Deco-Pak’s Year in Review

For leading decorative aggregate, paving and decorative nest box supplier Deco-Pak, 2017 meant stepping up a level, and refining its existing offering to focus its relevance to its core retail customers. Read more

Deco-Pak @ GLEE 17

Adding value to aggregates

Building value and profit for their retailers, Kelkay saw huge success with their launch last year of the innovative Pot Toppers range. They have proven to be a great example of how it’s possible to leverage added value and margin from what is essentially a commodity material – decorative aggregates – modified and packaged to provide a unique and compelling consumer proposition. Read more

Ice-Topping Stones


Forest Garden opens its doors to new showroom

Forest Garden’s showroom at its Hartlebury headquarters near Kidderminster is ready to welcome retailers to preview the company’s 2018 product range. Read more

Kelkay expands the Borderstone range

Since acquiring the Borderstone brand in 2013, the range has been expanded rapidly from its base in manufactured paving to include natural sandstone, limestone, granite and slate. Read more

Portfolio Porcelain Paving in Silver Grey (RRP £55.53 per square meter)

bio-bean scoops the 2017 GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund

A proven vehicle for celebrating grass roots development and true innovation, the GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund (GISCF) has already contributed to helping three brands crack the garden retail market both here and across the globe. This year, another company is set to benefit from the GISCF excellent prize package. Introducing the 2017 winners – bio-bean. Read more

Smart Solar: lighting the way for profit growth within garden retailing

The growth of the Garden Lighting category shows no sign of abating. This continued increase is, in part, due to the enduring trend to invest in outside spaces, treating them as an extension of the home. More recently however, it has been fuelled by the dynamic expansion of lighting options made available to consumers, in particular solar lighting where there are no cables or connectivity issues. Read more

Whitehall Lamp Post - Insitu Night

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

Campingaz makes barbecue ranging easy

Campingaz brings their 2018 gas barbecue collection directly to buyers. Campingaz is making barbecue ranging as easy as possible for buyers thanks to their fully-branded, mobile showroom, bringing the range directly to the buyer’s door. Read more

Super Bright Glee for Smart Garden Products

Smart Garden’s successful year continued at Glee with a marked increase in orders while new introductions in its renowned solar lighting range proved a hit with retailers. Read more

Smart Garden Cosmos

Smart Garden pops up ‘Down Under’!

Smart Garden are spreading their message much further afield with their display of solar lights at a major garden centre in New Zealand, Palmers of Tauranga. Read more

DRiBOX – practical & useful garden accessory for customers this Christmas

DRiBOX, a weatherproof connection box for safely housing outdoor electrical plugs, has agreed a partnership with leading Outdoor Living supplier, La Hacienda, to target the garden centre arm of its growing trade business. Read more


Zest 4 Leisure to launch innovative new products for 2018 at Four Oaks

Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber furniture, is launching a new range of products at stand OP7b at the Four Oaks trade show. 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.

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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