Wyevale Nurseries launches retail plant collections for 2022

One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries has put together a selection of plants for garden centres to follow the predicted trends for the retail sector next year (November 2021). Read more

Allium Lavender Bubbles

Schoneveld Breeding ready for annual Cyclamen Open Days

The Cyclamen Open Days 2021 at Schoneveld Breeding have started. This year, the breeder from Wilp offers you more than just the most beautiful Cyclamen. Read more

Diary

Verbena ‘Margaret’s Memory’ Becomes Chelsea Finalist!

Verbena ‘Margaret’s Memory’ will not be easily forgotten after being named as a finalist in the Chelsea plant of the year awards and getting some special attention and publicity on the Sun’s Pyramid stand in the Floral Pavilion. Read more

Countess Sophie accepted a gift of Verbena ‘Margaret’s Memory’

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

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

2021 Autumn planted perennials for 2022 Spring sales

Ball Colegrave presents their first Spring Beauty Perennial assortment. This brochure highlights over 150 exciting perennial varieties from our extensive Lasting Beauty® range. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Silver for Bransford Webb in international grower awards

The AIPH Awards at the Colosseum Theatre in Essen, Germany celebrated the world’s best in ornamental horticultural production. Bransford Webb was the sole UK winner taking Silver in its category. Read more

Bransford Webb

GCA names best Garden Centres for Plants

The GCA has named the regional winners in the competition to find the best plant retailers. The garden centres will face a second inspection before the national winners are declared in January. Read more

Barton Grange Garden Centre

Grower calls for quarantine system to prevent Xylella entering the UK

The MD of Barcham Trees warns, "Xylella is not in the UK yet, but if plant material keeps coming across from the continent without any thought to bio-security it is only a matter of time before this menace becomes a reality.” Read more

Mike Glover, MD Barcham Trees

FleuroStar Winner Begonia I'CONIA Aroma Peach doubles cutting production

Breeder Dümmen Orange has doubled the sales forecast and upscaled the cutting production of the FleuroStar winner accordingly to meet the high industry demand. Read more

The new Stars for Europe trade website now live!

The new site is now live, offering retailers with a wealth of useful content and material to help drives sales of poinsettia both in-store and online throughout the 2021 festive season. Read more

Top of the pots

The results from the People’s Choice Calendula vote 2021 are in. Calendula officinalis ‘Neon’ and Calendula officinalis ‘Candyman Orange’ were voted the most popular varieties by visitors to RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire and RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex. Read more

Calendula officinalis

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

Jobs

Advice for retailers - how to increase sales of pelargoniums

Here the experts at Pelargoniums for Europe (PfE) share some top tips on how retailers can increase sales of pelargoniums this season and beyond. Read more

Rosebud Astrid Geranium of the Year 2021

Blomsterfrämjandet awarded the double-flowered pelargonium because its great growing qualities and charming features. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

Lots for the Garden Press to write about

There was plenty to see and hear at the Garden Press Event including a snail fence, outdoor fragrances, a new urban compost from Scotts and news of some enhanced summer events. Read more

Woodlodge's Dorset rocking chair.

Lovania launches a mobile website to aid plant buyers

Lovania has teamed up with Floramedia to create a mobile website to aid plant buyers with information and images while shopping the plant area. Read more

Planteria manager at Highfield Garden World reveals how plant retailing has changed

Gone are the A-Z beds... Does anybody make their own hanging baskets these days? Where sales of shrubs, perennials and annuals may have shrunk, sales of plants like an £800 potted acer have soared.   Read more

Jon Mason

Tim Clapp transfers to Kingfisher

Tim Clapp has transferred to the B&Q parent company where he joins the Kingfisher unification project, taking control of plant and garden ranges across Europe. Read more

Tim Clapp

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