Horticultural clearance hits B&Q Margins

Kingfisher says that B&Q sales were up in May and June but margins were hit by markdowns needed to clear horticultural stocks and by additional promotions. See more... Read more

Plants and products featured in Love Your Garden

Here are the Plants and Products that will feature in this week’s Love Your Garden, the fourth in the series. It will air on ITV 1 at 8pm on Tuesday evening. See more... Read more

Plants and Products featured in Love Your Garden

Better late than never, here are the plants and products that featured last night in the third episode of Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh and David Domoney. The list is open to everyone, see more... Read more

Bucknalls open their first garden centre restaurant

Bucknalls Restaurants have opened their first garden centre restaurant at Canterbury Garden Centre in Kent. See more... Read more

Lord Prescott opens a new northern factory for Grange Fencing

Lord Prescott has cut the ribbon on a new facility for Grange Fencing at Hull. It will provide room for expansion at a time when turnover is growing rapidly. 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

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

A time of change at Solex

Sales down 20%, more competition from the Internet and new EU legislation for imported wood introduced a mood of change at Solex, which moves to a larger venue next year. See more... Read more

Sinclair expands production of SuperFyba

Sinclair is to increase the production of SuperFyba by 200% with the opening of a second recycling facility in the North of England. See more... Read more

Scheurich acquisition takes them into outdoor plant areas

Scheurich, best known for its ceramic pot covers for houseplants, has acquired PP-Plastic. This will lead to a new range of design led products for outdoor plants. See more... Read more

Gardening Direct is sold

Flying Brands has sold Gardening Direct to Jersey Choice Marketing, a company started by Tim Dunningham a former chief executive of Flying Brands. See more... Read more

Marshalls restructures as Domestic market falls 14%

Marshalls, the natural stone and paving manufacturer, is restructuring as sales to the domestic market fell 14% in the second quarter, hit by adverse weather. See more... Read more

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

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

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