Decco Buyer Connect

Just a quick reminder that the closing date for our next Buyer Connect event with Decco is this coming Friday, 21st June.  Original invitation and details below.  Open to both GIMA members and non members. Read more

Stephen Richardson to join BHETA as marketing manager

Former Senior Digital and Trade Marketing Manager at Travis Perkins, Stephen Richardson is joining BHETA as its new Marketing Manager.  Read more

Stephen Richardson

Customers looking for ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’ options from garden centre cafes

Garden centres cafes and restaurants continue to be a draw on a year-round basis contributing on average 15-20% of a garden centre’s turnover. Read more

Green-tech take their Chemical training workshops to London and Scotland

Following the success of their previous Chemical Workshops, Green-tech has announced the dates for their next two Chemical Workshops - Training the Trainer. Read more

Spraying in action

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.

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

One year on… The progress with recyclable pots

The latest meeting of the Nursery Working Group (which took place at Horticulture House on 6 June) demonstrated the substantial progress made by the industry towards the adoption of kerbside recyclable non-black plant pots. Read more

Taupe pots

GIMA launches bespoke trends report, giving members an exclusive insight into the future

GIMA is set to launch a bespoke garden industry trends report at an exclusive new event for members. The presentation, which will act as a launchpad for the specially commissioned study, will arm suppliers with valuable tools to become market leaders in their sectors, rather than reacting to shifts in consumer behaviour. Read more

New Wisley plant centre to have biggest range of unusual plants

The new Welcome building that opens next month at the RHS Wisley garden will sell more unusual and rare plants from one place than anywhere else in the UK. Read more

Klondyke confirmed for forthcoming GIMA Buyer Connect

GIMA is pleased to confirm that the Klondyke Group will be joining the line-up of key retailers at the forthcoming GIMA Buyer Connect event (Wednesday 29th May, Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium, Reading).  Read more

Students to prosper from the sales of Begonia ‘Sweet Spice Bounty’

Plant breeder, Kerley & Co and wholesale distributor, Ball Colegrave, are working together to bring plant sales donations to the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) to support students studying horticulture in the UK. Read more

Begonia SweetSpice Bounty

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

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

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