The secrets of a successful garden centre

Peter Burks delivered an experts guide to running a successful garden centre when announcing the winners of the Christmas display competition at the GCA conference. See more... Read more

GCA gets economic update from HSBC

The head of economics for HSBC told the GCA that stock markets would fall as would sterling against the dollar. UK has an appalling productivity problem. The best guess for interest rates...? See more... Read more

£10k to produce an inspiring film on careers in the Horticulture industry

A group of horticultural organisations behind the GROW Careers initiative have launched a nationwide competition inviting young filmmakers to create an inspiring three minute film promoting horticulture as a viable and exciting career choice. See more... Read more

Win a ‘Gardening Date with David Domoney’ for Garden Re-Leaf

Garden centres taking part in Garden Re-Leaf Day 2014 can win a footfall-boosting visit to their garden centre by popular ITV gardener David Domoney on Sunday 16th March 2014. See more… Read more

Titchmarsh was not able to accept reduced role at Chelsea

Monty Don and newsreader Sophie Raworth are to replace Alan Titchmarsh as lead presenters for the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014, after Titchmarsh steps down. See more… Read more

Prepare for the demise of the Horse chestnut and the common ash

Disease will see the demise of the Horse chestnut and the common ash, predicts the head of trees at Kew. But there may be a silver lining. See more... Read more

It’s the weather – it always was!

After a dismal start to 2013, leading garden centres have now experienced 5 months continuous growth. In August sales were up 8%. See more... Read more

Glee New Product Awards 2013 - Winners announced

Ten, ground-breaking new garden products have been confirmed as the winners of the coveted Glee New Product Awards 2013. See more... Read more

Garden Re-Leaf raises £61,379 for children’s hospices

March 14th is the date for Garden Re-Leaf in 2014. This spring, the day that starts the gardening year raised £61,379 and organisers have described some of the gardens it funded at children’s hospices. See more... Read more

Beware of ‘Jenny’

It may not be too unusual but do beware. As the weeds grow again after the recent hot spell of weather so the scammers come out again too. See more... Read more

Wanted – gardening families for new Monty Don series

Lion TV, the company behind Monty Don’s French Gardens, is looking for people who would like to create extraordinary gardens from ordinary plots and want to turn their dreams into reality for a new tv series. See more ... Read more

GIMA Awards 2013

Another successful Awards night enjoyed by all that were in attendance along with the announcement for Garden ReLeaf 2014. See more... Read more

Grant of a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture

The Institute of Horticulture (IoH) is delighted to announce that Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to grant a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture. See more... Read more

New Venue for Glee 2014

Glee will move to a more flexible set of Halls within the NEC in 2014. However, recent changes within the industry give more reason for retailers to visit the show this year to reassess their suppliers. See more... Read more

GCA does have the first clue

Where will the next GCA conference be held? There are prizes for guessing and the first clue has been released by the association. See more... Read more

GCA gets economic update from HSBC

The head of economics for HSBC told the GCA that stock markets would fall as would sterling against the dollar. UK has an appalling productivity problem. The best guess for interest rates...? See more... Read more

The secrets of a successful Garden Centre

Peter Burks delivered an experts guide to running a successful garden centre when announcing the winners of the Christmas display competition at the GCA conference. See more... Read more

£10k to produce an inspiring film on careers in the Horticulture industry

A group of horticultural organisations behind the GROW Careers initiative have launched a nationwide competition inviting young filmmakers to create an inspiring three minute film promoting horticulture as a viable and exciting career choice. See more... Read more

Longacres warns about a plausible new Scam

Gardenforum has received an alert from Longacres warning of a new scam. The garden centre received a letter from a supplier confirming new bank details that turned out to be fake. See more (open to all)... Read more

Lobby MEPs to stop devastating EU plant rules

The HTA calls on the industry to lobby MEPs by December 10th over EU proposals that would penalise small ornamental producers and make it no longer viable to keep many older plant varieties. See more... Read more

The grower is a hero - says the Czech GCA

September’s newsletter from the International Garden Centre Association shows the different challenges around the gardening world in 2013. See more… Read more

Sell a tree, sell a stake and tie - not anymore

The traditional training to sell a stake, a tie and some compost when selling a tree, is wrong according to two leading tree experts at the Palmstead Nurseries workshop. See more... Read more

Legionella outbreak in Scotland

An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Scotland, said to be caused by contaminated bagged growing media, resulted in two people being placed in intensive care. See more... Read more

GCA announces the venue for 2014 conference

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has revealed the location of the organisation’s next annual conference (January 26 until 29, 2014) and the winners of its ‘guess the venue competition’. See more... Read more

June surge recovers lost spring sales

It was widely said that 2013 could not be another year like 2012. It has taken a 19% increase in June for the 67 garden centres in the GCA Barometer of Trade to catch up with last year, which is a lot worse than was expected when budgets were set. See more... Read more

Flower seeds bounce back after cold start stunts growth

Sales of flower seeds have increased by 4.3% in 2013. See more... Read more

Fine weather boosts B&Q outdoor sales by 20 per cent UPDATED

In a pre-close second quarter trading update Kingfisher reports strong garden leisure sales thanks to fine weather. See more... Read more

Cultivation Street entries double at Hampton Court

The nationwide competition, organised by TV gardener David Domoney and supported by the HTA, was a runaway success at the show with hundreds of entries flooding in as the public competed to be crowned Britain’s Best Street. See more… Read more

Sun generates rush of orders at Solex

What a difference a few days of sun make. Exhibitors at Solex reported taking orders for immediate delivery, not something they usually expect. But garden centres were concerned about competition from the Internet. See more… Read more

Colleges complain of lack of support from the industry

Colleges complained of lack of support from the industry at the Q-Lawns Sustainable Landscaping event. But some landscapers said colleges are not interested in them. See more... Read more

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