Ex-Notcutts trio unite to make Skylark Nurseries fly

“Being a nurseryman can be a lonely occupation.” So says Paul Masters, owner of fledgling nursery Skylark, who has enlisted the help of two former Notcutts colleagues. Read more

L-R Paul Masters, Neville Stein and Andrew Staff

Westland promises stronger partnerships with growers

On the eve of Four Oaks Trade Show, Westland promises that Sinclair is committed to forging stronger partnerships with the growers. Read more

Diary

The Newey Group acquires Eagle Plants Ltd

The Newey Group managing director, Alex Newey, today confirmed the group’s acquisition of Eagle Plants Ltd. The business will relocate the short distance from Banbury to the Young Plants Limited HQ. Read more

Jason Eagle and Alex Newey

National Plant Show busier than ever

More people attended the first day of the HTA National Plant Show than on both days last year. We bring you chat from the aisles and some interesting innovations. Read more

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

New look for AIPH and Grower of the Year Awards

Any grower can nominate themselves for the International Grower of the Year Awards as they get a new look along with rebranding for the AIPH. Read more

‘Best garden’ at the Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition 2014

B&Q’s horticultural buying team

B&Q highlights the new horticultural buying team it has assembled over the last year under Stephen Pitcher, director of seasonal. Read more

Stephen Pitcher

February 2015 long range forecast

February looks set to be sunnier and slightly colder than average  Although drier, snow showers will often feature in the forecast.  Read more

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

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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

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

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

Andy Bunker suggests ways to sell more plants

Alton Garden Centre’s Andy Bunker is head of plant buying for Tillington. He tells nurseries, “Please don’t push plants out to us too early.” Read more

Andy Bunker at Ball Colegrave

Wyevale Nurseries re-opens Management Trainee Programme

Wyevale Nurseries has re-opened its Management Trainee Programme and is calling for people to apply for a position. Read more

Andy Johnson

Hillier’s new garden centre team gets results

There has been a transformation at Hillier's garden centres in the last 18 months. Seven have a new look and feel and there is a new confidence in Hillier’s plant heritage. Read more

Chris Francis with Hillier Heritage plants

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Early fears turn to joy for bedding growers

Despite a luke warm start to this year’s bedding season, growers across England report sales really hotted up as the late spring holiday got under way. Read more

The NT re-opens Morden Hall as a peat-free garden centre

Having ousted its tenant, Capital Gardens, the National Trust will officially reopen Morden Hall Park next month as a peat free garden centre. It claims to be the UK’s first but is it? Read more

Ed Ikin (Centre) with Terry O'Brien and Dan Cooke

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

Bank backs Cobbins’ £650,000 biomass plant

Having installed a biomass boiler in the autumn, Cobbins Nursery will shortly start construction of a new glass house ready for the poinsettia crop later in the year. 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

Hands confirms Wyevale is moving away from Plants

Guy Hands tells the Evening Standard, that Terra Firma has moved Wyevale from being plant- and horticultural-based to more like a leisure company. Read more

Wyevale's Blooms at Gloucester

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