Garden Centres seek additional warehousing to protect supplies

An increasing number of garden centres are seeking warehouse space to take stock control into their own hands following recent supply chain availability issues, says Malcolm Scott. Read more

Masks or no Masks?

With Government ending mandatory distancing measures and mask wearing in stores on 19th July, Freedom Day, we do a straw poll of garden centres on masks and restaurants.  Read more

image: Dobbies

Garden centre headlines around the country

Headlines around the country include a sale and lease back by Dobbies, controversy about breast feeding in a garden centre and thefts of catalytic converters at Bents. Read more

Gary Plevey, a true gentlemen, with his family

Smiemans wins BTTV 2021 with tropical glasshouse at botanical garden Flora

The technically advanced project for the botanical garden "Flora" in Cologne has won the Benelux Trophy Hot Dip Galvanizing (BTTV) 2021 in the category 'Functional galvanizing'. Read more

Glass construction Flora Tropen­ und Wüstenhäuser

Last chance to enter the 2021 GIMA Awards

Suppliers wanting to gain unrivalled market-wide recognition for their latest product innovation, marketing support or approach to sustainability will want to take centre stage at the forthcoming GIMA Awards. Time is running out, as the deadline for entering the 2021 event – Friday May 28th.   Read more

GIMA Awards

Biggest Health and Wellbeing Survey for UK horticulture industry launched 

Perennial asks people working in horticulture about the health and wellbeing challenges they face. Read more

You can’t ‘over-dose’ on gardening!

A ground-breaking study reveals the more ‘doses’ of gardening you get, the better your wellbeing, says the RHS.  Daily gardening has the same impact on wellbeing as regular vigorous exercise such as cycling or running. Read more

Blocked Suez will mean extra delays in Bank Holiday supplies

UPDATED - There were already shortages of garden products before Suez became blocked.  Despite it looking as if canal traffic will resume shortly delivery delays are likely to get worse. Read more

New sponsorship scheme launched by Plant Heritage

Gardening and plant enthusiasts are being invited to sponsor the National Plant Collections, helping to save garden plants today, for people to enjoy in the future. Read more

Iris (Sir Cedric Morris introductions) Credit Clare Dawson

Government unilaterally lifts NI plant soil ban

Action taken by the Government, without prior EU agreement, gives temporary permission to ship from GB to Northern Ireland plants that have been grown in soil. Read more

PetQuip Awards set to reward outstanding achievements during pandemic

The prestigious PetQuip Awards will take on even greater importance in 2021 when it recognises outstanding achievements within the pet industry during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

Bitter disappointment at First Minister’s caution

Bitter disappointment follows the First Minister’s statement as Scottish garden centres remain unclear when they can re-open.  Director of Cardwell calls for return to essential status. Read more

Kieran Gallagher

Bad news as NI lockdown is extended

The Northern Ireland lockdown is extended until the 1st of April. This is very bad news for horticultural businesses, says the HTA, with Mother’s Day a write off. Read more

Richard Jackson, challenges Britain to get ready, steady, grow!

Richard Jackson, the QVC gardening guru, who also sells his own Flower Power product range, has created the Couch to Five a Day Challenge to encourage more people to grow their own. Read more

Richard Jackson

Garden centres should plan ahead as importers face perfect storm

Just when garden centres expect a buoyant spring from locked down gardeners, suppliers warn of shortages as imports are hampered by a perfect storm. Read more

Garden furniture prices will rise

Garden centres expect to place large pre-season orders

We ask garden centres if they will be more cautious about ordering for the autumn and next spring now that all shops are trading.  It seems not... Read more

‘Reset’ - biggest style for next 3 years

The Exclusively exhibition (24th to 25th August) will unveil the next three / five year trends.  One of the biggest is Reset, which is all about ‘preserve, conserve, protect’. Read more

Garden centre May revenues +9% on 2019

The latest GCA Barometer of Sales shows garden centre revenues were up +9% over May 2019 and +17% up if restaurant catering is excluded. Read more

Sales decrease in second half of May

The HTA’s Market Update shows garden centre sales were up 30% in May but decreased in the second half of the month as Covid restrictions eased. Read more

IPPS Europe Conference 2021 cancelled

Following a recent IPPS Europe Committee meeting, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Annual Conference, due to have been held this October in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more

How good were garden centre sales in April?

Figures just published by the Garden Centre Association’s Barometer of Trade, show just how good April sales were, with the challenges of frosts, restaurant closures and stock shortages. Read more

Late April Forst protection at Hillier

'We are all screaming for stock'

‘April hugely up… but it felt like we could have done more’.  ‘Rationing has started to become the norm and we are forward booking stock for the Autumn already.’ Read more

Depleted displays at Dobbies, Andover

GIMA Charity Golf Day returns this summer

As lockdown restrictions ease and golf clubs reopen, there was no better time to confirm that the annual GIMA Golf Charity Day will be making its return on Wednesday June 9th at the Belton Woods Hotel & Golf Course in Grantham. Read more

GIMA Golf Day 2019 - winners Hartman

Garden centres in Scotland to reopen on 5th April

Scotland’s timetable for easing lockdown will permit garden centres to re-open on Monday 5th April, with cafes, pubs and restaurants following on 26th April.  English restaurants must wait till 17th May. Read more

Simpsons in Inverness

Welsh Garden Centres can reopen from 22nd March

The First Minister for Wales has announced that while non-essential shops must remain closed until 12 April, garden centres can reopen from 22 March. Read more

The GIMA Awards are to return in November

Having been cancelled in 2020 the GIMA Awards, the main industry social event of the year, is to celebrate its 40th anniversary on November 11th. Read more

GCA virtual area meetings hailed a success

The first regional meetings of 2021 for Garden Centre Association (GCA) members were held online and were hailed a great success by attendees recently (February 2021). Read more

Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA

FT highlights plight of UK growers post Brexit

The Financial Times interviews with Alex Newey and Adam Taylor warns that millions of daffodil blooms will go unharvested because of the lack of Eastern European seasonal workers.  Read more

Welsh growers and GC’s need a miracle

Welsh growers and garden retailers say they need a miracle if they are to weather a second Springtime lockdown says the HTA.   Read more

Risk to Scottish horticulture is growing

The risk to Scottish horticulture is growing as garden centres remain closed.  With Mother’s Day approaching, HTA calls for Scottish government to take action soon. Read more

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