What is your point of difference?

‘Focus on your point of differentiation’ was the key message from garden retailers at the latest meeting of the HTA Retail Management Group, which took place in London this week. See more... Read more

Hold your nerve, GCA tells garden centres

The GCA has completed its move to the HTA offices and focuses on Grow. Interim CX Iain Wylie tells garden centres to hold their nerve as the cold weather persists. See more… Read more

QVC raises £17,000 for Garden Re-Leaf UPDATED

Boyd Douglas-Davies the founder of Garden Re-Leaf Day thanked the hundreds of garden centres who joined in to start the garden season and raise funds for Greenfingers charity. See more… Read more

Grower wages survey highlights above average wage rises

The results from the 2013 HTA wages survey for growers of ornamental crops illustrates how the sector is impacted by rising staff costs, attributed largely to the inflated increases governed by the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB). See more...
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RHS says Honey Fungus was the disease reported most often in 2012

As in 2011, honey fungus topped the list of diseases reported to the RHS Advisory Service. The biggest change was a sharp increase in box blight, due to the wet weather. See more... Read more

Thought provoking quotes from Catering 2013

The trend towards ambient food is especially attractive to the younger consumer. People want to know where food comes from, that it is good for them and the environment. You can make money out of restaurants but... For some notable quotes from Catering 2013, see more... Read more

Maxted to leave as HTA restructures

Andrew Maxted, Director of Marketing, is to leave the HTA as it restructures in order to cut costs. See more... Read more

Scotsdale is Davidson Richards 40th garden centre client

Scotsdale became Davidson Richards’s 40th independent garden centre client when it implemented the cloud-based OpSuite retail solution at its two garden centres. See more... Read more

It’s time to Spring into Summer

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced a new PR campaign, to encourage consumers to get out in their gardens, following the poor weather of last year. See more... Read more

Ideal Gardening launches on Ideal World TV

A new television programme and a new way for both novice and experienced gardeners to shop for plants is launching on Ideal World TV. See more... Read more

Early PR deadline for Garden Re-Leaf

Garden Re-Leaf is asking companies to post details of their plans on Gardenreleaf.co.uk by 10th February so that details can be given to the national press at The Garden Press Event. See more.... Read more

Glee switches back to Sunday

The Glee trade show dates are to be brought forward by a day in 2013 so that it will run from Sunday to Tuesday. This and other changes follow extensive consultations with all sections of garden retail. There is also a potential venue change suggested for 2014. See more... Read more

GCA gets ready for spring

The GCA gives details of 2 major events for spring: There’s a sparkling array of speakers for the GCA conference and there’s to be a nationwide Celebrity Quiz for Garden Re-Leaf Day. See more... Read more

GIMA to move South

GIMA is to move its headquarters to the Federation of Garden and Leisure Manufacturers, of which Gardenex and PetQuip are divisions. See more... Read more

Ash growers count the cost of Chalara

An HTA survey of growers says that 8% may go out of business due to Chalara fraxinea and 58% predict cash flow problems. See more... Read more

Datateam Publishing buys DIY Week

Faversham House has sold several publications to Datateam Publishing including DIY Week and Hardware & Garden Review. See more… Read more

TGCG Bicester hosts GIMA conference

The GIMA conference and AGM will be held at the recently upgraded Bicester flagship belonging to The Garden Centre Group. Non-members will be welcomed. See more… Read more

Importance of ornamentals recognised by HIP

There was important recognition for ornamental horticulture yesterday at the launch of HIP, a new body to co-ordinate horticultural research and its funding. See more... Read more

Two new websites for the spring season

There are two new websites for 2013. The first is new. GreenPlantSwap is a marketplace for nurseries and gardeners to sell or swap plants. The second is a revamp of Scotts’ Love the Garden. See more… Read more

March will be sunnier and drier but cooler

Wiseweather predicts the risk of frost and snow will continue throughout March as high pressure will be nearby for much of the month. See more... Read more

Highlighting impact of Chalara on amenity growers

Representatives from the Defra plant health policy team visited Hillier Nurseries to see how their stock of home grown ash trees has become completely worthless. See more... Read more

Latest results for garden companies show mixed performances

Gardenforum has completely refreshed its database of company results. Many new companies have been added. Recent updates include the latest figures from Westland Horticulture, Solus Garden & Leisure, DJ Squire, Wyevale Nurseries and Haskins. See more... Read more

Restaurant sales show first fall for over two years

The GCA Barometer of Trade reports that sales fell 8.5% in January, with restaurant sales also down for the first month in over 2 years. The reason – the snow. See more... Read more

News From the Garden Press Day

What will the consumer gardening press be talking about after visiting the Garden Press Day last week? Here are some of the highlights. See more... Read more

Do you qualify for a DCF Horticultural Scholarship?

Listen up gardening experts, the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is offering multiple scholarships to those who are set on a career in horticulture. But there are less than two months left to apply. See more... Read more

Gardenforum’s Review of 2012

Here’s a summary of the news that has filled the Gardenforum pages in 2012. It is dominated by the impact of the weather and perhaps the economy. The story is open to all our readers. See more... Read more

Successful roll out for Virgin at garden centres

There has been a flurry of high street retailers taking concessions on garden centres as owners look to stabilise their cash-flow. One conspicuous success has been the introduction of Virgin Experience Days, which is now seeking to roll out to all garden centres. See more... Read more

GCA to move back in with the HTA

The operations of the GCA are to return to the HTA offices at Theale, 5 years after they moved out. See... Read more

Larger companies missing out on exports

"Any manufacturer that doesn't consider export as part of its marketing mix is missing out," said Amanda Sizer Barrett, during the latest Meet the Buyer day, where UK suppliers had one-to-one meetings with companies from USA, Germany and other European countries. See more... Read more

October fails to fulfil hopes for an autumn recovery

October failed to deliver the expected autumn recovery. Garden centre sales fell 2% according to the GCA. Plants and gardening categories suffered the most. But sales of Christmas lines have started strongly, almost out-selling plants. See more... Read more

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