Hillier Nurseries switches to contract growing

Hillier Nurseries has written to customers saying it will not accept any new orders for delivery after December 2019, from non-Hillier garden centres unless through a contract growing agreement. Read more

Award for New Leaf, 4 years after it faced closure

New Leaf Plants has been named Nursery Stock Grower of the Year 2019, 4 years after it was on the verge of closure with the land being sold by the previous owner. Read more

Dobbies applies to extend Dunfermline

Dobbies has applied to Fife Council to increase the size of the retail area and improve the farm shop and foodhall area at Dunfermline garden centre. Read more

Kingfisher names new CEO

Kingfisher, parent of B&Q and Screwfix in the UK has named Thierry Garnier to replace Véronique Laury as CEO this autumn. He will be based at Kingfisher’s headquarters in London. Read more

Thierry Garnier

Kettler GB builds new DC to accommodate growth

The charitable trust Kettler GB has broken ground on a 3,000 sqm. building that will double the size of its operations at Redditch. This follows rapid growth in recent years. Read more

Dobbies almost completes onboarding the 31

Dobbies has almost completed the purchase of the 31 Wyevale garden centres announced in May. We list the 43 Wyevale sites that remain unsold. Dobbies are said to be in discussions for more. Read more

Wyevale's Blooms Worcester, that is yet to be sold

Capital takes control of Sherfield on Lodden

Capital Gardens took control of Sherfield On Loddon garden centre from Wyevale last Friday, promising the most exciting range of indoor and outdoor plants in the area. Read more

Stephen Reynolds and Colin Campbell-Preston

Warren Haskins looks ahead as he celebrates 50 years in garden centres

Warren Haskins celebrates 50 years in garden centres and explains how he has secured the future for Haskins garden centres. Read more

Steve, Warren, Sally, Becki and Jamie - 25 years ago,

Highfield plans further expansion

Following its 2014 developments, which proved an unmitigated success, Highfield Garden World is finalising plans for a further extension. Read more

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

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

Planners turn down plans for housing on Fresh at Burcot

Planners have turned down plans that would have seen Fresh at Burcot garden centre closed and replaced with housing. Read more

Choice Marketing adds 3 new garden centres

Choice Marketing has announced the addition of 3 new garden centres to the Group. This brings the total number of centres within Choice Marketing to 45 and a group retail turnover in excess of £135m. Read more

Michelle de Lavis-Trafford, CEO, Choice Marketing

Smart Garden is “1 in a 1000”…..

Smart Garden Products has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2019. Read more

Hillier grows to 16

Hillier has completed its purchase of 4 Wyevale sites announced in April, bringing the number of Hillier Garden Centres to 16. Read more

Hillier Garden Centre Lechlade

Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of Podington Garden Centre 

Wyevale Garden Centres announce that Podington Garden Centre has been sold to Cherry Lane Garden Centre making it the 14th garden centre owned by the QD Group. Read more

Ownership of New Hopetoun Gardens transfers to employees

Directors, Lesley Watson and Dougal Philip have transferred New Hopetoun Gardens to an Employee Ownership Trust. The moves secures the future of the business they have build over 40 years. Read more

Lesley Watson and Dougal Philip with Morag Macrae

Wyevale sells 11 more centres 

Wyevale Garden Centres is selling 11 more garden centres in four separate transactions to British Garden Centres, The Plant Area Limited (t/a Clandon Park Garden Centre), Coolings Garden Centres and Maidenhead Aquatics. Read more

Spate of thefts hits garden centres

Garden centres in West Yorkshire, the Midlands and Northumberland have been hit by a series of break ins, where goods are being stolen to order. Read more

Photo: Northumbria Police

Mill Race Garden Centre and website is for sale

Swallow Aquatics has announced it is to sell Mill Race Garden Centre and website as a going concern with Swallow remaining as a tenant. Read more

Syngenta acquires of Varinova’s cyclamen business

The acquisition of Varinova’s cyclamen business is a strategic move for Syngenta Flowers that aims for a stronger position in the cyclamen market. 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

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

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