Bayer Garden to replace salesforce with agents

Bayer Garden is to replace its network of territory managers with agents by June 2010. It believes this will improve its service to garden retailers. See more… Read more

Creditors accept CVA terms from Focus DIY

Focus DIY has reached an agreement with leading creditors that should remove the threat of insolvency. See more... Read more

We are riding the crest of a wave, say Fothergill’s

Mr Fothergill's say they are riding the crest of a wave. At a press day on the nursery grounds last week, they revealed how they will continue to engage gardeners in 2010. See more... Read more

UPDATED - Robbers hold garden centre manager at knifepoint

Armed robbers ambushed the manager of Barton Grange Garden Centre and his assistant forcing them to open the safe. See more... Read more

Langlands Arrives in Leeds

The famous Langlands Garden Centre in Shiptonthorpe near York is reaping the benefits of the current ‘Grow Your Own’ phenomenon and is expanding its empire by acquiring the old Hayes Garden Centre site in Leeds. See more... Read more

Vilmorin has removed the ‘For Sale’ signs from Suttons

Suttons Consumer Products has been fully reintegrated into Vilmorin, who have announced that the UK seed and bulb producer is no longer for sale. See more... Read more

Sales up 6% at Wyevale

Nicholas Marshall looks at what has been achieved at The Garden Centre Group (Wyevale) in the first 6 months of 2009 as he releases news that sales have increased 6%. See more... Read more

It has been a good nine months for Scotts Miracle-Gro

Strong consumer demand has increased sales at Scotts MiracleGro by 9% during the last nine months. Profits have increased by 21%. See more...

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Dobbies changes tack at York

Dobbies has withdrawn its planning appeal at York and has submitted an application to develop a Garden World at Livingston, the new town between Edinburgh and Glasgow. See more... Read more

Whiteleys GC files for CVA

Woldelve Ltd, the company that trades as Whiteleys Garden Centre has filed a notice of its intention to enter a CVA to seek protection from its creditors. See more... Read more

Alternative travel saves Petersham Nurseries

Diners substituted their 4-wheel drives for bicycles, the bus and boat to win a four-year planning battle for Petersham Nurseries, more famous for its restaurant than its plants. See more...
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Citrox is not to be confused with Citroxx

MD of Agralan Alan Frost, has issued a statement to avoid confusion between his product, Citrox, and the product called Citroxx, named in a recent BBC exposé, 'What's really in our food'. See more... Read more

They are friendly and dynamic at Howard Nurseries

Double success for Howard Nurseries and GPS-controlled planting in Holland are covered in this month's nursery column. See more... Read more

New 40,000 sq ft Garden Centre Development for 2011

Hammond Phillips have just received instructions to secure an occupier for Andover Garden Park, a 40,000sq ft garden centre development to the west of Andover. Read more

Research shows how to boost sales of garden furniture

30% have bought garden furniture in the last two years, but only 8% in the last year. With ageing furniture in gardens and the willingness of the marginal gardener to respond to promotions, HTA research highlights the opportunities this summer. See more... Read more

£500,000 no problem for Middle Eastern brides wanting perfect wedding flowers

The Flowers & Plants Association recently took an enquiry from the media that amazed them somewhat. Staff are used to handling unusual calls from journalists and editors, but this one was rather surprising. See more... Read more

Second wholesale cash-and-carry for Wyevale Nurseries

Wyevale Nurseries are to open a second wholesale cash-and-carry centre at Earlswood Nurseries in the West Midlands. See more... Read more

Allotments go-ahead for Dobbies

Dobbies' plans to add 20 allotments to its garden centre in Southport looks set for approval by the planners tonight. See more… Read more

Hozelock forms network of excellence

Hozelock Cyprio are to invite the UK’s top aquatics retailers to form a nationwide network of Centres of Excellence. See more... Read more

Evergreen brings life back to Hurrans, Churchdown

Hurrans’ flagship garden centre at Churchdown, Gloucester is to reopen eight months after the group was put into administration. See more... Read more

Ex-garden centre owner becomes a supplier

Former GCA chairman Steve Myatt, who sold his garden centre in April, has started a new business as an importer of barbecues. See more... Read more

Focus offers CVA to landlords

Focus DIY, which has been trying to renew its £50 million bank loan, has offered its landlords a deal under the terms of a CVA. If they don't accept it, the company is likely to fall into administration. See more... Read more

Rowlinson restructures

Rowlinson Garden Products has notified customers that it will be restructuring, moving its manufacturing to Eastern Europe and the Far East and focusing sales in the UK on home delivery. See more... Read more

Founders regain control of Briers

Nigel and Jackie Eades have regained control of Briers, the brand they formed in 2000 and sold to the Monro Group in 2007. See more... Read more

Does anyone remember Wyevale?

Forget the name Wyevale. We will now have to get used to a new name, The Garden Centre Group. From July the country’s biggest garden centre chain will escape its history with a change of name. See more... Read more

Weekend news round-up

Read what was said last weekend in the Press. Heinz targets garden centres with BBQ sauces, Dobbies to offer allotments and shoppers flinch at Smith & Hawken closing down sale. See more... Read more

Dobbies go ahead for UK's most eco-friendly garden centre

Aberdeen City Council has granted planning permission for a new Dobbies Garden World at New Park in Lang Stracht, Aberdeen. See more... Read more

Smaller garden centres have performed best this year

A good gardening autumn and an expected increase in the price of Christmas trees should give garden centres a good start to the new gardening year. Sales since last July have increased by over 5% according to the GCA, with smaller garden centres improving the most. See more... Read more

Profits suffer as companies release 2008 results

The latest updates in Company Results show sales grew in 2008 at Johnsons of Whixley, Thompson & Morgan and Woodlodge Products, but their profits declined. Park Garden Centre became a £10m+ garden centre for the first time and Klondyke sales grow by 19%. For further results, see more... (This article is open to all readers)... Read more

Closing down sale starts today at Smith & Hawken

Scotts Miracle-Gro is to close Smith & Hawken, the American retail chain bought in 2004, having failed to find a buyer. See more... Read more

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