GIMA Day Conference: Don’t miss out!

The forthcoming GIMA Day Conference is set to offer a varied selection of speakers, including two popular retail stalwarts who will be providing an insight into the state of retailing in the year ahead. Read more

Tony Blake

New look website and resources for National Children’s Gardening Week 2018

To celebrate the fourth year of National Children’s Gardening week and it’s ‘adoption’ by the HTA, a new look website for National Children’s Gardening Week has been unveiled, along with a suite of free resources for the garden industry to get behind the initiative. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

An average May fails to dent strong 2017 sales figures

Despite an only ‘average’ May, which fell well behind May 2016, most garden centres report they are still well up for the year. Cautious optimism defines their view for the rest of the year. Read more

HTA exhibits Chelsea Plant of the Year

Gold for the ‘Come to Your Senses’ Eco Garden by Scotts Miracle-Gro, named the best Discovery exhibit; Hillier earned its 72nd consecutive Gold meda; and the HTA exhibited Mulberry CHARLOTTE RUSSE, the Chelsea Plant of the Year. Read more

Peter Seabrook presents the Plant of the Year to Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Caution after a buoyant Easter

Garden centres report an excellent Easter and April with sales up 40% on last year and storm Katie. But chief executives tell us, “We must keep our feet on the ground,” and it will get tougher, with increased competition and inflation. Read more

Last chance to sign up to Garden Re-Leaf Day!

Garden Re-Leaf Day is fast approaching! With just under three weeks until the garden retail industry comes together to kickstart the season and raise much needed funds for Greenfingers, the event organisers are urging interested parties to sign up now and take part before it’s too late! Read more

Heidi Towse preparing for Garden Re-Leaf Day at Worlds End Garden Centre

Greenfingers and HTA collaborate on gifting initiatives

HTA and Greenfingers Charity have cemented their partnership with the announcement of a number of initiatives at the Garden Press Event this week. Read more

Wyevale identifies 2018 gardening trends

Wyevale, the country’s largest specialist garden centre group with 147 stores, has published a report on the latest gardening trends revealed by a survey of 15,000 garden lovers. 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

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

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

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

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

Old inspectors return as dates are set for GCA Awards meetings

Due to illness one of the new GCA inspectors has been forced to step down this year. So two, who had intended to retire, are back as judges and will address the newly announced regional awards meetings.  Read more

Staff from Brimsmore Gardens with their awards presented last year

GCA reveals 22% increase in April Sales

GCA garden centre sales were 13% up on last year after a strong April, with massive growth in plants and garden furniture in the warm, dry weather. What will they be after May? Read more

Average spend falls as sales rise

GCA figures for March confirm that it has been a gardener’s spring. However, despite rising prices and sales, the average customer spend has fallen. What does this indicate? Read more

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