Blue Diamond opens online fashion shop

Blue Diamond has launched an online fashion shop.  It will be followed next week by Christmas going live.   Read more

Primrose has been put up for sale

Online garden retailer, Primrose, has been put up for sale, reports The Times.  This confirms rumours within the trade that the company was looking for a buyer.  Read more

Morrisons' acquisition widens range of plants 

Morrisons has acquired Lansen Nursery.  This, its says, will enable its garden centres to develop further, widening the range of outdoor plants. Read more

Hillier Garden Centre Marlow complete their transformation

A major transformation project at Hillier Garden Centre Marlow that began just before the spring has now been completed. Read more

Evergreen looks ahead to 2021

Evergreen Garden Care says demand continues to be 20%-30% up on last year, but warns about expecting growth in 2021. Read more

Granary Group to re-launch Ladd’s next spring

The Granary Group are delighted with the acquisition of Ladds Garden Village as it continues to expand its garden centre portfolio.  Read more

Positive covid-19 test at Dobbies Ayr

Dobbies garden centre at Ayr has asked visitors to its restaurant last Friday to be vigilant after a visitor tested positive for Covid-19. Read more

Beckworth Emporium to start £2m upgrade

Beckworth Emporium, between Northampton and Wellingborough, is about to start work on a major upgrade that will lift its sales of plants and gardening. Read more

Fosters of Thrybergh is to close

Fosters Garden Centre in Thrybergh, Rotheram is to close at the end of October after 40 years trading.  Read more

Tong adds second restaurant

Tong garden centre is to open a second 180 seat restaurant this autumn on the mezzanine of a recent extension at the Bradford site. Read more

John Lewis looks at garden centres

Part of Dame Sharon White’s transformation review for John Lewis includes building a new gardening business, potentially with new partnerships and acquisitions.  Read more

Dame Sharon White

Kingfisher upgrades profit forecast

Kingfisher, the group that operates B&Q and Screwfix in the UK, increased sales by 26% in June.  Half year profits will be ahead of last year. Read more

B&Q New Malden

Dobbies partners with Sainsbury’s to sell groceries

Dobbies has partnered with Sainsbury’s to sell a range of the supermarket’s food and groceries at its garden centres. Read more

Northern Irish growers to share £1.5m support package

The HTA reports a £1.5m COVID-19 support package is being offered to Northern Ireland horticultural businesses and calls again for a grant aid scheme for British growers. Read more

Image from Papervale Trees

Garden centres are cautious about restaurant reopening

While Dobbies are reopening their restaurants as soon as permitted, others are adopting a more cautious approach.  Some are not opening this month. Read more

Blue Diamond at East Bridgford, before the lockdown

Dobbies reopens 31 soft plays this month

Following updated guidance from the UK Government that soft plays may reopen in England, Dobbies Garden Centres, is reopening 31 soft plays through September. Read more

Perrywood plans major new garden centre for Sudbury

Perrywood is seeking permission to expand and upgrade the Sudbury garden centre it bought from Wyevale 2 years ago, to a size similar to Tiptree. Read more

Online booking for all Dobbies Xmas events

Dobbies has launched its Christmas events programme, with Santa due to arrive at all 68 stores. Safety is Dobbies’ number one priority so booking will be online. Read more

Desch Plantpak acquires IPP factories

Desch Plantpak has acquired all IPP’s commercial activities. This will boost to Desch’s leading position in thermoformed and injection moulded products for the horticultural industry. Read more

Steve Harper leaves The Greener Gardening Company

Steve Harper, sales and marketing director of The Greener Gardening Company (formerly Bord na Mona), left the business last week. Read more

Steve Harper

BGC acquires vacant Thatcham GC

British Garden Centres has acquired the former Wyevale garden centre at Thatcham, which has been closed for several months.  Re-opening is planned for October. Read more

Which plant varieties will be hot for 2021?

Which plant varieties will be hot for 2021?... the industry has voted at the Ball Colegrave Trial Grounds at West Adderbury. Read more

Overhaul of Hay Lane Garden Centre

Landlord Tony Miller has given Wyevale’s Swindon Hay Lane a complete overhaul and renamed it Studley Grange Garden Centre. Read more

Greenfingers Trading is in liquidation UPDATED

Greenfingers Trading Ltd that ran was put into liquidation on 4th August. The website however continues to trade. MD 0f M8 Group, Scott Torrens, explains what happened. Read more

Handy Garden Machinery to close retail outlet

Handy completes its transformation to wholesaler as it closes its retail outlet in Swindon. Read more

Pictures of first Sainsbury's/Dobbies partnership

Dobbies Garden Centres celebrates introducing a range of Sainsbury’s food and grocery products to its flagship store in Edinburgh. Read more

Sainsbury's in Dobbies

Woodlodge buys Adobe Wholesale and The Garden Foundry

Leading pot supplier, Woodlodge, is extending its garden decoration offer with the acquisition of Adobe Wholesale and The Garden Foundry. Read more

Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre is closing later this month

Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre at Bromsgrove is closing later this month. The garden centre is being sold by Nicci and Neil Gow. Read more

Two acquisitions for Eliza Tinsley

Eliza Tinsley has bought Reedy Tools and Greenman Garden Tools. Read more

Wyevale Garden Centres has been wound up

On 28th May Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd, one of garden centres’ biggest names disappeared into history, when it was wound up after trading for 58 years.  We look back through the years. Read more

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