CHA moves admin function to Gardenex

The Commercial Horticultural Association has moved its administration to Gardenex in a move to drive the association forward and boost its profile. See more … Read more

Expect consumer demand to remain muted, says the HTA (Updated)

The HTA has re-launched its Market Update report with advice that retailers should focus on the family this Christmas, offering traditional, good quality gifts that are not too expensive. See more... Read more

Strong bookings for National Plant Show

Half the stand space is booked for next years inaugural HTA National Plant Show, which is being held at Stoneleigh on the 29th and 30th of June. So far, 51 British nurseries and importers have confirmed their space. To see who has booked, see more... Read more

Cautious optimism at HTA conference

The Retail world is changing. The new frugality won't go away when the economy comes back. Click and collect has seen dramatic take-up. We need to adapt. ...The consumer is looking for bite size indulgence... There is likely to be a brutal budget. Read the key points from the HTA conference. See more... Read more

GIMA gives exclusive backing to Glee

Members of GIMA, the association for garden suppliers in the UK, have voted unanimously to give exclusive backing to Glee as the trade associations split over which show to back in 2010. See more... Read more

Kernock Park Plants join A.L.P.

Kernock Park Plants are the latest nursery to join A.L.P. (The Association of Liner Producers). The Association already consists of 7 of the country's leading liner producers including Aline Fairweather, Fromefield Nursery, New Place Nursery, Seiont Nursery, The Northern Liner Company, West End Nursery and Wyeplants Ltd. Read more

Restaurants now biggest earner for garden centres

According to the GCA, this is the second consecutive month that restaurant/café sales, with revenue up 14%, have outsold in value all other categories including outdoor plants at the UK’s leading garden centres. See more... Read more

2 more planning successes from Malcolm Scott

Sefton Meadow and Frosts Woburn Sands garden centres have both been granted permissions to extend their retail area. See more... Read more

New Danish trolley tagging system postponed

Container Centralen have put back the introduction of RFID tagging until November 2010. See more… Read more

Potential for an Indian summer in October

For most of the UK, October should be warmer and drier than average with the potential of an Indian summer for a few days. The exception may be the north west. See more... Read more

New HTA website goes live

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has a new website with a modern fresh look, improved navigation and updated content providing members with access to a wealth of information about the initiatives, services and promotions available to them. See more... Read more

Glee answers the doubters

The question worrying exhibitors most at Glee 2009 was where to exhibit next year? They will have to make a selection from Glee, GAFA and the new Garden Expo in 2010. See more... Read more

What is the future for Glee?

What is the future for Glee, the traditional annual conclave for the garden industry? Malcolm Gough, CEO of EMAP Connect, says the industry wants one good show and it will be Glee. See more... Read more

Aqua 2010 new Water Gardening and Aquatics Show

The UK’s aquatics and water gardening trade has launched a new, stand-alone trade event at The Telford International Centre from 6th – 7th October 2010, in association with OATA and organised by Annie Dyke and her team at Impact Exhibitions. Read more

InsideOut attracts larger garden centres

InsideOut offers deals and expertise to larger garden centres that either are or aim to be multi-channel retailers, selling kitchenware, toys, fashion and/or giftware. See more... Read more

Mirror Group partners with The Edible Garden Show

Mirror Group has signed a three-year agreement to become the national media partner of The Edible Garden Show, which takes place for the first time next March. See more... Read more

Expect an unsettled November

Wiseweather says we should expect a colder, wetter month, with snow appearing in the North. For details see more… Read more

A look forward to the Last Trade Show of the Year

Peter Dawson looks forward to the Southern Growers Exhibition at its new location, Roundstone. He also reviews the latest HTA research, which suggests soft and top fruit suppliers are missing out. See more... Read more

Ornamentals R&D funding in turmoil

After recent government announcements on R&D funding, Neil Bragg, chairman of the HDC, tells Peter Dawson, “I find the whole situation quite disturbing. Where do ornamentals now fit into the Agricultural Horticultural Development Board?” See more... Read more

Top HTA Board Appointments Announced

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced a number of key appointments following its AGM held on 21 October. Read more

Retailers blamed for level of rose sales

Garden retailers are to blame for the fact that rose sales are not increasing as much as they should be.  If retailers put the effort in and maintain their roses in peak condition it could transform the market. See more... Read more

Buyers from Dubai, Estonia & France seek UK garden products

The latest ‘Meet the Buyer’ event organised jointly by the Gardenex and PetQuip export federations will provide British companies with the opportunity of meeting with a leading garden retailer from Dubai, the largest DIY/building material retailer in Estonia and a French mail-order and internet sales company. Read more

HTA signs Clarion deal

Garden Expo 2010, a new addition to the garden business calendar, is scheduled to take place next year on 28 - 30 June at Stoneleigh Park in Coventry. With Glee and GAFA following in September, suppliers to the garden industry have a difficult choice: where and when to demonstrate their products. See more…. Read more

Hall change for the Totally Shows

Totally Tools and Totally DIY, the post Christmas trade shows that have moved from Earls Court to join the Spring Fair at the NEC, have changed halls. See more... Read more

Peter Dawson looks back at Glee Nursery

It was sad to see Glee Nursery a shadow of its former self this year. Stalwarts like Allensmore, David Austin Roses, John Woods Nurseries and The Anglia Group plus the Italian trio of Colvi Franci, Vannucci and Zelari were very much to the fore. But the problem the show organisers face is how to stop the decline. See more... Read more

PATS names exclusive exhibitors

‘The 2010 Battle of the Shows’ hots up with PATS issuing a list of companies, that it says will be exhibiting at its venues exclusively this season. See more... Read more

Snippets from Glee

Gardenforum spent 3 days listening to the chat at Glee. Here is a flavour of what was being said. See more... Read more

Glee cuts stand rates by 20% for 2010

Glee has slashed its rate card for exhibitors by 20% for 2010. Show director Dan Thurlow says EMAP has been listening and has introduced the new competitive pricing structure to ensure that Glee is a ‘show of scale’ in future years. See more... Read more

September – warmer, drier and sunnier

Wiseweather predicts fog and frosts by the end of September, especially in the south. See more... Read more

Peter Dawson previews Four Oaks

Traditionally September has been a busy month for plant buyers, first with Four Oaks and then a couple of weeks later Glee Nursery. But this year things appear to be different. See more... Read more

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