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Kate & Tamara - garden design advice

Kate & Tamara on focal points – garden design advice

Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge brought their beautiful, carefully planned and atmospheric garden designs to the forefront of public attention when they won Channel 5’s The Great Gardening… Full story

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Zest 4 Leisure's new products are a big success at Glee

Award-winning Zest 4 Leisure, which manufactures and sources FSC® Certified timber garden furniture, fencing, trellis, gazebos, arches and a wide range of planters, is celebrating its best Glee… Full story

A woman Greenhouse Gardening

Ready to inspire the next generation of growers.

Evika are Getting People Started on Their Greenhouse Gardening Journey.

Evika offers a new way for people to begin or continue their greenhouse gardening growing journey by welcoming… Full story

Christmas tree with themed decorations

Take the stress out of Christmas with themed decorations

With the festive period representing the busiest and most profitable retail period for garden centres, it is more important than ever to stand out from the competition. 


In the run-… Full story

Tax rules IR35 – what you need to know if you employ contractors

Tax rules IR35 – what you need to know if you employ contractors

Adrian Marlowe, managing director of employment law specialists Lawspeed, discusses new tax rules IR35 and what they mean if you use contactors…

For many years the options available… Full story

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Why a real Christmas tree is more fantastic than plastic

With customers demanding eco-friendly products and plastic reduction hitting headlines week after week, will 2019 signal the death of the artificial Christmas tree?

Christmas tree… Full story

Hossein Arshadi from Hillier Nurseries on the need for tighter biosecurity measures in the UK which will work in practice

'We need biosecurity initiatives which will work'

Hossein Arshadi is a divisional director at Hillier Nurseries. Here, he discusses why existing biosecurity initiatives will not work in practice and what is still needed from the government, the… Full story

Bosch Aquatak pressure washer - product review

Bosch Product Review - Universal Aquatak pressure washer

Universal Aquatak 135 High Pressure Washer (£179)

Editor Victoria Galligan tried out the Bosch pressure washer on her neglected driveway…

Jet washing is certainly… Full story

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Gardening books your customers will love

Whether beginners or professionals, customers often turn to gardening books for horticultural advice and inspiration. Make sure you stock a good variety of gardening books for different needs and… Full story

Gardens are a stimulating, peaceful outdoor environment for those with dementia

The importance of gardens for those with dementia

When residents at Green Park Care Home in Warrington visited Bents Garden Centre recently, they thoroughly… Full story

5 ways to financially improve your landscaping business - a woman on phone in plant nursery

5 ways to financially improve your landscaping business

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re running your own landscaping business. There’s a lot to keep track of, from billing clients to actually showing up on site to get the work done. You likely… Full story

One of the top five plants from Wyevale Nurseries

Wyevale Nurseries reveals its top five plants for 2020

The retail Sales Manager at one of the UK’s leading nurseries has picked his top five plants for garden centres for 2020.
 
Colin Stanley from Wyevale Nurseries selected the plants… Full story

Designing the Perfect Cottage Garden

Designing the Perfect Cottage Garden

Bursting with colour, gradients of heights and whimsicality, it’s no wonder the cottage garden is growing in popularity. From the overgrown enchanted fairy-tale cottage in the woods to the coastal… Full story

Antirrhinum majus or Snapdragon flowers are perfect for an allergy-free garden

Allergy-free garden hacks your customers will love

As the days get warmer, customers are spending hours and hours out in the garden – which means investing in new outdoor living equipment. Relaxing outside on the grass with a cold bottle of beer,… Full story

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Fertiliser vs compost: what’s the difference?

Your customers all want to provide the optimum environment for their plants to grow. However, with so many tips and tricks out there, it’s difficult to know what advice they should follow. If they… Full story

Christie barbecues electric public barbecue installed for Melbourne City Council 2019

All urban launches a safe and sustainable way to BBQ

All Urban is celebrating the launch of their exclusive UK partnership with Australian manufacturer Christie barbecues, the only dedicated public barbecue manufacturer in the world. As the global… Full story