Garden centres are getting bigger but blander

Malcolm Scott says, “The danger is that garden centres are getting bigger and bigger, but blander and blander.” His colleague, Chris Primett explains how the new Garsons restaurant is different. Read more

Garsons' new restaurant

Garden centres and DIY now have less than 60% of the market

Three recent reports show the growing importance of other channels for garden products. Read more

Mintel estimate of market segmentation

Review of 2015 in the Garden Industry

2015 was an eventful year in the garden sector. Here is a round-up of some of the most important stories on Gardenforum throughout the year. This article is open to non-members. Read more

Bicester, one of the 8 garden centres bought by Black Rock for £112.5m

How Bonnington Plastics beat substitute sellers on Amazon

Bonnington Plastics offers to share with other manufacturers the tactics it used to beat the substitute sellers who were costing the company £50,000 a year. Read more

Customers responding to this advert wrongly believed they were buying the genuine product

November is forecast to continue milder and drier than average

Wiseweather predicts a cooler spell at the end of next week in an otherwise mild month. Read more

Garden retailers have less than 1 month to comply with SUD

The CPA reminds retailers they have one month to comply with the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) regulations. To comply, staff should be certificated using a simple online training course. Read more

New President promises HTA will give change a great big ‘Bear-Hug’

Introducing the Garden Futures Conference, new president, Adam Wigglesworth said “The entrepreneur spirit is as alive as ever. The HTA is giving change a great big bear hug.” Read more

HTA President, Adam Wigglesworth

Garden centres prosper in July despite the rain

Whether it is cooler and wetter or hot and dry, garden centres can prosper in the summer months and so it proved with the GCA statistics for July showing strong growth. Read more

Coletta & Tyson

Line-up for new format HTA Garden Futures conference

The theme for this year’s HTA Garden Futures Conference is Embracing Change. Headline speakers from outside gardening include Will Butler-Adams and Simon Jack. Insiders are led by the new MD of Homebase. Read more

Will Butler-Adams OBE

Horticultural Scholarship Season Opens

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season opens next month, giving young horticulturists five months to apply for a scholarship. Read more

3 more garden centres join the GCA

Three garden centres have joined the Garden Centre Association, swelling the association membership to 180. Read more

Summer at Orchard Park

QVC suppliers make record donation to Garden Re-Leaf Day

Suppliers, such as Plants2Gardens who backed QVC’s Garden Re-Leaf Day 2015 activities, have helped raise in excess of £50,000 for this year's Greenfingers campaign. Read more

GCA reveals this year's conference venue for their 50th anniversary

The GCA has announced the location of the body's grand golden jubilee year conference to be held January 24 until 27, 2016. Read more

The Grand Hotel, Brighton

GIMA’s £5000 Seed Corn Fund is open for entries

Small businesses, designers, students, inventors and start-ups are invited to bid for the second annual grant from the GIMA seed corn fund with the offer of help from last year’s winner. Read more

GIMA's Steve Millington (3rd Left) and Vicky Nuttall (R) with last years winners.

New look for AIPH and Grower of the Year Awards

Any grower can nominate themselves for the International Grower of the Year Awards as they get a new look along with rebranding for the AIPH. Read more

‘Best garden’ at the Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition 2014

“We are entering a golden age for the horticulture industry” Carol Paris

Carol Paris says, “We are entering a golden age for the horticulture industry” as Minister, George Eustace promises to do what he can to help the industry implement its new Ornamental Horticulture Action Plan. Read more

Wet and stormy weather looks set to last through January

Wiseweather predicts that for much of January a succession of Atlantic lows will continue to push fronts across the UK with rain and at times strong winds. Read more

Christmas and gift sales took off in October

Latest figures from the GCA Barometer of trade show how revenue from gifts and Christmas lines doubled in October. Outdoor plant sales were also good. Read more

Brinsmore Gardens, Yeovil

After many changes in the law, did you know…?

A company can be held responsible for an employee’s behaviour on social media and travel from home to the first meeting should be paid for. GIMA members hear about many recent changes in legislation. Read more

The HTA Needs You!

The HTA is looking for three new Council members to be the regional voice of the membership. “It is a great opportunity to see what is going on and influence it,” says President, Adam Wigglesworth. Read more

Latest company results show healthy growth

Figures updated this month in Company Results show big sales increases for Boningale, Stewarts Plastics and Weber-Stephen Products (UK). Blue Diamond UK and Haskins also grew. Profits recovered at The Scotts Company UK. Read more

Long range weather forecast for September

Periods of high pressure during September will mean below average rainfall and above average sunshine. Read more

B&Q responds to Which? Gardening’s campaign to date compost

B&Q is to test the lifespan of different formulations of compost in response to Which? Gardening’s campaign to date bags. Read more

New ideas from the Glee Seminar Theatres

Watch how a consumer’s eyes track your displays; learn about the next bakery products from New York or get a beginner’s guide to exporting. Just some of the business improvement ideas to be presented in the Glee Seminar Theatres. Read more

A new buying group for garden centres is being launched

IBC, an established buying group for builders merchants, is looking to repeat the formula for garden centres with the IBC Garden Group. Read more

July looks like being a month for garden furniture and hoses

Wiseweather believes July will be drier and warmer than average with a second hot spell possible in week three. Read more

Vote now to recognise Gardening’s best buyers

Believing that good buyers have not been given the recognition they deserve, Glee is asking you to nominate people or teams that might qualify as the country’s best buyers for awards being introduced at the show. Read more

GIMA Buying Group gets the go-ahead

The new GIMA Buying Group, mooted at their recent conference, is to go ahead with the aim of supplying a one-stop shop for members. Read more

New members swell GIMA membership by 25%

Companies that have joined GIMA this year are a mix of established names and newcomers to the retail garden sector in the UK. Read more

Long-range forecast looks good for May

After an unsettled start, the Wiseweather suggests there will be long settled periods during May with high pressure, much like April. However, that means frosts are possible, even late in the month. Read more

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