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

Why visit or exhibit at spoga+gafa

Spoga+gafa is Europe’s biggest garden trade fair.  With the resurgence of Glee, why should UK suppliers and retailers also consider crossing the channel? Read more

Glee is back with a vengeance!

For many exhibitors it was the best Glee for several years, although not everyone was as pleased. Read our news from the aisles of Glee. Read more

Glee new product winners announced

Vivid Arts, Wyevale Nurseries, Fallen fruits and Melcourt Industries were among the winners of the Glee new product awards. Read more

Paul Newbitt with Vivid Arts' Miniature World

GIMA’s £5000 Seed Corn Fund is open for entries

Small businesses, designers, students, inventors and start-ups are invited to bid for the second annual grant from the GIMA seed corn fund with the offer of help from last year’s winner. Read more

GIMA's Steve Millington (3rd Left) and Vicky Nuttall (R) with last years winners.

Glee to introduce a Retail Power List

Glee should be at capacity this year with increased bookings and well-known names returning. New features will include the Retail Power List and the PetQuip Village. Read more

Chelsea Fringe goes worldwide

If it's on-topic, legal and interesting, then the chances are it can go in the Fringe.  Get involved say organisers of the 3 week Chelsea Fringe Festival. Read more

Advice on edible window boxes at Chelsea Fringe Cake Sunday (Photo from Chelsea Fringe)

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

Review of 2015 in the Garden Industry

2015 was an eventful year in the garden sector. Here is a round-up of some of the most important stories on Gardenforum throughout the year. This article is open to non-members. Read more

Bicester, one of the 8 garden centres bought by Black Rock for £112.5m

National Children’s Gardening Week – Year 2

Initiated last year, the second National Children’s Gardening Week will take place over the spring half term at the end of May. Read more

Glee recognition for the garden retail’s best buyers

Teams from Blue Diamond, Haskins and Homebase were among the five category winners in the first Glee Buyers Power List. Read more

The Homebase buying team led by Heidi Towse (2nd from left)

Top Chelsea Awards for Agralan, Hillier and Taylors Bulbs

Agralan wins garden product of the year at RHS Chelsea, Burncoose Nurseries wins plant of the year. There were golds for Hillier, Vital Earth, Taylors Bulbs. Read more

Agralan's Mike Abel and Alan Frost with the Potato Pot

Toolbank digs into the garden market

Toolbank’s distribution agreement with Crest Garden has given it a platform to dig into the garden market. Garden centre buyers are being invited to register for the distributor’s spring trade shows. Read more

Kent & Stowe tools from Crest Garden

Review of 2014 in the Garden Industry

2014 has been dominated by the repositioning of the major gardening goods distributors following the demise of Solus.  The weather for once provided a good news story and towards the end of the year there was a flurry of activity from Wyevale as it picked up eight long established independent garden centres.  See the full review – which is open to all… Read more

Glee gets new advisory board and changes 2015 dates

Glee is to be a Monday to Wednesday show in 2015.  Stand bookings are 3 months ahead of last year and a new Glee Advisory Board gets weighty backing from the industry. Read more

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