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

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

Garden centres should benefit as consumer behaviour changes

The HTA has opened the decade with research on how consumers are responding to a challenging economic climate and concerns about the environment. What are the opportunities for the garden industry? See more... Read more

It could be a frozen January

With temperatures 2C below average expect prolonged periods of frozen ground during January, says Wiseweather, especially in the North. See more... Read more

GCA conference draws influential speakers

Jonathan Porritt, Lord Digby Jones and James Timpson will head an influential line-up of speakers at January’s GCA conference. See more... Read more

Choice Marketing celebrates double-digit growth

The marketing group Choice Marketing, is hoping to add like minded independent garden centres as the current members celebrate their share in a £1m rebate. See more... Read more

Find out how to develop your e-commerce business

Yesterday's KPMG Retail Sales Monitor showed that Internet sales in November were 17% higher than a year ago. Recognising that garden centres cannot ignore e-commerce, the HTA is running a series of forums during January. See more... Read more

Exhibitors beware!

Garden companies must be very careful about signing any document from Expo-Guide. A signature is likely to commit them to payment of €1181 a year for three years. See more... Read more

More unsettled weather and a wet and windy Xmas for most

Wiseweather predicts yet more unsettled weather for December with a wet and windy Xmas for most with gales in places. Read more

PPL overcharging for licence to play recorded music

Garden centres that have been paying a license fee to Phonographic Performance Ltd for playing recorded music to the public may be in for a refund. See more... Read more

14% growth in garden centre sales during October

GCA figures confirm that October was a good month for garden centres. Outdoor plants have continued to sell well and there has been a strong start for Christmas lines. See more... Read more

Garden centre values hold up

Despite the recession, profitable nurseries and garden centres are selling for the same or more than a year ago, according to Quinton Edwards, who have completed a number of sales recently. 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

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

2009 Review - Part 2: July to December

With trade strong, attention turned to the battle between the increased number of trade shows in 2010. Many garden centres won planning permission to extend. Corporate activity continued among suppliers. See more... (This article is open to all) Read more

2009 Review - Part 1: January to June

There was a nervous feel to the start of 2009.  The Banking crisis was in full swing.  No one knew whether consumer demand would come to an abrupt halt after Christmas and garden suppliers were anxiously waiting for confirmation of Wyevale’s financial restructuring.   This review is open to all. See more... Read more

Competition between trade shows gets keener

Competition between the 2010 trade shows is getting keener. With months before many of the shows, they are vying with exhibitor lists and inducements for stand holders and visitors to get more from the shows. Read more

November, another good month for garden centres

November was another good month for garden centres according to the Garden Centre Association. Sales were 8% higher than a year ago in November and for the last 12 months are 10% higher. See more... Read more

Garden Expo is trimmed to 2 days

The inaugural Garden Expo in June 2010 is to be a 2-day tradeshow to match the HTA’s National Plant Show. At the same time Hozelock, Stewart and Fiskars / Sankey have been announced as sponsors. See more... Read more

Firm export orders from recent Gardenex events

Haws Watering Cans has secured a major order from Canada as a direct result of exhibiting in the British group organised by Gardenex at this year’s Spoga. Other exhibitors are following up on significant export enquiries received at Spoga and a recent Meet the Buyer event. See more... Read more

Webbs to join Garden Organic at Ryton

News has been released today that discussions between Webbs Garden Centres and Garden Organic are at an advanced stage for Webbs to take over the commercial operations at Ryton Gardens. See more… Read more

Retailers back attempt at tree planting world record

Garden retailers across the country including almost 1000 members of the HTA, will be supporting the BBC’s attempt to coordinate the world record planting of 650,000 trees in one hour on 5th December. Read more

Garden centres create free publicity

Some garden centres are winning free publicity by creating newsworthy events and passing the news to their local press. Read some of the stories published in the last week. Many cover unusual ways to launch Christmas. See more... Read more

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