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

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

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

Cowells and Bents take top GCA awards

GCA names the country's ten best Garden Centres of Excellence and Taylors Bulbs was voted supplier of the year at last night's GCA conference. Read more

GCA names best garden centres by category

Van Hage and Cowells win the Ruxley Rose award as the garden centres with the best plant areas in 2013. Poundbury, Chessington and Ruxley Manor take the restaurant awards. See more… Read more

Join us at the Garden Press Event

Join Gardenforum at the Garden Press Event and meet 250 writers and broadcasters from TV, Radio, National Press and the home & gardening magazines. See more... Read more

Calls for the industry to back Perennial

Alan Titchmarsh led calls for the industry to act as ambassadors to raise the profile of Perennial, which helped over 1200 gardeners and their families last year. 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

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

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

UK and Holland discuss closer horticultural links

A meeting of representatives from UK and Dutch governments and horticulture was declared a great success, building links generally and in particular collaborating over EU legislation. See more... Read more

Cowells and Barton Grange take top GCA awards

GCA names the country's ten best Garden Centres of Excellence and Taylors Bulbs was voted supplier of the year at last night's GCA conference. See more... Read more

Buyer Connect swells the GIMA membership

Retiring director, Neil Gow, cites Buyer Connect at Glee, backed by Gardenforum, as one of the reasons four new suppliers have joined the association. See more… Read more

December sales have grown 10% in last two years

Sales rose by 4.4% in December bringing growth for the year to 3.5% at garden centre members of the GCA. Gifts, Christmas and catering departments all performed well. See more... Read more

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