What makes a successful supplier to the big retailers?

Never call a buyer on a Monday.  Never give surprises.  B&Q’s Tim Clapp explains how to become a successful supplier to the multiple retailers like B&Q or Wyevale.  Read more

December was the biggest month of the year for GCA members

The latest figures from the GCA show 2014 was the best year for 4 years with December beating May as the biggest sales month of the year. Read more

Mum finds razor blade in child’s present from garden centre

Manchester Evening News reports how a horrified mother found a razor blade in a present given to her daughter by a garden centre’s Santa.  Read more

Winners of Garden Media Guild Awards 2014

The Garden Media Guild Awards were held at The Savoy, London yesterday. Hosted by James Alexander Sinclair, the awards lunch drew many influential players in the gardening world. Read more

Roy Lancaster presents Christopher Brickell with the Garden Media Guilds Lifetime Achievement Award

“As soon as your plants aren’t great, you’ve lost all credibility.”

Quotes from HTA Garden Futures: “I want to create an emotional connection between the consumer and a bag of compost.”   And “Gardening is about partying, entertainment and living outside. It is not about ‘Jobs for the month’.” Read more

Looking ahead - It's not all doom and gloom

2013 turned out to be another disappointing year in all three key sectors of the garden retail market – garden plants, garden care and garden leisure – with all three sectors showing a steady decline in the five years to 2013 covered by the Analysis. Read more

Burgon & Ball takes top honours at the GIMA's

The garden retail industry was in a confident mood at the GIMA Awards where Burgon & Ball won the Sword of Honour for the best new product and Taylors were named supplier of the year. See more... Read more

A time to reflect says Westland chief

As PwC confirms that discussions with interested parties about buying Solus are still ongoing, Edward Conroy suggests this is an opportunity to reflect on our progress as an industry and to consider what still needs to be done. See more... Read more

If you go down to the woods today...

Garden centres are being invited to sign up this month (May, 2014) to help with an attempt to have the most teddies picnicking on the same day nationwide. See more... Read more

EU & Government move to stop the spread of alien species

Measures to stop invasive alien species of plants, animals or insects getting into the EU or to limit the ecological and economic damage caused by those that do, came a step closer last week. See more… Read more

How do you make good landscaping happen?

The benefits of green landscaping were widely recognised by experts at the AIPH conference, but who makes sure it happens? "Not us,'" says the Mayor of London's representative. See more... Read more

Soggy weather bogs down sales in the South West

While overall sales in February were almost the same as last year, according to the GCA, more garden centres were down than up especially in the wettest parts of the country. See more... Read more

RHS helps update The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs

The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs has been fully revised and updated in conjunction with botanists from the RHS, so that plant names are consistent with those in RHS Plant Finder. See more… Read more

Countdown to Garden Re-Leaf Day!

Industry gets ready for fund-raising events on Friday 14th March. See more... Read more

GIMA urges members to stand firm against Home Retail

Home Retail Group, owner of Homebase and Argos, is the latest national retailer to try and muscle additional rebates from suppliers. GIMA advises its members to stand firm. Read more

GCA names best garden centres for plants and furniture

Sunshine Garden Centre and Van Hage are the best GCA outdoor living retailers.  Cowell’s and Bents are the best for plants. Read more


Smaller suppliers can’t compete with extended payment terms says GIMA

The Government is proposing legislation that would force Britain’s biggest companies to reveal their payment terms and performance, quarterly.  GIMA welcomes greater transparency saying the garden industry is particularly bad when it comes to paying bills. Read more

Review of 2014 in the Garden Industry

2014 has been dominated by the repositioning of the major gardening goods distributors following the demise of Solus.  The weather for once provided a good news story and towards the end of the year there was a flurry of activity from Wyevale as it picked up eight long established independent garden centres.  See the full review – which is open to all… Read more

New food allergen labelling requirements coming into force

Garden centre catering operations face new food labelling regulations which come into force on December 13. Read more

Gardeners boost September sales

GCA figures for September show that the gardener is back. Outdoor plants, garden sundries and landscape products showed double digit growth for the month. Read more

Horticulture Matters must rethink strategy says Gardenforum

Gardenforum believes the RHS, the HTA and other organisations behind Horticulture Matters need to re-think their strategy to solve the skills crisis in horticulture. Read more

RHS gardener helps child with planting at RHS Wisley

HTA calls for rethink on Sunday trading having been outmanoeuvred in 1994

In 1994 garden centres were outmanoeuvred when it was generally accepted they should be exempt from new Sunday Trading restrictions. Now the HTA is calling for the government to think again. See more… Read more

B&Q will pause investment if Scotland votes 'Yes'

B&Q’s Sir Ian Cheshire stepped into the debate about Scottish independence, with several publications reporting his warning that investment would be put on pause if Scotland voted in favour of independence. See more... Read more

Record Easter and good May Day holiday for garden centres

Garden furniture, sundries and plants drive strong garden centre sales in April; and stock keeps flowing despite upheavals in the supply chain. There is a feeling that the gardening feel-good factor is back. See more... Read more

Healthy Easter sales gives trade a boost

There are many happy bunnies across the garden industry after a bumper Easter weekend. Many garden centres are reporting record trading days with plants and garden sundries sales particularly strong, along with catering. Read more

Tonight 8pm BBC 2 – The Big Allotment Challenge

The first episode of The Big Allotment Challenge airs tonight (Tuesday) at 8pm promises tension and tantrums in every episode. It should be a boost for Grow Your Own. See more… Read more

Winter Storms have created a national shortage of fence panels

An unprecedented succession of autumn and winter storms have caused a national shortage of fence panels which is likely to last into the summer and beyond. See more... Read more

Box blight enquiries reach record high

While it was no shock that honey fungus was the number one problem disease in 2013, perhaps the biggest surprise was the influence the weather had on the RHS list of top 10 garden diseases.   See more... Read more

Garden Re-Leaf boosts buoyant March

A record number of garden centres, over 230, took part in Garden Re-Leaf on Friday. They were backed by more suppliers than ever before. The sun shone, customers responded and so did the local press. See more... Read more

RHS names top ten pests of 2013

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced its ‘Top Ten' garden pests for 2013. As in 2012, slugs and snails topped the list with enquiries remaining at their highest since 2002. See more… Read more

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