Mother’s day kick starts the season

Early evidence from The GCA suggests that the season has finally started, boosted by a good Mother’s Day weekend for garden centres. Cold weather, however is still delaying plants purchases. See more… Read more

PATS Northern Show Full

Six weeks before its opening date of April 27th, the Northern PATS show is full. Taking place at Harrogate IEC, North Yorkshire, PATS Harrogate has more than 110 exhibitors Read more

Southern Water accused of imposing a stealth tax on gardeners

The HTA has objected to a scheme of seasonal tariffs announced by Southern Water that proposes to charge 6% more for water used in the summer months and 2% less for the rest of the year. See more… Read more

Which? Gardening exposes plug plant ‘rip-off’

Gardening Direct is withdrawing its carrot and beetroot plug plants after accusations by Which? Gardening that novice gardeners were being mislead, paying £1.09 per carrot. Other companies were also accused of offering poor value. See more… Read more

eFIG – new community website for interior landscapers

There is a new community website for interior landscapers. eFIG Ltd, the European Federation of Interior Landscape Groups, has given its website a facelift to provide a forum for members to communicate with each other and clients. See more... Read more

January sales hold up despite the snow

More than a quarter of garden centres reporting in the GCA Barometer of Trade increased sales during January, pulled along by strong gains in the sales of pet and aquatics. See more... Read more

Garden centres continue to invest through the recession

The recession has not dampened the enthusiasm of garden centres to expand. Last year Malcolm Scott Consultants won planning permission for over 470,000 ft.² of new covered sales area. This includes extensions to some of the country's biggest garden centres. See more… Read more

Visitor quality pleases exhibitors at Totally DIY

It seems that the move from London to Hall 10 of the Spring Fair, has secured the future of the Totally shows. See more... Read more

Edible Garden Show postponed till 2011

Organisers gave the recession as the reason for postponing next month’s Edible Garden Show for a year. See more… Read more

We cannot imagine the change and opportunities carbon reduction will bring

At last week’s GCA Conference a succession of high-profile speakers showed how the environment, the economy and new technology might impact garden centres. For a summary of their collective wisdom, see more... Read more

Bents are GCA Garden Centre of the Year – again

It is a repeat of last year with Bents Garden Centre beating Webbs into second place by the narrowest of margins in the competition to be GCA Garden Centre of the Year. See more... Read more

Taylors Bulbs - Best Supplier for the 3rd year

Awards announced yesterday on the first day of the GCA Conference honoured Stewarts Gardenlands, Sunshine Garden Centre and Taylors Bulbs. See more… Read more

Restock online with Solus Connect

After a short trial, Solus has launched Solus Connect, an online ordering system that makes restocking on Sunday night as easy as shopping on Tesco Online. See more... Read more

PATS Sandown is full

PetQuip backs innovative logistics scheme that helps exhibitors attend both PATS shows and Interzoo. See more... Read more

Gardenex reconsiders its position over Glee 2010

When Garden Expo was announced in June it was with the support of the HTA and Gardenex as founder organisations. The indications were that their backing would be exclusive. Now Gardenex has changed its mind. See more... Read more

New Marketing Committee to drive pan-industry promotion

A new HTA Marketing Committee, bringing together marketers from leading retailers, growers and garden goods suppliers will meet for the first time in April. See more... Read more

National Plant Show website goes live

The HTA National Plant Show’s new website - www.nationalplantshow.co.uk - is now live enabling visitors and exhibitors to keep up to date with all the latest news and information. See more... Read more

New directory of UK garden centres

Garden centres are invited to check their entries on www.GardenCentreguide.co.uk a directory of UK garden centres to be launched at Easter. See more... Read more

Tories promise to end the AWB

Growers, waiting nervously as independent retailers delay deliveries of spring stock, were cheered by news that the Tories would abolish the AWB. See more... Read more

It looks like a late spring

More snow is expected as March continues colder, drier and sunnier than normal. See more... Read more

New HTA group for Bedding Plant Growers

A new HTA specialist group has been set up to represent the interests of bedding plant growers. This is a new development that creates the opportunity to provide support for some of the most prominent bedding plant growers in the UK. See more... Read more

Circulation tumbles for gardening titles

Research by Landscapejuice.com shows how the circulation of consumer gardening magazines has tumbled over recent years. See more... Read more

Fera to inspect GCs for citrus longhorn beetle

As part of the ongoing fight to limit the damage caused by possible outbreaks of citrus longhorn beetle, the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has issued guidance on steps being taken in the UK to reduce the risk of it becoming established here. See more… Read more

HDC levy proposals would catch smaller growers and garden centres

The HTA is strongly resisting proposals that would force many garden centres and small growers to pay a levy to the HDC for the first time. See more... Read more

February – unsettled in the west, drier in the east

Wiseweather expects February to be colder than average, but slightly drier. The west will have unsettled periods while the east remains drier. See more... Read more

GIMA backs the Edible Garden Show

GIMA has negotiated a special package so that its members can exhibit at the Edible Garden Show and capitalise on the interest in Grow-your-own. The 3-day March show is backed by Mirror Group Newspapers, the W. I. and the Royal Agricultural Society amongst others. See more... Read more

Slugs and Snails are No. 1 Pests in 2009

Slugs and snails were the number one problem on the 2009 Top 10 garden pests list, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Read more

Free internet access with The Garden Centre Group

Visitors to six garden centres in The Garden Centre Group are now able to take their laptops with them and check their emails or surf the Internet while on-site. See more... Read more

Seeds of doubt planted about best time to grow your own

Despite the rising popularity of the ‘grow-your-own’ movement, the majority of the population is in the dark about when to plant some of the most popular fruit and veg, according to research from Gardeners’ World magazine. Read more

December puts the seal on a good year for garden centres

GCA results for 2009 show that the smaller garden centre did best and that those in the Midlands and Northwest performed better than the South. Overall, sales were around 11% ahead of 2008, with the biggest increases coming from the farm shop. See more… Read more

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