Amenity suppliers report a buoyant market

Growers attending the HTA Amenity Suppliers meeting, held last week at Coles Nurseries in Leicestershire, reported a healthy market with trading much better than anticipated at the beginning of the year.

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Over 300 sign for HTA Garden Gift Card

An 18 month trial of the HTA’s Garden Gift Card starts in August. Despite reservations discussed in the Gardenforum coffee shop, 312 garden centres have already signed with more expected. See more... Read more

Strong April sales led by outdoor plants

Figures released by the GCA for April show strong growth, which means that their garden centres have increased sales by around 8% over the last 12 months. See more... Read more

PATS to challenge Glee/Petindex in 2012

PATS has rescheduled its Harrogate show in 2012 to an autumn date that challenges Glee/Petindex head-on. See more... Read more

May is forecast to be another dry month

Wiseweather predicts that May will be another dry month especially in the East, with above average sunshine. Warmest April temperatures since 1659 were like an average June. Despite this, water companies say there will not be hosepipe bans. See more... Read more

GCA says plant sales were 40% up in March

GCA figures suggest that garden centre sales were up 20% in March compared to last year. This is despite Mother’s Day and Easter falling into April. But garden furniture sales fell in almost a third of garden centres. See more... Read more

Time to think of 2012

Just as the 2011 season is reaching its peak, it is time for manufacturers to think of 2012 and the exposure that can be gained from entering the GIMA awards. An influential panel of judges has been named including buyers from national and independent companies. See more... Read more

Online horticultural classroom opens for learning at home

My-garden-school.com claims to be the world’s first on-line horticultural classroom. It went live last weekend to deliver courses from leading garden experts for anyone from hobbyist gardener to the professional. See more... Read more

Opportunity to place product on new Titchmarsh TV series

Alan Titchmarsh’s new TV programme presents a great opportunity for garden manufacturers to place product, says the HTA. See more... Read more

Planning changes could be good for Garden Centres

Last week’s Budget gives some hope to garden centres that are frustrated by the planners. The Chancellor promised changes to legislation so that the default answer to development should be “yes”. See more... Read more

Success for PATS number 1

In their 3rd year PATS can claim to have become the leading trade shows for the pet industry. Visitor numbers at Sandown increased by 20% and the show was always busy. See more... Read more

The colour is blue and Iris is the plant for Chelsea 2011

With designs approved for the gardens and stands at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, the trends are emerging. Blue is the colour, the ‘In’ plant will be the Iris and themes include plant hunting. There is also to be an award for the best new product. See more… Read more

Opportunity for exports to Belgium, Denmark and the US

UK garden manufacturers have the opportunity to meet export buyers from Belgium’s largest garden centre chain, plus distributors from Denmark and the US at the next Gardenex "Meet the Buyer" event. See more... Read more

Learn how localism and planning changes could affect property values

How can the planning system be used to enhance garden centre values and increase turnover?  Legislation changes and the implications of The Coalition’s strategy for localism will mean some owners may need to react quickly, says Malcolm Scott.  See more... Read more

High pressure will dominate March

March will be a month dominated by areas of high pressure close to or over the UK. This will bring some pleasant sunny days for many after any overnight mist or fog clears but will give rather cold nights especially inland. See more… Read more

Unusual spring weather forces Claire Austin to cancel Iris Field Open Days

The unusually high temperatures and light levels this spring have sadly taken their toll on the iris fields. The iris flowers are so far forward, that there will be no blooms left for the field open days, which had been scheduled for 2-4 June 2011. Read more

Funding offers a real financial boost for garden centres and horticultural businesses

Garden centre and horticultural business owners considering making an investment in their businesses are being urged to tap into discounted loan rates from the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC), but should act quickly to ensure they secure a loan before the EIB funds expire. See more... Read more

HTA Market Analysis looks at changes in consumer attitudes

The latest market analysis by the HTA shows local newspaper advertising still works best; bedding plant sales have increased at the expense of other plants and fewer people have grass in their gardens than 5 years ago. See more... Read more

HTA discusses water shortages with Secretary of State

The HTA discussed the implications of water shortages, including hosepipe bans, at a meeting with Caroline Spelman, the Defra Secretary of State and other water users and producers. The situation is said to be not dire yet and they are to meet again in a month. See more... Read more

Industry steps in to save vital horticultural research

The HDC, The HTA and East Malling Trust are stepping in with £1.25m to sponsor vital applied research for horticulture after withdrawal of Government funding. See more... Read more

Frustrated by Red Tape? Tell the Government now!

Frustrated by Red Tape? Retail businesses have till May 5th to air their views on the Government’s Red Tape Challenge website as it considers what regulations should be scrapped. See more... Read more

Notcutts achieves peat free recognition

Notcutts becomes only the second independent retailer to achieve full membership of the Growing Media Initiative, having proved that over 55% of the growing media and soil improver they have sold in bags is peat free. See more... Read more

Garden companies can qualify for IIP through Lantra

Investors in People (IIP) is the kitemark recognising good employers and well-run companies. Lantra, the Sector Skills Council covering nurseries, landscapers and garden centres has been appointed an administrator of the IIP programme. See more... Read more

The HTA puts its weight behind Glee

The HTA and Glee have patched up their differences. This September, the HTA will be the principle sponsor of Hall 4 and Hall 5 and will drive the seminar programme. See more... Read more

Warm and dry weather forecast for April

April is likely to be dominated by areas of high pressure close to or over the UK. These will bring some pleasant and warm sunny days but nights could be rather misty and at times chilly. See more… Read more

Spring TV campaign for HTA gift vouchers

National Garden Gift Vouchers are to be advertised on TV, starting with a £10,000 competition this week on ITV’s Daybreak and Lorraine programmes. See more... Read more

Plant sales 82% up in February

GCA figures for February suggest that it was a good month for garden centres. Sales were up by 34% with hardy plants selling best. See more... Read more

Choice Marketing adds 5 more garden centres

Another successful year for members of Choice Marketing means they will share a rebate of £1.2 million from their key suppliers. Five more garden centres have been added to the group. See more... Read more

It’s all about cup cakes

Garden centre catering is all about baking. Why have you chosen counter rather than waiter service? Make it in-house - you can always taste the difference. These are just some of the points from the recent HTA Catering conference. See more... Read more

Seabrook to address GIMA at Squire’s

The next GIMA AGM will be held at Squire’s rebuilt garden at Shepperton. Attendees will be treated to a preview, the afternoon before its official opening and will enjoy some high profile speakers. See more... Read more

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