Garden centre accountant given suspended sentence for stealing £76k

Birmingham live reports on the case of a long-serving garden centre accountant who stole £76,000 to pay for booze and gambling. Read more

Final reminder – Entry to GIMA Awards 2019 to close soon. Don’t miss out!

Suppliers wanting to gain unrivalled market-wide recognition for their latest product innovation, marketing support or overall business acumen will want to take centre stage at the forthcoming GIMA Awards (4th July, Celtic Manor). Read more

Get set...Grow!...with Gardening is Good for You! #GIGFY

Whether you’re creating summer patio displays, sowing crops on the veg plot or allotment, or planting a cutting garden to produce beautiful flowers to pick and bring indoors, there are plenty of exciting projects to start this month. Read more

DCF funds Studentship to tackle Agapanthus pest

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is proud to be funding a studentship for undergraduates, as part of the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2019. Read more

Bud with larvae

Final countdown to HTA Sustainability Matters

Case studies from growers and garden retailers will provide insight on how they are dealing with environmental issues at the HTA Sustainability Matters conference. Book now at to secure one of the remaining places. Read more

Get set...Grow!...with Gardening is Good for You! #GIGFY

Encourage customers to get set and grow this May, with help from the HTA’s ‘Gardening is Good for You!’ campaign, supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers. Read more

Berberis darwinii

HTA Sustainability Matters – Green is the new black! Programme update

With concerns about the environment and sustainability high on the consumer agenda it is important that businesses are able demonstrate and communicate the actions they are taking. The conference seeks to address this and provides an overview of consumer insight, inspiration and discussion about sustainability in horticulture. Read more

Horticulture to benefit from DCF’s investment in students

The horticultural industry can look forward to welcoming more bright students to the trade with the backing of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) through its scholarships. Read more

Juliet Turner, John Gibson Scholarship winner.

DCF invests in the future of plant health

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is proud to be a supporter of the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2019. Read more

Ellie a past studentship winner.

Reminder – The National Minimum Wage goes up in April

The National Minimum Wage goes up by 4.8% in April. Horticultural workers employed after 1st Oct 2013 are included. Read more

Plants lead positive start to 2019

The GCA Barometer shows an 8% rise in sales for January 2019, with plants and catering building on last year’s figures. Read more

Perennial Legacy Garden at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show

As part of a year-long calendar of events to mark its 180th anniversary, Perennial, the charity that helps people in horticulture, will present a show garden at Harrogate Spring Flower Show designed by David Wyndham. Read more

Choice appoints a non-exec chairman

Choice, the buying and marketing group of 42 independent garden centres, has recruited a former MD of Blacks Leisure Group as non-executive chairman. Read more

Michelle de Lavis Trafford and Terry Maywood

50+ Suppliers meet Choice buyers at the Spring Fair

Over 50 suppliers promoted their wares at a meet-the-buyer event held by Choice Marketing at the Spring Fair. Read more

December sales success for garden centres

GCA figures show 7% growth for December with the top performing categories being restaurants, farm shops and outdoor plants. Sales for 2018 as a whole were slightly ahead, but footfall fell. Read more

Garsons Esher, Farm Shop

New Wisley plant centre to have biggest range of unusual plants

The new Welcome building that opens next month at the RHS Wisley garden will sell more unusual and rare plants from one place than anywhere else in the UK. Read more

Cold bank holiday fails to dim garden centres’ optimism

Cold weather may have held back plant sales over the weekend, but restaurants prospered. Garden centres are optimistic. “This is what makes running a garden centre so unpredictable and so much fun.” Read more

March sales bounce back to 2017 levels

As expected after last year’s Beast from the East, The GCA Barometer of Trade shows massive increases in garden centre sales in March, but sales barely matched March 2017. Read more

Blue Diamond's Bicester plant sales area

A record Easter

It seems that the hot weather and the late timing combined to produce the best ever Easter trading for garden centres.  Further updates added from Wyevale, Hillier, and Klondyke. Read more

There is a new breed of retailer ready to move in

The recent demise of so many retailers shows the disruption to existing channels by online retailing. But Steve Collinge told the GIMA conference that the disruption to come will be bigger and nastier and include the rise of new breed of retailer. Read more

Steve Collinge

Plant breeders to police illegal propagation

Pot and bedding plant breeding members of Fleuroselect have launched a campaign against the illegal reproduction of protected plant varieties with random visits, a tip-off line for whistle blowers and fines. Read more

Petunia x hybrida Success! HD Rose Star. Bred by Benary

Bright start to 2019 for garden centres

Garden centre sales were up 20% in February.  By the end of March they will have a significant lead over 2018, which was hampered by ‘The Beast…’. The question is whether 2019 will be a vintage year? Read more

Plant dsplays at Blue Diamond in Evesham

HTA Catering Conference. A Slice of the Pie – inspiration, top tips and practical advice

This year’s HTA Catering Conference tis packed full of top tips and practical advice, this one-day event is aimed at those looking to take the next steps to grow their catering outlet, develop a pop up or embark on introducing catering for the first time. Read more

Entry to GIMA Awards 2019 now open!

The annual GIMA Awards will be returning for its 39th year later this summer, with another glittering night of celebrations. Entry to this year’s awards is now open. Read more

GIMA AGM & Day Conference: Dobbies, Disruption & Megatrends

The forthcoming GIMA AGM and Day Conference is set to focus on three main themes – Dobbies, Disruption and Megatrends, together offering an insightful view into the current garden retail landscape. Read more

Steve Collinge MD - Insight Retail Group Ltd Executive Editor Insight DIY

HTA frustrated as agriculture minister resigns

George Eustace, Minister for Agriculture since 2015, has resigned over Brexit.  HTA chairman James Barnes said, “Clearly such events are frustrating but you always have to respect these decisions in the political arena.” Read more

George Eustace on the HTA stand at Chelsea in 2016 with Carol Paris and Peter Seabrook

Franchi hits the Brexit Headlines

Following a single tweet about a Brexit Vegetable Growing Survival Kit, Franchi Seeds has had journalists queueing up for interviews. TV appearances have included a spot on the One Show. Read more

Paolo Arrigo

Garden centres' profits fall in most recent filings

Recent figures published on Gardenforum Results pages show a fall in profits for most garden centres, while many suppliers have increased theirs.  Read more

The Royal Horticultural Society celebrates half a million members

Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) celebrates reaching a record half a million members, suggesting the UK’s leading gardening charity is now more accessible and relevant to people than it has ever been in its 215-year history. Read more

8 out of 10 garden cushions fail to meet fire safety regulations

Testing by LOFA found that 8 out of 10 garden cushions sold on the high street and online fail to comply with Government regulations.  The LOFAssured swing tag which guarantees compliance will be shown at the Garden Press Event. Read more

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