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.

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

The 2019 GIMA Award winners are…

The big winners at last night’s Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Awards were the rapidly growing Smart Garden and industry newcomer, Primeur, with its recycled rubber, self watering planters. Read more

ierra Verde Recycled Rubber Planters

The next May bank holiday will be on a Friday

The first May bank holiday in 2020 will be put back 4 days to Friday 8th May to celebrate VE Day in Europe. Read more

Retailers and suppliers meet to discuss responsible knife retailing

Top retailer and supplier brands attended BHETA’s workshop, to discuss its responsible knife retailing campaign.  The first actions in the responsible retailing campaign will be announced within weeks. Read more

New Wisley plant centre to have biggest range of unusual plants

The new Welcome building that opens next month at the RHS Wisley garden will sell more unusual and rare plants from one place than anywhere else in the UK. Read more

March sales bounce back to 2017 levels

As expected after last year’s Beast from the East, The GCA Barometer of Trade shows massive increases in garden centre sales in March, but sales barely matched March 2017. Read more

Blue Diamond's Bicester plant sales area

There is a new breed of retailer ready to move in

The recent demise of so many retailers shows the disruption to existing channels by online retailing. But Steve Collinge told the GIMA conference that the disruption to come will be bigger and nastier and include the rise of new breed of retailer. Read more

Steve Collinge

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

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

Despite a weaker June, garden centre sales are +6% for the year

2019 has the makings of a strong year for garden centres. Latest figures from the GCA indicate that garden centres are still +6% ahead of last year despite losing ground in June. Read more

Hardy plants are the biggest category during the first 6 months of the year

May sales hold up well

May sales, while down -7%, were stronger than garden centres could have hoped for. At the end of the month they are still +9% year-to-date ahead of last year. Read more

Planted pots at Haskins Ferndown

Contemporary sculptures mark opening of new Wisley garden centre

A 5m high Giants Chair dominates a sculpture display at RHS Wisley Gardens that coincides with next week’s opening of its new garden centre, restaurant and Welcome building. Read more

Locking Piece by Henry Moore

GCA plant sales up 34% this year

The GCA Barometer of Trade shows garden centre sales were +19% up for the year at the end of April with outdoor plants and furniture being the stand-out performers. Read more

Cold bank holiday fails to dim garden centres’ optimism

Cold weather may have held back plant sales over the weekend, but restaurants prospered. Garden centres are optimistic. “This is what makes running a garden centre so unpredictable and so much fun.” Read more

A record Easter

It seems that the hot weather and the late timing combined to produce the best ever Easter trading for garden centres.  Further updates added from Wyevale, Hillier, and Klondyke. Read more

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