Better June but 2008 still behind 2007 says GCA

June was a recovery month for garden centres according to the latest sales figures from the GCA. Outdoor plants and garden sundries showed the best growth. See more... Read more

GIMA joy for Solus

Solus won the GIMA Product of the Year at last night's Awards with a home composting product from Nortene. Gardman was voted the GCA's Favourite Supplier for the 7th successive year. See more.. Read more

Consultation as Sudden Oak Death spreads

Following news that the National Trust for Scotland is raising £50,000 to prevent Sudden Oak Death killing some of its most precious plants, comes a consultation exercise by the HTA and DEFRA to fight the disease. See more... Read more

Redevelopment plans on schedule at Frosts

Development plans to refurbish and extend much of the retail space at Frosts Garden Centre, Woburn Sands are on schedule. Phase 2 will be completed and open to customers by the end of November 2008. See more... Read more

HTA challenges RHS report on imported plant disease

The HTA has expressed considerable concern at a report from the RHS claiming that pests and diseases imported on exotic plants are threatening those in our gardens and across the countryside. See more… Read more

Closing greeting from Flying Brands

Shortly after appointing a new chief executive, Flying Brands has announced that it will close the Greetings Direct mail order business and website. See more... Read more

Domestic sales slow for Marshalls

Marshalls is focusing on cost reduction and cash management in an increasingly uncertain market. Gains in public and commercial sectors are offset by a slowdown on the domestic side. See more… Read more

Shoots buys Cobham garden centre

Shoots Garden Centres has acquired its third garden centre, Seymours Garden Centre in Cobham. See more... Read more

Leading wholesaler consults staff about closure

Spread Garden Supplies Limited, a leading wholesaler to garden centres, has entered a period of consultation with its staff over the possible closure of the business. See more... Read more

Garden furniture sales up 36% in May

After a dismal first four months of the year for garden retailers, was May good enough to catch up lost ground? Not according to the latest figures published this week by the Garden Centre Association. Garden furniture showed the biggest increase. See more... Read more

RHS warns of Weedkiller Residue Damage

Vegetable damage in British gardens and allotments appears to be more prevalent this year due to weed killer contamination of manure, following dressing with farmyard manure. See more... Read more

Thermoflor builds the first in new chain of Russian garden centres

Thermoflor has built a new garden centre in St Petersburg in Russia. The garden centre officially opened its doors to the public in April. The enterprise is intended to be the first branch of a new chain of garden centres that will be opened in Russia under the name of Greenland. See more... Read more

The Princess Royal opens Lancashire garden centre

The Princess Royal opened the new Barton Grange garden centre at Brock in Lancashire yesterday before 500 specially invited guests. See more... Read more

Garden & Leisure set for growth

The persistent rumours that Garden & Leisure might be sold have been fuelled recently by the revelation that Dobbies is considering an acquisition worth £45m. Gardenforum interviewed directors, Neville Prest and Carol Paris to find out the truth. See more... Read more

Kingfisher reveals plans to revive profits at B&Q

New targets at B&Q propose to double profit margins as the new management at Kingfisher seeks to drive up shareholder value. However poor weather and an early Easter have inevitably dented the first quarter. See more... Read more

Suntime introduces the Llewelyn-Bowen collection

Laurence-Llewelyn Bowen, star of "Changing Rooms", has joined with the garden furniture team at Suntime to produce a celebrity designer collection for 2009. See more... Read more

Tetra sale falls through

The US consumer goods group Spectrum Brands has pulled out its deal to sell its pet group, which includes Tetra Europe, to Salton. See more... Read more

British companies at Spoga Gafa

An exciting collection of ‘world tools’ comprising the best ideas from around the globe, including eco-friendly composters with a difference and hundreds of other product innovations are being shown by a group of 30 British companies exhibiting at Spoga Gafa this year. The products on show span almost all aspects of gardening for every season of the year. See more... Read more

Solus bags the Joseph Bentley tool business

Solus Garden and Leisure has acquired the Joseph Bentley garden tool business. It is also inviting retailers to visit the new Denewood display, which shows a clear change of direction for the garden furniture brand. See more... Read more

LOFAMARK announced at SOLEX

LOFA, the association for importers and manufacturers of garden furniture, has asked Dr Alan Knight to help establish a LOFAMARK, an environmental and ethical guarantee for garden furniture and accessories. See more... Read more

Global warming will change the vegetables we grow

By 2080 UK temperatures will be more akin to those in the Mediterranean today. So says NS&I which is sponsoring the Growing Tastes Cookery Theatre at Hampton Court. This will change the vegetables we grow. See more... Read more

GIMA reveals line-up for 2008 Awards

David Domoney and Julie Peasgood return to host the 2008 GIMA awards, which include entries from companies who are participating for the first time. This year's entertainer is to be TV show host Roy Walker. See more... Read more

Gem and Freeland boost Sinclair sales

Profits are under pressure at William Sinclair as it tries to increase prices to reflect higher raw material, energy and transport costs. See more... Read more

Artline is placed in administration

Artline (UK) Ltd, the distributor of resin based garden ornaments, was placed in administration on June 10th. The business continues to trade while a new buyer is sought. See more... Read more

Webbs, Notcutts and Haddonstone return to profit

This month’s updates to Gardenforum's Company Results pages include increased profits for Allensmore Nurseries, Mr Fothergill's Seeds, William Strike and Gordon Rigg (Nurseries). Among the other updated results are Frosts Garden Centre, Notcutts, Klondyke, Barlow Tyrie and David Austin Roses. See more... Read more

New owners for P. de Jager & Sons

The bulb specialist, P. de Jager & Sons Limited, has been sold by Thelma de Jager. She has retired after 50 years in her husband's family business. See more... Read more

Drop in seasonal sales hits Homebase

Positive May sales fail to make up for drop in seasonal sales at Homebase in March and April. See more... Read more

Salton to acquire United Pet Group / Tetra Europe

The US consumer goods group Spectrum Brands announced the sale of their complete pet business, under the name United Pet Group (UPG), to the company Salton, Inc. In Europe, UPG is known as Tetra Europe, which includes the successful pet brands Tetra and 8in1. Read more

7am on 3rd July garden retail starts a new era

Tesco has declared its bid for remaining shares in Dobbies unconditional and set the date for delisting it from AIM. With news of a new Wyevale in Kent, this sets the framework for the garden retail sector for the next few years. See more... Read more

Independent Garden centres still have the competitive edge

This year’s prices survey by Gardenforum shows that Wyevale has become the most competitive of the specialist chains, but fails to match the best independent. Also many plants and garden products show significant price increases, but there are fallers as well. See more... Read more

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