Schoneveld Breeding won Japan Flower of the year 2023-2024

Schoneveld Breeding will officially launch Illusia at the Dutch Flower Trials in week 24, June this year. Read more - open to all

Japan Illusia award

British Garden Centres: From nursery to garden

British Garden Centres highlights its dedication to offering locally grown plants as they gear up for the spring season. Read more - open to all

Temple Nursery


British Garden Centres celebrates £60,000 of fundraising for Greenfingers

British Garden Centres has raised £60,000 in support of Greenfingers Charity. This amazing fundraising feat shows no sign of abating as British Garden Centres is delighted to launch Sweet Pea ‘Butterfly Blue’ by Unwins, an exclusive variety to support Greenfingers even further. Read more - open to all

Unwins Sweet Pea Butterfly Blue

Award for Bransford Webbs!

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company were thrilled to be awarded the Best Hardy Plant Supplier of the Year at the Squires Annual Plant Show last week at Squires, West Horsley, for the second year in a row. Read more - open to all

Squires award winners 2024

Beautify your balcony with Bloombux

Do you like the sound of an ornamental bush that has the colourful beauty and strength of a Rhododendron and compact neatness of a Boxwood, but without its susceptibility to disease? Let us introduce you to Bloombux, botanical name: Rhododendron micranthum Bloombux. Read more - open to all

Countdown to the BPOA Technical Conference 2024

The British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) is in the final stages of preparing for its flagship event, the Technical Conference, taking place on 31st January 2024 at the National Farmers Union (NFU), NFU Conference Centre. 20% discount for Gardenforum readers. Read more - open to all

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

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

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

Dutch Spring Trials take place in week 18

Dutch Spring Trials take place in week 18 during week 18, with eight breeders in North-Holland.  Visits held by appointment only. Read more - members only

New Hydrangea ‘Cherry Explosion’ to fundraise for Perennial this year

Garden centres wishing to support and raise awareness for the horticultural industry charity Perennial can now stock a new easy-to-grow hydrangea to sell to gardeners. Read more - open to all

Andy Johnson, Managing Director of Wyevale Nurseries with Hydrangea ‘Cherry Explosion’.

Almost 10,000 UK PBRs at risk of being cancelled

Almost 10,000 UK Plants Breeders Rights are at risk of being cancelled – owners must act even though the deadline to re register has passed.!  Read more - open to all

Graham Spencer

Plants for Europe and Altman working together

Plants For Europe Limited (PFE) is working with California-based Altman Plants, to bring their stunning plant varieties to Europe and the UK.  Read more - members only

 Agapanthus Atomic Bloom


Discover the new Gold Medal Winners!

Fleuroselect is proud to present the latest Gold Medal winners! During last year's annual trial, these breeding breakthroughs obtained an outstanding score in innovation, beauty and garden performance, and convinced our judges to award the coveted Gold Medal. Read more - open to all

Coreopsis tinctoria - Corusco Cream-Red - Van Hemert & Co.

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

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

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

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

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