Alan Titchmarsh and B&Q join forces

Alan Titchmarsh is to work with B&Q as it seeks to cement ‘its position as the UK’s largest chain of garden centres’. He will provide regular tips and advice through in-store displays and on B&Q's website. See more... Read more

2009 Review - Part 1: January to June

There was a nervous feel to the start of 2009.  The Banking crisis was in full swing.  No one knew whether consumer demand would come to an abrupt halt after Christmas and garden suppliers were anxiously waiting for confirmation of Wyevale’s financial restructuring.   This review is open to all. See more... Read more

Top HTA Board Appointments Announced

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced a number of key appointments following its AGM held on 21 October. Read more

Wyevale CEOs past and present address GIMA

The next GIMA meeting, which is open to all, will bring together the current CEO of Wyevale (The Garden Centre Group) with one of his predecessors, now the CEO of Klondyke. See more... Read more

UK Garden Companies collaborate on first solar powered flight to Africa

Haxnicks managing director Damian Cardozo survived some exciting moments as he flew the world's first electric powered paramotor to Africa powered by panels donated by Smart Solar. See more... Read more

UPDATED - Robbers hold garden centre manager at knifepoint

Armed robbers ambushed the manager of Barton Grange Garden Centre and his assistant forcing them to open the safe. See more... Read more

Weekend news round-up

Read what was said last weekend in the Press. Heinz targets garden centres with BBQ sauces, Dobbies to offer allotments and shoppers flinch at Smith & Hawken closing down sale. See more... Read more

RHS Awards 2009

Twelve heroes from across the gardening world are being honoured by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), in recognition of their contributions to horticulture Read more

Tommy Gill leaves Bayer Garden

Tommy Gill, head of Bayer Garden, is leaving after 7 years. This is the second big departure from Bayer in 12 months. See more... Read more

2008 Review

Gardenforum reported on 18 garden centres changing hands last year. There was also the demise of wholesaler Spread, and a difficult year for Sir Tom Hunter’s investments in Dobbies, Flying Brands and Wyevale. For a review of 2008 and what to watch in 2009, see 'more'... (This article open to non-subscribers to see what you missed!) Read more

Bestwick to leave Gardman

Managing director, Andy Bestwick, is to leave Gardman in January. For the time being, his role will be covered by the company’s new Chief Executive, Mark Pearson, who starts next week. See more… Read more

GRO names its buyer for garden products

GRO has appointed a buyer for garden dry goods. He has started to contact suppliers who have indicated their willingness to talk to the new, GCA backed, garden centre buying group. See more... Read more

Garden companies show growth in 2007

The latest updates in Company Results show a return to profit for Forest Garden. Smart Solar sales top £10m and Blue Diamond sales reach £19.8m in the UK. See more (this article is open to all readers)... Read more

Nicholas Marshall to take over at Wyevale

Sir Tom Hunter is to assume the chairmanship of Wyevale with Nicholas Marshall, currently chief executive of Country Homes and Gardens taking over the role of chief executive officer. See more... Read more

Toby to toil in Gardeners' World

Toby Buckland is to become the main presenter of the BBC's Gardeners' World programme, it has been announced. Read more

2009 Review - Part 2: July to December

With trade strong, attention turned to the battle between the increased number of trade shows in 2010. Many garden centres won planning permission to extend. Corporate activity continued among suppliers. See more... (This article is open to all) Read more

Brigden to join Focus DIY

Peter Brigden, ex operations director at Wyevale, is to become retail director at Focus DIY in January according to Retail Week. See more... Read more

Mike Gilbert breaks away from Hammond Phillips

Mike Gilbert and 2 fellow directors from Hammond Phillips have left the company to set up their own practice, Gilbert Evans, which is based in Ascot. See more... Read more

Barnes and Marshall to share a platform at HTA conference

Former Lebanese hostage, John McCarthy, leads a list of high-profile speakers at this year’s one-day HTA conference that will look at how the consumer and the marketplace is changing. However, there will be space for only 150 delegates. See more... Read more

Stevenson becomes CX of pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond

Barry Stevenson, chief executive of Wyevale from June 2006 to January 2008, under the chairmanship of Jim Hodkinson, has a new job. He is to become chief executive of pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond. See more… Read more

Ex-garden centre owner becomes a supplier

Former GCA chairman Steve Myatt, who sold his garden centre in April, has started a new business as an importer of barbecues. See more... Read more

New degree course for garden centre managers

There is an important new qualification that garden centre managers and supervisers can work towards. It has been developed by Kingston Maurward College, validated by Bournemouth University and backed by the HTA and GCA. See more... Read more

Stewart to be next chairman of GCA

Martin Stewart is to become GCA chairman for a second time, in January. His aim is to strengthen links with suppliers. GRO will continue but he said there was no logic in it for core gardening. See more... Read more

ITV & RHS seek the People's Gardener

ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show and the RHS have launched the search for the People's Gardener. They are seeking nominations for anyone whose passion for gardening benefits their community in some way. See more... Read more

Lifetime Achievement Award for Whitehall Centenarian

Highlights of last night's Garden Retail Awards include 3 wins for the newly refurbished Sidmouth Garden Centre and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Whitehall Garden Centre's centenarian owner Phyllis Self. For all the winners, see more... Read more

Shoots Garden Centre boss slams Trading Standards

According to the Harrow Times, the boss of Shoots Garden Centre, Stanmore, has accused Trading Standards of entrapment after it sent a child test purchaser into his shop for a pruning saw. See more... Read more

New realism at Gardeners World

Yesterdays interview with new Gardeners World presenter, Toby Buckland, in the Sunday Times should reassure the garden industry. Buckland believes the key to becoming an environmentally friendly gardener is to grow your own food. “If having a successful crop means using non-organic methods, so be it,” he says. See more... Read more

New COO for Scotts Miracle-Gro

Jim Hagedorn, chairman and chief executive of Scotts Miracle-Gro has appointed a retailer as his new chief operating officer (COO). Mark Baker was president and CEO of Gander Mountain, a leading outdoor retailer in the US and before that he was with Home Depot. See more... Read more

Wyevale appoint Andrew Livingston as COO

Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd today announced the appointment of Andrew Livingston as Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect. See more... Read more

Leading US garden centre owner murdered at the Olympics

Todd Bachman, the tourist killed in Beijing on Saturday, was a leading member of the garden centre industry in the United States. His wife, Barbara, remains in a critical condition after the stabbing. See more… Read more

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