La Hacienda has been sold to the Griffon Corporation for $11m (UPDATED)

It will be business as usual for La Hacienda, the global manufacturer, importer and distributor of outdoor heating and outdoor living products, after it became part of Griffon Corporation. Read more

Wyevale is rated one of the 10 worst companies to work for

The Daily Telegraph listed Wyevale Garden Centres as one of the ten worst companies to work for, based on scores from the jobs website Glassdoor.co.uk. Gardenforum finds other garden retailers scored much better. Read more

Blue Diamond acts after unacceptable food hygiene report at Fryer’s

Blue Diamond has replaced the front of house manager and head chef after Fryer’s garden centre received a ‘0’ rating, the lowest possible, for food hygiene in May. Read more

Fire at Stephen H Smith Otley UPDATED

Local news report a fire at 11.15 last (Tuesday) night at Stephen H Smith garden centre at Otley, attended by 50 firefighters.  A number of pets are reported to have died in the fire. Read more

Stephen H Smith's Garden Centre at Otley

HTA is to recruit a chairman, a figurehead for the industry

The HTA is to complete its restructuring by recruiting a part-time chairman to be the figurehead that speaks for the industry.  Read more

Adam Wigglesworth

SBM ready to take centre stage

It is 7 months since SBM completed its purchase of Bayer garden and established SBM Life Science. So far it has kept a low profile. At Glee the industry will see how culturally different the ambitious, family owned group will be. Read more

Jean-Paul Simmler, Darren Brown and  Alexandre Simmler at Glee 2016

Bents celebrates 80 years and looks ahead

Ron and Matthew Bent celebrate an 80-year history in which it has evolved from rose grower to a £20m garden centre and look 10 years ahead. Read more

3 generations of Bents: Rom, Margaret, Alfred and Matthew

Bonnetts Garden Village – amended story

A new garden centre has started trading at Bonnetts Garden Village, managed by a former Dobbies general manager. Read more

Steve Pitcher joins Homebase / Bunnings

Steve Pitcher started work with Homebase / Bunnings last week, a year after leaving B&Q. Read more

Steve Pitcher

Kingfisher Nurseries to close as YouGarden takes over the site

Leading heather producer Kingfisher Nurseries is to close at the end of this month, the owners are retiring and have sold the site to YouGarden. Read more

Dobbies to open at 7am for ‘Coffee to Go’

A highlight of the first day of the HTA Catering Conference was Costas Constantinou explaining to Matthew Appleby, how he would improve the Dobbies restaurants. Read more

Costas Constantinou

Wesfarmers says further investment in Homebase depends on successful pilots

It has been reported that Bunnings was disappointed with the Homebase performance in May, but that the two pilots are trading well. Read more

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

Squire’s is to close Woking GC in June for redevelopment

Having completed upgrades at Long Ditton, Chertsey and Hersham, Squire’s is to close Woking in June for redevelopment.  Read more

Artists impression for Squire's Woking

B&M reports a very strong performance in gardening

B&M the ‘disruptive’ discounter with a strong gardening offer, opened 53 new stores in the UK during 2016-17 and increased sales to £2,035m. Read more

Fatal Legionnaire’s Disease incubated in a hot tub display

The owners of a regional DIY chain await sentence after an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease that ‘probably’ come from a hot tub display in its garden centre led to two deaths. Read more

The battle between Hare Hatch Sheeplands and the planners is over

Hare Hatch Sheeplands has finally complied with the council’s enforcement notice. The garden centre operation has been shut down, yet Rob Scott says the business has a bright future as a specialist nursery building on the heritage of the Floral Mile. Read more

Rob Scott at Hare Hatch sheeplands

“It’s been an interesting ride” says PJ Davis

“It’s been an interesting ride” says the BUKI chief as he opened the fifth Bunnings pilot store in a former B&Q at Folkestone. Read more

Vitax invests in expansion after a busy season

Vitax is to expand its production facility in Skelmersdale and warehouse in Coalville after faster than expected growth this year. Read more

Frosts sells landscape maintenance division

Frosts has sold its landscape maintenance division to Nurture to focus on its core construction and garden centre operations, where profits fell last year. Read more

B&M experiences best like-for-like growth in 3 years

Excellent sales in seasonal categories, particularly garden and outdoor living, and strong grocery sales contribute to strong like-for-like growth for B&M as it presses ahead with store openings. Read more

Bonnett promises innovative ideas that will be new to garden centres

It has now been confirmed that Gardening Express owner, Chris Bonnett, has acquired his first bricks and mortar garden centre and called it Bonnetts Garden Village. Read more

Bunnings doubles the number of Homebase pilot conversions

Early success encourages Bunnings to double to 20 the number of Homebase stores converted to the new format, but still says the success of the pilots remains a precursor to additional investment. Read more

PJ Davis - MD Bunnings UK & I

News from the National Plant show

News from the NPS: Christmas tree prices could fall; dry weather is likely to affect the tulip harvest; social media drives a houseplant boom. Growers are cautious about next year. Read more

The Nursery Supply Show

Squire’s has closed Woking Garden Centre for redevelopment

Squire’s has closed Woking Garden Centre for redevelopment, it will re-open in the spring – 50% larger. Read more

Archiect's impression of the re-modelled garden centre at Woking

Marshall tells growers, “Your Country needs you”

Marshall challenged UK growers to grab the opportunity presented by Brexit. About Ocado he said online gardening sales are ‘piffling’ and now is the time for this to change. Read more

Nicholas Marshall

BGC wins permission for a massive new garden centre at East Durham

British Garden Centres have been given permission for a massive re-development of their East Durham garden centre that will create 250+ new jobs. Read more

Westland Horticulture files 2016 accounts

Westland Horticulture increase sales to £127.7m and made a pre-tax profit of £4.1m after charges for integrating William Sinclair, bad debt write-offs and foreign currency losses. Read more

Barrus signs up for new 16 acres site

E.P. Barrus, distributor of brands such as Wolf, Wilkinson Sword and Energiser, is to consolidate its operations under one roof and remain in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Read more

The Kelling Estate has acquired Emcy Garden & Leisure

The Kelling Estate has acquired the business and assets of Emcy Garden & Leisure including the land and buildings. Read more

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