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

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

Retailers must have an Internet presence says LOFA

Are garden centres right to fear competition from the Internet when selling garden furniture? LOFA research suggests the general public still prefer to see and touch garden furniture and barbecues before they purchase. See more... Read more

GCA names best Christmas displays

Bents and Castle Gardens are the winners of the Garden Centre Association’s annual Christmas display competition. See more... Read more

Opportunity to meet a Homebase buyer

GIMA members have the opportunity to pitch to buyers from Homebase in one-to-one meetings at a Buyer Connect day organised for January. See more... Read more

Wintry weather is forecast for weeks two and four of December

Wiseweather forecasts that December will be cooler and drier than average, with the possibility of widespread sleet and snow for a time in week two. See more... Read more

Promising sales of Christmas and gifts

There are encouraging signs for Christmas in the October figures from the GCA. Sales of seeds and bulbs disappointed after early promise but the Christmas and gift categories have grown strongly . 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

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

BALI chairman rejects merger call

BALI chairman has responded vigorously to a letter from the founder of APL, a rival landscape association, suggesting they should draw a line under past differences and merge. See more... Read more

Garden centres outperformed the high street this Christmas

It appears that garden centres have had a successful selling period, both before and after Christmas. Some lines, including Christmas trees proved sluggish, but most garden centres are reporting increases of 5% and more thanks to gifts, café's and plants. See more... Read more

January to be dull, wet and less cold than average

Wiseweather predicts that the wet and windy weather will continue well into January with the possibility of sleet and snow later in the month. See more... Read more

Tasty speakers for HTA catering conference

There’s a tasty mix of speakers for the February HTA catering conference. These include the new food and beverage director expected to transform the food offer at TGCG and a past winner of The Great British Bake Off. See more... Read more

Some quick wins for would-be exporters

Growing exports are a key to the UK recovery. So UKTI promises more funding and support for exporters, both new and current. It also suggests some simple steps to attract international interest to your website. See more... Read more

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