GIMA - Buyer Connect

GIMA is pleased to confirm the next Buyer Connect session will take place on 29th May and features buyers from Crocus, Wayfair & Haskins Garden Centres. Read more

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.

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

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'

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

£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

HTA Chairman leaves after 2 months

The HTA Board has announced that Chris Pateman has left his post as Chairman of the HTA citing family reasons and the long commute. Read more

Chris Pateman

Surge of bookings for the GCA conference

The GCA urges those who haven’t booked to act quickly as rooms for the annual GCA conference (21st - 24th Jan) are running out. This is the main networking event for top garden centres and suppliers, with top speakers from business, sport and entertainment. Read more

Matt Dawson

Gardenex secures government funding for major overseas garden trade exhibitions

Gardenex has secured grant funding to help UK manufacturers, especially SME’s, exhibit at major overseas garden trade shows. For the first time these will include Myplant & Garden in Milan. Read more

Myplant Garden, Milan

Chris Pateman to be the new chair of the HTA

The HTA has named Chris Pateman as the new chair of the Association.  In this new role Chris will assist the HTA Board in coordinating the activities of the HTA Executive and their teams at Horticulture House. In addition, he will represent the HTA at a senior level to Government and other stakeholders. Read more

Chris Pateman - New HTA Chair

Spring clean your finances with Perennial!

Easy to use online Budgeting Tool offers financial confidence and control to people in horticulture. 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

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

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

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

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

New chairman takes his seat at the HTA

Chris Pateman became chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association earlier this year. Part of his role is to be the new face of the HTA, representing the interests of members to Government and the rest of the garden sector. Read more

Chris Pateman

Suppliers say rising costs will have to be passed on

Latest figures from The GIMA Barometer of Trade (BoT) show that raw material costs have risen by 12%. These costs, says GIMA, will have to be passed down the supply chain. Read more

A round-up of 2017, a year dominated by Brexit and Xylella

2017 started with a flourish but lost momentum and settled to be an OK year. Suppliers worried about Brexit, the living wage, higher costs and Wyevale. Retailers and growers worried about Xylella. Takeover activity reached new peaks among suppliers, but no major garden centres changed hands. The industry said goodbye to some old friends. Read our review – (open to non-subscribers). Read more

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