RHS finds a new Director General

The RHS has named the new Director General to replace Inga Grimsey who resigned last year. It is to be Sue Biggs, a passionate gardener who was Managing Director of Kuoni between 1999 and 2008. See more... Read more

Roger Aylett Dahlia expert and founder of Aylett Nurseries has died

Roger Aylett, the founder of leading independent garden centre Aylett Nurseries in St Albans, has died. He was a holder of the Veitch Memorial Medal for outstanding contributions to the science and practice of horticulture. See more... Read more

Dennis Espley to become next chairman of the GCA

The Garden Centre Association has today announced the names of its next 6 chairmen taking it to 2021. See more... Read more

BALI Chief Executive Sandra Loton-Jones quits her post

The Chief Executive of the British Association of Landscape Industries, Sandra Loton-Jones (LJ), is to leave her post at the end of January. Read more

2009 Review - Part 2: July to December

With trade strong, attention turned to the battle between the increased number of trade shows in 2010. Many garden centres won planning permission to extend. Corporate activity continued among suppliers. See more... (This article is open to all) Read more

Brigden to join Focus DIY

Peter Brigden, ex operations director at Wyevale, is to become retail director at Focus DIY in January according to Retail Week. See more... Read more

Mike Gilbert breaks away from Hammond Phillips

Mike Gilbert and 2 fellow directors from Hammond Phillips have left the company to set up their own practice, Gilbert Evans, which is based in Ascot. See more... Read more

Barnes and Marshall to share a platform at HTA conference

Former Lebanese hostage, John McCarthy, leads a list of high-profile speakers at this year’s one-day HTA conference that will look at how the consumer and the marketplace is changing. However, there will be space for only 150 delegates. See more... Read more

Stevenson becomes CX of pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond

Barry Stevenson, chief executive of Wyevale from June 2006 to January 2008, under the chairmanship of Jim Hodkinson, has a new job. He is to become chief executive of pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond. See more… Read more

Ex-garden centre owner becomes a supplier

Former GCA chairman Steve Myatt, who sold his garden centre in April, has started a new business as an importer of barbecues. See more... Read more

New degree course for garden centre managers

There is an important new qualification that garden centre managers and supervisers can work towards. It has been developed by Kingston Maurward College, validated by Bournemouth University and backed by the HTA and GCA. See more... Read more

Stewart to be next chairman of GCA

Martin Stewart is to become GCA chairman for a second time, in January. His aim is to strengthen links with suppliers. GRO will continue but he said there was no logic in it for core gardening. See more... Read more

ITV & RHS seek the People's Gardener

ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show and the RHS have launched the search for the People's Gardener. They are seeking nominations for anyone whose passion for gardening benefits their community in some way. See more... Read more

Lifetime Achievement Award for Whitehall Centenarian

Highlights of last night's Garden Retail Awards include 3 wins for the newly refurbished Sidmouth Garden Centre and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Whitehall Garden Centre's centenarian owner Phyllis Self. For all the winners, see more... Read more

Shoots Garden Centre boss slams Trading Standards

According to the Harrow Times, the boss of Shoots Garden Centre, Stanmore, has accused Trading Standards of entrapment after it sent a child test purchaser into his shop for a pruning saw. See more... Read more

Natar assumes Non-Executive role at Gardman

Paris Natar, who started Gardman 17 years ago, completes the hand-over to the new management team by becoming a non-executive director, this week. But it does not mean that he will be any less involved with the company than before. See more... Read more

CEO completes management buyout of Casco

Matthew Bubear, CEO of Casco Europe, has completed a management buyout to acquire the business. This follows the sale of the North American parent company, Casco, which was announced in January. See more... Read more

B&Q joint founder dies

Joint founder of B&Q, David Quayle, has died while on a luxury cruise, of a suspected heart attack. He was 73. See more... Read more

Management team takes a stake in the Garden Store group

Management team has bought a stake in the Garden Store group as joint founder, Patrick Pearce, retires. See more... Read more

Alan Titchmarsh and B&Q join forces

Alan Titchmarsh is to work with B&Q as it seeks to cement ‘its position as the UK’s largest chain of garden centres’. He will provide regular tips and advice through in-store displays and on B&Q's website. See more... Read more

2009 Review - Part 1: January to June

There was a nervous feel to the start of 2009.  The Banking crisis was in full swing.  No one knew whether consumer demand would come to an abrupt halt after Christmas and garden suppliers were anxiously waiting for confirmation of Wyevale’s financial restructuring.   This review is open to all. See more... Read more

Top HTA Board Appointments Announced

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced a number of key appointments following its AGM held on 21 October. Read more

Wyevale CEOs past and present address GIMA

The next GIMA meeting, which is open to all, will bring together the current CEO of Wyevale (The Garden Centre Group) with one of his predecessors, now the CEO of Klondyke. See more... Read more

UK Garden Companies collaborate on first solar powered flight to Africa

Haxnicks managing director Damian Cardozo survived some exciting moments as he flew the world's first electric powered paramotor to Africa powered by panels donated by Smart Solar. See more... Read more

UPDATED - Robbers hold garden centre manager at knifepoint

Armed robbers ambushed the manager of Barton Grange Garden Centre and his assistant forcing them to open the safe. See more... Read more

Weekend news round-up

Read what was said last weekend in the Press. Heinz targets garden centres with BBQ sauces, Dobbies to offer allotments and shoppers flinch at Smith & Hawken closing down sale. See more... Read more

RHS Awards 2009

Twelve heroes from across the gardening world are being honoured by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), in recognition of their contributions to horticulture Read more

Tommy Gill leaves Bayer Garden

Tommy Gill, head of Bayer Garden, is leaving after 7 years. This is the second big departure from Bayer in 12 months. See more... Read more

2008 Review

Gardenforum reported on 18 garden centres changing hands last year. There was also the demise of wholesaler Spread, and a difficult year for Sir Tom Hunter’s investments in Dobbies, Flying Brands and Wyevale. For a review of 2008 and what to watch in 2009, see 'more'... (This article open to non-subscribers to see what you missed!) Read more

Bestwick to leave Gardman

Managing director, Andy Bestwick, is to leave Gardman in January. For the time being, his role will be covered by the company’s new Chief Executive, Mark Pearson, who starts next week. See more… Read more

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