The Covid-19 pandemic is transforming consumer attitudes towards sustainable shopping

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world of retail to its core. While social distancing, hand sanitisation and in some cases face coverings have rapidly become the norm, one factor that was shaping consumer demand long before the pandemic continues to gain momentum: environmentally responsible shopping. Read more

New Panama DuraOcean stackable chair

LifestyleGarden®’s DuraOcean® shortlisted for ‘Recycled Product of the Year’ at the 2020 National Recycling Awards

The team at LifestyleGarden® is raising a toast this week as it has been confirmed that the groundbreaking DuraOcean® chair has been shortlisted for the ‘Recycled Product of the Year’ at the 2020 MRW National Recycling Awards. Read more


Ecommerce packaging delivers success for EKJU

EKJU has experienced a successful start to 2020 with their Ecommerce Range. The range consists of key product lines specially packaged for home deliveries, making the home delivery process quicker, driving down delivery times and protecting products more effectively. Read more

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RHS People’s Choice votes announced at Virtual Chelsea Flower Show

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed the winners of its People’s Choice Votes at the Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show (18-23 May), sponsored by M&G Investments. Read more

People’s Choice RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade - Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum KILIMANJARO SUNR

New high end Kamado Barbecues on sale

PODD is the new high end Kamado barbecue brand that goes great in any garden. Customers can grill, smoke, sear, low 'n slow or bake on a PODD. Read more

LifestyleGarden® vow to support retailers during lockdown

LifestyleGarden® has taken steps to ensure that extensive stock of its leading product portfolio is readily available to its customers including those set-up with transactional webstores, in a bid to meet consumer demand during the nationwide lockdown. Read more

Updated furniture for 2020 proves a real winner for Quest Leisure

An already popular range from Quest Leisure has been updated for 2020 providing an extra boost in the first quarter of the year. Read more

Furniture outlet stores launch website is one of the first UK websites to offer the furniture outlet experience to online shoppers. Their offer includes garden furniture with a guarantee of the UK’s lowest prices. Read more

Vivid Arts settles dispute with Tom Chambers

The legal battle between Vivid Arts and Tom Chambers regarding allegations of design right infringement, copyright infringement and passing off has been resolved. Read more

Vivid's range

Kettler GB unaffected by restructure announcement

Heinz Kettler Gmbh & Co KG has entered a period of self-administration in order to restructure its German business but leaves the UK operation unaffected. Read more

White Stores opens garden furniture showroom in Oxford garden centre

Online garden furniture retailer White Stores has opened its first concession at Yarnton Nurseries Garden Centre in Oxfordshire as a pilot. Read more

Online retailers raise their profile

The growing presence of online retailers was clear at the Garden Press Event with two established sites and two newcomers, one launched at the show and one being mysterious about its launch plans. Read more

Monthly plan from Garden Wants

GCA names best garden centres for plants and furniture

Sunshine Garden Centre and Van Hage are the best GCA outdoor living retailers.  Cowell’s and Bents are the best for plants. Read more


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

Notcutts opens phase 2 of Wheatcroft

Notcutts is to open phase 2 of Wheatcroft garden centre. The centrepiece is “The Street Kitchen” themed restaurant where each van cooks a different type of cuisine. See more… Read more

Kindwood looking to partner with UK garden retailers for this summer’s hotly anticipated bestseller

Kindwood – the UK’s first truly sustainable firewood company – is offering UK garden retailers the opportunity to benefit from an exciting new sales opportunity – the Swedish Torch Log. Read more

The Swedish Torch Log from Kindwood

LifestyleGarden® revamps showroom

Whether it’s staycationing or just wanting to spend quality time with friends and family this summer, there is no doubt that sales of garden furniture will continue to flourish. LifestyleGarden® is taking significant steps to ensure that retailers can maximise this sales potential, including a complete revamp of its showroom. Read more

The LifestyleGarden team

EKJU find their UK home

EKJU, who are known as a major European distributor and manufacturer of timber garden furniture have made the UK a second home by setting up EKJU UK Ltd, which will act as a key part of EKJU’s UK strategy in servicing their British customer base and beyond. Read more

Ceisis Table Set

2020 is one for the record books, says LifestyleGarden®

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world as we know it. LifestyleGarden® is one company that has taken steps to change its operating systems to minimise the impact of the Corona lockdown; changes that have been so successful the company is reporting 2020 will be the most successful year for the LifestyleGarden brand to-date! Read more

DuraOcean and fishing boat


How LifestyleGarden® can help to beat isolation blues

Shopping with a conscience during #lockdown - DuraOcean transform ocean plastic into garden furniture. How LifestyleGarden® can help to beat isolation blues in the garden this summer while playing a role in preserving the planet. Read more

DuraOcean by LifestyleGarden

Introducing Kindwood - The UK’s most sustainable wood fuel brand

Launched in January, Taylor Gathercole, founder, is building a purpose-led, consumer branded solid fuel company that cuts waste, captures carbon and provides authentic comfort to people. Kindwood’s mission is to accelerate the #ComfortRevolution, by providing people and planet kind warmth. Read more

Bents and Cowells take the top GCA plant awards

Bents and Cowells top the first day’s awards at the 2018 GCA conference. Also prominent were Fairways of Ashbourne, Stratford and Barton Grange Garden Centres. Read more

Ruxley Rose (Destination Garden Centre category) – Bents Garden & Home

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.

Plants now take second place to catering

If August is wet plant sales prosper. If it is dry garden furniture sales do well. Last month was different. It was wet and dry in different areas and both categories flourished according to the latest GCA figures. But long term trend shows the proportional fall of traditional gardening. Read more

Paradise Park

Vote now to recognise Gardening’s best buyers

Believing that good buyers have not been given the recognition they deserve, Glee is asking you to nominate people or teams that might qualify as the country’s best buyers for awards being introduced at the show. Read more

More chat from the aisles of the Garden Press Event

A new website for Westland, Showa’s bio-degradable gardening gloves, Eden Project seeds, a 10,000 strong Facebook community of Garden Goddesses and Hozelock’s electric weed killer were some of the innovations on show at the Garden Press event. Read more

Hozelock Thermal Weeder

Valentine’s Day is for the birds

Valentines Day sees the start of National Nest Box Week as we are not the only creatures to get romantic as spring approaches.   The BTO offers an information pack and ideas. Read more

December was the biggest month of the year for GCA members

The latest figures from the GCA show 2014 was the best year for 4 years with December beating May as the biggest sales month of the year. Read more

Is this the future of garden furniture retailing?

Garden centres regularly complain they are the showroom for online garden furniture retailers. A recent collaboration between and Toad Hall Garden Centre may be a signpost to the future. Read more

Looking ahead - It's not all doom and gloom

2013 turned out to be another disappointing year in all three key sectors of the garden retail market – garden plants, garden care and garden leisure – with all three sectors showing a steady decline in the five years to 2013 covered by the Analysis. Read more

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