‘Orse racin’ returns to GCA conference in aid of Greenfingers

Garden centre and horticultural industry staff can now sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference. Read more

2019 Greenfingers Challenge Cup

GCA members to compete for Worrall Cup

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) can put their marketing campaigns and initiatives to the test as part of the organisation’s annual Worrall Cup competition (January, 2020). Read more

2019 Worrall Cup winners - Haskins Garden Centre

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. Read more

Will the election result be good for business?

Following the Tory election win, ‘Brexit will get done’ and the pound is rising. Is this good for the Garden industry? Or could there be turbulent times ahead? Read more

Cultivation Street announces Miracle-Gro® as new sponsor

The national community, school, and gardens for better health campaign, Cultivation Street, enters its eighth year in 2020 and is excited to announce Miracle-Gro® as the sponsor for 2020 (previous sponsors have been the HTA and Calliope). Read more

Kick start 2020 with the Contact Conference

With 2020 designated the International Year of Plant Health, biosecurity will be taking centre stage at Contact Conference, sponsored by ICL, which takes place on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 January 2020 at Horticulture House, Chilton.  Read more

Funding for commercial horticulture students thanks to Peter Seabrook & BPOA

Students of commercial horticulture can get £1,000 of funding through the British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary.  Read more

James Pike BPOA PS Sponsored Scholarship winner 2018-19

Hot seat sessions at Cultivating Retail

Key topics impacting the industry will be in the spotlight at next month’s Cultivating Retail Conference on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. Read more

Daisy McAndrew

September sales fell 1% in GCA garden centres

September sales were 1% down on last year according to the latest figures published by the Garden Centre Association.   Read more

Advice for Brexit, deal or no deal

Gardenforum looks at some of the resources available to help companies keep up to date with advice on Brexit and especially a no deal Brexit. Read more

Image courtesy CAP Images / EU

Price rises for plants as demand exceeds supply

As demand for UK grown plants increases, growers in the Green Heart of Glee reveal that prices will rise and there could be shortages. Read more

Travel with the Ball Colegrave sponsored scholarship

Where could experience in the commercial bedding plant industry take you? Bedding plant enthusiasts are invited to find out by applying for the £1,500 Ball Colegrave Sponsored Travel Scholarship. Read more

Robert Perry - Ball Colegrave Sponsored Scholarship winner, 2018-19

Garden centres defy high street gloom

GCA figures for July show garden centres increased sales by +11%, while the BRC reports that high street footfall dropped by -2.7% and footfall in shopping centres fell by +3.1%. Read more

Free report forecasts production and markets for ornamentals

The International Vision Project (IVP) by the AIPH, is the first of its kind in ornamental horticulture to set out a forecast for the future of the global industry until 2030.  It is available free online. Read more

The HTA has a message for Boris

The HTA’s Director of Policy and Communications tells the new PM that the ornamental sector, which supports 568,000 jobs, is essential for the Government’s environment plans. Read more

Changes to Scottish business rates would be damaging says HTA

Later this month the Scottish Parliament is to vote on scrapping the Uniform Business Rate in Scotland, allowing local authorities to set their own rates. Read more

James Barnes

Price rises likely after April’s rise in National Living Wage

Increased costs from the 6.2% increase in the National Living Wage will lead to price rises and put pressure on profits say garden centres. Read more

Modest increases over Christmas

Sales over the Christmas period showed modest increases, but some Christmas categories and houseplants sold well. Some garden centres are +10% for the year. Read more

Gifts and Christmas flourish in November

Figures just released by the GCA show sales grew 9% in November, with houseplants, clothing and Christmas growing fastest. Read more

Do you remember the GIMA Awards of yesteryear?

As the annual GIMA Awards get set to celebrate its 40th anniversary in July 2020 the leading trade organisation for garden manufacturers is calling upon the industry to help paint a picture of GIMA Awards of yesteryear. Read more

GIMA Awards 2019

BHETA provides Challenge 25 collateral for bladed goods

BHETA is to provide officially sanctioned Challenge 25 artwork for suppliers, retailers and delivery companies involved in the supply of age-restricted bladed items such as kitchen knives and DIY and garden tools. Read more

Did sales rise or fall in October?

Separate reports from the GCA and the HTA show contrasting outcomes for garden centre sales during October. The GCA reports a fall for a second consecutive month, while the HTA reports a rise. Read more

Funding for horticultural research students

There is a scholarship available to students pursuing a research career in the horticultural industry. Read more

Rakhee Dhorajiwala Horticultural Research Scholarship winner 2018-19.

Announcing our venue for GCA Conference 2020

Our conference is attended by a majority of our garden centre members; therefore, it is the ideal opportunity to meet new and existing customers and speak to the decision makers. Read more

Mercure Grand Hotel, Bristol

How can environmental solutions & sustainable applications advance commercial horticulture?

If you’re a student with a passion for ‘green’ horticulture you may be the right candidate to apply for the £1,500 John Gibson Environmental Scholarship. Read more

Juliet turner by the Verti garden living wall at Greenmount College

Garden centres prosper in the rain and heat of August

August weather was hotter and wetter than average. As a result both garden furniture and gardening sales prospered according to the GCA Barometer of Trade. Read more

Catering at Haskins Ferndown

A new product category emerged at Glee

Alternative to Chemicals, goes a step beyond replacing one chemical with another that's more environmentally friendly.  Hozelock and Westland see ATC as an important step preparing consumers for a 'free-from' future. Read more

Westland's additives increase vigour

The HTA needs to get onto the front foot

HTA chairman, James Barnes calls for the backing of members, especially growers, to hear him present plans to re-invigorate the HTA and to promote sustainability at the Cultivating Retail conference. Read more

James Barnes

The Trouble with Garden Centres – ITV Thurs 22 Aug

Watch ITV Thurs 22 Aug at 7.30. Chris Choi investigates the sustainability of garden centres in 'The Trouble with Garden Centres’. Read more

ITV’s Chris Choi

GCA sees record numbers of new members join

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has seen a record number of new members join in 2019 – with 10 signing up so far this year. Read more

 Bellis Brothers Farm Shop and Garden Centre

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