West Dean Gardens launch the Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain Trainee Horticulturalist Fund

The World-Famous West Sussex Gardens create a fund to give a trainee horticulturalist a great start - a year working in West Dean Gardens. Read more

Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain.

Horticultural Rising Stars have until Friday 22nd February to enter 

Each year Westland and the Garden Centre Association (GCA) search for the best up and coming employees at garden centres who show great potential and would benefit from the opportunity to further their skills and experiences as part of the Rising Stars Program. Read more

Create your perfect garden this February…with ‘Gardening is Good for You!’

Gardens mean different things to different people. So, it’s time to create your perfect garden with support from the ‘Gardening is Good for You!’ campaign. Read more

New seminar to cover Sales Agency Law

GIMA and LOFA - have just announced a new seminar for suppliers currently working with, or considering employing the services of, commercial sales agents.  Read more

Create your perfect garden this February

Gardens mean different things to different people but spending time outside helps to lower stress and anxiety, improves your mood, and is beneficial to mental health and wellbeing. This February we’re encouraging you to share this news with your customers with help from the HTA’s ‘Gardening is Good for You!’ campaign. 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

James Barnes is to be HTA Chairman

James Barnes, the former CEO of Dobbies, is to become the chairman of the HTA and will speak on behalf of the association with members and outside the industry. Read more

James Barnes

Grow yourself healthy this January

Research from around the world has confirmed something many gardeners already know ­– gardening really is good for you! So, this January we’re encouraging you to share this news with your customers with help from the HTA’s ‘Gardening is good for you’ campaign. Read more

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'

Cultivating Retail is the annual conference for business leaders

Next week’s Cultivating Retail is the conference that asks ‘what is the future for the garden retail sector?’. It is the annual event for business leaders and strategists. There are still tickets available to catch up on the latest trends. Read more

Claire Harper

One in four people are afraid of public speaking!

At a time when social media can make getting your voice across even more difficult or important, pick up some tips and learn some secrets for wining over your audience.  Read more

The HTA’s new campaign celebrates a simple message… Gardening is good for you!

New for 2019, the HTA’s ‘Gardening is good for you’ campaign reveals just how good gardening is for everyone. Read more

HTA Benevolent Fund supports members in need

The HTA Benevolent Fund continues to work in confidence supporting members of the HTA with grants to assist them in difficult circumstances. Read more

RHS funding available to modern day plant hunters

The RHS has made more than £100,000 available to gardening professionals and keen amateurs who want to combine worldwide travel and horticultural learning this year. Read more

9 new members for the GCA

The Garden Centre Association has recruited 9 new members bringing the total number of garden centres the association represents to nearly 200. Read more

Bell Plantation Garden Centre

New retail data service for BHETA members

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is launching a new retail data service for members thanks to an exclusive deal with research and data provider, GfK.  Read more

HTA Sustainability Matters – Green is the new black!

The HTA has announced a one-day event ‘Sustainability Matters’. This new event will explore topical issues around sustainability for the garden industry including plastics, recycling, responsible sourcing, environmental policies and promoting local. Read more

Last chance to book for Sales Agency Law Seminar

GIMA and LOFA are urging interested parties to book their place at the forthcoming Sales Agency Law seminar to avoid disappointment as places are going fast. This special one-day event is designed for suppliers currently working with, or considering employing the services of, commercial sales agents.  Read more

Spring into action this March with Gardening is Good for You!

Spring is in the air, and there’s no better time to start planning and planting colourful displays to enjoy over the months ahead. Read more

Bruunera Jack Frost

Tenth anniversary for Westland’s Rising Stars

The programme for the annual campaign was announced and entries are now open to find up and coming employees at garden centres who show great potential and would benefit from the opportunity to further their skills and experiences as part of the Rising Stars Program. Read more

SmartPlant links with T&M

SmartPlants adds T&M to its growing list of commercial partners.  Customer receipts by the mail-order supplier will soon be accompanied by the newly developed SmartPlant 'button' to provide post sale advice. Read more

Get set for Spring with HTA Practical Workshops

What better way to ensure sales opportunities are maximised this spring than by booking onto a HTA Workshop. The workshops target specific areas of visual merchandising within a garden centre, including chemicals and fertilisers, and gifting. We are also offering our popular Selling More Plants workshop. Read more

Perennial is recruiting new staff amid continued welfare support uncertainty

Continued political and economic uncertainty in the UK, and the government’s ongoing welfare support changes, are contributing to people across horticulture, and its wider industries, needing additional help and support. This means that people in crisis, are not getting the help they need, when they need it most. Read more

Would £2,500 help your horticultural research?

A new Horticultural Research Scholarship has been launched by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) to support applied research within the horticulture industry. Read more

Book now for the Garden Press Event 2019

Interest in gardening, lifestyle, health and wellbeing is increasing and as a result these are popular topics for the media as consumers strive to create their own ‘Healthy Habitats’* in the home and garden. Read more

As Universal Credit is rolled out Perennial tells Amanda’s story

Perennial’s advice to everyone working in horticulture, who is in receipt of benefits or think they may be entitled to benefits, is to start exploring the range of options available now before the full Universal Credit roll-out bites. Read more

Phil Gibbs leaves LOFA

LOFA has announced that secretary Phil Gibbs left the association on Friday 19th October as a new look board explores new opportunities for the association. Read more

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

GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange Programme - Autumn workshops

GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange Programme will this Autumn feature four one-day interactive workshops designed and presented by Cedar Associates and a one-day Microsoft Excel workshop presented by Paul Brown Training Limited Read more

Low cost brochure and product sample display on offer at Spoga+gafa 2018

The Gardenex export federation is offering companies that do not have the full resource to exhibit in their own right at Spoga+gafa in Cologne (2 to 4 September 2018), the opportunity to promote their products via a low-cost brochure display.  Read more

£4m for new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at RHS Wisley

The Royal Horticultural Society will receive £4 million from the National Lottery towards a five-year project that includes developing the world’s first National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, at the RHS Garden at Wisley. Read more

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