Travel scholarship for young commercial bedding plant growers

Ball Colegrave is offering young commercial bedding plant growers the opportunity for a travel scholarship, which is part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season, awards up to £1,500 to fund travel to Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing. Read more

Danny Booth, BallColegrave scholarship winner

15,000 Calliope® Geranium plant giveaway to schools and communities

During April, these incredible Calliope® geranium plants will be donated by Cultivation Street free of charge to garden centre ambassadors for school and community gardening projects across the UK. Read more

APL Awards 2019

This year the APL Awards 2019 will be hosted by Jamie Butterworth who will be joined by Adam White talking about the adventures of his career so far. Read more

The lessons of 2018 and a late Christmas

After a turbulent year for garden centres and a Christmas that came good in the end Gardenforum hears the lessons they learned and the risks they face in 2019. Read more

Part of Barton Grange's Christmas display

GCA members reminded to enter Worrall Cup

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) are this month (January, 2019) being reminded to compete for the chance to win the Worrall Cup. Read more

Worrall Cup Best Marketing Campaign or Initiative - Perrywood Garden Centre

Calling students of commercial and production horticulture

Students studying any aspect of commercial or production horticulture can get their hands on £1,500 to help with their education. Read more

A very Happy Christmas from Kitchen Garden magazine and Kent and Stowe

Watch the Kitchen Garden video, where a gardener finds himself alone at Christmas and is cheered by Daucus the Gnome and a Kent and Stowe garden fork. Read more

HTA Market Update shows rising sales but negative consumer confidence

HTA has released its November market update, which reveals sales are up but levels of consumer confidence are negative.  It also shows ground water levels and river flows are below normal in areas. Read more

New scholarship for ‘green’ student horticulturists

A new environmental scholarship has been launched by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) in the name of flower seed trade legend, John Gibson. Read more

John Gibson presenting award to a past student winner  with fellow Trustee Brian Crosby.

Slower start to Christmas in October

October figures released by the GCA show that Christmas lines sold more slowly than last year as gardening ranges benefitted from the weather. Read more

A Christmas display at Blue Diamond, East Bridgford

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

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

GCA reveals its ‘Garden Centres of Excellence’ winners

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) revealed the winners of its most prestigious awards at its annual conference including its 10 Garden Centres of Excellence and the Garden Centres of the Year. Read more

Destination Garden Centre of the Year - Bents Garden and Home

Top awards for garden centres at GCA conference

Staff at garden centres across the country are celebrating after receiving awards at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual conference in Luton yesterday (Monday, January 21, 2019). Read more

Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Creativity and Innovation – Bents Garden & Home

How do you prepare for a No Deal Brexit?  You can’t afford not to.

We may not know what type of Brexit we will have till late March.  The implications of a no-deal crash out on 29th will be damaging at a time when plant and garden product imports are high. How do you prepare for a No Deal Brexit?  Read more

More nest boxes needed - National Nest Box Week 2019 is nearly here!

Since its launch in 1997 National Nestbox Week has grown to become one of the most recognised awareness campaigns in the annual ornithological calendar. Its message to the public is very simple: build or buy a nestbox and give a bird a home. Read more

BPOA & Peter Seabrook seek to fund young talent

The British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary is seeking to reward young horticulturists with £1,000 to support their study of commercial horticulture. Read more

Last season, the £1,000 BPOA - Peter Seabrook Bursary was won by Gabor Lukoviczki.

Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

STAX perx rewards programme saves customers thousands

One of the UK’s leading non-food wholesalers has announced that the new customer rewards programme it introduced earlier this year is already proving to be a great success. Since it was launched by Stax Trade Centres in March, the innovative Stax Perx programme has already gained over 6,500 users. Read more

Greenfingers Charity proud to be chosen as BALI Awards 2019 beneficiary charity

Last week the landscape sector came together to celebrate the hard work, quality, commitment and successes of British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) members. During a glittering event in the awe-inspiring Great Room at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, over a thousand people joined in the fun, with Greenfingers Charity benefitting having been chosen as BALI’s 2018 beneficiary charity. Read more

Gardenex, PetQuip and BHETA trade associations join forces to stage post-Brexit export conference

Three of the leading trade associations in the garden and leisure, pet product and home enhancement sectors are joining forces to host a joint conference on The Future for International Trade, ahead of the UK’s departure from the European Union. Read more

The Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition launches for 2019!

The 2018 Young Horticulturist of the Year Grand Final was held at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show (www.flowershow.org.uk ) on April 28th, giving many of the eight competitors and their families and supporters their first opportunity to see this fabulous flower show. Read more

The 2018 Young Horticulturist of the Year - Tim Miles.

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

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

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