HTA exhibits Chelsea Plant of the Year

Gold for the ‘Come to Your Senses’ Eco Garden by Scotts Miracle-Gro, named the best Discovery exhibit; Hillier earned its 72nd consecutive Gold meda; and the HTA exhibited Mulberry CHARLOTTE RUSSE, the Chelsea Plant of the Year. Read more

Peter Seabrook presents the Plant of the Year to Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Average spend falls as sales rise

GCA figures for March confirm that it has been a gardener’s spring. However, despite rising prices and sales, the average customer spend has fallen. What does this indicate? Read more

There’s something for everyone at the GIMA Charity Golf & Activity Day

Running alongside GIMA’s annual Charity Golf Day, will be the inaugural GIMA Kwik Cricket and Laser Clay Shooting Challenge.  This fun and accessible day will be open to anyone who wants to come along and enjoy some fun and relaxation in the glorious county of Shropshire. Read more

Which one will be crowned Rising Star 2017?

This year’s Rising Stars Programme has now begun, with 25 hopefuls competing to win the prestigious title of Rising Star 2017. Read more

Northern Rising Stars at Barton Grange.

Thrive and GreenPlantSwap working together to raise awareness and funding from gardeners

Thrive, the gardening therapy charity which helps people with disabilities and ill health, has agreed an innovative collaboration with GreenPlantSwap, the open gardens and plant swap network, to raise awareness and funding for the charity among gardeners. Read more

Compass Group is Headline Partner at HTA Catering Conference and Dinner

Compass Group, the leading provider of contract catering and support services in the UK and Ireland, is to be Headline Partner at the HTA Catering Conference and Dinner in June. Read more

GIMA announces new council

The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association’s AGM took place on 23rd March at Horticulture House, Oxfordshire with over 80 members in attendance. Read more

The GIMA Council 2017

A Piece of Cake? HTA Catering Conference and Dinner

Help is on hand! Bookings are now being taken for the HTA Catering Conference and Dinner – A Piece of Cake? which takes place on Tuesday 13 June and Wednesday 14 June 2017 at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. Read more

Dominic Teague from One Indigo

GIMA adds new events to the Golf Day

GIMA adds Kwik Cricket and a Laser Clay Shooting Challenge to activities on the GIMA Charity Golf Day. Read more

Lots for the Garden Press to write about

There was plenty to see and hear at the Garden Press Event including a snail fence, outdoor fragrances, a new urban compost from Scotts and news of some enhanced summer events. Read more

Woodlodge's Dorset rocking chair.

UK growers scoff at Dutch views of Brexit

At yesterday’s HTA Contact conference one Dutch grower told how he fears that Brexit will mean no UK nursery industry within 5 years. Read more

Jan de Vries

2016 - a year of change

2016 saw second tier garden centre chains and independents invest as Wyevale consolidated. Homebase and Argos are sold. The HTA moved offices and moved to become the lead association for all gardening related businesses. Glyphosate, Xylella and the weather made frequent headlines. Scotts and Bayer looked for a way out of distributing consumer garden chemicals. Read our review – open to all. Read more

Bunnings buys Homebase

Who pays for the cost of Brexit?

Production costs are going up, so who pays? – Will it be the manufacturer, the grower, the retailer or the customer? Gardenforum chaired a debate of suppliers and retailers. Read more

Neil Grant, Sheila Hill, George Bullivant, Carol Paris and Alex Newey

Garden furniture sales up 12% in August

Garden furniture sales helped garden centres to +4.4% in August, but giftware sales fall again according to the GCA. Read more

Clothing sales were up 14% in August

July sales continue a roller-coaster year

The sales pattern in recent months shows how unpredictable garden retailing can be.  The biggest garden centres were up 6% in July but this brings them just level for the year. Read more

Announcing Peter Avis as keynote speaker for HTA Catering Conference

Peter Avis, Restaurant Manager of Virgin Limited Edition’s Babylon restaurant in London, is set to address delegates at the HTA Catering Conference – ‘A Piece of Cake?’  Read more

Peter Avis - keynote speaker

Caution after a buoyant Easter

Garden centres report an excellent Easter and April with sales up 40% on last year and storm Katie. But chief executives tell us, “We must keep our feet on the ground,” and it will get tougher, with increased competition and inflation. Read more

GIMA Awards 2017 judging panel announced

A key event in the garden retail calendar, the countdown has begun for the GIMA Awards 2017 (13th July, Celtic Manor). As the trade association issues a call to action for entries, it has also revealed who will be making up its judging panel this year.  Read more

Garden centres cannot compete on price alone

Garden centre property consultant, Gilbert Evans, warns how discounters and online retailing are impacting smaller garden centres. Read more

HTA Catering Conference and Dinner - a taster to whet your appetite!

Recruitment, food psychology, barista training and communicating allergens are the latest topics to be added to the programme of the HTA Catering Conference – A Piece of Cake? which takes place on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. Read more

It’s the squeaky door that gets the oil

Suppliers, hit by Brexit and high transport costs, call for a task force as a lobbyist warns, ‘If politicians don’t hear from you they will assume there is not a problem.’ Read more

Should garden suppliers sell online and through Amazon?

Should suppliers sell online and through Amazon or rely on Garden Centres to reach the consumer? Gardenforum hosted a debate at the GIMA day conference. The answer was clear – garden centres have an important place but they must adapt, the Internet is not going away. Read more

GCA figures confirm a slow start to 2017

Despite a strong start for plant sales, GCA statistics show total sales were down in January and February with restaurants and gifts faltering. Read more

Bedding displays at Hillier in Newbury

Suppliers assess impact of Brexit and look ahead

Suppliers reveal the impact of Brexit so far and look ahead. Imports costs have risen by up to 25%. Fears include the uncertainty, being outside the single market and customs bureaucracy. Read more

Packed agenda for GIMA Day Conference

The GIMA Day Conference always presents a great opportunity to network with friends and colleagues within our industry, plus the chance to listen to key industry figures and their thoughts on our growing sector. Read more

Charlie Lacey, COO Decco

Squire’s and Cowells take the top GCA plant awards

It’s three awards each for Squire’s, Cowell’s and Barton Grange at The Garden Centre Association conference. Squire’s and Cowell’s are the best GCA plant retailers.   Read more

Colin & Sarah Squire,  Julian Winfield, Ian Hammond, Squire's plant manager& Roger Crookes

GC Christmas sales have ‘stalled a bit’ after a 7 – 10 year trend of huge increases

The majority of garden centres say Christmas sales were up but competition is increasing and December sales were disappointing for some. Read more

Challenging themes from the HTA Marketing Forum

How one garden centre used only Facebook to promote its Christmas opening evening and took £25,000. Social Media is about building relationships and engaging the community around you. Are you marketing to attract strangers or friends? Read more

Alan Down of Cleeve Nurseries

Can the EU survive as UK heads for a hard Brexit?

The current status of the Euro is not sustainable and a hard Brexit has risks in the medium term says the Future Foundation. Read more

Innovation and trends at Glee

Gardenforum highlights innovation and trends from a successful Glee. Read more

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