After a later start Sinclair’s season is underway

William Sinclair’s trading update says that after a slightly later start this year, the important spring sales season is now very much underway. See more... Read more

More brands fly out of Flying Brands

A matter of weeks after announcing the sale of is gifts division to Interflora, Flying Brands has said it is selling the Garden Bird Supplies, Garden Centre Online and Listen 2 businesses. See more... Read more

Terra Firma agrees to buy the Garden Centre Group

Contracts were exchanged over the weekend for Terra Firma to buy The Garden Centre Group. Terra Firma plans to develop the group and has funds available for further investment in the business. See more... Read more

La Hacienda takes action to stop IP infringement

La Hacienda used its membership of ACID to enforce its IP rights against White Stores after discovering the company selling inferior quality chimeneas under the La Hacienda brand name. See more... Read more

Barclays backs Hillview Garden Centres with £500,000

Barclays is investing £500,000 in developments at Studley Garden Centre, the first in the proposed chain of Hillview Garden Centres. It appears there could be a second acquisition soon. See more... Read more

Dobbies considers wind turbines

Dobbies Garden Centres has submitted an application to place a 40m high wind turbine at Sterling Garden World. Read more

St John's GC eyes move to new, larger site

St John's Garden Centre in Barnstaple has unveiled plans to relocate to a new larger green field site to the south west of the town. See more... Read more

Success leads to a change of name for First Franchise Promotions

The growth of First Franchise Promotions, a sister company to First Franchise, has prompted a name change to reflect more accurately the short term promotions it brings to garden centres. See more... Read more

Living Stone invests £1m in new facility

New owners and £1m investment has brought new life to Living Stone, which manufactures paving products and aggregates for garden centres and other specialist uses. Read more

Further acquisitions for Cherry Lane Garden Centres

QD Stores is actively expanding its Cherry Lane Garden Centre group. A recent acquisition in Cromford is likely to be followed by two more this spring. See more... Read more

Dobbies to share 3 sites with Tesco

A few days ago Gardenforum reported that the joint garden centre/supermarket development at Kings Lynn would be the first between Tesco and Dobbies. Now there is a second at East Kilbride, or is it, in fact, the third? See more… Read more

Dobbies heads for Kings Lynn alongside Tesco

Dobbies Garden Centres is to unveil plans for ‘Lynn Garden World’, next to a proposed Tesco store in Kings Lynn. See more... Read more

GCG starts recruiting 300 for new Apprentice Scheme

The Garden Centre Group is to announce an apprenticeship scheme that will recruit 300 young people this year and train them, in partnership with Pershore College, to qualify for a Diploma. See more... Read more

Click & Collect will bring the biggest change for years says Marshall

There was no news on a completion date for the sale of The Garden Centre Group at its spring trade show today. But Nicholas Marshall said 2011 had been 'Great' and that Click & Collect will bring the biggest change for years. See more… Read more

Klondyke takes on Beverley Garden Centre

Klondyke Group has taken the lease of Beverley Garden Centre, which was closed by the Garden Centre Group after Christmas. See more… Read more

Dobbies invests £150,000 in community gardening

Dobbies has announced a bursary worth £150k to be shared between schools, charities and community groups around its garden centres to encourage them to get growing. See more… Read more

More garden centres for Next - UPDATED

Next says it has identified 19 sites where it hopes to open mini-department stores. A number of these will have garden centres. See more... Read more

Grafted tomatoes look set to take over

Grafted plants look set to change the way tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are grown at home. The first stocks from Suttons are being delivered this week to over 500 garden centres. Gardeners seem happy to pay the premium price. See more... Read more

Dobbies to give away water-wise products worth £10,000

Dobbies is to give away water-wise products worth £10,000 to local community groups around 11 of its stores. Most are in drought affected areas. See more… Read more

Two new garden centres open today

Both Dobbies and Haskins open new garden centres today in the South. See more... Read more

B&Q revamps stores and concentrates on own brand

B&Q points the way with an IT inspired revamp of its stores. Already 7 million sq ft of outdoor garden centre space has been refurbished. It also believes own-brand is the future. See more... Read more

Amethyst buys Colourpacks

Amethyst Horticulture has bought Kent based Colourpacks (Newington Nurseries) Limited that supplies pack bedding to garden centres. See more... Read more

Morrisons to open garden centres at its stores

Morrisons has submitted an application to change the use of an external walkway at its Scunthorpe supermarket into a garden centre. It appears that over 100 stores may do something similar this spring. See more... Read more

Garden centres are making news across the country

A new garden centre is proposed for North Somerset; Klondyke wins permission to rebuild Wilmslow; a Cornish garden centre is fined for health & safety and food offences; and there’s a public meeting tonight regarding the potential development of Percy Thrower’s garden centre. See more... Read more

Lovania Nurseries take top spot at Grower Awards

Lovania Nurseries, based in Preston, took the top honours at The Grower of the Year Awards held in London last night by winning the Ornamental Grower of the Year title. Lovania will go on to represent the UK at the International Grower of the Year Awards. See more... Read more

Flying Brands to sell Flying Flowers and Flowers Direct

The restructuring at Flying Brands continues with the sale of its Gifts Division to Interflora, subject to OFT approval. It will focus on the remaining brands, Gardening Direct and Garden Bird Supplies. See more... Read more

Dobbies look set for York approval but...

After 5 years, Dobbies' plans for a garden centre in York get a recommendation for approval from planning officers. But comments to Yorkpress question the location. See more... Read more

Next to open a second Home and Garden Store

Next is venturing into gardening, cautiously. The experiment started last August in Shoreham and is soon to be followed by a second Home and Garden Outlet. See more… Read more

Barton Grange delays start of Bolton upgrade

Barton Grange has put redevelopment plans for its Bolton garden centre on hold, while further work is done on the details. See more... Read more

Writing is on the wall for Busy Lizzies for the next 3 to 5 years

A leading nursery says the writing is on the wall for Busy Lizzies for the next 3 to 5 years or until there is a cure for Downy Mildew. Retailers are encouraged to sell alternative bedding plants. See more... Read more

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