Blue Diamond sparkles at £44.6m

Blue Diamond, the Channel Islands based garden centre group, has continued its rapid expansion and is now fourth in terms of sales, behind The Garden Centre Group, Dobbies and Notcutts. See more.... Read more - members only

London’s oldest garden centre will celebrate 160 years

Clifton Nurseries claims to be London’s oldest garden centre. It was founded in 1851 and plans to celebrate its 160th birthday with events throughout next year. See more...
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Resilient figures from Homebase despite late spring

Homebase figures have held up well despite the later spring. Sales of garden furniture and barbecues increased. See more… Read more - members only

Administrators appointed at G H Tayberry and Co

Clothing and footwear supplier, G H Tayberry and Co has been put into administration. See more... Read more - members only

Upbeat Sinclair lifts profits, despite slow start

Despite the slow start to the season, William Sinclair has increased profits thanks to strong demand from British growers and government action to boost sales of peat free. See more... Read more - members only

Dobbies proposes Liverpool garden centre

Dobbies has announced plans for a new £8 million garden centre at Speke near Liverpool airport. See more... Read more - members only

Flying Brands buys Flowers Direct

Flying Brands has bought the assets of Flowers Direct from its administrators. This will strengthen the databases of Flying Flowers and Gardening Direct. It will also give them access to 750 florists. See more… Read more - members only

Landgard - a catalyst for change in UK plant sales?

There is a growing force in the selling and distribution of plants. Landgard started in the UK three years ago and has already achieved turnover of £23 million. It is aiming to double this in the next three years. See more... Read more - members only

Kinglea in administration continues trading

The directors of Essex-based Kinglea Plants, the producers of Plug U Grow and Veg U Grow young plants for the multiples and independent garden centre trade, called in the administrative receivers last Friday with the immediate loss of nine jobs. See more... Read more - members only

Cargo abandons garden centre venture

It has been reported that Cargo’s experiment with garden centre concessions has failed. It is to close its Blooms site. See more... Read more - members only

Haxnicks buys Rootrainers from Ronaash

Grow your own specialist Haxnicks, has continued its expansion with the purchase of the business of Rootrainers from Ronaash. See more... Read more - members only

Golden Acres: in acquisition talks with 2 garden centres

The Golden Acres group has started discussions regarding the possible acquisition of two further garden centres and is looking for more within two hours driving of Bournemouth. See more... Read more - members only

Solar energy company opens second garden centre franchise

The Big Green Company has opened a solar energy centre on Wilmslow Garden Centre. This is the second garden centre franchise and it hopes for several more across the UK. See more… Read more - members only

Dobbies top £100 million for the first time

Dobbies has passed another milestone. Annual sales have topped the £100 million mark for the first time, boosted by new openings and 6% like-for-like growth during 2009. See more... Read more - members only

Garden Centres are now VERY busy

According to the GCA, sales at independent garden centres for the first three months of this year were 9% lower than the same period in 2009. But with the good weather garden centres are now "VERY busy". See more... Read more - members only

Logistics shake-up for B&Q

B&Q is to end its third-party logistics agreements and plans a huge new distribution centre at Swindon. See more… Read more - members only

Vital Earth changes name as it prepares for expansion

Vital Earth's main trading arm is Vital Earth (Derby) Limited. This name will change to Vital Earth GB Limited as the company prepares to open more composting sites. See more… Read more - members only

Deco-Pak invest £2.5 million in new premises

Deco-Pak is expanding its product range and investing in new premises in a quest to boost turnover to £8 million within two years. See more... Read more - members only

Frosts restructures after the best spring in 5 years

The Frosts Group has announced a consolidating of its company structure. This comes after it has enjoyed its best spring for five years, driven in part by increased sales of garden furniture. See more... Read more - members only

Blue Diamond buys Redfields Garden Centre

Redfields is being sold to the Blue Diamond Group, who will re-develop the site to be the Trentham of the South. This will be their 12th garden centre. See more... Read more - members only

Natar assumes Non-Executive role at Gardman

Paris Natar, who started Gardman 17 years ago, completes the hand-over to the new management team by becoming a non-executive director, this week. But it does not mean that he will be any less involved with the company than before. See more... Read more - members only

Cold chills Hillier’s hopes at Chelsea - follow their progress...

The cold weather has disrupted Hillier’s preparations for the Chelsea Flower Show and the nursery’s attempt to extend its unbroken run of 64 gold medals. Follow the Hillier progress day by day on their blog at Click on the link below... Read more - members only

Marshalls remains cautious despite lengthening order books

Marshalls, the UK's largest manufacturer of natural stone and hard landscaping products, remains cautious despite sales figures that match last year and lengthening order books. See more... Read more - members only

Scotts increases garden centre support

At the time, they say, when other companies are cutting back and shedding resources, Scotts Miracle-Gro have increased their shop floor support for garden centres. And it seems to be working. Despite the cold start to the season, sales are ahead of last year. See more... Read more - members only

Bridgepoint buys HobbyCraft - UPDATED

The owners of Haskins Garden Centres, Warren Haskins and his family, have agreed today to sell HobbyCraft to private equity group, Bridgepoint Capital. The price for the arts and craft retailer is believed to be around £100 million. See more... Read more - members only

No new store openings for Homebase

There will be no new store openings this year at Homebase as it concentrates on expanding sales through the Internet. It has launched a new community website, See more… Read more - members only

Two garden centres to close

Two garden centres, one at each end of the country, are to close and be redeveloped for other uses. See more... Read more - members only

CEO completes management buyout of Casco

Matthew Bubear, CEO of Casco Europe, has completed a management buyout to acquire the business. This follows the sale of the North American parent company, Casco, which was announced in January. See more... Read more - members only

Internet offsets poor weather at Flying Brands

Poor weather has hit sales at Gardening Direct. However, Internet sales have risen. The current air travel restrictions will not affect the availability at Flying Flowers. See more... Read more - members only

Aylett achieves GMI peat free recognition - UPDATED

Aylett Nurseries is the first independent garden centre to become a full member of the Growing Media Initiative (GMI). This means that 55% of its bagged growing media is not peat. See more... Read more - members only

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