Wiseweather predicts a pretty average August

August forecast: Generally unsettled as slow moving fronts cross the UK, with short periods of hot weather in the southeast. See more... Read more - members only

Olympics sets landscaping standards for the future

Innovative landscaping will be central to the Olympic Park 2012. Last week the APL hosted a debate to discover the lessons this world class project has for UK landscaping. The days of blocked bedding have passed. The future lies with meadow planting. See more... Read more - members only

Choice Marketing adds Johnsons then says enough for now

Choice Marketing puts a hold on the addition of further garden centres after Johnsons of Boston joins the group. See more… Read more - members only

B&Q uses TrustMark to reassure customers

Following the demise of Focus and several other retailers, consumers can be wary about paying deposits before delivery. B&Q is using TrustMark to build confidence. See more... Read more - members only

Successful first day for National Plant Show

Day 1 of The National Plant Show at Stoneleigh confirmed that this is sure to become an annual event. Stand holders and buyers agreed that this is just what they need. The chat dominating the aisles was the impact of the Focus administration. See more... Read more - members only

Spot a wasp and earn 20p for allergic reaction charity

Rentokil will donate 20p to The Anaphylaxis Campaign for every sighting of a wasp or wasp nest recorded on www.ukwaspwatch.co.uk. See more... Read more - members only

Dobbies offers £66,000 to support local growing

Dobbies is seeking to fund the transformation of communities around its garden centres with bursaries worth £66,000. These are distributed through its “Here We Grow” programme. See more… Read more - members only

Following US success, Gardenex looks for exhibitors to Japan

Following success for its members in Las Vegas, Gardenex is calling on garden manufacturers to take advantage of favourable exchange rates by exhibiting at the leading Japan trade show. It has also introduced a new legal service to assist exporters. See more... Read more - members only

Amenity suppliers report a buoyant market

Growers attending the HTA Amenity Suppliers meeting, held last week at Coles Nurseries in Leicestershire, reported a healthy market with trading much better than anticipated at the beginning of the year.

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Over 300 sign for HTA Garden Gift Card

An 18 month trial of the HTA’s Garden Gift Card starts in August. Despite reservations discussed in the Gardenforum coffee shop, 312 garden centres have already signed with more expected. See more... Read more - members only

HTA Market Analysis looks at changes in consumer attitudes

The latest market analysis by the HTA shows local newspaper advertising still works best; bedding plant sales have increased at the expense of other plants and fewer people have grass in their gardens than 5 years ago. See more... Read more - members only

HTA discusses water shortages with Secretary of State

The HTA discussed the implications of water shortages, including hosepipe bans, at a meeting with Caroline Spelman, the Defra Secretary of State and other water users and producers. The situation is said to be not dire yet and they are to meet again in a month. See more... Read more - members only

Industry steps in to save vital horticultural research

The HDC, The HTA and East Malling Trust are stepping in with £1.25m to sponsor vital applied research for horticulture after withdrawal of Government funding. See more... Read more - members only

Frustrated by Red Tape? Tell the Government now!

Frustrated by Red Tape? Retail businesses have till May 5th to air their views on the Government’s Red Tape Challenge website as it considers what regulations should be scrapped. See more... Read more - members only

Notcutts achieves peat free recognition

Notcutts becomes only the second independent retailer to achieve full membership of the Growing Media Initiative, having proved that over 55% of the growing media and soil improver they have sold in bags is peat free. See more... Read more - members only

Bosch backs British Tree Week

Bosch Lawn & Garden is partnering the Ramblers and the Woodland Trust in the launch of British Tree Week in October. See more... Read more - members only

Shoot seeks plant lists from suppliers

Nicola Gammon’s Shoot Gardening has experienced rapid expansion in the last 12 months, increasing membership to 30,000 gardeners. She has now launched a plant finding service and is looking for lists from plant suppliers. See more… Read more - members only

See the Future of Landscaping next week at the Olympic Venue

There are still spaces for next week's APL conference at the Olympic venue. It will include a tour of the Parklands around the stadium, velodrome, aqua centre, Olympic village, etc. that set new standards for UK landscaping for a decade. See more... Read more - members only

No return to drought conditions in July

There is no sign of a return to drought conditions as unsettled weather looks set to continue through July. The South East will see the best weather where rainfall will be around average. Elsewhere it will be higher. See more… Read more - members only

Garden centre sales fall for the third successive year

Garden centre revenues in May have fallen for the last 3 years and this year they were 15% lower than in April, according to the GCA. Garden furniture sales suffered especially. See more... Read more - members only

ITV v BBC sets Titchmarsh v Monty Don

This Friday BBC Gardeners’ World will air at eight o'clock bringing it in direct conflict with Alan Titchmarsh's new Love Your Garden programme. ITV, which has been working with GIMA, attracted twice as many viewers last week. See more... Read more - members only

Early warning helps retailers prepare for new Titchmarsh TV programme

The first of Alan Titchmarsh’s new gardening series is due to air on Friday. GIMA has been helping the makers to source products and is keen to alert suppliers and retailers ahead of each show to items that will be featured. See more... Read more - members only

Expect an unsettled June says Wiseweather

Contrary to expectations, Wiseweather believes June will be unsettled, after a warm start. Rainfall will be near or above average in many parts, although central and Eastern areas could remain drier. See more... Read more - members only

Unusual spring weather forces Claire Austin to cancel Iris Field Open Days

The unusually high temperatures and light levels this spring have sadly taken their toll on the iris fields. The iris flowers are so far forward, that there will be no blooms left for the field open days, which had been scheduled for 2-4 June 2011. Read more - members only

Funding offers a real financial boost for garden centres and horticultural businesses

Garden centre and horticultural business owners considering making an investment in their businesses are being urged to tap into discounted loan rates from the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC), but should act quickly to ensure they secure a loan before the EIB funds expire. See more... Read more - members only

Strong April sales led by outdoor plants

Figures released by the GCA for April show strong growth, which means that their garden centres have increased sales by around 8% over the last 12 months. See more... Read more - members only

PATS to challenge Glee/Petindex in 2012

PATS has rescheduled its Harrogate show in 2012 to an autumn date that challenges Glee/Petindex head-on. See more... Read more - members only

May is forecast to be another dry month

Wiseweather predicts that May will be another dry month especially in the East, with above average sunshine. Warmest April temperatures since 1659 were like an average June. Despite this, water companies say there will not be hosepipe bans. See more... Read more - members only

GCA says plant sales were 40% up in March

GCA figures suggest that garden centre sales were up 20% in March compared to last year. This is despite Mother’s Day and Easter falling into April. But garden furniture sales fell in almost a third of garden centres. See more... Read more - members only

Time to think of 2012

Just as the 2011 season is reaching its peak, it is time for manufacturers to think of 2012 and the exposure that can be gained from entering the GIMA awards. An influential panel of judges has been named including buyers from national and independent companies. See more... Read more - members only

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