The industry prepares for a bigger Garden Re-Leaf Day

Garden Re-Leaf day on 17th March will see outside participants join the garden industry as it celebrates the start of the gardening season and aims to beat the £140,000 raised last year for Greenfingers charity. Read more

Get Planting for Greenfingers

Allensmore installs climate control as it continues to invest

Having grown 55% Allensmore Nurseries invests in climate control but says Brexit means they face an uncertain period. Read more

DIY multiples have majority share of Internet gardening sales

A new AMA report says Internet garden sales grew by an estimated 24% within the last year and that DIY multiples account for the majority share. Read more

GCA moves HQ to Chester

The GCA has moved offices to Chester, nearer to the home of Iain Wylie, the association’s chief executive. But the recent solid working relationship with the HTA remains. Read more

Choice earns a record £1.3m in supplier rebates

Choice Marketing reveals that members will share £1.3m from supplier rebates as the buying group looks for new members. Read more

Pershore to install hydroponics lab

Pershore College adds to the growing interest in hydroponics and indoor gardening by introducing a hydroponics lab to teach future students the new growing techniques. Read more

The new hybrid VydroFarm-FishPlant system at Pershore College

GCA looks for new inspectors

The GCA has started its search for 3 inspectors to replace Alyson Haywood, Andy Campbell and Ian Boardman who will stand down after next January’s conference. Read more

Inspector Andy Campbell

Longacres buys Bybrook Barn

Longacres has bought Bybrook Barn Garden Centre in Ashford, Kent. This will be the third centre in the emerging group. Read more

Nigel Long shakes hands on the deal with Terry Burch

3 of the 4 GCA inspectors step down

Ian Boardman, Andy Campbell and newly appointed Alyson Haywood are standing down from their roles as GCA inspectors this year (2016). Only Roger Crookes will continue as the GCA begins the search for replacements. Read more

Alyson Haywood

Busy first day at the National Plant Show

Leading buyers, including a relieved Dobbies team, made an early start at the HTA National Plants show at Stoneleigh. New services were launched and some were concerned about exchange rates after the referendum vote. Read more

Darby Nursery Stock’s Salvia Blue Marvel

News from the aisles of Chelsea

Taylors Bulbs presented Royal Celebration to Her Majesty the Queen. There was Gold for the new Hillier regime.  Guy Hands is pleased with progress of new management team. Minister inspects industry’s Sun Flower Square collaboration. Read more

Minister, George Eustice with Carol Paris and Peter Seabrook

HTA declares neutral position on EU Referendum

Having consulted its members and got a mixed response, the HTA has decided to remain neutral in the debate over the future of the UK in Europe. Read more

Challenging insights from HTA Technology Conference

‘If a consumer can’t buy from you at 10pm, they’ll go to Amazon.’ Are iBeacons the gadget to watch? Retailers say the surprise benefits of EPOS include finding out how often their gut feelings are wrong. Read more

Globalisation has had a major impact on the ornamental horticulture industry

“It seems that the power-base for the production and market for ornamentals is changing,” says Tim Briercliffe, Secretary General of the AIPH. Read more

Tim Briercliffe

Wiseweather hints at possible late Arctic shock

The long range weather forecast from Wiseweather suggests a more average February with a possible polar arctic shock at the end of the month or the beginning of March. Read more

2016 - a year of change

2016 saw second tier garden centre chains and independents invest as Wyevale consolidated. Homebase and Argos are sold. The HTA moved offices and moved to become the lead association for all gardening related businesses. Glyphosate, Xylella and the weather made frequent headlines. Scotts and Bayer looked for a way out of distributing consumer garden chemicals. Read our review – open to all. Read more

Bunnings buys Homebase

HTA launches the Nursery Supply Show in 2017

The HTA has unveiled a new Nursery Supply Show to run in parallel with the National Plant show in June. Read more

Trials at Ball Colegrave

Why are gardening brands ignoring QVC?

Richard Jackson, the gardening guru on QVC, asked why many garden brands ignore QVC when so many famous brands in other sectors sell through it. Read more

Richard Jackson

GCA opens up e-learning packages to HTA members

The HTA and GCA have formed a training partnership that will give HTA members access to the 90 GROW e-learning modules. Read more

Carol Paris

Tree planting marks first event at the new HTA offices

A ceremonial tree planting to mark the 25th anniversary of the ENA, was the first event to be held at the new HTA offices, which look set to become a central hub for the industry. Read more

HTA staff join members of the Amenity Suppliers group for the tree planting

Delegate numbers hit 250 for Bunnings BHETA Forum

250 delegates from the DIY, garden and housewares sector as well as members of the media are set to to attend the BHETA Networking Forum. Read more

Bunnings UK and Ireland managing director PJ Davis

How Perennial helped over 1200 people last year

Perennial helped over 1,200 people last year battling illness, financial hardship, bereavement and disability. Read some of their stories. Read more

Best brains in horticulture booked for GrowQuip

The Commercial Horticulture Association is bringing together the best brains in horticulture, many of whom have their own strategic success stories, to provide all growers with help in overcoming at least some of the problems they face in the day to day running of their businesses at Growquip in October. Read more

Marshall Dirks

Turn old stock into gold for Greenfingers

Old stock donated by Scotts, Wyevale Nurseries and Wyevale Garden Centres has raised £2,300 at auction for Greenfingers. The charity is asking any company with unwanted stock to donate it to Turn Old into Gold. Read more

Adam Dunnett at Wyevale Nurseries

B&Q sales up 3.6% like-for-like

Kingfisher figures for February to April show B&Q sales up 3.6% excluding impact of 10 more store closures. However seasonal sales were sharply lower. Read more

Malcolm Scott Consultants has joined a well known firm of Midlands surveyors

Malcolm Scott Consultants has completed a deal to join Harris Lamb that will secure the long term future of the business and extend the services it can offer garden centres. Read more

Malcolm Scott with Pat Downes of Harris Lamb

Thrive joins £1.3m garden project for dementia sufferers

Thrive will use its expertise to deliver training as part of a £1.3 million project to transform care home gardens to support people with dementia. Read more

Telegraph opens online Garden Shop

Hayloft Plants has beaten bigger rivals to run The Telegraph online Garden Shop and is looking to add product. Read more

How can we engage future generations through disruptive technology?

Watch a live debate with leading influencers on Garden Tags, a new blog site for gardening writers and gardeners, on the eve of the Garden Press Event. Read more

Cultivation Street calls on garden centres to name their ambassadors

“We need to dispel the myth that garden centres are the place for experts,” said David Domoney. He is calling on every garden centre to nominate their ambassador and so build a network of mentors to help people and communities who would like to start growing. Read more

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