to Bord na Mona for its own brand compost

Bord na Mona emerges as the main growing media supplier to Wyevale Garden Centres, replacing Westland's William Sinclair.  The range will be marketed as Wyevale’s own compost. Read more

Lovania has ambitious plans for Seoint

Lovania Nurseries acquires Seoint Nurseries and Neil Alcock is made managing director. Read more

Neil Alcock

Garden centres escape damage from the floods

Northern garden centres seem to have escaped damage from the floods, but congestion from the Forth Road Bridge closure has affected sales in Scotland. Read more

Soft Play Barn solves a remote problem for Hillview

When Hillview Group bought Witney Garden Centre they were faced with a challenge. Although surrounded by people, how would they find the centre down a country lane in the middle of the Cotswolds? Read more

Witney Soft Play Barn

Garden Re-Leaf: 10 fundraising ideas for garden centres

The sixth annual Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day will take place nationally on the 17th March 2017, with many events continuing throughout the weekend.  The 24hr Plant-athon, which was a runaway success last year, is being rolled out to more garden centres, and the Garden Re-Leaf Walk boasts a huge uptake in registrations and aims to be both more inclusive and challenging. Read more

Monkton Elm raffle

Notcutts raise over £1,000 for Thrive

Colleagues and customers at Notcutts Garden Centre located in Nuneham Courtney (Oxfordshire) have raised over £1000 for charity Thrive, which enables positive change in the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people through gardening and horticulture, and is based in Beech Hill, near Reading, Berkshire. Read more

Plant suppliers put on a stunning show at Squire’s

Squire’s Garden Centres held their annual “Supplier Plant Show” at West Horsley last Thursday 9th February. Suppliers came from across the UK and abroad to showcase their latest plants. Some of the specimens on display included olive trees, roses, hellebores and heathers. Read more

Barnsfold Nurseries - Best bedding plant supplier

Wyevale Nurseries donates 350 hedge plants to memorial

A new memorial to all of those who served at RAF Shobdon in Herefordshire during World War II has been given a helping hand thanks to a donation recently (February, 2017) of hedge plants by one of the UK’s leading nurseries in the area. Read more

(Front row far right) Nigel Tonks and (second row far right) Bob Walters at the memorial project.

Butterflies create business partnership in South West

At a time when real butterflies are under threat of becoming extinct, it’s good to know that as a symbol, they have brought three businesses together in partnership in the South West. Read more

Left to right: Dan Durston, Mary Hurley and Chris Evans.

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

Garden centres hitting the local headlines

A new garden centre opens near Braintree this week.  A man is arrested for assaulting a woman at Fermoys and British Garden Centres buy a small garden centre in East Durham. Read more

Customers hit by sickness at Old Railway Line GC on Mothers’ Day

40 people became unwell after visiting Old Railway Line Garden Centre on Mothers’ Day. The source of the outbreak is not yet known, but Norovirus could be the cause. Read more

Consent for potential new Blue Diamond GC at Leeds

Consent has been granted for a Le Friquet style garden centre at Leeds, making it potentially the 18th garden centre for Blue Diamond. Read more

Le Friquet

Director of Bristol garden centre must repay £125,000 after fraud conviction

Local newspapers report that the former finance director of Riverside Garden Centre in Bristol has been ordered to repay £125,000 stolen from a workers co-operative. Read more

Review of 2015 in the Garden Industry

2015 was an eventful year in the garden sector. Here is a round-up of some of the most important stories on Gardenforum throughout the year. This article is open to non-members. Read more

Bicester, one of the 8 garden centres bought by Black Rock for £112.5m

GCA names its best garden centres for Christmas

The GCA has named fifteen garden centres around the UK with the best overall Christmas displays. Read more

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