Farm shops and clothing provide growth for garden centres

The latest figures from the GCA Barometer of Trade show that it is new areas such as farm shops and garden clothing that are providing any growth there is in garden centres. See more... Read more

Wi-Fi offered at 89 TGCG garden centres

Motorists keen to break their journeys to check their emails or use the Internet can now do so at 89 garden centres in The Garden Centre Group. See more... Read more

Dobbies team up with Hire Station

Dobbies Internet operation has teamed up with leading tool hire company Hire Station to offer over 2000 different tools. See more… Read more

Amnesty on rogue Danish trolleys

Container Centralen is tightening up on the use of rogue CC trolleys with the introduction of a new RFID label. Garden centres and nurseries are being offered an amnesty to bring unplated trolleys into the pool. See more... Read more

Mary Portas headlines the HTA's autumn conference

Mary Queen of Shops is to visit several garden centres and deliver her views on the state of the sector at this autumn's HTA conference. The presentation will be followed by what is likely to be a lively debate. See more... Read more

Perennial helps 937 people out of a crisis

Perennial is the charity that helps people who have worked in horticulture, gardening and garden centres. Last year 937 people were helped to overcome personal crises. See more... Read more

June sales make up for the late spring

The GCA Barometer of Trade shows that garden centre sales increased by 8% in June. As a result, sales from January to June have caught up with those of 2009. See more... Read more

YouGov accuses specialist garden centres of underperforming

A YouGov Sixth Sense report on DIY and garden centres says that major DIY stores are key players in garden retailing, but the specialist garden centres are underperforming. See more... Read more

VirtualSOLEX goes live as LOFA grasps the environmental initiative

LOFA has used a third successful Solex to introduce two initiatives. Made Aware leads members through a process to reduce the social and environmental impact of their products. VirtualSOLEX is a database of products from the show that can be referenced throughout the year. See more... Read more

Thurlow moves on from Glee

Dan Thurlow, Glee Show Director, is leaving the show and moving to another post within EMAP. He is to become Sponsorship Director for the events business. See more… Read more

First-day success for National Plant Show

There was real enthusiasm from leading garden centres and from exhibitors on the first day of the first ever National Plant Show, which continues today. See more... Read more

Disappointing May sales fail to recoup spring deficit

According to the GCA, garden centre sales at the end of May remain 2% behind the first five months of 2009. Last month failed to regain sales lost to the cold spring earlier in the year. See more... Read more

HTA outrage at AWB settlement

Outraged by the latest settlement figure imposed by the Agricultural Wages Board, David Gwyther says, "The AWB is demonstrating yet again that it is out of touch, out of date and, hopefully, out of time". See more... Read more

Post Office to underwrite florists

Faced by falling postal revenues, the Post Office is diversifying. Its latest venture is to offer specialist insurance for florists. See more... Read more

GIMA awards head for sellout

Manufacturers have only two weeks to submit their entries for the GIMAs. All entrants gain valuable exposure but the winners this year will gain added national coverage. Tickets for the presentation evening are already heading for a sell out. See more... Read more

National Conifer Week starts 2nd October

The HTA’s PlantforLife campaign and British Conifer Group have produced banners and a merchandising guide to help retailers build eye-catching displays that will have gardeners up and down the country pining for British Conifers. See more... Read more

The Glee Garden Angels are revealed

Glee Garden Angels, hosted by Gardenforum, is an exciting and different event at Glee this year. Based loosely on the BBC's Dragons Den, three Angels will offer advice and perhaps a little more, to companies bringing innovation to the garden sector. We can now reveal the identity of our Glee Garden Angels. See more... Read more

More rain and a chance of ground frosts

Wiseweather predicts more rain after a sunny start to September and a chance of ground frosts from the 2nd week onward. Read more

HTA predicts tough outlook as gardening sales fall

Quoting from the Garden Industry Monitor Market Update, the HTA predicts tough trading conditions for UK business in the short to medium term. However, this may present opportunities for the garden sector. See more... Read more

Formula likely to remain the same for 2011 National Plant Show

There have been strong early bookings for the 2011 National Plant Show, encouraged by a successful first show this year and early booking discounts. Next year it will be bigger. See more... Read more

Stock up with Charcoal – it looks like a BBQ August

Stock up with charcoal, Wiseweather says that August will be warmer drier and sunnier than average, particularly for the south. But the bank holiday looks less certain. See more...
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AWB to be abolished after 62 years

The government has honoured the promise made in March by Lord Taylor of Holbeach. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has today announced that the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) will be abolished. See more... Read more

New Landscape show for 2011

A new trade show has been launched for the landscape industry. Landscape is scheduled for the 13th and 14th April 2011 at Olympia. See more... Read more

Calls for consultation as first hosepipe ban starts

The industry has called for more consultation as the first hosepipe ban starts tomorrow, affecting 2.9m homes. Filling ponds is allowed but watering vegetables with a hose is not. See more… Read more

The Edible Garden Show is rescheduled for March 2011

The Edible Garden Show (TEGS), which was postponed for a year having failed to raise enough exhibitor interest in 2010, has been rescheduled for 18 to 20 Mar 2011. See more... Read more

July to bring more sunny weather for the south

Wiseweather forecasts July to be warmer and sunnier than normal, with the south and west seeing the driest weather. See more... Read more

Marshalls introduce a garden design app for the iPad

Marshalls, the landscape materials specialist, has introduced the Garden Moodboard app for Apple’s new iPad. It is designed to help people design their dream garden. See more... Read more

HTA retailers to sell RHS membership

A deal between the RHS and the HTA will lead to garden centres and nurseries selling RHS membership packs, making a healthy profit. See more... Read more

Solex to go virtual

LOFA has announced three initiatives to be unveiled at Solex in July. They are Virtual Solex, “Made Aware” and the inclusion of non-members in 2011. See more... Read more

June – sunnier, drier but unsettled at times

Wiseweather says June should be drier and warmer than average. But storms could affect rainfall totals, especially in the south. See more... Read more

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