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FORMER UK Ambassador Charles Crawford has been announced this month (November) as the first speaker booked for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 52nd annual conference in Warwickshire in January (January 21 until 24, 2018). 


Whilst gardening may be considered an older person’s game, the 25-34 year olds are actually the biggest spenders when it comes to tools and accessories, spending over £650 on average. 


THE 20 finalists in the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Ruxley Rose competition have recently (November, 2017) been judged and there is strong evidence of continued enthusiasm for selling plants at member centres.


By their nature, dogs are a highly social species - they have a natural instinct to live in harmonious groups. However some dogs may find this more difficult than others, potentially experiencing signs of anxiety when they are around other dogs. 

Alzheimer’s Society and Britain’s best known gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, have come together to produce a brand new guide encouraging garden centres and nurseries across the UK to become dementia-friendly and sign up to their Forget Me Not campaign.

One of the UK’s largest suppliers of timber and construction products, Arnold Laver, has secured a deal with Composite Prime to exclusively stock its decking across the UK.

Smart Garden Products can help you achieve some excellent sales in the run up to Christmas – and it’s not too late to top up your orders! From stocking fillers to stunning solar, we can offer something for every price range.

A green fingered Blackwood tenant has been rewarded for his skills by winning the housing and care provider’s prestigious gardening award.
Edward Stanton, who has been a tenant at Blackwood’s Argyle Street development for 25 years, won the ‘Best Hanging Basket’ award at the charity’s AGM in Largs.

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When you are preparing to head off on your holiday and have no one to look after your garden, you might be worried about what state it will be in upon your return.

Do not despair: with a few simple hacks you can effectively look after it while you are away.


Royal Hedge is part of the Dongen based nursery Boomkwekerij E. de Jong in Holland.  For the past 22 years this nursery has grown young trees, 3x transplanted trees, pleached trees, big solitaire, multistemmed trees and also trees and hedging material in containers.


Hillier has announced the Christmas trading plans for its 12 garden centres, all themed around The Magic of Christmas.

The busy calendar launched yesterday (9th November) with each centre hosting an exclusive, invite only preview evening where guests got a sneak peek of the Christmas displays,products and offers.

Everyone aspires to have a nice lawn, whether it is a beautifully manicured centre piece or simply a focal point for family social activity. It is no surprise that the combined sales of Lawn Seed and Fertilisers in the UK is estimated to be in excess of £100 million.

Haskins is encouraging gardeners to make the most of National Tree Week with a new competition to win a tree for the garden, school or local community.

National Tree Week takes place from Saturday November 25 until Sunday December 3. First initiated in 1975, it is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually which launches the start of the winter tree planting season.

Family run garden centre, Reg Taylors, based in Southwell, Nottinghamshire has opened a new 50 sq ft concept showroom, offering a range of furniture, lighting and accessories from British homewares brand Libra. 

THE NEW autumn/winter season saw garden centre customers stocking up on warm clothing and accessories during September (2017) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.


Total sales in clothing departments across GCA member centres was up 32.24% compared to the same month last year (2016).