What More UK celebrate partnership with new National Home Improvement Week initiative

What More UK are celebrating their partnership with the National Home Improvement Week. The brand-new consumer-facing marketing initiative is coordinated by BHETA (The British Home Enhancement Trade Association). National Home Improvement Week is set to be a landmark event in the home and garden industry. Read more

Interest grows in AQUA as dates and venue confirmed for 2019 show

AQUA 2019, the market-leading showcase for the UK’s water gardening and aquatics trade, will be returning to the Telford International Centre on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October, 2019. Read more

BPF opportunity as weather delays plant ordering

With garden centres showing some reluctance to take stock with the dramatic weather forecasts, Thursday’s British Plant Fair at Stoneleigh could not be timed better to inspect home grown stock. Read more

Successful Show for Woodlodge at Glee at Spring Fair

Glee at Spring Fair has been a success for Woodlodge – the UK’s leading supplier of pots and planters. Throughout the show the company received great feedback on the ranges on display from a variety of garden centres, high street DIY stores, florists and wedding planners that visited its stand. Read more

How was it after 2 days of Glee at the Spring Fair?

It is too early to judge whether the new Glee at the Spring Fair will become an annual event. Gardenforum believes it has potential, with a change of name and focus. Read our notes from the aisles. Read more

 Andrea and Tony Barnett, whose Potty Feet were named best new product

Battery power drives Stihl’s sponsorship of Hillier at Chelsea

Stihl’s sponsorship of Hillier’s Chelsea exhibit underlines their drive to involve garden centres with the new era cordless garden tools, which will shortly be on sale at Hillier’s garden centres. Read more

Decco exhibits at the Spring Fair

Home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco is exhibiting at Spring Fair (Hall 10; stand C15) for the first time.  Read more

HTA Catering Conference 2018 - ‘A Recipe for Growth’

Bookings are now open for the HTA Catering Conference 2018, ‘A Recipe for Growth’, which takes place on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 June at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This successful two-day event and dinner is aimed at all those in garden centre catering from business owners and managers to chefs and front of house staff. Read more

AIPH approves Flormart 2018 Trade Fair in Italy

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has given approval to Flormart 2018 to become a D category International Horticultural Trade Fair according to the Regulations of AIPH. Read more

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe and Geo Spa (owners of Flormart) Chairman, Andrea Olivi

Gardenforum reports from spoga + gafa

We report on highlights from spoga + gafa, with some hints of what we might see at Glee, plus news of the Westland brand moving into Europe. Read more

Crest's indoor gardening kit with 3 colour light

Glee reveals the short list of top garden industry buyers

Glee has opened the vote to find the UK's best garden buyers. They have revealed a shortlist of 25 buyers across 5 categories: independent garden centres, multiples, DIY / Builder Merchants, online and other. Read more

BBC Gardeners’ World 50th anniversary will be buzzing with celebrities

There will be a buzz of gardening celebrities at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live event in Birmingham (15-18 June, NEC) to celebrate the programme’s 50th anniversary. Read more

Lots for the Garden Press to write about

There was plenty to see and hear at the Garden Press Event including a snail fence, outdoor fragrances, a new urban compost from Scotts and news of some enhanced summer events. Read more

Woodlodge's Dorset rocking chair.

Chairman speaks out to settle Town & Country rumours

Town & Country chairman, Barry Page, has said that rumours of an imminent sale are false and that the company is ready for the season with increased stock levels. Read more

Barry Page

The Four Oaks Show and nursery is for sale

Richard Harding has started the process of selling Four Oaks Trade Show and Nursery.  He is looking for the right buyer to ensure continuity of the event. Read more

British Plant Fair closes the door

After nearly ten years, the British Plant Fair closed its door for the final time on Thursday. The British Plant Fair led to the successful launch of the National Plant Show, held every June at Stoneleigh Park Read more

Chat from the aisles of the Garden Press Event

News includes the phasing out of the Viking brand name, unprecedented order levels for Wyevale Nurseries, a new sales and marketing director for Grange and a final goodbye to Paul Hansord, MD of T&M. Read more

Paul Taylor at Grange

British Plant Fair still going ahead!

Despite the weather, the British Plant Fair is still going ahead tomorrow (Thursday 1st March)! Read more

UK to exhibit Beijing Horticulture Expo 2019

The HTA and the RHS are backing a British exhibit at Beijing’s massive Garden Expo, confirmed by the Prime Minister, which runs from April to October 2019. Read more

Topping out the China pavilion of Horticultural Expo 2019

TV gardener David Domoney to partner with Everest again in 2018

Everest Home Improvements will again be teaming up with celebrity gardener David Domoney this year for a series of events and activities, including the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Read more

More international buyers expected at the UK’s National Pet Trade Event

Firmly established as the UK’s National Pet Trade Event, PATS Telford is making every effort to ensure that September’s show is even more successful for its growing numbers of visitors and exhibitors. Read more

Five landscaping companies announced to take part in APL Avenue competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018

For the third year running, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) return to BBC Gardeners’ World Live with the much-anticipated Show Garden competition, APL Avenue. Read more

Living Gardens ‘It’s not just about the beard’ garden which won gold on APL Avenue last year.

Fine Food Show North serves up three course feast for February

With a keynote talk from food critic, writer and broadcaster, Jay Rayner, The Jolly Tasty pop-up pub sampling Great Taste award-winning beers & ciders, retail clinics with the School of Fine Food and Shopper’s Anonymous all on the line up, the new look Fine Food Show North (formerly Harrogate Find Food Show) is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Read more

Applications invited for inaugural Belvoir Flower & Garden Festival 2018

Applications are now being invited for the first flower show to be held in the grounds of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. The Belvoir Flower & Garden Festival will take place on 14 and 15 July 2018 and will offer all those with a love of gardens and gardening in the East Midlands and East Anglia a floral destination for garden inspiration and shopping. Read more

Flurry to grab the best spaces as Glee relocates

There was a flurry of activity on tuesday night and Wednesday as exhibitors rushed to book the best spaces in the new Glee layout for 2018. Read more

Scoop for the Green Heart of Glee as leading growers return

Hillier and Farplants are returning to Glee after an absence of some years.  They join other top growers at the exhibition’s Green Heart, which will have more exhibitors than ever. Read more

Images and tales from Hampton Court

Eye catching models from Perennial, a cuddly display from Easigrass and literal interpretations on Franchi Seeds' autistic kitchen garden entertained visitors at Hampton Court. Read more

Rachel de Thame with models on the perennial garden

New Halls for Glee 2017 and 2018

Glee 17 extends to an extra hall as it introduces the Retail Lab @Glee and the first Flemish growers pavilion. Ascential Events has also announced a complete new layout for the UK’s biggest gardening trade show in 2018. Read more

Glee to open a spring show in 2018

Glee has announced today that it is to open a concession within the Spring Fair in 2018, focussing on 3 garden categories.  Read more

2016 - a year of change

2016 saw second tier garden centre chains and independents invest as Wyevale consolidated. Homebase and Argos are sold. The HTA moved offices and moved to become the lead association for all gardening related businesses. Glyphosate, Xylella and the weather made frequent headlines. Scotts and Bayer looked for a way out of distributing consumer garden chemicals. Read our review – open to all. Read more

Bunnings buys Homebase

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