Best Christmas displays in the UK

Castle Gardens and Garsons Garden Centre, Esher have been declared the national winners of the GCA’s Christmas display competition for 2023.  See the Regional winners. Read more - members only

New Associate Directors for Pleydell Smithyman

Specialist consultants Pleydell Smithyman have announced the promotion of Kathryn Farden and the appointment of Andrew Burton as Associate Directors. Read more - open to all

Katkryn Farden and Andrew Burton

Summary and comment on the Autumn Statement

We summarise the main measures announced in the autumn statement with comments from the HTA. Read more - members only

5 special care tips for retailers to maximise poinsettia sales in-store

The poinsettia experts at SfE are here to give five top tips to help you, your staff, and your customers care for poinsettias correctly, so they can be enjoyed throughout the autumn and winter months. Read more - open to all

New Plant Heritage website for rare plants

Having just won a top prize at the UK IT Industry Awards 2023, the charity Plant Heritage has unveiled an online catalogue of rare plants. Read more - members only

Dahlia 'Union Jack'. Credit David Simpson

The early bird catches...a GCA conference saving!

Delegates booking for the 2024 Garden Centre Association (GCA) annual conference in the Cotswolds in January can take advantage of an early bird discount when they sign-up this month (November 2023). Read more - open to all

Peter Burks

Restaurants drive garden centre growth in September

Restaurants powered garden centre growth in September with farm shop and early Christmas sales showing promise. Read more - members only

GCA Conference booking NOW OPEN on GCA website

Booking is now open for our annual conference next January (2024) and we’re revealing our 21st Century themes and top-quality speaker line-up too. Read more - open to all

Chairman Elect for 2024/25, Will Blake

2024 GCA conference themes & speakers revealed

Booking has now opened for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference next January (2024) and the organisation has also revealed its 21st century themes and its top-quality speaker line-up too. Read more - open to all

Managing Director of St Peters Garden Centre and GCA Chairman Elect for 2024-25 Will Blake

Retail crime crisis: Garden centres lost £16m in the last year

The HTA has joined the BRC and other major retailers to call for action on the escalating crisis of retail crime affecting over 70% of garden centres. Read more - members only

Fran Barnes

Competition to provide Downing Street Christmas tree

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) will be hosting a competition to determine the supplier of this year’s Christmas tree for Downing Street. Read more - open to all

Peter Wright, star of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet

New top level Environmental Horticulture Group launched

Today’s House of Lords launch of the New Environmental Horticulture Group (EHG) shows the sector’s importance to achieving national environmental goals. Read more - members only

GIMA confirms 2023 judging panel

Once again, GIMA has secured an impressive line-up of judges for the 2023 GIMA Awards with garden centre and multiple retailer representatives, trend experts, and leading buyers. Read more - open to all

2022 GIMA Awards judging in action

Weather dampens spring sales

Although weather dampened March sales, the GCA has “a lot of confidence that customers have not forgotten us”.  But spring 2023 is a late one. Read more - members only

Garden sales get going in February

Plants and garden products were top sellers in February, boosting growth in smaller garden centres, according to the latest report from the GCA Barometer of Trade. Read more - members only

Peter Burks

Nine finalists 9 named for IGOTY 2024

Nine growers from around the world, including one from the UK, have reached the finals for the AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2024. Read more - members only

Garden Centres an investment opportunity?

A new report by Savills suggests that there is still strong investment potential in garden centres.  Acquisition activity is increasing as individual sites are “snapped up”. Read more - members only

Haskins to redevelop Forest Lodge & Birdworld

Haskins has revealed plans to redevelop Farnham and Birdworld, building a new adventure park and indoor play area, creating a year-round destination. Read more - members only

Potential new attractions

Mixed signals despite October growth at Garden Centres

Although October was a growth month for Garden Centres with strong early Christmas and Gift sales.  40% of sites experienced a dip in sales says the GCA. Read more - members only

The future of plant retailing

Following the success of this year’s open day event “Plant Retailing: A Sustainable Future”, held in February, we are pleased to announce Frank P Matthews have joined forces with The Bransford Webbs Plant Company and New Leaf Plants to host another retail focused event. Read more - open to all

Evergreen GC calls for compost regulation

Evergreen Garden Care is asking the industry to back an open letter that it plans to present to Defra calling for regulation of peat-free composts to protect gardeners and prevent greenwashing. Read more - members only

Colin Stephens, managing director of Evergreen Garden Care UK

Auction of Newton’s Apple raises £30,000

More than 1,800 bids were placed in the auction, held jointly by the National Trust and Blue Diamond Garden Centres, for 10 saplings propagated from Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree. Read more - members only

Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree

Sipcam wield the GIMA Sword of Honour

Top honours at last night’s GIMA Awards were won by Sipcam Home & Garden and Smart Garden Products with many other companies becoming first time winners of the category awards. Read more - members only

The Sipcam team with the GIMA Sword of Honour

Allensmore is HTA Grower of the Year

Allensmore, Majestic Trees and Greenwood Plants led the list of UK nurseries that were honoured at the 2023 HTA Grower of the Year Awards last night. Read more - open to all

Mark Taylor, MD of Allensmore Nurseries

Modest growth masks big departmental sales swings

GCA sales figures for the year so far show a little growth, but they mask double digit growth in some departments and similar falls in others. Read more - members only

AI generated image of a plant area in August!

PetQuip Awards 2023 announces finalists

After a record number of entries, the PetQuip trade association has revealed the list of finalists for the PetQuip Awards dinner on 1 October at Telford International Centre. Read more - open to all

Plant Heritage relocated to RHS Garden Wisley

Plant Heritage, the horticultural conservation charity which manages the National Plant Collections, is now based right next to RHS flagship garden in Surrey. Read more - open to all

Lilium 'Odysseus'

BALI Chalk Fund launch Student of The Year 2023

The BALI Chalk Fund are delighted to announce that they have updated their Student of the Year competition to reflect the wider aspect of BALI membership. Read more - open to all

Entry to the 2023 GIMA Awards now open

The 2023 GIMA Gala Awards dinner (19th October, Celtic Manor) may yet be seven months away but suppliers who want to be in the running to win one of the highly coveted awards need to start thinking about their 2023 entries. Read more - open to all

There are good times ahead for gardening

GIMA hears good times are ahead for the garden sector as the Covid surge in garden spending is here to stay.  There will also be an Olympic boost for greening. Read more - members only

GIMA president Jenny Douthwaite from Primeur

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