Garden centres have lost the plot when it comes to inspiring new gardeners

There were harsh words for UK garden centres from Adam Pascoe and Christine Walkden at Adrian Bloom's conference about getting people switched on to plants. New initiatives from the US show how to remove the barriers for new gardeners. See more... Read more - members only

First-day success for National Plant Show

There was real enthusiasm from leading garden centres and from exhibitors on the first day of the first ever National Plant Show, which continues today. See more... Read more - members only

Hosepipe warnings in Lancashire

After what is probably the driest start to the year for more than 40 years, the threat of hosepipe bans is raising its head again. See more... Read more - members only

Government stops garden grabbing

Between 1997 and 2008, 25% of new houses were built on domestic gardens in what became known as garden grabbing. Government is now giving local authorities the power to control this. See more... Read more - members only

Results show gardening’s winners and losers

Gardenforum’s company results show Mr Fothergill’s, Hozelock, Allensmore Nurseries and Klondyke Group increased sales and profits in their recently released results for 2008/9. Others including Spear & Jackson Products, Adrian Hall, Haddonstone, Monro Horticulture and Marshalls had mixed fortunes. See more... (This article is open to all readers)... Read more - open to all

Will this be the end of the Agricultural Wages Board?

With Caroline Spelman replacing Hilary Benn as Environment Secretary, what can the horticulture industry expect from the new Government? See more...
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April sunshine brings cheer to growers

April proves to be a bumper month for growers who report record trading weeks. See more... Read more - members only

The 'Good Life' to be won in BBC TV Farming programme

BBC Television is looking for couples who want to make a life-changing decision and take up a career in farming and there’s just days left to apply to take part in the programme. Read more - open to all

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

Late spring makes garden centres cautious

After a late start to spring, leading garden centres, members of the HTA retail committee, have expressed caution about the impact of the weather and the election on sales. They remain optimistic, but the weather needs to be good for Easter. See more... Read more - members only

Mother’s day kick starts the season

Early evidence from The GCA suggests that the season has finally started, boosted by a good Mother’s Day weekend for garden centres. Cold weather, however is still delaying plants purchases. See more… Read more - members only

Weak pound hits Italian growers

Leading continental plant importers Europlants and Classiflora held very successful open days recently against a background of falling imports. And Plant Fairs go from strength to strength. See more... Read more - members only

Defra calls on gardeners to help stop the spread of invasive plants

Defra and the Scottish Government today called on Britain’s gardeners to help stop the spread of invasive aquatic plants that damage the natural environment and cost the economy millions with a new campaign to highlight the plight of Britain’s waterways. See more... Read more - members only

Beetle mania hits Boskoop

Evidence of citrus longhorn beetle damage has had a devastating effect on the growers in Boskoop, Holland. See more… Read more - members only

Slugs and Snails are No. 1 Pests in 2009

Slugs and snails were the number one problem on the 2009 Top 10 garden pests list, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Read more - members only

Hillier embraces new media

Hillier commits to a growing new media. Blogs from Chelsea, online video of new plants and now the webcasting of in-store events is propagating a new crop of customers. See more… Read more - members only

Industry fears VAT impact, but…

There have been mixed reactions from the industry to a VAT increase to 20% from 4th January. Retailers will have to decide whether to absorb the increase or move to the next price point. See more… Read more - members only

HTA outrage at AWB settlement

Outraged by the latest settlement figure imposed by the Agricultural Wages Board, David Gwyther says, "The AWB is demonstrating yet again that it is out of touch, out of date and, hopefully, out of time". See more... Read more - members only

Hillier nurseries make it 65

There was relief for Hillier Nurseries as they continued their record breaking run with a 65th gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Other gold winners included John Woods Nurseries, Taylors’ Walkers Bulbs, Raymond J Evison, Peter Beales Roses, Jacques Amand International and David Austin Roses. 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

Older Brits want a Veg plot with a Greenhouse and a Hunky Gardener

What would Brits most like to add to their garden? A survey for B&Q shows it could be a hot spa, vegetable plot or greenhouse, but not a barbecue unless they are under 25. See more... Read more - members only

A hung parliament should not be bad for business

Ken Mayhew told GIMA delegates that a hung parliament should not harm business. However the recovery is very fragile and there is a risk that the pound could fall further. See more... Read more - members only

Government agrees to consult before future hosepipe bans

Are we heading for a drought this year? If so, the industry should draw some comfort from assurances won from the Government by HTA lobbying before the Flood and Water Management Bill was passed. See more... Read more - members only

Is there time to recover the lost early-season sales?

Easter sales have done nothing to improve a slow start to the year. Is it entirely due to the weather? What are the prospects for the rest of the year? Will suppliers cope if there is a late spring rush? Gardenforum has talked to garden centres across the country. See more... Read more - members only

Independents are the Nation’s favourite garden centres says Which?

When it comes to shopping for the garden, independent garden centres are best says a survey of 6000 Which? Gardening members. They were better than the multiples and the DIY sheds. Coolings and the RHS head the 53 companies listed. See more… Read more - members only

Eastern Garden Centres bear the brunt of the weather

The GCA Barometer of Trade shows that the East was hit much harder by the cold weather than the West. See more… Read more - members only

Go-ahead for trial on knotweed predator

Defra has given the go-ahead for controlled release of a psyllid the scientists believe will provide a natural control for Japanese knotweed. See more... Read more - members only

HDC levy proposals would catch smaller growers and garden centres

The HTA is strongly resisting proposals that would force many garden centres and small growers to pay a levy to the HDC for the first time. See more... Read more - members only

We cannot imagine the change and opportunities carbon reduction will bring

At last week’s GCA Conference a succession of high-profile speakers showed how the environment, the economy and new technology might impact garden centres. For a summary of their collective wisdom, see more... Read more - members only

Garden centres adapt to the snow and cold

January sales appear to be better than expected with such bad weather. Garden centres have adapted to conditions by selling plastic trays when they had run out of toboggans, grit when they had run out of salt and... See more... Read more - members only

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