Armitage commits GCA to stronger links with other associations

Will Armitage set clear objectives for his tenure as chairman of the GCA, challenging members to judge him on three criteria. See more... Read more

UK and Holland discuss closer horticultural links

A meeting of representatives from UK and Dutch governments and horticulture was declared a great success, building links generally and in particular collaborating over EU legislation. See more... Read more

Cowells and Barton Grange take top GCA awards

GCA names the country's ten best Garden Centres of Excellence and Taylors Bulbs was voted supplier of the year at last night's GCA conference. See more... Read more

Buyer Connect swells the GIMA membership

Retiring director, Neil Gow, cites Buyer Connect at Glee, backed by Gardenforum, as one of the reasons four new suppliers have joined the association. See more… Read more

December sales have grown 10% in last two years

Sales rose by 4.4% in December bringing growth for the year to 3.5% at garden centre members of the GCA. Gifts, Christmas and catering departments all performed well. See more... Read more

BALI chairman rejects merger call

BALI chairman has responded vigorously to a letter from the founder of APL, a rival landscape association, suggesting they should draw a line under past differences and merge. See more... Read more

Garden centres outperformed the high street this Christmas

It appears that garden centres have had a successful selling period, both before and after Christmas. Some lines, including Christmas trees proved sluggish, but most garden centres are reporting increases of 5% and more thanks to gifts, café's and plants. See more... Read more

January to be dull, wet and less cold than average

Wiseweather predicts that the wet and windy weather will continue well into January with the possibility of sleet and snow later in the month. See more... Read more

Tasty speakers for HTA catering conference

There’s a tasty mix of speakers for the February HTA catering conference. These include the new food and beverage director expected to transform the food offer at TGCG and a past winner of The Great British Bake Off. See more... Read more

Some quick wins for would-be exporters

Growing exports are a key to the UK recovery. So UKTI promises more funding and support for exporters, both new and current. It also suggests some simple steps to attract international interest to your website. See more... Read more

Joined up Marketing - It starts with a pot!

For the first time the industry’s trade associations are working together to create new campaigns for 2014 that are sure to bring gardening to the wider public and help garden centre promotions. See more... Read more

The HTA urge growers and retailers to complete a survey to make an economic case for UK ornamentals

Growers and retailers are encouraged to respond to a survey being conducted by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) which aims to make the economic case for government investment in ornamental horticulture. See more... Read more

Registration opens for 2014 GCA Conference

GCA Chairman elect, Will Armitage gives the first details of the speakers and content lined up for the 2014 January conference at Blackpool. See more... Read more

Bulbs, Gifts and Catering boost September sales

September sales edged higher than a strong month in 2012 reflecting buoyant bulb and gift sales and the continued growth of catering, according to the latest data from the GCA. See more... Read more

Massive 'thumbs-up' for spoga+gafa from British Exporters

Gardenex reports significant success for British garden and leisure manufacturers at spoga+gafa. They received over 1,000 positive enquiries from 64 countries and at least two exhibitors expect to confirm orders over £500,000. See more... Read more

January weather looks likely to continue through February

Wiseweather says February looks likely to be wetter and warmer than average with a succession of depressions crossing the country, although the month might end colder. See more... Read more

Cowells and Bents take top GCA awards

GCA names the country's ten best Garden Centres of Excellence and Taylors Bulbs was voted supplier of the year at last night's GCA conference. Read more

GCA names best garden centres by category

Van Hage and Cowells win the Ruxley Rose award as the garden centres with the best plant areas in 2013. Poundbury, Chessington and Ruxley Manor take the restaurant awards. See more… Read more

Join us at the Garden Press Event

Join Gardenforum at the Garden Press Event and meet 250 writers and broadcasters from TV, Radio, National Press and the home & gardening magazines. See more... Read more

Calls for the industry to back Perennial

Alan Titchmarsh led calls for the industry to act as ambassadors to raise the profile of Perennial, which helped over 1200 gardeners and their families last year. See more... Read more

Retailers must have an Internet presence says LOFA

Are garden centres right to fear competition from the Internet when selling garden furniture? LOFA research suggests the general public still prefer to see and touch garden furniture and barbecues before they purchase. See more... Read more

GCA names best Christmas displays

Bents and Castle Gardens are the winners of the Garden Centre Association’s annual Christmas display competition. See more... Read more

Opportunity to meet a Homebase buyer

GIMA members have the opportunity to pitch to buyers from Homebase in one-to-one meetings at a Buyer Connect day organised for January. See more... Read more

Wintry weather is forecast for weeks two and four of December

Wiseweather forecasts that December will be cooler and drier than average, with the possibility of widespread sleet and snow for a time in week two. See more... Read more

Promising sales of Christmas and gifts

There are encouraging signs for Christmas in the October figures from the GCA. Sales of seeds and bulbs disappointed after early promise but the Christmas and gift categories have grown strongly . See more... Read more

Grow, Make, Eat - the Masterchef for Gardeners?

As Gardeners’ World takes a break, two more BBC series look set to stimulate gardeners. The Great British Garden Revival starts in a few weeks followed by Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge in the spring. See more... Read more

Westland overtakes Solus and Gardman in turnover

The latest results published in Gardenforum’s Company Results show 2012 was a difficult year. Sales fell 12% at Solus and 13% at Gardman. But the acquisition of Cranswick boosted Westland. The Gardens Group, Planters and Clifton Nurseries were all affected by the weather. See more (open to all)... Read more

Plan it, Plant it – Top ten trees to plant this autumn

As part of the ‘Plan it, Plant it this Autumn campaign’, the HTA has commissioned Majestic Trees to list the ten top varieties for November. The list will receive wide coverage in the national press. See more... Read more

Glee boost for GCA membership

GCA attended Glee for the first time and received an immediate surge in applications from emerging independent garden centres. See more... Read more

Five consecutive months of growth boost gardening market in 2013

Sales of fertilisers (including lawn and plant) grew by 9 percent in value YTD in August 2013, weedkillers 7 percent and growing media 6 percent says GfK. BBQ sales doubled. See more... Read more

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