Never has the outlook been so unpredictable for growers

The aisles of a busy HTA National Plant Show hummed with discussions about Wyevale, Brexit, technology, early wastage and the shortage of hardy nursery stock. Read more

Brett Avery on Far Plant's busy stand

Cultivating Retail Shaping up – the new one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers

Channel 4 news presenter Cathy Newman will be hosting Cultivating Retail the new one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers. The new conference and dinner, jointly hosted by HTA and GIMA, promises to be the must attend event of the year for the garden retail supply chain – tackling key issues and opportunities that the industry faces. Read more

At the end of April garden centres were -10% down for the year

By the end of May, many garden centres look set to make up what looked like an unbridgeable -10.5% shortfall in sales at the end of April. Read more

Squire's at Twickenham looking good

Report highlights uptake and benefits of primary school gardening

Ahead of this year’s National Children’s Gardening Week (26 May-3 June) a report has been published by the HTA on the uptake and benefits of school gardening in UK primary schools. Read more

Book your place at the table at the HTA Catering Conference – 5-6 June 2018

With just over a month to go until the HTA Catering Conference now is the time to book your place to ensure you don’t miss out on this unique event for the garden industry. This year’s conference and dinner, themed ‘A Recipe for Growth’, takes place at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 June. Read more

National Children’s Gardening Week – Get involved

The 2018 National Children’s Gardening Week is fast approaching on 26 May – 3 June but it is not too late to get involved! Read more

20% back in 7 days. We could do this!! (Updated)

The GCA figures for March are dismal, but after a week of better weather the mood has changed as a message from Stewarts Garden Centres shows.  Figures from Dobbies and Wyevale have been added. Read more

Cafe and Food Hall at Blue Diamond's East Bridgford GC

GIMA hears how to take the risk out of FX deals

Inflation is to fall, interest rates and wages are to rise. GIMA hears now is a good time for exporters, and how to reduce the currency risk with foreign exchange specialists.  Read more

Matthew Crate

Gender Pay reporting reveals interesting differences

Recently published figures show that the gender pay gap in garden retailers is generally smaller than the UK average. However, there are some interesting differences between the garden centre groups. Read more

Entry to GIMA Awards 2018 now open!

Considered the garden industry event of the year, the GIMA Awards are set to return later this summer (12th July, Celtic Manor), with another glittering night of celebrations. Entry to this year’s awards are now open – with suppliers being urged to not miss out on their chance to win one of the industry’s highest accolades. Read more

Westland Horticulture winning the 2017 Sword of Excellence with SafeLawn

GIMA Day Conference: Don’t miss out!

The forthcoming GIMA Day Conference is set to offer a varied selection of speakers, including two popular retail stalwarts who will be providing an insight into the state of retailing in the year ahead. Read more

Tony Blake

New look website and resources for National Children’s Gardening Week 2018

To celebrate the fourth year of National Children’s Gardening week and it’s ‘adoption’ by the HTA, a new look website for National Children’s Gardening Week has been unveiled, along with a suite of free resources for the garden industry to get behind the initiative. Read more

Wyevale identifies 2018 gardening trends

Wyevale, the country’s largest specialist garden centre group with 147 stores, has published a report on the latest gardening trends revealed by a survey of 15,000 garden lovers. Read more

Fairways, Bents and Smart Garden take GCA’s top awards

Bents has pipped Barton Grange and Webbs of Wychbold to be the GCA Destination Garden Centre of the Year. Smart Garden has regained the prestigious Supplier of the Year cup. Read more

Garden Centre of the Year - Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne

Christmas trading patterns have changed

Christmas buying is getting earlier and overall sales have dropped in many centres, not helped by snow on the peak live tree weekend, closing some centres. Despite this, overall garden centre sales are up for 2017. Read more

Snow affected Christmas Tree sales

Garden centres enjoyed a bumper May

The Beast from the East was forgotten as gardeners spent more in garden centres last month. Read more

Ornamental plant nurseries will continue to be exempt from business rates

A court case in 2015 opened up a potential loophole in the law which would bring nurseries into line with paying business rates. The Government has decided this week that this will not happen. Read more

Ball Colegrave

Raoul Curtis-Machin to leave HTA

Raoul Curtis-Machin is to leave the HTA at the end of June. His role will be split between the existing management team and two new posts that will be created. Read more

Raoul Curtis-Machin

Catering for your every need! Book now for the HTA Catering Conference, Dinner and Exhibition

Recruitment and retention of catering staff, food counter visual merchandising, food inspiration from Australia and creating modern takes on traditional bakes are just three of the hot topics on the agenda for the HTA Catering Conference, ‘A Recipe for Growth’, which takes place on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 June at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Read more

Suppliers experience bonanza order intake after holiday weekend

As sales take off at garden centres pressure falls on a supply chain already impacted by the fire at Gardman. Gardenforum checks stock availability. Read more

GIMA Awards – Get your entries in front of our judges

Entries are coming in thick and fast. Make sure we receive yours before next month's deadline. It’s a great chance to get your entry in front of our panel of expert judges, which this year includes buyers from Crocus, Monkton Elm Garden Centre, Notcutts Garden Centres, Scotsdales Garden Centre & Wyevale Garden Centre. Read more

Championing horticulture at the APPGHG Inquiry

The first of three evidence sessions for the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group (APPGHG) inquiry into the future of gardening and horticulture industry took place on 17 April at Portcullis House in London. Read more

Don’t let retailers bully you says the Gamekeeper turned Poacher

Former head of Scotts Miracle-Gro, Martin Breddy, tells how different it is to be a retailer now that he is MD of Squire’s Garden Centres. Read more

Martin Breddy

Perennial revives annual Festival Dinner

Perennial is reviving its traditional Festival Dinner, a fantastic evening of fundraising, with the help of partners and supporters from across the UK horticulture industry. Read more

March, “That was one tough month” 

Sales may be down +/- 15% on last year, but garden centres are confident they can catch up. 2013 was worse. But as one garden centre owner explained, “A season normally consists of 7 strong weeks, so we can still recover but we need those strong weeks to start!” Read more

Horticultural Action Plan launched in Scotland

A Scottish Horticultural Action Plan, highlighting the contribution of parks and gardens to the wider Scottish economy, has been launched. Read more

Last chance to sign up to Garden Re-Leaf Day!

Garden Re-Leaf Day is fast approaching! With just under three weeks until the garden retail industry comes together to kickstart the season and raise much needed funds for Greenfingers, the event organisers are urging interested parties to sign up now and take part before it’s too late! Read more

Heidi Towse preparing for Garden Re-Leaf Day at Worlds End Garden Centre

Greenfingers and HTA collaborate on gifting initiatives

HTA and Greenfingers Charity have cemented their partnership with the announcement of a number of initiatives at the Garden Press Event this week. Read more

2 interest rate rises forecast for 2018

Economist Roger Martin-Fagg forecast 2 interest rate rises and volatile exchange rates for 2018 as we head for a soft Brexit. The Government will have to consider a property tax. Read more

Roger Martin-Fagg

Seabrook urges Garden Centres to back rose festival

Veteran Sun columnist and broadcaster, Peter Seabrook has called on garden centres to back a National Rose Festival Week in the 3rd or 4th week of June. Read more

Peter Seabrook

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