Greenfingers Charity announce Big Gardening Raffle with National Garden Gift Vouchers

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, Greenfingers Charity is delighted to announce an exciting, fundraising raffle, and is looking for FUNdraising heroes in the industry to help. Read more

Big Garden Raffle

Majestic Trees launches new Sponsored Travel Scholarship

Majestic Trees has launched a new Sponsored Travel Scholarship with the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). The scholarship is offering up to £3,000 to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery and includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees. Read more

GIMA Knowledge Exchange Workshop ‘Finance for Non-Finance Managers’

Forming part of an extensive programme of GIMA Knowledge Exchange Workshops will be the latest one-day session entitled ‘Finance for Non-Finance Managers’.  Perfect for those without a finance background, this lively and interactive topic will help delegates become more comfortable with financial reporting and data. Read more

Vlogging, boosting, and targeting your consumer at the HTA Marketing Forum

The HTA Marketing Forum took place at Horticulture House, Chilton, on 17 October and aimed to give delegates and insight into the advances in marketing to help them ‘Stand Out from the Crowd’. Read more

Sarah Manning

The Choice Marketing awards go to …

At the Choice Marketing  Annual Conference and Dinner, Westland was named supplier of the year, Farplants was grower of the year and Widdop was awarded gift supplier of the year. Read more

Michelle de Lavis-Trafford, Sue Grant, Andrew Illingworth, Mike Cook from Choice

Stewarts apologise as Father Christmas ticketing crashes for 2nd year

Despite stress testing everything and a new provider, the ticketing system used by Stewarts for Father Christmas visits crashed for a second year, swamped by 300 calls a minute. Read more

Final places available for HTA Marketing Forum

Enhancing the shopper experience, Christmas merchandising and engaging with online audiences are just three of the topics on the agenda for the HTA Marketing Forum. This action-packed event full of top tips and marketing know how. Read more

Double digit increases in turf prices

Rolawn, a leading UK turf grower, has warned that prices are set to rise in the coming months, because of the extreme weather and rising costs. Read more

Maximise your Christmas sales with great visual merchandising

By strategically repositioning your products, evidence shows you can increase sales by 20-25%. Learn more about the power of visual merchandising at the HTA Marketing Forum, which takes place on 17 October 2018 at Horticulture House in Oxfordshire.
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2018 CIH Conference: Island Horticulture - ‘Life after Brexit’

The Horticulture Industry will be deeply affected by the forthcoming UK & Northern Ireland exit from Europe in March 2019. To address the most pressing questions, and implications, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture are bringing together distinguished speakers from the UK and the Netherlands. Read more

Royal patronage for Rhododendron Camellia and Magnolia Group

The Rhododendron Camellia and Magnolia Group has announced that HRH The Prince of Wales has agreed to become the charity’s first Patron. Read more

Group members on tour in Yunnan, China

Develop your marketing strategies with the HTA Marketing Forum

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) Marketing Forum will take place on Wednesday 17 October 2018 at Horticulture House in Oxfordshire. HTA Marketing Forum has brought together speakers from inside and outside of the industry, aiming itself at all those involved in marketing and public relations in the garden industry. Read more

Graham Thomas

GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

As activity ramps up for Glee 2018, GIMA (The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association) is encouraging new business and innovators to consider entering the 2018 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund, with this year’s winner being unveiled at the annual exhibition for the garden and outdoor leisure industries (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham).  Read more

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) held a successful Plant Area Forum at Ball Colegrave this summer (July, 2018).

The event was the GCA's third and was attended by more than 50 delegates, including plant area managers, buyers and supervisors and was facilitated by GCA inspector, Roger Crookes with assistance from Michael Cole. Read more

GCA Planteria Forum at Ball Colegrave 2018

June sales were higher than April's

 “Don't panic!” said the old hands when sales were frozen in March and the daffodils had hardly broken ground, “It will even itself out by the end of June, it always does,” and they were right according to latest figures from the GCA. Read more

Percentage de/increase in sales over last year by month

Are you ready for the Millennials?

