Garden centres compliment suppliers after an exciting spring

Garden centres have complimented suppliers on how well they managed an exciting and frustrating spring. Garden centres report that 2009 sales are 6% – 17% ahead of last year but are cautious about Christmas. See more... Read more

RHS treasurer becomes Wyevale chairman

Andrew Sells, merchant banker and chairman of Linden Homes for 16 years has been named as the new independent chairman of Wyevale. See more... Read more

Labrador dies after eating slug pellets in the garden

Details have emerged in Bradford of the labrador dog that died having eaten Homebase own brand slug pellets, despite them containing animal repellent. See more… Read more

Profits double at B&Q

A big jump in sales of outdoor products and cost savings have doubled B&Q profits for the three months to the end of April. See more... Read more

Sinclair performs better than anticipated

William Sinclair, whose brands include J Arthur Bower's, Silvaperl and New Horizon, dispatched record volumes in March helping half year sales reach £22.3 million. See more… Read more

Masked raiders hit Midlands garden centre

Masked raiders armed with handguns and a crowbar attacked a security guard and tied him up outside a Wyevale garden centre on bank holiday Monday. See more... Read more

Marshalls asks shareholders for £34 million

Marshalls Plc, the driveway and paving company that is the main sponsor of Chelsea, is raising £34 million from shareholders in the form of a rights issue. See more… Read more

Ball & Florensis combine European operations (UPDATED)

Ball & Florensis are combining operations throughout Europe. In the UK, Florensis becomes a joint venture between Ball and Florensis. See more... Read more

Former GCA chairman sells his garden centre

Former GCA chairman, Steve Myatt, has today announced the sale of his Southport garden centre to Richard Allison, whose parents owned Lady Green Garden Centre. See more... Read more

Positive vine weevil treatment trials

Initial nursery trials on the use of fungus Metarhizium anisopliae for vine weevil control in container grown hardy nursery stock have proved very successful, Bill Godfrey told a meeting of Woking growers last week. Read more

New garden centre for Trago Mills

Diarmuid Gavin will cut the ribbon at a new Trago Mills garden centre that opens this Saturday at Newton Abbot. See more... Read more

New plans will double the size of Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge Garden Centre has re-submitted a planning application that will double the size of the garden centre and integrate it with the adjacent Bird World. See more... Read more

Ram raiders hit Bracknell garden centre

Ram raiders smashed into Moss End Garden Centre yesterday morning, making off with £4500 worth of garden machinery. See more... Read more

More gainers and losers in the latest Company Results

The latest updates in Company Results include the long delayed 2007 results for West Coast Capital and Wyevale. There are also trading figures for David Austin, Premier, Swan Hattersley, Vatre Terrracotta, Frosts Garden Centre and many more. For a summary, see more... (This article is open to all readers)... Read more

Hillier takes control of Banbury Garden Centre

Hillier Garden Centres have taken control of Hurrans’ leased garden centre at Banbury. The fate of the remaining 3 centres should be confirmed very soon. See more... Read more

Wyevale publishes 2008 accounts

The 2008 accounts now lodged at Companies House show what has really happened to Wyevale and the scale of its losses. They also show that Britain’s largest garden centre group is now the largest shareholder of rival, Country Homes and Gardens. See more... Read more

May ends on a high

Sales in the final week of May, which were 20% up on the previous week, meant that the month's volumes ended 8.5% down on 2009, but still well up for the year. See more... Read more

Gardening Which? reviews new products

The June issue of Gardening Which? Magazine starts a regular feature that will review new gardening products, providing an opportunity for garden suppliers. See more... Read more

Solar electric display for garden centres

Bents Garden Centre will be the first of up to 100 garden centres to sell Smart Solar’s panels that generate solar electricity, saving householders a possible 20% off electricity bills. See more... Read more

Wyevale localisation changes garden centre names

Evidence of the localisation of Wyevale comes with news in the local press that the Henley garden centre has changed its name to Shiplake Nursery and Garden Centre. See more... Read more

Marshall consolidates his control of Wyevale

Nicholas Marshall has consolidated his control of Wyevale with four new directors at West Coast Capital (Hortis). The search for a new chairman with a real affinity for the garden industry is well advanced. See more... Read more

Dobbies average £4 million per centre

The addition of Sandyholm and Southport garden centres helped Dobbies increase sales to £97 million in the 12 months to February, despite like-for-like sales being flat. April and May sales have been "very, very good". See more... Read more

Garden Store reopens the Pavilion

The Garden Store Ltd has acquired the lease of the Pavilion Garden Centre, near Wolverhampton, which closed at Christmas. The store reopened on Saturday. See more... Read more

First confirmation of April Sales increases

Only hours after the month end, the GTN Weekly Newsletter reports that garden centre sales volumes were 31% up on 2008 for the 4 weeks ending on April 26. This beats the 23% increase enjoyed during March. See more... Read more

Continental importers miss out on booming plant sales

For UK growers, April plant sales are back to the heady days of 2007. But it has not been so buoyant for continental stock importers. See more... Read more

Massive fire at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre (Updated)

A massive fire broke out at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre yesterday afternoon, closing part of the A20 Sidcup bypass, Kent. See more... Read more

Peterborough Garden Park to be Britain's premier garden centre

Garden Park Investment's retail development at Peterborough is intent on being Britain's premier garden centre when it opens next spring with Van Hage as the anchor tenant. Already 80% of the space has been let. See more... Read more

MBO sets up Cranswick Pet and Aquatics

Cranswick Pet Products and Tropical Marine Centre have been sold by Cranswick plc to a management buyout. The new company will be called Cranswick Pet and Aquatics Ltd. See more... Read more

March plant sales up 61%

The GCA Barometer of Trade shows that March trading was even better than first thought for independent garden centres. Sales of outdoor plants, garden sundries and seeds and bulbs showed massive increases. See more... Read more

Total Retail +1.2%, Garden Retail +7%

BRC-KPMG figures for the first 3 months of 2009 show retail sales grew 1.2%. Provisional figures from the HTA show garden centre sales grew 7% over the same period. The difference is most dramatic in March. See more... Read more

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