How the humble houseplant became the garden industry’s fastest growth category

It’s official: - 2019 was the year of the houseplant according to the GCA’s Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. It is estimated that the millennial generation is responsible for one third of all houseplant sales but how did they become so popular? Read more

LATEST Looking Good and Availability lists

Check out the Looking Good and Availability Lists for 5 Nurseries including Agrumi, Country Herbs & Plants, Chichester Trees and Shrubs, Hawkesmill and Seiont Nurseries. Read more

Diary

Boningale Ltd develops innovative plastic pot recycling process

Boningale Ltd has developed an innovative plastic plant pot recycling process for use by clients, preventing pots from being sent for landfill. Read more

Contract shrub and perennial plant growing available

We are a wholesale plant production nursery near Nottingham. We have recently expanded our production area and would interested in discussing potential contract plant production requirements for 2020. Read more

Hundreds of houseplants set to invade RHS Garden Wisley

It’s like the Day of the Triffids, but safer. Hundreds of houseplants will be growing, overflowing and taking over the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley from 25 January to 1 March 2020. Read more

Houseplants inhabit Victorian house in the RHS flagship garden.

New logo to help educate consumers about recyclable plant pots

Following the introduction of the new taupe plastic pot it is paramount that we educate the final consumer as quickly as possible that these pots can be put in their kerbside recycling bin. Our new logo, found on the label foot, at the front of the pot, will be phased in throughout 2020. Read more

Plant away the winter blues ... with Gardening is Good For You! #GIGFY 

Hardy plants can naturally withstand a touch of frost without being harmed, so choose a few to add winter interest to your displays. Read more

Conifer touched by frost © Adam Pasco Media

Syngenta launches mildew resistant Busy Lizzie through B&Q

A new, downy mildew resistant Busy Lizzie bred by Syngenta is to be unveiled by B&Q. The Busy Lizzie is back, said Tim Clapp, “This is the biggest thing I have been involved in over my 20 years in horticulture.” Read more

Tim Clapp with Imara Bizzie Lizzie

The 2017 review

Hawkesmill Nurseries, the Warwickshire based family company, have had a whirlwind of a year in 2017! Read more

Innovation from Mr Fothergill's

As well as the acquisition of Darlac, Mr Fothergill’s revealed other innovations, including a new RHS AGM range, a starter range endorsed by David Domoney and the introduction Seasol and Optigrow. Read more

David Domoney's Get growing range

Bransford Webbs Plant Company Managing Director Geoff Caesar is moving on!

After 25 years at the Bransford Webbs Plant Company Managing Director Geoff Caesar is moving on at the end of July to take up a role with Ball Colegrave as Director at their Bordon Hill Nursery in Stratford upon Avon. Read more

Geoff Caesar

Demand for UK grown plants increases

Allensmore and Wyevale Nurseries step up the promotions on plants and have noticed increased demand for British grown stock. Read more

Instant effect - planted containers for Mother's Day at Allensmore

Silver for Bransford Webb in international grower awards

The AIPH Awards at the Colosseum Theatre in Essen, Germany celebrated the world’s best in ornamental horticultural production. Bransford Webb was the sole UK winner taking Silver in its category. Read more

Bransford Webb

GCA names best Garden Centres for Plants

The GCA has named the regional winners in the competition to find the best plant retailers. The garden centres will face a second inspection before the national winners are declared in January. Read more

Barton Grange Garden Centre

Grower calls for quarantine system to prevent Xylella entering the UK

The MD of Barcham Trees warns, "Xylella is not in the UK yet, but if plant material keeps coming across from the continent without any thought to bio-security it is only a matter of time before this menace becomes a reality.” Read more

Mike Glover, MD Barcham Trees

Literary collection blooms with arrival of celebrated classics in 2020

David Austin Roses is delighted to announce the introduction of two wonderful new characters to its collection of fine, British grown English Roses. Read more

The Country Parson (Ausclergy)

Literary collection blooms with arrival of celebrated classics in 2020

David Austin Roses is delighted to announce the introduction of two wonderful new characters to its collection of fine, British grown English Roses. Read more

The Country Parson (Ausclergy

Get ready for the new season with The Bransford Webbs Plant Company Webshop

As everyone gears up for the new season, now is the ideal time to start using The Bransford Webbs Plant Company webshop, accessed directly through our website, www.bransfordwebbs.co.uk. Our new webshop allows wholesale customers to place their orders online. Read more

Bransford Webbs Webshop

Frank P Matthews growing trees for Japanese ‘Sakura’ Project

An exciting new collaboration between Frank P Matthews and The Japanese Sakura Project aims to plant thousands of Japanese Flowering Cherries across Britain over the next two years. Read more

Prunus Beni Yutaka

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Join an HTA Plant Passport webinar this Thursday

Anyone who trades in plants can register for an HTA webinar on Plant Passports to prepare for the change in regulations on December 14th. Read more

Festive Pines: December Garden Plants of the Month

Not just for the festive season, but beautiful all year round: the spruce and fir tree help create a variety-filled patio and garden. Read more

SmartPlant links with T&M

SmartPlants adds T&M to its growing list of commercial partners.  Customer receipts by the mail-order supplier will soon be accompanied by the newly developed SmartPlant 'button' to provide post sale advice. 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

Irish grower to expand into the UK

One of Ireland’s foremost growers of nursery stock, Flannery’s Nurseries, is looking to develop its market by expanding into the UK with Bob Haward as their agent. Read more

Bob Haward

Kingfisher Nurseries to close as YouGarden takes over the site

Leading heather producer Kingfisher Nurseries is to close at the end of this month, the owners are retiring and have sold the site to YouGarden. Read more

Mail says ‘insect-friendly’ plants are laced with pesticides that poison bees

The Daily Mail says that ‘insect-friendly’ plants sold in garden centres and supermarkets are laced with chemicals that could be killing bees. 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.

Lovania launches a mobile website to aid plant buyers

Lovania has teamed up with Floramedia to create a mobile website to aid plant buyers with information and images while shopping the plant area. Read more

Planteria manager at Highfield Garden World reveals how plant retailing has changed

Gone are the A-Z beds... Does anybody make their own hanging baskets these days? Where sales of shrubs, perennials and annuals may have shrunk, sales of plants like an £800 potted acer have soared.   Read more

Jon Mason

Tim Clapp transfers to Kingfisher

Tim Clapp has transferred to the B&Q parent company where he joins the Kingfisher unification project, taking control of plant and garden ranges across Europe. Read more

Tim Clapp

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