Garden centres do a good job, BUT...

Garden centres, said Christine Walkden, do a good job, BUT... they intimidate beginners with jargon and the incomprehensible language of staff who are trained in the theory but have never sown a seed themselves. See more... Read more

Slugs and Snails knocked off the pest top spot

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has just announced its top ten pest-related enquiries received by its Advisory Service. Read more

2 New Year Honours for Horticulture

Professor Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is made CBE, while Bill Simpson formerly principle of Pershore College becomes MBE in the New Year Honours. See more... Read more

Garden Centre sales hold up well despite the snow

With the threat of more snow interrupting last minute Christmas shopping, it appears that sales have so far proved resilient. But suppliers fear that garden centres will be cautious about re-stocking in the New Year. See more... Read more

Further losses for garden suppliers

Latest results to be published on Gardenforum include suppliers Gardman, Decco, Europlants, Richard Sankey & Son and Smart Solar; plus the retailers, Coolings Nurseries, Castle Gardens Sherborne, Capital Gardens and Golden Acres. There was a sharp increase in profit for Danning and Symons. A number of garden suppliers are still making losses including Desch Plantpak, Deroma, Fiskars Brands UK, Forest Garden Group and Rowlinson Garden Products. See more... (This article is open to all readers)... Read more

Otter spotted at Golden Acres coffee shop

The Dorset conservation success of the previously-threatened otter took an interesting turn on Monday, October 18, when an otter calmly wandered into the coffee shop at Golden Acres garden centre at West Parley! Read more

RHS Britain in Bloom 2010 results announced

Falkland in Scotland has retained its title of Champion of Champions in the RHS 2010 Britain in Bloom Awards. The awards ceremony, attended by over 450 community and gardening champions, was held on Wednesday at the Centennial Centre in Birmingham, hosted by BBC Gardeners’ World and Edible Garden presenter, Alys Fowler. See more... Read more

Glee New Product Awards 2010

Pop-up rain barrel/water butt scoops triple honours in the Glee New Product Awards. For a list of winners see More... Read more

A garden without plants?

What will the garden of the future look like? According to a former Chair of the Society of Garden Designers, the idea of a garden without plants is a distinct possibility. See more... Read more

Should we feed birds?

More than half of people with gardens feed birds, says Which? Gardening. But are we hindering or helping our feathered friends, it asks. See more... Read more

Key garden companies defy the recession

Tools and mower businesses show the effects of the recession in the latest results to be published on Gardenforum. But Westland Horticulture, Webbs Garden Centres and Solus Garden & Leisure grew strongly. See more... (This article is open to all readers)... Read more

Garden centres have lost the plot when it comes to inspiring new gardeners

There were harsh words for UK garden centres from Adam Pascoe and Christine Walkden at Adrian Bloom's conference about getting people switched on to plants. New initiatives from the US show how to remove the barriers for new gardeners. See more... Read more

First-day success for National Plant Show

There was real enthusiasm from leading garden centres and from exhibitors on the first day of the first ever National Plant Show, which continues today. See more... Read more

Hosepipe warnings in Lancashire

After what is probably the driest start to the year for more than 40 years, the threat of hosepipe bans is raising its head again. See more... Read more

Government stops garden grabbing

Between 1997 and 2008, 25% of new houses were built on domestic gardens in what became known as garden grabbing. Government is now giving local authorities the power to control this. See more... Read more

“It’s all about our team” says Matthew Bent

Bents in Cheshire are the best destination garden centre in the UK for the 3rd year running after rigorous inspection by the GCA. Cowells of Newcastle were judged to be the best smaller garden centre. Solus was voted the best supplier. See more... Read more

Depleted reservoirs could mean hosepipe bans next summer

According to a national newspaper, hosepipe bans are possible next summer as low rainfall and burst pipes deplete reservoirs. See more... Read more

2010 – The highlights

Here are the highlights of stories that appeared on the Gardenforum Noticeboard in 2010. If there are any you missed, they are all still available. See more... (Open to All) Read more

Soil improvers should be peat free by 2013 says new Defra target

The Government is consulting the industry over a range of targets to accelerate the elimination of peat in UK horticulture. The plan has received a cautious welcome from the HTA. There will be a series of meetings in the spring. See more… Read more

Minister asks the Garden Industry for help

Environment Minister announces a national tree planting campaign and a White Paper for the New Year. He says the garden industry has a key role to play in the Coalition’s promotion of The Big Society. See more… Read more

Highest shop price inflation since January

Overall shop price inflation increased to 2.2% in October from 1.9% in September. Food inflation increased to 4.4% in October from 4.0% in September. Non-food inflation increased to 1.1% from 0.7% in September. See more... Read more

Clear the air meeting between GCA and GIMA set for January

There is to be a new forum to resolve the simmering rivalry between garden centres and their suppliers. Representatives from both sides of the industry are to meet on the eve of the GCA conference to sort out their differences – on the rugby pitch. See more... Read more

By 2014 GCs will have only 22% of the garden product market

According to a report by MTW Research, the share of the garden products and equipment market taken by garden centres is continually being eroded by DIY, the high street and the Internet. As this continues, garden centres are migrating their offer and are becoming day out attractions. See more… Read more

Results from Dobbies, Scotts, Garden & Leisure and ...

Retailers dominate the latest results on Gardenforum including Dobbies, Blue Diamond UK, The Garden and Leisure Group and The Garden Centre Group, which we have already reported on. Also released are the latest from The Scotts Company (UK). See 'more' for a summary of the latest additions to Company Results... (This article is open to all readers)... Read more

The Glee Garden Angels are revealed

Glee Garden Angels, hosted by Gardenforum, is an exciting and different event at Glee this year. Based loosely on the BBC's Dragons Den, three Angels will offer advice and perhaps a little more, to companies bringing innovation to the garden sector. We can now reveal the identity of our Glee Garden Angels. See more... Read more

Most retailers results show profits increased in 2009

2009 saw profit increases for Bents Garden Centre, Otter Nurseries, Polhill Garden Centre and OA Taylor & Sons Bulbs. There was a recovery in profits at Country Homes and Gardens, EP Barrus and Roundstone. See more for a summary of the latest additions to Company Results... (This article is open to all readers)... Read more

Major urban tree survey

Tree lovers are being encouraged to join in a major online survey being organised by the Natural History Museum. See more... Read more

Hillier embraces new media

Hillier commits to a growing new media. Blogs from Chelsea, online video of new plants and now the webcasting of in-store events is propagating a new crop of customers. See more… Read more

Industry fears VAT impact, but…

There have been mixed reactions from the industry to a VAT increase to 20% from 4th January. Retailers will have to decide whether to absorb the increase or move to the next price point. See more… Read more

HTA outrage at AWB settlement

Outraged by the latest settlement figure imposed by the Agricultural Wages Board, David Gwyther says, "The AWB is demonstrating yet again that it is out of touch, out of date and, hopefully, out of time". See more... Read more

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