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

Calling all innovators & grass root businesses – entry to the GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund is now open!

GIMA is encouraging new businesses and innovators to enter this year’s annual GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund (GISCF); a special fund set up to encourage grass root business and product development. Read more

It’s a chaotic yet profitable recipe for garden centre catering

Both those looking to develop their catering outlet and those introducing catering for the first time, came together at The HTA Catering conference to find out how they could get ‘A slice of the pie’. Read more

Sponsors line up to support the GIMA Awards 2019

With the 39th annual GIMA Awards less than a week away (July 4th, Celtic Manor), final preparations are now underway for what is set to be another glittering night of celebrations and networking. Read more

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

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

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

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

Garden centre accountant given suspended sentence for stealing £76k

Birmingham live reports on the case of a long-serving garden centre accountant who stole £76,000 to pay for booze and gambling. Read more

Final reminder – Entry to GIMA Awards 2019 to close soon. Don’t miss out!

Suppliers wanting to gain unrivalled market-wide recognition for their latest product innovation, marketing support or overall business acumen will want to take centre stage at the forthcoming GIMA Awards (4th July, Celtic Manor). 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

Bright start to 2019 for garden centres

Garden centre sales were up 20% in February.  By the end of March they will have a significant lead over 2018, which was hampered by ‘The Beast…’. The question is whether 2019 will be a vintage year? Read more

Plant dsplays at Blue Diamond in Evesham

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

Retail leader Sir Terry Leahy to headline Cultivating Retail

Sir Terry Leahy, the former Chief Executive of Tesco, will top the programme at the Cultivating Retail conference on 19 November 2019 in Nottingham. He has an active interest in the garden industry as a former shareholder of Dobbies. Read more

Sir Terry Leahy

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

Looking at ‘The Power of Social’ at HTA Marketing Forum

‘The Power of Social’ is the theme for this year’s HTA Marketing Forum which takes place on 16 October 2019 at Horticulture House in Oxfordshire. 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

Still time to apply for expanded Trust apprentice gardeners

The closing date for the National Trust for Scotland’s expanded gardens apprentice is fast approaching, but there’s still time to apply for one of these opportunities across Scotland to help meet the UK-wide shortage of professional heritage gardeners. Read more

The 2018 crop of apprentice gardeners have gained lots of skills and experience

The GIMA Awards judging is complete !

Following a busy day of judging at Warwick Racecourse this week, the winners of the 39th annual GIMA Awards have now been confirmed.  However, the garden retail industry has to wait a few more weeks to find out who wins. Read more

Cultivating Retail – for a sustainable future

Creating a sustainable future for the garden industry is the key theme behind this year’s Cultivating Retail event which takes place on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. Read more

Decco Buyer Connect

This event provides manufacturers / suppliers the opportunity to present products to the management team responsible for running Decco Home & Garden profit centres around the country. Read more

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

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

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

Plant breeders to police illegal propagation

Pot and bedding plant breeding members of Fleuroselect have launched a campaign against the illegal reproduction of protected plant varieties with random visits, a tip-off line for whistle blowers and fines. Read more

Petunia x hybrida Success! HD Rose Star. Bred by Benary

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