The message Franchi Seeds sent world leaders at the G8 Summit

'What you sow, you reap", is the message Franchi Seeds has sent world leaders at the G8 Summit as they gather at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland this week. See more... Read more

Dobbies details its new buying team

There have been substantial changes in personnel in the Dobbies buying team over the last year. Here is an up to date list of buyers and their areas of responsibility. See more… Read more

Mixed planning fortunes for garden centres

Garden centres experience mixed fortunes when it comes to planning. There’s disappointment for Keydell Nurseries, hope for Garsons and concern over Highgate. See more… Read more

Next wins permission for fourth Home & Garden store

Next has been granted permission to build its fourth Home & Garden store at High Wycombe. Another four are progressing through the planning process. See more... Read more

Chairman’s bad language loses Scotts 3 directors

Three directors resigned from the board of Scotts Miracle-Gro following a reprimand of its colourful chairman and chief Executive, Jim Hagedorn, for the use of inappropriate language. See more... Read more

Capital Gardens fights eviction from Morden Hall

Capital Gardens claims the National Trust has no moral compass as it seeks to find a way to evict the group from Morden Hall garden centre. See more… Read more

Progress on Bonkers EU proposal to ban barley straw

Pressure from OATA to prevent the EU banning barley straw as a treatment for algae in ponds seems to be having effect. It seems a ban this autumn has been avoided. See more... Read more

Sheeplands anger at postponed appeal

The owner of Hare Hatch Sheeplands nursery described a decision to delay his appeal against enforcement action as a hammer blow to his business and staff. See more… Read more

Creative Gardens to build new garden centre

Creative Gardens, a family business in Northern Ireland, is to build a new £2m garden centre at Ballymena. This will be the company's third. See more... Read more

Rush to raise profile of Sinclair brands

The new Ellesmere Port facility is what attracted new CEO Peter Rush to the top job at Sinclair. It gives the capacity to grow profitable sales and grow shareholder value. See more... Read more

Which? Gardening members name their favourite flowers

The May edition of Which? Gardening surveys 3500 and asks what are their favourite flowers. While some of the results were predictable others are more interesting. See more... Read more

Patience rewards St John's Garden Centre

St John's Garden Centre in Barnstaple has been granted planning permission to build and relocate to a new garden centre. See more... Read more

Dobbies unveils its re-vamped Edinburgh flagship this weekend

Dobbies has spent £1.5m on a new wooden shopping village at its Edinburgh / Lasswade store. It holds its official opening on April 19th. See more… Read more

Sinclair optimistic despite delayed start to season

William Sinclair’s new chief executive, Peter Rush, says the exceptionally cold weather over the last month has resulted in a delay to the start of the important spring selling season. See more… Read more

La Hacienda helps garden centres to compete with web retailers

La Hacienda is to introduce a direct dispatch service so that garden centres can sell the company’s full range without increasing stock levels. See more… Read more

Big ticket growth offsets lower seasonal sales at Homebase

Big ticket sales have brought a little growth to Homebase despite a fall in seasonal sales during the March to May quarter. See more... Read more

TGCG buys Bolton from Barton Grange

The Garden Centre Group has told suppliers that it has bought the business of Barton Grange Garden Centre at Bolton, with effect from today. See more... Read more

Weather leads to William Sinclair profit warning

Half year results to the end of March saw sales fall 22% for compost producer William Sinclair. The weather hit sales and margins. But Ellesmere Port offers potential cost savings in the future. See more... Read more

Summerseat Garden Centre acquires second centre

Summerseat Garden Centre Ltd has acquired Stephen H. Smith’s Garden & Leisure Bolton branch located at Radcliffe Moor Road, Bradley Fold. See more... Read more

Outdoor seasonal sales down 10% at B&Q

B&Q blames unfavourable cold weather and the early Easter for a 10% drop in the sales of outdoor seasonal products for the 13 weeks to 4th May. See more... Read more

Fire ravages new garden centre on eve of official opening

The new Cherry Lane Garden Centre at Bradmore in Nottingham has been ravaged by fire the day before its official re-opening after a massive refit. See more... Read more

Marshalls says sales are down but order books are longer

Marshalls says that sales are down by 6% overall and more in the domestic sector. However this is due in part to the weather and order books are longer. See more… Read more

Weather takes a little sparkle off Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond increased sales 12% in 2012 to £59m, thanks to acquisitions. The growth looks set to continue despite the weather pegging profits back to £3m. See more... Read more

EU to ban use of Neonicotinoids

The sale of neonicotinoid pesticides to amateur gardeners is likely to be banned from July, following EU vote. See more… Read more

HTA calls for ban on imports of sweet chestnut trees

The HTA is advocating a ban on the import of sweet chestnut trees into Britain in a bid to control the spread of a fungal disease. See more... Read more

Sheeplands fears closure if appeal fails

Rob Scott, owner of Hare Hatch Sheeplands fears that his dispute with Wokingham Borough Council could close the business. See more... Read more

Paris Natar buys Smart Solar

Gardman’s founder, Paris Natar, who sold the business 5 years ago has returned with the purchase of a majority stake in solar lighting specialist Smart Solar. See more... Read more

Marshalls sell non-core quarries

Landscape stone and paving specialist, Marshalls, has agreed to sell four, non-core quarries to Breedon Aggregates for a minimum of £17.5m. See more... Read more

Tim Stainton leaves Gardman

Gardman has announced that UK managing director, Tim Stainton, has left the business. The news follows the recent departure of group chief executive, Mark Pearson. See more… Read more

Defra says risk from neonicotinoids is low

Latest field research from Defra on use of neonicotinoids says risk to bees is low. Despite this, Friends of the Earth today continues to urge gardeners to avoid chemicals linked to bee decline. See more... Read more

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