Festive favourites: The Holly and the Ivy

It will soon be Christmas, and what better way to celebrate the season and bring festive cheer to your garden than with two traditional Christmas favourites – Holly and Ivy. Countless cards carry their image, often with leaves touched by frost or covered with a crisp layer of snow, and your garden displays will have even greater appeal. Read more

Holly varieties (including Ilex 'Golden King')

Get ready for garden gifting this Christmas!

HTA Members are encouraged to stock up on National Garden Gift Vouchers and National Garden Gift Cards ready for the busy Christmas season ahead. Read more

Time to apply for a David Colegrave scholarship

The window has opened for future horticulturalists to apply for scholarships from The David Colegrave Foundation. There are 7 potential scholarships available. Read more

Garden centres to benefit from generous pr discounts

The UK’s leading gardening public relations agency has partnered with The Horticultural Trades Association (The HTA) to offer public relations and social media services for considerably discounted rates. Read more

Cyclamen: November Houseplant of the Month

Thanks to its white and brightly coloured flowers, Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) is the ideal plant to combat the dark day blues for the November houseplant of the month. Read more

Industry sponsors back BALI’s first sales campaigns to public and the trade

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is to launch two major sales campaigns this autumn. One targets the public, the other is to recruit trade members. Read more

Landscape House

Must Have Perennials™ has launched its new website

Must Have Perennials™ has launched its new website offering varietal and growing information, and marketing support, to all Trade supply chain sectors from Breeders to Growers through to Retailers. This new site compliments the www.rozanneandfriends.com consumer-facing website & brand launched earlier this year. Read more

Negotiation Skills Workshop 11th October

Designed to help attendees understand the difference between traditional 'positional negotiation' and 'collaborative negotiation'. The session will offer top tips regarding the diverse ways that buyers and account managers can develop their own negotiation aims and use strategies to achieve their goals. Read more

Pure Green: October houseplants of the month

Pure Green is about plants with air-purifying qualities which greatly improve their surroundings. Research by NASA has proven that some plants absorb harmful substances and carry them away with their roots. They also release oxygen and help maintain the humidity level in the home. The Houseplants of the Month for October are the stars amongst the Natural Air Purifiers: Spathiphyllum, Gerbera, Nephrolepis and Ivy. Read more

Thrive training goes global

This September national garden therapy charity Thrive goes global as it launches its online training which can be accessed from anywhere in the world! Read more

GIMA expands its range of Knowledge Exchange Workshops to include Sales Territory Planning

GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange Programme has been further expanded for the autumn season, with the introduction of a fourth session, which will focus on Sales Territory Planning.  Read more

HTA warns garden centres on deadline for expired gift vouchers

The HTA is warning garden centres it will not accept gift vouchers once they have expired, due to a change in legislation. The amnesty on vouchers with an expiry date of 31 December 2016 ends on 31 August 2017. Read more

GIMA Award triumph for National Garden Gift Card

The National Garden Gift Card, from the HTA, won the best Garden Clothing and Gifts category at the GIMA Awards which took place at Celtic Manor in Wales on 13 July. Read more

Is Stratford-upon-Avon ‘to be or not to be’ home to GCA’s January 2018 conference?

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced that the location of its annual conference is to be Stratford-upon-Avon (January 21 until 24, 2018). Read more

Workshops are the dish of the day at HTA Catering Conference

This year’s HTA Catering Conference, sponsored by Compass Group UK & Ireland, takes place at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June 2017. Read more

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

GIMA Day Conference: Focusing on the Hot Topics of the Day

The forthcoming GIMA Day Conference is set to tackle head on those issues that are directly affecting the garden retail industry, arming attendees with the knowledge, inspiration and confidence to move forward in a post-Brexit world. Read more

New National Home Improvement Week will clash with Garden Re-Leaf Day

BHETA has created a new National Home Improvement Week for the home and garden industry on dates in the middle of March that clash with Garden Re-Leaf Day. Read more

Trade Associations back the second Glee

3 leading trade associations GIMA, The HTA and Gardenex are backing the additional Glee exhibition, a concession at the Spring Fair in February. Read more

Learningwithexperts to offer RHS gardening qualifications online

The RHS has approved award-winning online learning provider Learningwithexperts.com 
(formerly MyGardenSchool) as an accredited provider of RHS gardening qualifications. Read more

New Xylella e-learning module available from HTA

The HTA has launched a free e-learning module on Xylella fastidiosa providing plantarea and garden retail staff with the latest information about this plant disease that presents a huge threat to the industry. Read more

Choice members look forward to £1.5m rebate

Last week’s 3 day conference and trade show, held by Choice Marketing, eclipsed the HTA Futures conference that it clashed with, by drawing 160 delegates. 90 suppliers exhibited at the trade show. Read more

In search of berried treasure

Berry-bearing trees and shrubs come into their own in autumn, creating colourful displays that last well into winter, which is why they have been chosen as the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Plant of the Moment for October. Read more

Firethorn with red berries (Pyracantha)

Landed rates up 17% in last 12 months says GIMA

The GIMA Barometer of Trade reports double digit cost increases for raw materials, freight and labour in the last 12 months. Read more

GIMA director, Vicky Nuttall

Keep greenery in your garden all year round - National Conifer Week 2017

This year’s National Conifer Week takes place from 30 September – 7 October 2017, encouraging garden centres around the country to embrace the beauty of conifers, and highlight them using eye catching displays, to demonstrate the variety and choice of conifers available. Read more

Conifers, Danica Box Hedge

The arrival of fashionably late perennials

Add fresh excitement to your displays this autumn with Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) ‘Plant of the Moment’ for September– perennials. Read more

Verbena bonariensis - POM for September

Garden Futures Conference 2017 line up announced

Garden retail – the great escape – is the theme for this year’s HTA Garden Futures Conference and Dinner, sponsored by Hozelock, which takes place on Wednesday 4 October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. This one day conference and dinner is aimed at all those from across the garden industry from business owners to directors and managers. Read more

Journalist and news presenter, Cathy Newman

Get creative with ornamental grasses

Add striking texture, character and form to your garden this month with the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) ‘Plant of the Moment’ for August – ornamental grass. Read more

Ornamental grasses in patio pots (including Miscanthus and Imperata) - Adam Pasco Media

Love Your Plot announces Kettler as sponsor of Al Fresco Fortnight 2017

Al Fresco Fortnight, the flagship event for the ‘Love Your Plot’ campaign, has announced a headline sponsor for 2017. Read more

Old inspectors return as dates are set for GCA Awards meetings

Due to illness one of the new GCA inspectors has been forced to step down this year. So two, who had intended to retire, are back as judges and will address the newly announced regional awards meetings.  Read more

Staff from Brimsmore Gardens with their awards presented last year

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