Wet weather forces warning from Sinclair

Continuing wet weather has hit sales and hampered the peat harvest for William Sinclair, which warns that its results will be worse than last year, reversing what they said in June. See more... Read more

Big companies criticised by independent nurseries

The control that major retailers and the chemical companies have on plant retail was criticised by independent nurseries at Capel Manor last week. It has led to reduced choice and a loss of gardening skills. See more... Read more

Success for The Clothing Outlet leads to search for more unmanned concessions

The success of The Clothing Outlet's unmanned concession, recently opened at Moreton Park Garden Centre, has encouraged the company to look for more garden centres. See more... Read more

Cherry Lane buys Croft Garden Centre

Cherry Lane Garden Centres, a subsidiary of QD Stores, has bought Croft Nurseries and Garden Centre. This is their second acquisition of the year. See more... Read more

Tesco and Dobbies to share the same building

Plans just submitted for the proposed Dobbies garden centre at Kings Lynn demonstrate a new way of Tesco and Dobbies working together on the same site. See more... Read more

GIMAs deadline

Companies wishing to enter the GIMA Awards must do so before June 15. These provide unrivalled exposure for new products and marketing ideas launched within the last 12 months. See more... Read more

Next speeds Garden Centre openings

As predicted on Gardenforum earlier in the year, Next has confirmed that it will open a second Home and Garden store at the end of June, in Ipswich. A third will open this summer in Warrington with more to follow. See more... Read more

Legionella from compost scare prompts RHS warning

The RHS has responded to the report of a man contracting Legionnaires’ Disease from compost with advice not to store potting media in hot greenhouses as these will heat up and may encourage Legionella. See more… Read more

Plans go in to redevelop Percy Thrower’s Garden Centre

A planning application has been submitted to redevelop Percy Thrower’s Garden Centre twelve months after Garden & Leisure revealed the possibility of sharing the site with Waitrose. See more... Read more

Westland and Diarmuid Gavin team up to build the largest ever Chelsea Garden

Westland is backing Diarmuid Gavin at this year's Chelsea Flower Show as he seeks to build the largest ever garden. You can watch the progress by clicking regularly on the website link below. See more... Read more

Praise for suppliers from Old Railway Garden Centre

The owner of Old Railway Garden Centre praised suppliers as delays in the completion of bank funding threatened to delay its £1.1m redevelopment. See more... Read more

Chairman steps down from Gardman

Terry Stannard, the non-executive chairman of Gardman Holdings is leaving the company. In his place, Jonathan Halford, the chairman of Forest Garden joins as a non-executive director. See more... Read more

Briggs & Stratton cuts capacity

Briggs & Stratton is cutting capacity and cutting the workforce by 10%, saying it does not expect demand to return to peak levels in the foreseeable future. See more... Read more

Berwick GC to start building Dunbar Garden Centre

Construction is about to start on a £2.5m garden centre in Dunbar. This will be the second site for Berwick Garden Centre, which is also expanding. See more... Read more

Gardman moves into Pet Care

Gardman has announced its move into the pet care market, initially targeting cats and dogs. There will be three brands covering everyday accessories, design led fashion products and a more rugged range for the outdoor dog. See more… Read more

What’s in Tuesday’s Love Your Garden?

Gardenforum previews the plants and products to appear in tomorrow’s Love Your Garden. The programme with Alan Titchmarsh and David Domoney was watched by 3.6m last week. See more... Read more

Massive growth requires new European HQ for Yankee Candle

Years of growing at 33% per year has meant buying a massive new European Distribution Centre for Yankee Candle, in Bristol. See more... Read more

Shares in Scotts Miracle-Gro slide after profit warning

Scotts Miracle-Gro has warned that profits will fall below market expectations due to slowing consumer demand in the United States and poor weather in Europe. See more... Read more

TGCG is a classic Terra Firma deal says Hands

Guy Hands has written to investors explaining his plans for The Garden Centre Group, saying: “We intend to sharpen TGCG’s focus in its core garden business while growing a steady concession-based income stream.” See more… Read more

New power station for Double H Nurseries

Double H Nurseries, one of the UK's largest growers of houseplants, has won permission to build a power station in the green belt to provide heat and light from burning waste wood. See more... Read more

Sinclair sticks to forecast despite weather

Half year results show sales were level with last year for William Sinclair but profits were down slightly due to higher oil prices. Despite the weather, full year results are still expected to be in line with last year. See more… Read more

Gardman restructures bird food operations

Gardman is restructuring operations to consolidate bird food production onto a single site at Kings Lynn. The moves should reduce cost and increase the flexibility of its service. See more… Read more

Hillview to complete Hilltop deal on Thursday

Boyd Douglas Davies’ Hillview Group is about to complete its second acquisition: Hilltop Garden Centre in Oxfordshire. See more... Read more

Keydell Nurseries tries again

Last August, Keydell Nurseries had planning permission refused for a new garden centre despite local officers recommending approval. Now they are offering to pay for traffic calming measures. See more... Read more

Marshalls’ 2012 revenues drop 3% after April rain

Marshalls, the manufacturer of paving and landscaping product, says sales did not show their usual post Easter uplift.  Working conditions in April were disappointing, hampering sales and obscuring underlying market trends.  See more… Read more

The GIMAs – unrivalled exposure for new gardening products

Just entering the annual GIMA awards presents unrivalled exposure for any company launching a new gardening product. See more... Read more

Garden Centre closes for Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Beckworth Emporium has said it will close for 2 days over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee so that staff can join the celebrations. See more... Read more

7m BBC One viewers hear call for a ban on peat

7 million viewers of Countryfile last night, saw the UK’s major peat harvester call for a ban on peat. The programme reminded gardeners that they have a choice whether to use peat on their gardens. See more... Read more

Rapid growth at Blue Diamond set to continue

Blue Diamond’s recent acquisitions make it the largest privately owned specialist garden centre group measured by turnover, with further growth to come. See more... Read more

Blue Diamond buys Grosvenor Garden Centre

Blue Diamond has bought the Grosvenor Garden Centre business. All staff will be retained by the new owners, who look forward to developing the potential of one of the country's leading garden centres. See more... Read more

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