5 special care tips for retailers to maximise poinsettia sales in-store

The poinsettia experts at SfE are here to give five top tips to help you, your staff, and your customers care for poinsettias correctly, so they can be enjoyed throughout the autumn and winter months. Read more - open to all

Colour your Story goes digital

Desch presents Colour Your Story #16 for spring and summer 2024. This edition focuses on the new trends and their inspiring colour themes, a lot about our sustainable products, an interview with ABZ seeds Gé Bentvelzen and a delicious recipe for a strawberry cake. Read more - open to all


RHS announces 12 award-winning daffodils

As we enter the prime bulb-planting season, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the results of its garden trials of shorter daffodils and the top 12 varieties to receive the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit. Read more - open to all

Winter Waltz RHS Wisley Trials Credit RHS, Nicola Stocken

Impressions from the HTA National Plant Show

Most exhibitors at the HTA National Plant Show were pleased with the year to date. Stock has been selling through well; one grower stating sales were high, peaking “at Covid levels.” Read more - members only

Agapanthus Black Jack wins the Visitor Vote at HTA National Plant Show

Allensmore’s and Fairweather’s Hilltop Nursery’s Agapanthus Black Jack has won the Visitor Vote, sponsored by Floramedia, at the HTA National Plant Show 2023 at the NAEC, Stoneleigh.  

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Agapanthus Black Jack

Mandevilla Sundaville Double Blush Pink wins FleuroStar Award 2023-24

Fleuroselect, the international organisation for the ornamental plants industry, is proud to announce that the FleuroStar Award 2023-24 has been awarded to Mandevilla Sundaville Double Blush Pink from MNP / Suntory. Read more - open to all

New supplier for British grown orchids and green houseplants

Double H nurseries is on a mission to transform houseplant wholesale. The Horti House web shop will supply garden centres with British grown orchids and green houseplants. Read more - members only

The Orchid House

Fears of a poinsettia import ban subside

Reports earlier this week that the UK had put a total halt to poinsettia imports from Holland have been quashed by Defra. Read more - members only

Autumn bulb lifting delayed by torrential rain

The bulb harvesting programme is delayed 2 weeks leading to a delay in deliveries according to Taylors Bulbs, because of weather in the spring and now in August. Read more - members only

RHS warns against buying problem plants online

The RHS is reminding gardeners to only buy online plants and seeds from reputable British garden centres or nurseries to minimise the risk from new pests and diseases. Read more - members only

SmartPlant links with T&M

SmartPlants adds T&M to its growing list of commercial partners.  Customer receipts by the mail-order supplier will soon be accompanied by the newly developed SmartPlant 'button' to provide post sale advice. Read more - members only

Bents and Cowells take the top GCA plant awards

Bents and Cowells top the first day’s awards at the 2018 GCA conference. Also prominent were Fairways of Ashbourne, Stratford and Barton Grange Garden Centres. Read more - members only

Ruxley Rose (Destination Garden Centre category) – Bents Garden & Home

Irish grower to expand into the UK

One of Ireland’s foremost growers of nursery stock, Flannery’s Nurseries, is looking to develop its market by expanding into the UK with Bob Haward as their agent. Read more - members only

Bob Haward

Kingfisher Nurseries to close as YouGarden takes over the site

Leading heather producer Kingfisher Nurseries is to close at the end of this month, the owners are retiring and have sold the site to YouGarden. Read more - members only

Mail says ‘insect-friendly’ plants are laced with pesticides that poison bees

The Daily Mail says that ‘insect-friendly’ plants sold in garden centres and supermarkets are laced with chemicals that could be killing bees. Read more - members only

The future of plant retailing

Following the success of this year’s open day event “Plant Retailing: A Sustainable Future”, held in February, we are pleased to announce Frank P Matthews have joined forces with The Bransford Webbs Plant Company and New Leaf Plants to host another retail focused event. Read more - open to all

Extensive peat free trials at Bransford Webbs

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company are developing a sustainable pathway to a peat free future. Read more - open to all

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company

Staff take control at Majestic Trees

Majestic Trees has announced that MD Steve McCurdy and his wife Janet have sold 74% of Majestic Trees to their team via an Employee Ownership Trust. Read more - members only

Fern Snowling, Sarah Shynn, Eliot Barden, Helen Morgan, Maria Bengtsson, Carlos Guinand

Blue Diamond launch a new rose

Blue Diamond Garden Centres and its Fryer’s Roses brand, are to launch a new rose at this year’s RHS Tatton Park Flower Show – rosa ‘Gracious Lady’ on behalf of the well-known Coronation Street actress, Barbara Knox. Read more - open to all

Rosa ‘Gracious Lady’


Curcuma Skyline wins Best in Show

Curcuma Skyline wins Best in Show at New Plant Awards at the HTA National Plant Show 2023. Read more - open to all

New Plant Awards judges and plants

Gardeners invited to help solve aphid mystery

The RHS is calling on gardeners to send in sightings of the giant willow aphid (Tuberolachnus salignus) to help learn more about this elusive species and the ways it interacts with garden plants. Read more - members only

Giant willow aphid (Tuberolachnus salignus) on Willow (Salix daphnoides) - RHS / Andrew Halstead

Allensmore reaches final for International Grower of the Year

Allensmore reaches the final 10 from growers around the world in the AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2023. Read more - members only

New Guide to Potentially Harmful Plants

Working with specialists, the HTA has launched a new Guide to Potentially Harmful Plants. For the first time it covers the risk to pets. Read more - members only

Plants Galore in free give away of plants worth £100k

Staff shortages are forcing Devon based Plants Galore to give away £100k of plants.  Customers can collect them from their garden centres this weekend. Read more - members only

Which plant varieties will be hot for 2021?

Which plant varieties will be hot for 2021?... the industry has voted at the Ball Colegrave Trial Grounds at West Adderbury. Read more - open to all

Syngenta launches mildew resistant Busy Lizzie through B&Q

A new, downy mildew resistant Busy Lizzie bred by Syngenta is to be unveiled by B&Q. The Busy Lizzie is back, said Tim Clapp, “This is the biggest thing I have been involved in over my 20 years in horticulture.” Read more - members only

Tim Clapp with Imara Bizzie Lizzie

The 2017 review

Hawkesmill Nurseries, the Warwickshire based family company, have had a whirlwind of a year in 2017! Read more - open to all

Innovation from Mr Fothergill's

As well as the acquisition of Darlac, Mr Fothergill’s revealed other innovations, including a new RHS AGM range, a starter range endorsed by David Domoney and the introduction Seasol and Optigrow. Read more - members only

David Domoney's Get growing range

Bransford Webbs Plant Company Managing Director Geoff Caesar is moving on!

After 25 years at the Bransford Webbs Plant Company Managing Director Geoff Caesar is moving on at the end of July to take up a role with Ball Colegrave as Director at their Bordon Hill Nursery in Stratford upon Avon. Read more - members only

Geoff Caesar

Demand for UK grown plants increases

Allensmore and Wyevale Nurseries step up the promotions on plants and have noticed increased demand for British grown stock. Read more - members only

Instant effect - planted containers for Mother's Day at Allensmore

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