Dobbies ‘On-Boards’ 11 Wyevale garden centres

Dobbies has taken control of the first 11 of the 31 Wyevale garden centres it agreed to buy in April.  The rest will follow in weeks as Dobbies looks to buy further sites. Read more

Dobbies has taken control of Andover garden centre

Notcutts Woodbridge reveals plans for restaurant transformation

Work will begin next month to build a new larger and brighter restaurant at Notcutts Woodbridge Garden Centre, as part of an ongoing redevelopment programme across the company’s 18 garden centres nationwide. Read more

An artist’s impression of the restaurant at Notcutts Woodbridge Garden Centre once redevelopment w

Dobbies wins at Chelsea as it prepares to add 31 Wyevale stores

Dobbies wins 'Best Trade Stand at Chelsea.  Its floral map highlights the 31 Wyevale Garden centres that are about to join the group in batches.  Read more

Marcus Eyles

2018 was a dramatic year for Blue Diamond

“By any standards, 2018 was a dramatic year for Blue Diamond,” said chairman Simon Burke as accounts for the year show sales grew 32%.  Turnover should approach £200m within 5 years. Read more

Wyevale sells another GC and calls time on Central Distribution

Wyevale Garden Centres has sold Worthing Ferring to Cobbins Nursery.  It is also to end its central distribution contract with XPO. Read more

Creditors agree CVA for owner of Cotswold Outdoor

The parent company of Cotswold Outdoor, a concession holder on several of the largest garden centres, has agreed a CVA. Read more

Notcutts cut ribbon on refurbished Booker

Andrew and Caroline Notcutt cut the ribbon on the refurbished Booker garden centre.  Two thirds of the groups’ centres have now been refreshed in the £40m upgrade programme. Read more

Stuart Blight, Nick Burrows, The Mayor, Caroline and Andrew Notcutt and Steve Baker MP

Peter Beales Roses opens £750k development

Peter Beales Roses celebrates the opening of a new restaurant at their garden centre in Attleborough East Anglia and the launch of the Thorncroft clematis collection. Read more

Martin Davies buys back Raglan from Wyevale

4 years after selling their garden centre to Wyevale, Martin and Jean Davies are to buy back Raglan Garden Centre, through Coldbrook Ventures Ltd. Read more

Martin and Jean Davies

Bicester – “It seems we may have unleashed a beast”

Bicester Avenue takes off under Blue Diamond.  Commenting on close to 6-figure sales on Easter Monday, Alan Roper says, “It seems we may have unleashed a beast.” Read more

For the Bathroom

Cherry Lane opens 3rd nursery

Cherry Lane garden centres has opened nursery No. 3 to supply ‘Grown by Us’ to its 13 value driven garden centres. Read more

Grown By Us 6 pack pansies - £2.49

By 2020 Dobbies' offer will be completely different

As the Dobbies deal is announced, Marcus Eyles told GIMA suppliers his task is to put a heritage gardening brand back on the map after the difficult Tesco years. By 2020 the Dobbies offer must be completely different. Read more

Marcus Eyles

Wyevale Garden Centres agrees the sale of 31 centres to Dobbies Garden Centres

Wyevale Garden Centres have announced the sale of 31 centres to Dobbies Garden Centres for an undisclosed sum. Read more

Moreton Park

Hillier looks to a next generation for a 74th consecutive Chelsea Gold

The Stihl Hillier centrepiece of the Great Pavillion will be a first Chelsea garden for young designer Lilly Gomm.  She will be backed by a new young team of growers from Hillier Nurseries. Read more

Jo & Emma Fell, Chris Francis, Robert Hillier, Lilly Gomm and Peter Gill

Evergreen TV campaign to improve connection with consumers

Evergreen has started its TV campaign for Miracle-Gro and Roundup which runs till the middle of June. Read more

Contemporary sculptures mark opening of new Wisley garden centre

A 5m high Giants Chair dominates a sculpture display at RHS Wisley Gardens that coincides with next week’s opening of its new garden centre, restaurant and Welcome building. Read more

Locking Piece by Henry Moore

B&M reports strong demand for garden and outdoor products

Annual results published by B&M see an opportunity to grow market share in gardening, outdoor products and Christmas as it targets another 45 stores for the current year. Read more

Wyevale sells 3 more garden centres

Wyevale has announced the sale of Hastings, Lower Dicker (Hailsham) and Sherfield-on-Loddon garden centres to two separate buyers. Read more

Lower Dicker

Wyevale calms fears of administration

Wyevale yesterday calmed supplier fears that the sale process could end in administration for the rump of garden centres. Read more

Kingfisher unwraps GoodHome, its future for DIY

CEO, Veronique Laury has unveiled GoodHome, the project driven future for B&Q in the UK as part of the unified, digital Kingfisher. Read more

New unified outdoor range helps B&Q growth in first quarter

Kingfisher reports that first quarter sales of unified ranges continue to grow ahead of non-unified ranges. The new outdoor range was rolled out to all markets with a global marketing campaign. Read more

Denia ‘unique’ outdoor furniture range

Klondyke resilient despite Stokesley fire

Accounts just published show how the Beast from the East and the fire at Stokesley hampered Klondyke Group sales in an otherwise successful trading year. Read more

MBO at GroWell

The management of GroWell, a leading online supplier of hydroponics equipment with stores around the country, have completed a management buy-out. Read more

Dobbies releases capital from Northumberland garden centre

Dobbies has sold one of the Wyevale garden centres it bought last year to LXI, a property investment company, in a 30-year sale and lease back deal. Read more

Plans submitted for two 2 massive garden centres

Plans have been submitted for an 8500 sq m. Blue Diamond garden centre on the Elveden Estate, while further plans have been submitted for the 53 acre outlet village and garden centre near Tewkesbury. Read more

Tewkesbury visuals

Wyevale changes Garden Club (UPDATED)

Wyevale is changing its Garden Club from a points based reward scheme to instant rewards with 5% discount at the till or online. It will also stop selling its own branded gift cards. Read more

Warning about scam banking emails

ScanCom has warned of scam emails to customers purporting to change a suppliers banking details. They are very believable and could fool the unwary. Several companies have had similar experiences. Read more

Wyevale enters the end game

Wyevale will have realised almost 80% of the its value when the current sales complete. 59 of its mostly smaller garden centres will remain. Consultation is to start on reducing the size of head office. We look at the list of garden centres sold. Read more

Stratford on Avon, to be acquired by Dobbies

Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of six garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced two transactions for a total of six centres to garden centre groups Hillier Nurseries and Otter Nurseries. Read more

Cheddar Garden Centre

Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill opens new temporary building

Julian Winfield, CX of Haskins, said, “Doing the construction in two phases like this has undoubtedly added time and cost to the project, but we believe that there are enormous benefits to our approach.” Read more

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