Closer links are vital says new GIMA president

Colin Wetherley Mein, new president of GIMA, hopes to add services such as a buying group and barometer of trade for GIMA members. He also wants to continue building links with the rest of the industry. Read more

Colin Wetherley Mein, new president of GIMA

Strong early sales of core gardening - a sign for optimism?

The GCA figures for February shows a good start for sales of seeds, bulbs and plants but the association cautions, “We have no idea what the year ahead is going to hold for us but it looks as if gardeners… are eager to get back into their gardens.” Read more

Online garden sales forecast to grow 30 per cent  by 2019

Online sales of garden products will exceed £3 billion by 2019 according to MTW Research’s new 120-page report published this month, with sales of garden products online having risen by 45 per cent between 2009 and 2015. Read more

North / South split for the weather in March

Wiseweather suggests that there will be a North / South split in the weather for March.  The South could experience some warm, sunny days, mid month. Read more

Two garden events to change formats

The HTA has announced a new out of London venue and shape for its strategic Garden Futures conference.  There will also be changes for the next Totally Shows. Read more

HTA Garden Futures 2014

Download a new toolkit for exporters

Gardenex gives three reasons why garden suppliers should export and the HTA has created an overseas market tool kit, download it now. Read more

February 2015 long range forecast

February looks set to be sunnier and slightly colder than average  Although drier, snow showers will often feature in the forecast.  Read more

Smaller suppliers can’t compete with extended payment terms says GIMA

The Government is proposing legislation that would force Britain’s biggest companies to reveal their payment terms and performance, quarterly.  GIMA welcomes greater transparency saying the garden industry is particularly bad when it comes to paying bills. Read more

+36% by LOFA Members outperforms garden furniture market

LOFA research shows that garden furniture sales grew 18% this year, but online retailers take the biggest share, over double that of garden centres. Read more

New food allergen labelling requirements coming into force

Garden centre catering operations face new food labelling regulations which come into force on December 13. Read more

Contact 2015 looks at Growing Opportunities

Growers and nurserymen from across the horticulture industry are invited to the biennial Contact 2015 conference ‘Growing Opportunities’ which takes place on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 January 2015 at JCB Global Headquarters in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. Read more

Choice looking to add more garden centres

The new chairman of Choice Marketing told members that recent supply chain changes had provided an opportunity in what was an extremely challenging year, as a result the independent garden centre group is stronger. Read more

Tony Blake presents gift to Sam Bosworth outgoing Chairman

HTA launches mentoring service for garden centres

The HTA has teamed up with Garden Retail Success and a former GCA chairman to provide a mentoring and benchmarking service to help garden centres improve performance. Read more

Gardeners boost September sales

GCA figures for September show that the gardener is back. Outdoor plants, garden sundries and landscape products showed double digit growth for the month. Read more

1st Automated Garden Centre Drive In collection service launches in Bagshot

Longacres have become the UK’s first garden centre to offer an automated “Drive In” Click & Collect service. Read more

High pressure looks set to dominate the first 3 weeks of April

Wiseweather predicts April will be sunnier and drier than normal, with warm days and colder nights. However the SE may have more cloud at times. Read more

Bank bureaucracy thwarts garden centre deals

Although 2 banks have recently backed garden centre developments it seems that a number of deals are falling through because buyers cannot get bank funding because of their inexperienced advisers. Read more

New legislation affecting sale of garden chemicals

From 26th November most garden retailers will be required by law to have a trained and certificated member of staff available when they sell garden chemicals.  The HTA and Crop Protection Association have a solution. Read more

Darren Mogg is to leave Wyevale

Darren Mogg is to leave Wyevale Garden Centres at the end of March having managed the development of the company websites for the last two years. Read more

What will the scribblers be viewing at Thursday’s Garden Press Event?

The country’s gardening press converge on the Barbican on Thursday to get fresh ideas to write about this spring.  What will catch their interest at the Garden Press Event? Read more

Van Meuwen's Gigantomo

Press deadline looms for Garden Re-Leaf

Garden centres and suppliers have only a few days to promote their activities for Garden Re-Leaf Day before the UK’s national press visit the Garden Press Event Read more

GCA reveals conference speakers

The GCA conference, in less than 2 weeks, will hear from the former top woman in the British army, the ex-head of Porsche GB and there's a report on the world economic outlook.  The world record holder for reciting the value of pi will also take to the stage. Read more

Nicky Moffat CBE

Review of 2014 in the Garden Industry

2014 has been dominated by the repositioning of the major gardening goods distributors following the demise of Solus.  The weather for once provided a good news story and towards the end of the year there was a flurry of activity from Wyevale as it picked up eight long established independent garden centres.  See the full review – which is open to all… Read more

Willerby Landscapes receive the BALI Grand Award for a record fifth time

Willerby Landscapes took the Grand Award for a record fifth time today at the 38th BALI National Landscape Awards.  For all the winners - See more... Read more

Glee gets new advisory board and changes 2015 dates

Glee is to be a Monday to Wednesday show in 2015.  Stand bookings are 3 months ahead of last year and a new Glee Advisory Board gets weighty backing from the industry. Read more

No sign of a white Christmas

A new month brings with it something of a pattern change with much more seasonable, chillier weather seeming likely to develop.  Brief spells of high pressure interspersed with fronts moving SE seems to be the likely pattern for the month. Read more

Solex moves to mid-week

LOFA has decided to adjust the dates of Solex 2015 so that it starts on Tuesday July 7th.  Read more

Long range forecast for November

The new month brings something of a pattern change early in the month with much more seasonable, cooler weather likely to develop for most parts. Read more

Knotty problems for homeowners could lead to £2500 fines

Homeowners and business could be hit with huge fines if they allow Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and other non-native invasive species to spread from their premises. Read more

“As soon as your plants aren’t great, you’ve lost all credibility.”

Quotes from HTA Garden Futures: “I want to create an emotional connection between the consumer and a bag of compost.”   And “Gardening is about partying, entertainment and living outside. It is not about ‘Jobs for the month’.” Read more

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