Why the GIMA’s?

The deadline is approaching for suppliers to submit their products for the 2014 GIMA Awards. These are two reasons why these are the most influential awards in the garden sector. See more.... Read more

Only 20% of landscapers quote maintenance costs alongside their designs

In a survey of 100 professional landscape practitioners, landscape architects and garden designers, only 20% surveyed said they provided annual maintenance costs alongside their designs and schemes. See more... Read more

Strong interest in Glee 2014

A new venue, an export theatre, Clearance Sunday, International Buyer Connect, 20% more space booked and some big names returning have given a new energy to Glee for 2014. See more... Read more

There’s a new recruitment agency for the garden industry

There’s a new recruitment agency coming to garden retail, landscape and horticulture in general.   Alexander Tredwell  is a division of Wax Selection and is headed by a well known  recruiter within the garden sector.  See more... Read more

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EU & Government move to stop the spread of alien species

Measures to stop invasive alien species of plants, animals or insects getting into the EU or to limit the ecological and economic damage caused by those that do, came a step closer last week. See more… Read more

Plants and gardening push GC sales up 12% in the year

Analysis of the latest GCA figures shows that garden centre sales have increased by 12% in the last 12 months and it is thanks to plants, garden sundries and garden furniture. See more... Read more

April long range forecast looks promising

Rainfall is forecast to be lower than average, while temperatures, especially in the south and east, are predicted to be above. The long range outlook from Wiseweather should be good for gardening. See more... Read more

Plans laid for industry wide marketing initiative in 2015

HTA, GIMA and HTA urge members to back a campaign devised by the the new Garden Industry Marketing Board to encourage more young people to enjoy their outdoor space. See more... Read more

Design your dream patio or driveway with new paving planner from Bradstone

Paving expert, Bradstone, has launched a clever online Paving Planner tool created to help design your dream patio or driveway in a few simple steps from the comfort of your own home. See more... Read more

RHS appoints travel holiday veteran to develop its holiday brand

The RHS has brought in Manuel Mascarenhas to develop the RHS Garden Holidays brand and to lead the corporate partnerships team. See more... Read more

High pressure forecast for the middle weeks of March

After unsettled weather in week one, high pressure is likely to take charge for the middle of March. However there’s a risk of snow towards the end of the month. See more… Read more

Packed day for GIMA conference in March

There's a busy agenda for the GIMA Conference in March. It will hear from the trading director of gardening & DIY at Homebase. There will also be an initiative about protecting designs from copying and a talk from the new chairman of the GCA. See more.... Read more

Surge in interest for international shows

There’s a waiting list for spaces in UK delegations for two North American shows and Gardenex is urging companies wanting to exhibit at spoga+gafa to book early. See more... Read more

Sticker campaign to boost sales on Garden Re-Leaf day

'Loose Change’ is a novel sticker scheme giving suppliers and retailers another way to join in Garden Re-Leaf fund-raising festivities even at this late stage. See more... Read more

January weather looks likely to continue through February

Wiseweather says February looks likely to be wetter and warmer than average with a succession of depressions crossing the country, although the month might end colder. See more... Read more

Figures show the gardener is back

April figures released from the Garden Centre Association’s Barometer of Trade underline how gardeners have got back into gardening this spring, buying plants and gardening products. See more... Read more

Will your team be Top of the Pots?

The HTA has initiated a Top of the Pots merchandising competition to find the garden retailer with the most creative container gardening display. See more... Read more

May forecast is good for gardeners

May is likely to be dominated by high pressure according to the monthly forecast from Wiseweather, with above average temperatures and sunshine. See more... Read more

The RHS has launched a major new website

The RHS has launched its potentially powerful new website, but Gardenforum finds that it may have been released too early, before it is ready. See more... Read more

Healthy Easter sales gives trade a boost

There are many happy bunnies across the garden industry after a bumper Easter weekend. Many garden centres are reporting record trading days with plants and garden sundries sales particularly strong, along with catering. Read more

There's a new recruitment agency for the garden industry

There's a new recruitment agency coming to garden retail, landscape and horticulture in general. Alexander Tredwell  is a division of Wax Selection and is headed by a well known recruiter within the garden sector.  See more... Read more

GIMA creates £5000 innovators fund

GIMA is launching a £5,000 seed corn fund to encourage innovative new businesses into the UK gardening industry. See more... Read more

New e-learning course for garden retail staff on using garden care chemicals safely

A new exciting online tool has been launched by the Crop Protection Association (CPA) and Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) to provide training for garden retail staff on the safe use of garden plant protection products. Read more

Good landscaping can cut health costs

Pressure on Government to give greater priority to good landscaping will get a boost at The AIPH Green City Conference in London. It will hear how investing in landscapes can counteract the growing cost of healthcare in the UK. See more... Read more

GCA inspectors call – with no warning

Between now and mid June a team of judges will be making unannounced inspections of 166 garden centres in the GCA looking into every area of their business. See more... Read more

New online shop for independent Dutch garden centres

GroenRijk, the second biggest Dutch marketing/buying group with 50 garden centres, has opened a new webshop. It was designed and developed by Garden Connect, whose e-commerce platform is also available in the UK. See more… Read more

Last year it was bird feed, this year it’s plants

Despite the rain, sales jumped 13% in January, more than recovering those lost to the snow a year ago. So say the latest GCA figures. Plant sales have flourished, the smaller garden centre hasn’t. See more... Read more

Unique day-out for horticulture students

Palmstead is offering horticulture students the chance to hear Tony Kirkham, Tom Hart Dyke and David Gilchrist, three of the most inspiring speakers in gardening today. See more... Read more

Caution from the HTA

Analysis by the HTA suggests the economy is showing definite signs of recovery which bodes well for 2014 although there are still questions over how sustainable or strong the recovery will be. See more... Read more

Armitage commits GCA to stronger links with other associations

Will Armitage set clear objectives for his tenure as chairman of the GCA, challenging members to judge him on three criteria. See more... Read more

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