Do you qualify for a DCF Horticultural Scholarship?

Listen up gardening experts, the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is offering multiple scholarships to those who are set on a career in horticulture. But there are less than two months left to apply. See more... Read more - members only

Gardenforum’s Review of 2012

Here’s a summary of the news that has filled the Gardenforum pages in 2012. It is dominated by the impact of the weather and perhaps the economy. The story is open to all our readers. See more... Read more - open to all

Successful roll out for Virgin at garden centres

There has been a flurry of high street retailers taking concessions on garden centres as owners look to stabilise their cash-flow. One conspicuous success has been the introduction of Virgin Experience Days, which is now seeking to roll out to all garden centres. See more... Read more - members only

GCA to move back in with the HTA

The operations of the GCA are to return to the HTA offices at Theale, 5 years after they moved out. See... Read more - members only

Larger companies missing out on exports

"Any manufacturer that doesn't consider export as part of its marketing mix is missing out," said Amanda Sizer Barrett, during the latest Meet the Buyer day, where UK suppliers had one-to-one meetings with companies from USA, Germany and other European countries. See more... Read more - members only

October fails to fulfil hopes for an autumn recovery

October failed to deliver the expected autumn recovery. Garden centre sales fell 2% according to the GCA. Plants and gardening categories suffered the most. But sales of Christmas lines have started strongly, almost out-selling plants. See more... Read more - members only

Water capture increases growth at David Austin Roses

Faced with exceeding its extraction limits, David Austin Roses has installed a system to harvest rain water and recycle the run off from irrigation. The result is that the company will grow faster having tripled its supply of water. See more… Read more - members only

Consultant points to alternative finance for garden centre acquisitions

There is no lack of finance to buy garden centres say Gilbert Evans. But it may come from different sources. Hence the introduction of corporate finance specialist Paul Herrington to the team. See more... Read more - members only

HTA meets minister as nurseries threaten to sue over chalara

There is still no clarity about the spread of Chalara fraxinae, the ash dieback disease. There are still no plans, other than a ban on all tree movements, to prevent it destroying 90% of ash trees in the UK. Now the politicians are playing the blame game, while UK nurseries face huge losses. See more... Read more - members only

Ruxley Rose recognises best garden centres for plants

The Garden Centre Association has announced the 11 regional winners of the Ruxley Rose, the competition that recognises excellence in the quality and range of plants. See more... Read more - members only

HTA puts optimistic spin on September growth

Clearly UK consumers have not lost the gardening habit and this augurs well for next year says the HTA. But there is a big difference between HTA and GCA figures for September. See more... Read more - members only

Associations meet to discuss Trade Shows

The major associations within the garden industry are to meet next week to talk about the future of trade shows and specifically Glee. See more... Read more - members only

HTA conference focuses on the need to survive and adapt

There are a few places left at HTA Garden Futures conference next week. The line-up of speakers will be a great help to anyone planning their strategy for 2013. See more... Read more - members only

GIMA warns suppliers about export scam

Neil Gow, the director of GIMA, reports that orders have been received from a company purporting to come from Dubai, which could lead to a massive fraud. See more… Read more - members only

Time for the industry to agree what they want from Glee

Glee was a great show say garden centre buyers. The only problem, say suppliers, was that there were not enough buyers there. Leading exhibitors say there needs to be discussion about the future shape of Glee. See more... Read more - members only

Early PR deadline for Garden Re-Leaf

Garden Re-Leaf is asking companies to post details of their plans on by 10th February so that details can be given to the national press at The Garden Press Event. See more.... Read more - members only

Glee switches back to Sunday

The Glee trade show dates are to be brought forward by a day in 2013 so that it will run from Sunday to Tuesday. This and other changes follow extensive consultations with all sections of garden retail. There is also a potential venue change suggested for 2014. See more... Read more - members only

GCA gets ready for spring

The GCA gives details of 2 major events for spring: There’s a sparkling array of speakers for the GCA conference and there’s to be a nationwide Celebrity Quiz for Garden Re-Leaf Day. See more... Read more - members only

GIMA to move South

GIMA is to move its headquarters to the Federation of Garden and Leisure Manufacturers, of which Gardenex and PetQuip are divisions. See more... Read more - members only

Ash growers count the cost of Chalara

An HTA survey of growers says that 8% may go out of business due to Chalara fraxinea and 58% predict cash flow problems. See more... Read more - members only

Shoot launches online marketplace for gardeners

Nicola Gammon’s Shoot Gardening is opening an on-line marketplace that it claims will ultimately offer a bigger range of plants and products than any other garden shopping destination. See more… Read more - members only

It is just a matter of time before hundreds of thousands of London's trees are under threat

London Tree Officers have written an open letter to Boris Johnson, pleading with him to champion the cause of urban forest. They are finding it hard to protect the city’s trees from ash dieback and other new diseases, while facing cutbacks. See more.... Read more - members only

E-Learning’s a GCA success

The GCA’s e-learning project looks set for a full roll-out in the next few weeks. Trials have proved so popular that staff have been choosing to do the modules at home. See more... Read more - members only

HTA thinks about moving head office

Cost cutting will return the HTA to profit this year as the new DG examines more ways to increase the association’s relevance to members. See more... Read more - members only

Free US workshop for UK garden and leisure product suppliers

A free workshop designed to help UK exporters of garden and leisure products reach the massive US market is being organised by the Gardenex export federation on Thursday 15 November 2012. See more... Read more - members only

HTA strengthens board and urges businesses to adapt

Carol Paris ended the most successful HTA conference in recent years by saying that there was much that every business could do to adapt and grow in the current economic climate. She is backed by a new, stronger board. See more… Read more - members only

GC owners told the climate is favourable for planning

Malcolm Scott says the current planning climate is the most favourable for development it has been for many years.  But it is unlikely to last so garden centres should act quickly. See more... Read more - members only

GCA says GLEE is still an important event

The GCA executive committee has pledged its continued support for GLEE and hopes to see members there next year. See more... Read more - members only

August sales increase lifts morale

The sales uplift enjoyed by garden centres in August was enough to lift morale even if it won’t improve the annual total significantly. See more... Read more - members only

HTA losses stimulate change

The 2011 results from the HTA are soon to be circulated and they will show a significant loss. This is the background to some major changes that are being proposed to members at October’s AGM. One surprise proposal is that Caroline Owen should return as president for another year. See more... Read more - members only

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