Little respite for dry SE in April says Wiseweather

Wiseweather suggests that it will continue to be drier than average with cold nights and frosts persisting through the month. Only the North West will see average levels of rain. Easter will be chilly with showers. See more... Read more - members only

Restaurants looking for Garden centres

First Franchise has teamed up with Bucknalls to provide a complete restaurant service for garden centres. All the retailer has to do is provide the space and take the rent. See more... Read more - members only

Don’t let GYO peak says Pippa Greenwood

Has GYO peaked asks GIMA? “I have no intention of letting it peak,” says Pippa Greenwood. She told garden suppliers they need to do more to help the novice gardener succeed and warned that some products were not fit even for landfill. See more… Read more - members only

Gardening Associations put pressure on Thames Water

Many garden associations including The HTA, RHS and BALI have combined to press Thames Water to give concessions to landscapers as they have to private car wash and window cleaning businesses. See more... Read more - members only

Organisers consider two Edible Garden Shows in 2013

The success of the second Edible Garden Show last weekend has prompted the organisers to consider holding 2 shows next spring. See more... Read more - members only

Hosepipe ban announced in South East - UPDATED

With more dry weather expected, water restrictions will be introduced from April 5th in the South and East. But HTA lobbying has secured an exemption in several areas for drip irrigation. See more... Read more - members only

Garden Re-Leaf Day gets National coverage

Tomorrow’s Garden Re-Leaf day has already achieved national press coverage and has put Greenfingers firmly on the national stage. The day has given the industry licence to create some very unusual events. See more... Read more - members only

March likely to be drier and colder than average

The long range forecast for March from Wiseweather suggests that it will remain colder than average, there is no sign of enough rain to fill the reservoirs and there are more frosts to come. See more... Read more - members only

Love Blossoms at RHS London Show

It seems that cultivating the best in horticulture is no longer enough for the RHS. At the London Plant and Design Show it experimented with speed dating and claimed it was a blooming success. See more… Read more - members only

Altons to join the Shoot Marketplace

Altons Garden Centre is the third Tillington member to add the Shoot plant database to its website. But they are to go one step further and participate in the Shoot online Marketplace when it is launched this spring. See more... Read more - members only

What's happening on Garden Re-Leaf Day?

There will be events across the length and breadth of the country to celebrate the start of the gardening year. See what's happening in your region on Garden Re-Leaf Day - Tuesday 13th March. This article is open to all. See more... Read more - open to all

John Woods and Golden Acres announce online services

Two nurseries have launched online services for their customers. For John Woods it is a full online ordering system. For Golden Acres it is a complete plant list. See more... Read more - members only

Christmas and gifts up 20% in December

Buoyant sales of Christmas and gift lines and a 34% increase in catering revenues gave GCA garden centres a strong boost at the end of the year. See more... Read more - members only

HTA Workshops show how to build local and online communities

The HTA is holding a series of workshops with garden centres to show ways they can improve links with local communities and those in the virtual world. See more... Read more - members only

Successful launch for HTA gift cards

Sales of the new HTA Garden Gift Cards have exceeded expectations and do not appear to have had an impact on the sale of National Garden Gift Vouchers, which have experienced strong growth in the last quarter. See more... Read more - members only

Register for National Gardening Week

It is just two weeks until the first RHS National Gardening Week starts. Garden centres and nurseries planning events between 16 and 22 April should enter them on the new website. See more... Read more - members only

Name change for EMAP

EMAP Connect, the company behind Glee and Spring Fair, has become independent from the other companies within EMAP. It has changed its name to i2i Events Group as its parent restructures and takes the new name, Top Right Group. See more... Read more - members only

HTA gets drip irrigation exempt across the board – for now

The HTA has confirmed that all water companies have agreed to exempt drip watering systems from the hosepipe bans being introduced on April 5th. But tougher control measures could follow. See more… Read more - members only

Weather slows Garden Centre sales in Feb

Garden centre sales were up by 33% in February 2011. So the fact that turnover fell by only 6% in 2012 should be an encouraging sign for the season to come. Plants and garden products have started more slowly. See more... Read more - members only

GIMA goes North to Barton Grange

Barton Grange will host GIMA’s spring conference at Brock, 2012 Garden Centre of the Year. Speakers include Pippa Greenwood, Guy Topping and Klondyke’s Bob Hewitt. There will also be advice on raising the bar at exhibitions. See more... Read more - members only

Glee ends 12 year link with Petindex

Glee and the PCTA have agreed to end the twinning of Petindex with Glee. This frees Glee to include pet exhibitors within the main show. See more... Read more - members only

Success leads to a change of name for First Franchise Promotions

The growth of First Franchise Promotions, a sister company to First Franchise, has prompted a name change to reflect more accurately the short term promotions it brings to garden centres. See more... Read more - members only

Plants are up despite lower January sales

It seems that January sales were not as good as last year despite optimism around the trade. 33 of the 54 garden centres reporting in the GCA Barometer of Trade said sales were below Jan 2011. But the trend looks positive for 2012. See more... Read more - members only

Research gives Glee a new focus

Glee’s research of over 1000 visitors showed that buyers and exhibitors now want a show focussed on garden retail. There’s a new layout, a new logo and it will be easier for buyers to see what’s new. See more... Read more - members only

European buyers want to meet British garden suppliers

Buyers from Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands will be waiting to talk to potential garden suppliers at the Gardenex ‘Meet the Buyer’ day next week. See more… Read more - members only

Garden centres rush for new online training scheme

There has been a rush of garden centres to sign up for a new E-learning package to be launched this spring by the Garden Centre Association. See more... Read more - members only

New website for Gardeners’ World

Following licensing by the BBC of its magazines to independent publishers, has been revamped to include a plant database and a forum. See more... Read more - members only

Mild winter may hit 2012 fruit harvest warns RHS

The RHS says we should expect a smaller harvest in 2012 unless there is a prolonged cold spell. Mild winters fail to give hardy fruit plants the period of chilling they need to encourage flowering. Plants can also blossom too early for the pollinators and be more vulnerable to late frosts. See more… Read more - members only

RHS marks Diamond Jubilee with free trees for Schools

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has joined forces with online nursery to offer 2,000 schools five free trees each, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Read more - members only

Gardenforum's Review of 2011

Gardenforum's Review of 2011 tracks the year's trading and events. It also shows the high number of garden centres and nurseries that are investing despite the difficult economy. This review is open for all to read, see more... Read more - open to all

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