Begonia ‘Sweet Spice Bounty’ royalties donated for horticultural scholarships 

Plant sales of Begonia ‘Sweet SpiceTM Bounty’ have been donated to the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) to support students studying horticulture in the UK.   Read more

Begonia SweetSpice Bounty

Lockdown attracts 3m new gardeners

New research conducted by the HTA found that almost three million gardeners sprung up this year as a result of lockdown. Read more

Scholarship Season open for horticulture students 

Five horticulture scholarships are available from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). Students can get up to £2,500 to put towards their studies.  Read more

 DCF past winners from Scholars Season 2019-2020

Which plant varieties will be hot for 2021?

Which plant varieties will be hot for 2021?... the industry has voted at the Ball Colegrave Trial Grounds at West Adderbury. Read more

GCA members discuss challenges of re-opening restaurants and cafés

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) recently took part in a virtual forum to discuss the challenges they faced with the re-opening of restaurants and cafés. Read more

Chris Brown - Turpin Smale Catering Consultants

GCA/GIMA panel debates to improve supply chain communication

The GCA and GIMA have started a series of online panel debates to improve communication and honesty through the retail gardening supply chain. Read more

Masks or No masks for garden centre staff?

From 24th July shoppers must wear masks in garden centres.  The staff don't have to.  What mask policy will garden centres follow for staff?  Will they police customers? Read more

Masked staff at Dobbies

June sales up 44% for garden centres

Garden centre sales hit record highs in June despite closed restaurants and other retailers reopening from 15th June.  Garden furniture sales gained +81% according to the GCA. Read more

Will garden centres go online?

Overall online retail sales grew 34% in May. Garden e-tailers were swamped. Garden centres developed an online offer during the lock down, but will they continue?  Read more

Duchess visits Fakenham GC during Children’s Hospice Week

The Duchess of Cambridge bought plants at Fakenham Garden Centre last week for a new garden at a Norfolk children's hospice.  Plans are also underway for an imaginative space created by Greenfingers. Read more

Garden centres are cautious about restaurant reopening

While Dobbies are reopening their restaurants as soon as permitted, others are adopting a more cautious approach.  Some are not opening this month. Read more

Blue Diamond at East Bridgford, before the lockdown

What’s next for garden centres as we exit lockdown?

What changes will be the next to test garden centres as we exit the Covid-19 lockdown?  A change to Sunday trading rules and restricted reopening of restaurants? Read more

Sales surge as garden centres reopen

Garden centres are reopening to big increases in average spend from pent up demand.  Stock shortages are already showing.  But there are concerns about the autumn. Read more

Safety measures at Dobbies, Havant garden centre

No opening yet for Scottish Garden Centres

Despite optimism over the weekend for an announcement that Scottish garden centres would be allowed to reopen, they will remain closed until at least the 28th May. Read more

Covid-19 summary - Comments from reopening day

Comments in the media give a flavour of the first day back.  ‘They are doing a clean sweep’, ‘We have written off 30% of annual turnover’, ‘Lots of problem troubleshooting done today’, ‘Opened to a queue of keen gardeners’. Read more

Masked at Dobbies at Cadnum

Early opening of garden centres saved the industry

So said James Barnes as he announced HTA plans to double grower membership. New industry growth plans are to be developed with Government. Read more

Brett Avery

The latest on import/export regulations after Brexit

A GIMA virtual seminar has updated members on import/export regulations after Brexit.  The HTA has also given an update on phytosanitary standards. Read more

BHETA lobbies for future of CE mark

BHETA calls for details of the UKCA safety mark due to replace the CE mark in January, as importers must brief overseas manufacturers in time for January delivery. Read more

GC sales up 16% in July despite deflated catering

Sales in July were excellent for garden centres despite a 50%+ fall in catering sales.  The latest GCA figures show sales of garden sundries continue to surge. Read more

Has garden centre catering changed for ever?

Has garden centre catering changed for ever as a flurry of garden centres reopen restaurants in time to participate in ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ in August? Read more

RHS careers videos to help recruitment

The RHS has created a new careers resource - rhs.org.uk/careersinhorticulture - with over 60 individual films showcasing some 45 different horticultural careers.

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Government refuses compensation for UK Growers

The Government has rejected calls by The HTA and NFU to pay financial compensation to UK Growers following the Covid-19 shutdown.   Read more

Gardening sales grew despite the lockdown

Growth in the overall gardening sector since the start of lockdown was 3.5% according to the second quarterly economic report from BHETA.  Read more

Where’s the help for growers?

The HTA has criticised today’s mini budget with comments such as a missed opportunity and unlikely to have much impact amongst horticulture businesses. Read more

Praise for staff and suppliers as sales up 50% in June

There’s praise for staff and suppliers as some garden centres are 50% up in June and in a strong cash position.  “No-one put their prices up without good reason. No-one got awkward…” Read more

Pallets were not empty for long at Dobbies

Restaurants allowed to re-open in England with 1m+ rule

Garden centre catering in England could be financially viable from July 4th with the change in social distancing rules, but details of the conditions are needed quickly. Read more

Social distancing will be difficult in many restaurants

Unprecedented demand is taking a toll on staff

Bedding growers are being forced to take steps to manage unprecedented order levels as a result of soaring garden centre sales.  Neil Grant says Ferndale sales are now in front of May last year.  Read more

HTA intensifies call for grower rescue package

With Scottish garden centres not opening till after May 28, the HTA has intensified its call for a Dutch style grant to support British growers. Read more

Nursery deliveries from Farplants

Garden Centres in N. Ireland can open from Monday

First Minister, Arlene Foster, has announced that garden centres in Northern Ireland will be permitted to open again from Monday 18th May. Read more

Minister underlines need for safe opening of garden centres

Lord Gardiner says, “It is vital all garden centres implement strict social distancing and I urge businesses to use the Government’s extensive guidance and the HTA’s Safe Trading Guidance.” Read more

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