Out with the old and in with the new

LOFA are starting this new decade as they mean to go on, with a new look and new branding, making their resolution to be bolder and brighter for 2020. Read more

GIMA opens 2020 Knowledge Exchange programme with Developing Selling Skills

GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange programme will kickstart 2020 with the return of the popular ‘Developing Selling Skills’ session.  Perfect for the entire sales team, this workshop will include fun, interactive content that will arm delegates with everything they need to carve out a successful future within sales. Read more

Your chance to meet wholesalers and distributors from Sweden, Switzerland and Iceland

Gardenex and PetQuip are holding the latest in their successful ‘Meet the Buyers’ events at their offices in Brasted, Kent, at the end of this month. Read more

Festive support available from Perennial this Christmas

Support for people in horticulture who are feeling the festive strain is available from Perennial this Christmas. Help with Christmas food and presents for children who would otherwise go without can be requested online. No-one should feel alone or unsupported at Christmas. Be a festive friend this year by telling colleagues and clients about Perennial.  Read more

Growers concern that labour proposals threaten future growth of ornamental horticulture sector

Growers are concerned that proposals around future foreign labour requirements will hinder the future expansion of the ornamental horticulture sector. Read more

GCA seeks an additional inspector

An expanding membership has prompted the GCA to start the search for an additional inspector to join the current team of 3. Read more

Iain Wylie

Facebook is best for Garden centres

Garden centres should focus on Facebook first…  The HTA marketing conference delivered advice and some great links to free resources. Read more

Evergreen Garden Care launches new UK website

Evergreen Garden Care, the company behind Miracle-Gro® and Roundup®, has launched a brand new UK website as part of the company’s international refresh of its digital platforms. Read more

£100,000 given to horticulture students by the David Colegrave Foundation

In the last ten years, the David Colegrave Foundation has awarded almost £100,000 through scholarships, trip bursaries and other educational initiatives. Read more

Dejex seek partners to trial TagTray Concept in the UK

Dejex Supplies of Donington, Lincolnshire, are announcing that they are seeking Nursery and Retail partners to work with them on proof of concept trials of their TagTray system. Read more

Pippa Greenwood is the new HTA Horticulture Manager

The HTA has appointed botanist and broadcaster Pippa Greenwood as HTA Horticulture Manager to support grower members of the association. Read more

Pippa Greenwood

New resources available to assist with Plant Passport changes

Horticultural businesses need to prepare now for the imminent changes to the plant passporting regulations which come into force on 14 December 2019. The HTA have produced an animated infographic video and guidance sheet to inform members about plant passporting. Read more

Funding awaits student horticulturists

The David Colegrave Foundation scholarship season is open. If you’re a student, who’s passionate about horticulture, apply for one of our scholarships.   Read more

Scholarship winners 2018-19

EU regs to widen scope of plant passports

Unless there is a no deal Brexit, the HTA advises that businesses involved in trading plants will be affected by new regulations coming into force on 14 December. Read more

Wyevale sells Bridgemere and Cheltenham

Blue Diamond continues its Wyevale buying spree buying Bridgemere, while Webbs buys Cheltenham garden centre. In addition 2 centres will close. Read more

Syon Park garden centre is to close

It’s time for horticulture to take centre stage… 

Now more than ever, we need to be at the top of our game for: Plant health and biosecurity, sustainability, quality standards, maximising the grower/retailer relationship, trends, best practice and technology. Read more

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. Read more

BHETA provides Challenge 25 collateral for bladed goods

BHETA is to provide officially sanctioned Challenge 25 artwork for suppliers, retailers and delivery companies involved in the supply of age-restricted bladed items such as kitchen knives and DIY and garden tools. Read more

This is not the year to miss Cultivating Retail

Bookings have doubled for next week’s Cultivating Retail conference with its core theme of Sustainability.   New HTA chairman James Barnes says it will also be a great networking event.  Read more

Go far with a tree production travel scholarship

A chance of a lifetime for a travel scholarship awaits a student who is passionate about tree production, as part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season. Read more

Potting up

Mike Lind on the GCA, independence and the minimum wage

Monkton Elm’s Mike Lind gets ready to hand over the chairmanship of the GCA and warns that the proposed increase in minimum wage could be a significant threat for the garden centre sector. Read more

Mike Lind

GIMA expands its autumn Knowledge Exchange Workshop schedule

GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange Workshop autumn schedule is hotting up with the return of the Negotiation Skills and Sales Development Planning sessions. Plus, last chance to book! Read more

Choice Marketing names its top suppliers

History and Heraldry, Allensmore and Woodlodge were the Suppliers of the Year in their categories for the Choice Marketing Group of independent garden centres. Read more

New RHS planting list to help tackle number one garden disease

New research from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) reveals how gardeners can manage honey fungus, the most popular plant complaint in UK gardens. Read more

Decaying honey fungus on oak tree

Date for your diary - HTA Contact Conference 2020

With 2020 being declared as the International Year of Plant Health it is no surprise that this is one of the key topics on the agenda at Contact Conference 2020, which takes place on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 January 2020. Read more

 Nicola Spence

GIMA confirms two Knowledge Exchange Workshops for its autumn schedule

This autumn, GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange programme will be bolstered with two new one-day workshops, this time focusing on optimising key social media channels such as LinkedIn and Instagram to grow your business, as well as looking at ways to advance existing Microsoft PowerPoint skills. Read more

HTA reports on size of UK garden market

The HTA Market Update analyses the retail sales of plants, garden care products, pots and garden leisure. It also evaluates greenhouses and sheds and looks at garden services. Read more

Looking at ‘The Power of Social’ at HTA Marketing Forum

‘The Power of Social’ is the theme for this year’s HTA Marketing Forum. This one-day event is aimed at all those delivering marketing and public relations in the garden industry and provides top tips and expert knowledge to help achieve marketing targets and growth. Read more

The HTA needs to get onto the front foot

HTA chairman, James Barnes calls for the backing of members, especially growers, to hear him present plans to re-invigorate the HTA and to promote sustainability at the Cultivating Retail conference. Read more

James Barnes

Free report forecasts production and markets for ornamentals

The International Vision Project (IVP) by the AIPH, is the first of its kind in ornamental horticulture to set out a forecast for the future of the global industry until 2030.  It is available free online. Read more

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