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

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

Garden centres urged to sign-up and support Garden Re-Leaf day on Friday 22nd March

Garden centres across the UK are being encouraged to take part in Garden Re-Leaf Day on Friday 22nd March and raise vital funds for the Greenfingers Charity, the national charity that creates magical gardens for children’s hospices. Read more

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

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

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.

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

Final call for scholarship applications

Students have just one week left to get their applications in for a scholarship from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). To enter applicants simply need to complete an application form which they can do online and submit it by Thursday 31 January 2019. Read more

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

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

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