May slightly sunnier and warmer, but...

Wiseweather predicts that May will be warmer and drier than average despite a cool unsettled period in the middle of the month. There will be a North/South split. See more... Read more

Enter in May or rue the day!

With judges from B&Q, Tesco and several leading garden centres, just entering the GIMA Awards will provide valuable exposure to new products. Winning is a bonus. The competition is open to all. See more... Read more

de Graaff launches garden centre incentive scheme

Eimert de Graaff, the founder and former chief executive of Hart, has launched a new garden centre incentive scheme, QV. Five garden centres have joined already. See more... Read more

Good advice for a recession

“Retention of title on the invoice is not enough”; “Words I never want to hear again - Stay within budget"'; “Stay calm, listen to your staff, get into a helicopter...” - Just some of the advice offered at the latest GIMA meeting. See more... Read more

£850k reward for Choice

Choice Marketing members are celebrating the completion of another successful year with a huge rebate of £850,000 for achieving agreed targets with their key suppliers. See more... Read more

Spring brings new life to Hebe

Spring has brought new life to Hebe, the HTA's electronic trading service, first proposed 3 years ago. Solus, the UK industry's leading wholesaler has signed a contract to run a pilot with six leading garden centres, for two months this spring. See more... Read more

Cotton Traders to open in 15 more garden centres

With recession savaging the high street, there is strong demand from retailers, seeking franchises on garden centres, where the flow of the ‘right type’ of customer remains strong. See more... Read more

Increased Government Grants for UK exhibitors

British exporters wishing to reach the $100 billion North American lawn and garden market by exhibiting at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas in May 2009 can do so for as little as £1,500 following an increase in Government funding for eligible exhibitors. See more... Read more

March long range weather - good for gardeners?

Although there is an unsettled feel to March, there should be more sun and less rain than average. See more... Read more

Surprise increase in January retail sales figures

The joint BRC-KPMG sales monitor showed an increase of 1.1% in like-for-like retail sales in January. This is the best performance since May, when the sun started to shine. But this doesn’t mean consumer confidence has returned says KPMG. See more… Read more

Plant fair defies the weather

Over 130 Buyers braved the elements to make the first of this year's MRG plant fairs a success. They represented multiples, buying groups, DIY chains and independent garden centres. See more... Read more

HTA seeks to eradicate poor payment practices

The HTA is urging garden companies throughout the supply chain to sign up for the Prompt Payment Code and eradicate poor payment practices such as changing agreed terms unilaterally. See more... Read more

Good advice for the recession

What are the prospects for 2009 and how do we survive? This was the foremost question for delegates at the recent Garden Centre Association conference and GIMA meeting. Gardenforum distils the advice from both events. See more... Read more

Totally Shows and Spring Fair to co-locate in 2010

As the doors closed on the 2009 Totally Shows: Totally Tools, DIY and Secure, it was announced that organisers, Brintex, had struck a deal earlier in the afternoon with EMAP to combine the show next year with the Spring Fair. See more... Read more

Some garden centres missed out on gift voucher sales

Sales of National Garden Gift Vouchers defied the recession by showing growth this Christmas. But the HTA is disappointed that some retailers missed out by being too cautious. See more... Read more

Odds on for a barbecue summer

"After two disappointingly-wet summers, the signs are much more promising this year. We can expect times when temperatures will be above 30 °C, something we hardly saw at all last year." So says the Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office. See more... Read more

Don’t miss The Big Lunch

Garden centres that ignore The Big Lunch will be losing out on an important opportunity to connect with their community. July 19th is likely to become a national focal point of the summer. See more... Read more

Wiseweather predicts a sunny Easter

The long range weather forecast from Wiseweather predicts rain that will dry up in time for a sunny Easter. See more... Read more

Falling sterling cited as good reason for joining Gardenex

The five most recent British garden product suppliers to join Gardenex export federation have cited the recent falls in sterling, making British products more competitive in overseas markets, as a good reason to join. Read more

GCA seeks scholarship candidates

Each year, the Garden Centre Association Trust awards two scholarships to support students undergoing horticultural training. The GCA is looking for nominations for the academic year that starts this autumn. See more... Read more

BRC Director-General to address GIMA

“Let's face it; things are in a mess at the moment. And the thinking that got us into the mess isn't going to get us out of it.” Advice from one of the challenging speakers at the GIMA meeting to be held on March 26th. See more... Read more

Four Oaks Direct holds Flower Power Fair

Around 20 nurseries from the North of England will be selling a range of garden and house plants on Mother's Day at the first Flower Power Fair of 2009, which will be held at Four Oaks Direct. See more... Read more

Mass online vote to find best garden centre

Gardeners’ World magazine, with a circulation of 330,000, has unveiled the Gardeners’ World Awards. Anyone can vote in the on-line survey, which is looking for the best and worst in gardening, including the best garden centres. See more... Read more

Debt problems increase for horticulturists

Perennial has seen a dramatic increase in demand for its debt advice service over the last year. The charity has a nationwide team of case workers to advise and support people who have worked with plants when they get into any type of difficulty. See more... Read more

Glee downsizes as recession delays bookings - Updated

Cautious about the impact of the recession, EMAP has reduced the scale of Glee and Petindex to fit into four halls. The shows can be expanded again if a good season boosts industry confidence and therefore, bookings. The HTA has given strong support for these moves. See more... Read more

The first British Plant Fair to go ahead

The first British Plant Fair of 2009 will go ahead as planned, undaunted by the weather. It takes place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on Thursday. See more... Read more

Cold and unsettled through until mid month

The February long range weather forecast from Wiseweather expects it to be colder and drier than average, becoming less cold and more unsettled towards the end. See more... Read more

Boost for Garden Press Event

The decision by the RHS to schedule its annual press conference to coincide with the Garden Press Event has increased the number of broadcasters and writers likely to attend. A few stand spaces remain available. See more... Read more

EMAP reverses out of car park charging

EMAP has postponed its controversial decision to impose car park charges on visitors to the Spring Fair. 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

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