The old ways of doing things won’t open new doors.  Cultivating Retail heard how Millennials’ different lifestyle and technology are disrupting shopping. Read more

Hubbub makes it fun!

Healthy Plants, Healthy Business

The HTA, in association with APHA, are hosting an essential one-day conference, Healthy Plants, Healthy Business’, for anyone involved in the production, trading and retailing of plants. Read more

New scholarships available to students 

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) scholarship season is open for student horticulturists. This year sees the launch of three new scholarships providing even more fantastic opportunities to students who have a passion for trees, sustainability or research. Read more

Natasha Golley from Askham Bryan College, a past student scholarship winner.

GCA Conference 2019 booking site now open!

Bookings are now being taken for the GCA Annual Conference. The booking form is available via the Conference tab within the Members’ Area of the GCA website www.gca.org.uk. Read more

Garden centre visitors fall as transaction values rise

Garden centre sales rise 8% in September on the back of gardening sales and a revival in the growth of catering. However over the year, the number of garden centre visitors has fallen according to the latest GCA figures. Read more

Blue Diamond plants at newly acquired Bicester

GIMA Knowledge Exchange Workshops – four more confirmed for autumn/winter schedule

GIMA’s autumn/ winter programme of Knowledge Exchange Workshops has recently kicked off with its Sales Development & Territory Planning Workshop, which was incredibly well received by attendees. Four more sessions remain, with interested parties urged to book their place now to avoid missing out.   Read more

Cultivation St. Ambassador of the Year supported over 1,000 children

David Domoney congratulates this year’s Cultivation Street ambassador of the year, Dobbies’ Steven Purton, who regularly shares his expertise with a local charity, 4 schools, a college and a hospital to improve their communal spaces. Read more

David Domoney congratulates Steven Purton

Graduates invited to apply for Trainee Programme

Graduates from all degree disciplines are being invited this month (October, 2018) to consider applying to a leading nursery in Hereford for its Graduate Trainee Programme. Read more

Programme Co-ordinator at Wyevale Nurseries Steve Pandeli

GCA announce the venue for the 2019 conference

Our conference (Sunday, 20th - Wednesday, 23rd January 2019) is attended by a majority of our garden centre members, therefore it is the ideal opportunity to meet new and existing customers and speak to the decision makers. Read more

Hort Science Live – practical showcase of latest science

Hort Science Live 2018, the highly practical event showcasing the latest scientific developments in ornamental horticulture, is to be held at Palmstead Nursery in Kent (4 October) and at Stockbridge Technology Centre in Yorkshire (17 October).  Read more

Brexit: forewarned is forearmed says Gardenex

Gardenex advises companies to visit them at either spoga + gafa or Glee to get advice on preparing for whatever the eventual outcome of the Brexit negotiations will be. Read more

Amanda Sizer Barrett

Plant sales wilted in the July heat but barbecues sizzled

Garden centre sales wilted during the July heat wave, with outdoor living alone showing strong growth. Even restaurant sales fell according to figures from the GCA Barometer of Trade. Read more

Island Horticulture-‘Life after Brexit’

Island Horticulture - ‘Life after Brexit’ is this year’s Conference theme. The CIH are delighted to welcome distinguished speakers from both the UK and the Netherlands, discussing a range of topics pertinent to horticulturists in all sectors. Read more

Get set for Cultivating Retail this Autumn

Managing Director of the newly expanded Blue Diamond Group, Alan Roper, features on the programme for Cultivating Retail, the new industry conference and dinner, hosted by HTA and GIMA, taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on Tuesday 13 November. Read more

Alan Roper

GCA reveals their best garden centres in England and Wales

The Garden Centre Association has revealed the best garden centre members in each region following the 2018 inspections. Read more

GCA Inspector Roger Crookes and Mike Lind with staff from The Old Railway Line

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