North West to welcome GCA members for 2022 conference

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced that the location of its 2022 annual conference is to be Blackburn in Lancashire. Read more

Tammy Woodhouse, GCA Chairman Elect for 2021-2022

Online garden sales buck the trend

Online retail sales fell by -9.3% Year-on-Year in August but gardening bucked the trend according to the latest IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index. Read more

GCA winners from North and South of the Thames

Haskins at Snowhill and Squire’s Hersham are the top garden centres in the GCA South Thames area, while Perrywood, Tiptree and Thurrock win North of the Thames. Read more

Staff from Thurrock Garden Centre and (right) GCA Inspector Andy Campbell

Impact of Brexit sees plant export almost 40% less

Increased costs and restrictions on the UK horticulture industry to export to the EU have seen a marked drop in the value of trade in the first six months of the year, demonstrating a missed opportunity for the sector to grow its contribution to UK ‘green trade’.  Read more

TOKYO 2020: Experts reveal the meaning behind the victory bouquets 

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics medalists are awarded with a victory bouquet and Interflora reveal the deeper meaning behind the chosen flowers. Read more

Garden centres expect to place large pre-season orders

We ask garden centres if they will be more cautious about ordering for the autumn and next spring now that all shops are trading.  It seems not... Read more

‘Reset’ - biggest style for next 3 years

The Exclusively exhibition (24th to 25th August) will unveil the next three / five year trends.  One of the biggest is Reset, which is all about ‘preserve, conserve, protect’. Read more

Garden centre headlines around the country

Headlines around the country include a sale and lease back by Dobbies, controversy about breast feeding in a garden centre and thefts of catalytic converters at Bents. Read more

Gary Plevey, a true gentlemen, with his family

Smiemans wins BTTV 2021 with tropical glasshouse at botanical garden Flora

The technically advanced project for the botanical garden "Flora" in Cologne has won the Benelux Trophy Hot Dip Galvanizing (BTTV) 2021 in the category 'Functional galvanizing'. Read more

Glass construction Flora Tropen­ und Wüstenhäuser

Last chance to enter the 2021 GIMA Awards

Suppliers wanting to gain unrivalled market-wide recognition for their latest product innovation, marketing support or approach to sustainability will want to take centre stage at the forthcoming GIMA Awards. Time is running out, as the deadline for entering the 2021 event – Friday May 28th.   Read more

GIMA Awards

Biggest Health and Wellbeing Survey for UK horticulture industry launched 

Perennial asks people working in horticulture about the health and wellbeing challenges they face. Read more

You can’t ‘over-dose’ on gardening!

A ground-breaking study reveals the more ‘doses’ of gardening you get, the better your wellbeing, says the RHS.  Daily gardening has the same impact on wellbeing as regular vigorous exercise such as cycling or running. Read more

Blocked Suez will mean extra delays in Bank Holiday supplies

UPDATED - There were already shortages of garden products before Suez became blocked.  Despite it looking as if canal traffic will resume shortly delivery delays are likely to get worse. Read more

New sponsorship scheme launched by Plant Heritage

Gardening and plant enthusiasts are being invited to sponsor the National Plant Collections, helping to save garden plants today, for people to enjoy in the future. Read more

Iris (Sir Cedric Morris introductions) Credit Clare Dawson

Government unilaterally lifts NI plant soil ban

Action taken by the Government, without prior EU agreement, gives temporary permission to ship from GB to Northern Ireland plants that have been grown in soil. Read more

Pot-mate™ scoops the 2021 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

This year’s winner – Pot-mate™ – is set to be an exciting addition to the garden retail sector, helping to provide a solution to an age-old problem whilst offering retailers with a great volume-driven, add-on sales opportunity.  Read more

Pot-mate win the 2021 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

Maximising growth and opportunity for independent garden centre operators

If you run a successful garden centre business with a turnover of £1.7m or greater and you are looking for ways to maximise your trading potential, then joining a buying group maybe the answer. Read more

Winter illuminations at the RHS Gardens

Tickets for Glow at the RHS Gardens are on sale now as the world’s leading gardening charity prepares to light up all five of its gardens this winter. Read more

The HTA market update shows consumers remain cautious

The HTA market update covering July shows garden centre sales remain significantly ahead of pre-pandemic levels and that consumers remain cautious. Read more

Garden Centres seek additional warehousing to protect supplies

An increasing number of garden centres are seeking warehouse space to take stock control into their own hands following recent supply chain availability issues, says Malcolm Scott. Read more

Masks or no Masks?

With Government ending mandatory distancing measures and mask wearing in stores on 19th July, Freedom Day, we do a straw poll of garden centres on masks and restaurants.  Read more

image: Dobbies

Garden centre May revenues +9% on 2019

The latest GCA Barometer of Sales shows garden centre revenues were up +9% over May 2019 and +17% up if restaurant catering is excluded. Read more

Sales decrease in second half of May

The HTA’s Market Update shows garden centre sales were up 30% in May but decreased in the second half of the month as Covid restrictions eased. Read more

IPPS Europe Conference 2021 cancelled

Following a recent IPPS Europe Committee meeting, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Annual Conference, due to have been held this October in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more

How good were garden centre sales in April?

Figures just published by the Garden Centre Association’s Barometer of Trade, show just how good April sales were, with the challenges of frosts, restaurant closures and stock shortages. Read more

Late April Forst protection at Hillier

'We are all screaming for stock'

‘April hugely up… but it felt like we could have done more’.  ‘Rationing has started to become the norm and we are forward booking stock for the Autumn already.’ Read more

Depleted displays at Dobbies, Andover

GIMA Charity Golf Day returns this summer

As lockdown restrictions ease and golf clubs reopen, there was no better time to confirm that the annual GIMA Golf Charity Day will be making its return on Wednesday June 9th at the Belton Woods Hotel & Golf Course in Grantham. Read more

GIMA Golf Day 2019 - winners Hartman

Garden centres in Scotland to reopen on 5th April

Scotland’s timetable for easing lockdown will permit garden centres to re-open on Monday 5th April, with cafes, pubs and restaurants following on 26th April.  English restaurants must wait till 17th May. Read more

Simpsons in Inverness

Welsh Garden Centres can reopen from 22nd March

The First Minister for Wales has announced that while non-essential shops must remain closed until 12 April, garden centres can reopen from 22 March. Read more

The GIMA Awards are to return in November

Having been cancelled in 2020 the GIMA Awards, the main industry social event of the year, is to celebrate its 40th anniversary on November 11th. Read more

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