Bents are GCA Garden Centre of the Year – again

It is a repeat of last year with Bents Garden Centre beating Webbs into second place by the narrowest of margins in the competition to be GCA Garden Centre of the Year. See more... Read more

Taylors Bulbs - Best Supplier for the 3rd year

Awards announced yesterday on the first day of the GCA Conference honoured Stewarts Gardenlands, Sunshine Garden Centre and Taylors Bulbs. See more… Read more

Administrators step in at Carpenders Park

The company operating Carpenders Park Garden Centre and Plant Nursery of Little Oxhey Lane, Watford, has been put into administration. See more... Read more

The Garden Centre Group starts 2010 in good shape

A successful Christmas rounds off a satisfactory first year for The Garden Centre Group. Gross profit was up 20% in December. See more... Read more

December puts the seal on a good year for garden centres

GCA results for 2009 show that the smaller garden centre did best and that those in the Midlands and Northwest performed better than the South. Overall, sales were around 11% ahead of 2008, with the biggest increases coming from the farm shop. See more… Read more

Windsor heads Bellagio merger

The Shropshire Collection and Sunsit UK have merged with Bellagio UK to form a new major garden furniture supplier named Bellagio UK, headed by Julian Windsor. See more... Read more

Garden centres fared well at Christmas

With snow and ice gripping most of the country, garden centres are having a quiet time and taking stock as customers stay away after what turned out to be a sparkling Christmas for many retailers. See more… Read more

Sinclair warns of price increases for growing media

Sinclair is in a bullish mood on the back of improved 2009 results. It believes it has enough peat for 2010, unlike its competitors, and is starting mass production at Freeland. See more... Read more

Dobbies scales down Carlisle plans

Having won planning permission last month for a 62,000 sq ft. garden centre in Carlisle, Dobbies has decided to half the size of the project. See more... Read more

November, another good month for garden centres

November was another good month for garden centres according to the Garden Centre Association. Sales were 8% higher than a year ago in November and for the last 12 months are 10% higher. See more... Read more

Haskins poised to sell Hobbycraft

The Daily Telegraph has reported that HobbyCraft is to be sold for an estimated £70 million. See more... Read more

Change of ownership at Bosmere Products

Due to the retirement of its original owners, Bosmere Products Limited has been recently sold and now becomes a subsidiary of H&I Trading Limited.  See more... Read more

Dobbies strengthens its roots at Braehead

Dobbies has revealed plans for a new garden centre at Braehead in Renfrew – the town where James Dobbie started his horticultural business in 1865. See more... Read more

Which? Gardening warns readers against buying potted Christmas trees

Which? Gardening has warned its readers against buying potted Christmas trees and advises buying a cut tree. See more... Read more

‘Get the bids in,’ says Benn

Hilary Benn encouraged the gardening industry to ‘get the bids in’ for the next round of government funding for research. His priorities are reducing carbon emissions, offsetting the impact of climate change and encouraging people to grow food. See more... Read more

John Innes Manufacturers Association moves under HTA umbrella

The management and administration of the John Innes Manufacturers Association (JIMA) has moved to the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA). See more... Read more

Free internet access with The Garden Centre Group

Visitors to six garden centres in The Garden Centre Group are now able to take their laptops with them and check their emails or surf the Internet while on-site. See more... Read more

Alan Titchmarsh and B&Q join forces

Alan Titchmarsh is to work with B&Q as it seeks to cement ‘its position as the UK’s largest chain of garden centres’. He will provide regular tips and advice through in-store displays and on B&Q's website. See more... Read more

Garden centres adapt to the snow and cold

January sales appear to be better than expected with such bad weather. Garden centres have adapted to conditions by selling plastic trays when they had run out of toboggans, grit when they had run out of salt and... See more... Read more

TGCG sells Shiplake

The Garden Centre Group has sold Shiplake Nursery and Garden Centre, which will close at the end of the month. See more... Read more

Peterborough Garden Park opens in February

Peterborough Garden Park, with a high profile destination garden centre designed by Van Hage as the focal point, opens its doors on 5th of February. See more... Read more

Marshalls cautious despite small signs of recovery

What is happening to Marshalls, leading producer of patio and driveway products, is a good pointer to what is happening in the landscape sector as a whole. Sales fell 16% in 2009 and are expected to fall again in 2010. See more... Read more

The top composts germinate 42% more seeds

Each year Which? Gardening tests the performance of major brands of compost for germinating seeds and for growing-on young plants. And each year, they find a big difference between the best and worst performers. For the 'Best Buys' and 'Don't Buys', see more... Read more

2009 Review - Part 2: July to December

With trade strong, attention turned to the battle between the increased number of trade shows in 2010. Many garden centres won planning permission to extend. Corporate activity continued among suppliers. See more... (This article is open to all) Read more

2009 Review - Part 1: January to June

There was a nervous feel to the start of 2009.  The Banking crisis was in full swing.  No one knew whether consumer demand would come to an abrupt halt after Christmas and garden suppliers were anxiously waiting for confirmation of Wyevale’s financial restructuring.   This review is open to all. See more... Read more

Hambrook Landscapes falls victim to identity abuse

Former APL chairman, Norman Hambrook of Hambrook Landscapes told Landscape Juice that traders from the Hambrook area have been impersonating his company and he is worried that damage will be done to his business. Read more

Dobbies renews plans at East Kilbride

Dobbies has published a new planning application, which includes a supermarket and hotel, at East Kilbride on the south side of Glasgow. Read more

Outdoor products sales up 11% at B&Q

Sales of outdoor products increased 11% during August, September and October at B&Q. However they failed to get back to the levels of 2 years ago. See more... Read more

B&Q offer free Christmas trees

This week, B&Q are offering free 4-5ft. Christmas trees to customers who spend over £30. Click on website to see the offer... Read more

Grosvenor takes to the high street

Another garden centre has opened a high street shop to introduce a sample of garden centre products into the city centre. See more... Read more

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