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

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

Several hundred entries received for popular PetQuip Awards

The PetQuip Awards are firmly established as a mark of excellence for companies wishing to highlight their products and services to the world.  Read more

Perennial change venue for revived Festival Dinner

Perennial has announced a change of venue for its revived annual Festival Dinner. The event will now take place at The Langham Hotel, the celebrated luxury 5-star hotel on Portland Place, near Oxford Circus in central London and will be hosted by James Alexander Sinclair. Tickets cost £150 each and are available individually or in tables of ten. Read more

Greenfingers Charity Ambassadors reflect on a successful year and 2019 Garden Re-Leaf date

A team of Greenfingers ambassadors met at the HTA National Plant Show last month to reflect on what has been one of the most successful fundraising years in the charity’s history. Read more

Chairman of Greenfingers John Ashley

Plant area managers and buyers reminded to sign up for Plant Area Forum

Plant area managers and buyers are being reminded to book their places at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) third annual Plant Area Forum at Ball Colegrave this month (July, 2018). Read more

The showground at Ball Colegrave

The GIMA’s have been judged

Around 200 entries submitted for the most important Garden Industry Awards of the year, have been judged by a panel of independent judges. The winners will be announced at the GIMA Awards Gala Dinner on July 12th. Read more

Garden centres enjoyed a bumper May

The Beast from the East was forgotten as gardeners spent more in garden centres last month. Read more

Ornamental plant nurseries will continue to be exempt from business rates

A court case in 2015 opened up a potential loophole in the law which would bring nurseries into line with paying business rates. The Government has decided this week that this will not happen. Read more

Ball Colegrave

At the end of April garden centres were -10% down for the year

By the end of May, many garden centres look set to make up what looked like an unbridgeable -10.5% shortfall in sales at the end of April. Read more

Squire's at Twickenham looking good

Report highlights uptake and benefits of primary school gardening

Ahead of this year’s National Children’s Gardening Week (26 May-3 June) a report has been published by the HTA on the uptake and benefits of school gardening in UK primary schools. Read more

Book your place at the table at the HTA Catering Conference – 5-6 June 2018

With just over a month to go until the HTA Catering Conference now is the time to book your place to ensure you don’t miss out on this unique event for the garden industry. This year’s conference and dinner, themed ‘A Recipe for Growth’, takes place at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 June. Read more

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

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

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

NICH invites all to join together under the “Big Tent”

More than 80 industry leaders attend annual meeting and create strategic plan for growth. Sharing a love for plants and our passion for our industry was the overriding theme at the 3rd Meeting of the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) held in Atlanta June 27-29. Read more

The winners of the GIMA Awards 2018 are……

Neudorff’s VineWeevilFree - Nematodes scoops the GIMA Sword of Excellence for best product, whilst Woodlodge has for the first time been name the GCA Supplier of the Year at the GIMA Awards. Read more

The Neudorff team collect the Sword of Honour

Somehow, we clawed it all back

By the end of June most Garden Centres have clawed back the sales lost in March and April. There is praise for the great support from suppliers and fantastic effort by staff. Read more

Never has the outlook been so unpredictable for growers

The aisles of a busy HTA National Plant Show hummed with discussions about Wyevale, Brexit, technology, early wastage and the shortage of hardy nursery stock. Read more

Brett Avery on Far Plant's busy stand

Cultivating Retail Shaping up – the new one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers

Channel 4 news presenter Cathy Newman will be hosting Cultivating Retail the new one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers. The new conference and dinner, jointly hosted by HTA and GIMA, promises to be the must attend event of the year for the garden retail supply chain – tackling key issues and opportunities that the industry faces. Read more

Raoul Curtis-Machin to leave HTA

Raoul Curtis-Machin is to leave the HTA at the end of June. His role will be split between the existing management team and two new posts that will be created. Read more

Raoul Curtis-Machin

Catering for your every need! Book now for the HTA Catering Conference, Dinner and Exhibition

Recruitment and retention of catering staff, food counter visual merchandising, food inspiration from Australia and creating modern takes on traditional bakes are just three of the hot topics on the agenda for the HTA Catering Conference, ‘A Recipe for Growth’, which takes place on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 June at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Read more

Suppliers experience bonanza order intake after holiday weekend

As sales take off at garden centres pressure falls on a supply chain already impacted by the fire at Gardman. Gardenforum checks stock availability. Read more

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