Strong March but industry needs to hold its nerve in April

March sales were up 11.5% but April comparisons will be difficult says the GCA. It also calls on garden furniture suppliers to support its members who are frustrated by online competition. See more... Read more

APL accuses water industry of victimising landscapers

Tuesday’s talks failed to win an exemption from the hosepipe ban for landscapers even though car wash and window cleaning businesses can continue to use a hosepipe. Thames Water is to look at supplying non-potable water. See more... Read more

Latest update on water restrictions

From tomorrow over 20m people face a £1000 fine if they water a garden using a hosepipe. They will be able to continue to use drip irrigation but there are conditions. The terms of the water restrictions vary between the seven water companies. So where should garden centres go for advice? See more... Read more

Little respite for dry SE in April says Wiseweather

Wiseweather suggests that it will continue to be drier than average with cold nights and frosts persisting through the month. Only the North West will see average levels of rain. Easter will be chilly with showers. See more... Read more

Restaurants looking for Garden centres

First Franchise has teamed up with Bucknalls to provide a complete restaurant service for garden centres. All the retailer has to do is provide the space and take the rent. See more... Read more

Don’t let GYO peak says Pippa Greenwood

Has GYO peaked asks GIMA? “I have no intention of letting it peak,” says Pippa Greenwood. She told garden suppliers they need to do more to help the novice gardener succeed and warned that some products were not fit even for landfill. See more… Read more

Gardening Associations put pressure on Thames Water

Many garden associations including The HTA, RHS and BALI have combined to press Thames Water to give concessions to landscapers as they have to private car wash and window cleaning businesses. See more... Read more

Organisers consider two Edible Garden Shows in 2013

The success of the second Edible Garden Show last weekend has prompted the organisers to consider holding 2 shows next spring. See more... Read more

Hosepipe ban announced in South East - UPDATED

With more dry weather expected, water restrictions will be introduced from April 5th in the South and East. But HTA lobbying has secured an exemption in several areas for drip irrigation. See more... Read more

Garden Re-Leaf Day gets National coverage

Tomorrow’s Garden Re-Leaf day has already achieved national press coverage and has put Greenfingers firmly on the national stage. The day has given the industry licence to create some very unusual events. See more... Read more

March likely to be drier and colder than average

The long range forecast for March from Wiseweather suggests that it will remain colder than average, there is no sign of enough rain to fill the reservoirs and there are more frosts to come. See more... Read more

Love Blossoms at RHS London Show

It seems that cultivating the best in horticulture is no longer enough for the RHS. At the London Plant and Design Show it experimented with speed dating and claimed it was a blooming success. See more… Read more

Altons to join the Shoot Marketplace

Altons Garden Centre is the third Tillington member to add the Shoot plant database to its website. But they are to go one step further and participate in the Shoot online Marketplace when it is launched this spring. See more... Read more

What's happening on Garden Re-Leaf Day?

There will be events across the length and breadth of the country to celebrate the start of the gardening year. See what's happening in your region on Garden Re-Leaf Day - Tuesday 13th March. This article is open to all. See more... Read more

John Woods and Golden Acres announce online services

Two nurseries have launched online services for their customers. For John Woods it is a full online ordering system. For Golden Acres it is a complete plant list. See more... Read more

Totally Shows walk away from Spring Fair

The uneasy pairing of Totally Tools & Totally DIY with Spring Fair has ended with the Totally Shows deciding to go it alone in Coventry in 2013. See more... Read more

The New RHS Plant Finder is Out

There are 3380 new plants in this year’s RHS Plant Finder. 540 suppliers are listed but some have had to withdraw due to damage to stocks from the hard winters. See more.... Read more

Wet Easter brings chance to plant and fill water butts

Reports from HTA’s regional team suggest garden centre trade in the first three months of the year ended strongly, although sales over the Easter weekend proved disappointing. See more... Read more

Dobbies invests £150,000 in community gardening

Dobbies has announced a bursary worth £150k to be shared between schools, charities and community groups around its garden centres to encourage them to get growing. See more… Read more

Register for National Gardening Week

It is just two weeks until the first RHS National Gardening Week starts. Garden centres and nurseries planning events between 16 and 22 April should enter them on the new website. See more... Read more

Name change for EMAP

EMAP Connect, the company behind Glee and Spring Fair, has become independent from the other companies within EMAP. It has changed its name to i2i Events Group as its parent restructures and takes the new name, Top Right Group. See more... Read more

HTA gets drip irrigation exempt across the board – for now

The HTA has confirmed that all water companies have agreed to exempt drip watering systems from the hosepipe bans being introduced on April 5th. But tougher control measures could follow. See more… Read more

Weather slows Garden Centre sales in Feb

Garden centre sales were up by 33% in February 2011. So the fact that turnover fell by only 6% in 2012 should be an encouraging sign for the season to come. Plants and garden products have started more slowly. See more... Read more

GIMA goes North to Barton Grange

Barton Grange will host GIMA’s spring conference at Brock, 2012 Garden Centre of the Year. Speakers include Pippa Greenwood, Guy Topping and Klondyke’s Bob Hewitt. There will also be advice on raising the bar at exhibitions. See more... Read more

Glee ends 12 year link with Petindex

Glee and the PCTA have agreed to end the twinning of Petindex with Glee. This frees Glee to include pet exhibitors within the main show. See more... Read more

Success leads to a change of name for First Franchise Promotions

The growth of First Franchise Promotions, a sister company to First Franchise, has prompted a name change to reflect more accurately the short term promotions it brings to garden centres. See more... Read more

Plants are up despite lower January sales

It seems that January sales were not as good as last year despite optimism around the trade. 33 of the 54 garden centres reporting in the GCA Barometer of Trade said sales were below Jan 2011. But the trend looks positive for 2012. See more... Read more

Research gives Glee a new focus

Glee’s research of over 1000 visitors showed that buyers and exhibitors now want a show focussed on garden retail. There’s a new layout, a new logo and it will be easier for buyers to see what’s new. See more... Read more

European buyers want to meet British garden suppliers

Buyers from Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands will be waiting to talk to potential garden suppliers at the Gardenex ‘Meet the Buyer’ day next week. See more… Read more

Garden centres rush for new online training scheme

There has been a rush of garden centres to sign up for a new E-learning package to be launched this spring by the Garden Centre Association. See more... Read more

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