GCA launches new Rising Star programme for catering staff

Following the on-going success of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) innovative Rising Stars initiative a new programme aimed at garden centre catering staff was launched at its conference in January this year (2018). Read more

Chris Brown

Fairways, Bents and Smart Garden take GCA’s top awards

Bents has pipped Barton Grange and Webbs of Wychbold to be the GCA Destination Garden Centre of the Year. Smart Garden has regained the prestigious Supplier of the Year cup. Read more

Garden Centre of the Year - Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne

A round-up of 2017, a year dominated by Brexit and Xylella

2017 started with a flourish but lost momentum and settled to be an OK year. Suppliers worried about Brexit, the living wage, higher costs and Wyevale. Retailers and growers worried about Xylella. Takeover activity reached new peaks among suppliers, but no major garden centres changed hands. The industry said goodbye to some old friends. Read our review – (open to non-subscribers). Read more

Plants and gardening sales fell in October

Lower plant and gardening sales means that October income was level with last year according to the latest figures from the GCA. Plus, we look at gardening totals for 2017. Read more

Final spaces remaining for the HTA Marketing Forum!

With just over a week until the HTA Marketing Forum, there are limited spaces remaining for you to book your ticket and join us at this exciting and informative event! Read more

GIMA - Longacres Garden & Giftware Buyer Connect

We are delighted to announce that GIMA will be hosting a "Meet the Buyer" day with Longacres, the UK's largest independent Garden Centre.  Read more

Dare to be different! Programme update for HTA Marketing Forum

With less than a month to go to the HTA Marketing Forum now is the time to sign up! This annual one-day event, aimed at all those involved in marketing and public relations in the garden industry, takes place at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire on 15 November. Read more

Choice members look forward to £1.5m rebate

Last week’s 3 day conference and trade show, held by Choice Marketing, eclipsed the HTA Futures conference that it clashed with, by drawing 160 delegates. 90 suppliers exhibited at the trade show. Read more

2018 Party for Perennial tickets now on sale

Tickets are on sale for the annual Party for Perennial, which will take place on Thursday 18 January 2018. The event is an established fixture of the calendar for the horticulture trade, providing a great opportunity to come together for networking, fun and fundraising. Read more

Challenging year for growing media producers

Rising costs and a poor harvest have created challenging trading conditions in 2017 with peat manufacturers reporting only harvesting 60-70% of their budgeted volumes. Read more

Despite the boom of March and April the season evens itself out

Declining gifts sales and slow restaurant growth has knocked the performance of bigger garden centres according to the half year figures from the GCA. Read more

Summer displays at Bents

Wayfair becomes an important route to market for Solex exhibitors

The chat at Solex centered around topics like: Wayfair, empty warehouses and price rises. And has 2017 really been a vintage year? Read more

Woven and wood mixed from 4SO

GIMA Awards 2017 – last few tickets remaining!

With just a few weeks to go until the winners of the 2017 GIMA Awards are crowned, interested parties are urged to book their place now to avoid disappointment, as tickets are selling fast! Read more

 GIMA Awards Sword of Excellence Winners

It's been an amazing few months at Greenfingers Charity!

As the summer finally arrives and we are spending more time enjoying our own gardens, we wanted to let you know about new Greenfingers Charity gardens and our plans to create two more in 2017.  Read more

How will the election result impact the garden sector?

Do we face opening the UK market to imports from the US? LOFA members fear exchange rate volatility. The HTA is concerned about retaining the relationship it has built with Government on ways to promote plant health and cut plant imports.  Read more

2 interest rate rises forecast for 2018

Economist Roger Martin-Fagg forecast 2 interest rate rises and volatile exchange rates for 2018 as we head for a soft Brexit. The Government will have to consider a property tax. Read more

Roger Martin-Fagg

Seabrook urges Garden Centres to back rose festival

Veteran Sun columnist and broadcaster, Peter Seabrook has called on garden centres to back a National Rose Festival Week in the 3rd or 4th week of June. Read more

Peter Seabrook

Christmas trading patterns have changed

Christmas buying is getting earlier and overall sales have dropped in many centres, not helped by snow on the peak live tree weekend, closing some centres. Despite this, overall garden centre sales are up for 2017. Read more

Snow affected Christmas Tree sales

Bents crown their 80th year with the GCA Christmas display award

Bents have wrestled the GCA Christmas Display award back from Barton Grange, while Castle Gardens in Sherborne prove invincible yet again in the category for smaller garden centres. Read more

Castle Gardens Christmas Display

GIMA day conference - have you booked your place yet?

Concentrating on this Winter's big issues we have guest speakers from Moneycorp, Kidwells Solicitors and the HTA plus a return of the popular GIMA Panel Debate. Read more

New National Home Improvement Week will clash with Garden Re-Leaf Day

BHETA has created a new National Home Improvement Week for the home and garden industry on dates in the middle of March that clash with Garden Re-Leaf Day. Read more

How Perennial helped Billy

Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture when times get tough.  This is how they helped Billy. Read more

GCA Trust’s delegates report back from the IGCA Congress

The two young delegates sponsored by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust to attend the 58th International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress near Niagara Falls in Canada have reported back this month (October, 2017). Read more

Liz Dowling of Millbrook Garden Company and Zoe Willis of Perrywood Garden Centre

Syngenta to be the new sponsor of Cultivation Street

Syngenta and their Calliope brand are to sponsor David Domoney’s community gardening campaign, Cultivation Street, which adds a mentor scheme in 2018. Read more

Less than a month to go until the focus on health at the CIH Annual Conference

This year the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) Annual Conference will be held in the beautiful surrounds of Dublin within the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, across 13-14 October. Read more

National Garden Scheme partners with UK’s leading gardening pr agency

Paskett Public Relations, the UK’s leading gardening and lifestyle pr agency, has announced that it will be working with the National Garden Scheme (the NGS) on a charitable basis. Read more

Glee reveals the short list of top garden industry buyers

Glee has opened the vote to find the UK's best garden buyers. They have revealed a shortlist of 25 buyers across 5 categories: independent garden centres, multiples, DIY / Builder Merchants, online and other. Read more

Westland and Smart Garden take the top GIMA awards

The top GIMA awards went to Westland for Product of the Year and Smart Garden for Supplier of the Year. Briers took the export achievement award. Read more

Westland hold the sword of homour for best product

Garden centres are still significantly ahead in 2017, despite a lull in May

Why, at the end of May, are small garden centres up +11% for the year while large garden centres are up +5%? And where's the houseplant boom? Read more

Sponsor my wing walk for Greenfingers

Conna Powells from Haskins is raising money for the charity Greenfingers by performing a wing walk. The Greenfingers charity has been associated with garden centres for a long time with most GCA members as supporters. Read more

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