Top awards for garden centres at GCA conference

Staff at garden centres across the country are celebrating after receiving awards at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual conference in Luton yesterday (Monday, January 21, 2019). Read more

Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Creativity and Innovation – Bents Garden & Home

The lessons of 2018 and a late Christmas

After a turbulent year for garden centres and a Christmas that came good in the end Gardenforum hears the lessons they learned and the risks they face in 2019. Read more

Part of Barton Grange's Christmas display

Slower start to Christmas in October

October figures released by the GCA show that Christmas lines sold more slowly than last year as gardening ranges benefitted from the weather. Read more

A Christmas display at Blue Diamond, East Bridgford

Garden centre visitors fall as transaction values rise

Garden centre sales rise 8% in September on the back of gardening sales and a revival in the growth of catering. However over the year, the number of garden centre visitors has fallen according to the latest GCA figures. Read more

Blue Diamond plants at newly acquired Bicester

Cultivation St. Ambassador of the Year supported over 1,000 children

David Domoney congratulates this year’s Cultivation Street ambassador of the year, Dobbies’ Steven Purton, who regularly shares his expertise with a local charity, 4 schools, a college and a hospital to improve their communal spaces. Read more

David Domoney congratulates Steven Purton

Brexit: forewarned is forearmed says Gardenex

Gardenex advises companies to visit them at either spoga + gafa or Glee to get advice on preparing for whatever the eventual outcome of the Brexit negotiations will be. Read more

Amanda Sizer Barrett

GCA reveals their best garden centres in England and Wales

The Garden Centre Association has revealed the best garden centre members in each region following the 2018 inspections. Read more

GCA Inspector Roger Crookes and Mike Lind with staff from The Old Railway Line

The winners of the GIMA Awards 2018 are……

Neudorff’s VineWeevilFree - Nematodes scoops the GIMA Sword of Excellence for best product, whilst Woodlodge has for the first time been name the GCA Supplier of the Year at the GIMA Awards. Read more

The Neudorff team collect the Sword of Honour

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

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

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

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

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

How do you prepare for a No Deal Brexit?  You can’t afford not to.

We may not know what type of Brexit we will have till late March.  The implications of a no-deal crash out on 29th will be damaging at a time when plant and garden product imports are high. How do you prepare for a No Deal Brexit?  Read more

Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

HTA Market Update shows rising sales but negative consumer confidence

HTA has released its November market update, which reveals sales are up but levels of consumer confidence are negative.  It also shows ground water levels and river flows are below normal in areas. Read more

Are you ready for the Millennials?

The old ways of doing things won’t open new doors.  Cultivating Retail heard how Millennials’ different lifestyle and technology are disrupting shopping. Read more

Hubbub makes it fun!

The Choice Marketing awards go to …

At the Choice Marketing  Annual Conference and Dinner, Westland was named supplier of the year, Farplants was grower of the year and Widdop was awarded gift supplier of the year. Read more

Michelle de Lavis-Trafford, Sue Grant, Andrew Illingworth, Mike Cook from Choice

Double digit increases in turf prices

Rolawn, a leading UK turf grower, has warned that prices are set to rise in the coming months, because of the extreme weather and rising costs. Read more

Plant sales wilted in the July heat but barbecues sizzled

Garden centre sales wilted during the July heat wave, with outdoor living alone showing strong growth. Even restaurant sales fell according to figures from the GCA Barometer of Trade. Read more

June sales were higher than April's

 “Don't panic!” said the old hands when sales were frozen in March and the daffodils had hardly broken ground, “It will even itself out by the end of June, it always does,” and they were right according to latest figures from the GCA. Read more

Percentage de/increase in sales over last year by month

Somehow, we clawed it all back

By the end of June most Garden Centres have clawed back the sales lost in March and April. There is praise for the great support from suppliers and fantastic effort by staff. Read more

Garden centres enjoyed a bumper May

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

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

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

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