Events and Show


Gardening Industry show - future plants at Glee 2023

Following the announcement that Glee will return to a September dateline in 2024, bellwether suppliers across the gardening industry have been vocal in their support of the new autumn date, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Glee. The celebration of all things garden, leisure and pet will take place from Tuesday 10th - Thursday 12th September, at the NEC, Birmingham.

Glee took the decision to shift the exhibition back to September following extensive market research, consultation and dialogue with the retail community, with help from new Strategic Advisor, Boyd…


2024 gca Ruxley rose Award sponsored by Wyevale Nurseries,  Managing Director Andy John

A LEADING UK commercial grower has been unveiled this month as the sponsor for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual Ruxley Rose Award (December 2023).

The garden centre with the best overall plantaria will be presented with the accolade at the GCA’s 2024 annual conference in January.

Managing Director, Andy Johnson says: “As a keen GCA Associate Member and a key supplier to garden centres nationwide, we’re delighted to be sponsoring this prestigious award, which highlights not just garden centres with top quality, interesting plants, but those who take the trouble…


Global Consultancy Director, Josh McBain who will be offering GCA members an insight into ‘The Future of Garden Retailing’ at the GCA Conference next year (January 28 until 31, 2024).

GLOBAL Consultancy Director Josh McBain will be offering Garden Centre Association (GCA) members an insight into ‘The Future of Garden Retailing’ at its 2024 Conference in January (January 28 until 31, 2024).

Josh is the first speaker to take to the podium on Monday, January 29 and will illuminate attendees with his predictions for garden centres – the main theme for 2024’s event.


Top Drawer, the UK's premier design-led trade show

Top Drawer, the UK's premier design-led trade show will be opening its doors this Sunday at Olympia London till the 12th September. Curated with retailers in mind, Top Drawer is THE destination for the best design-led products from an unmissable collection of new and established brands. With over 150 new brands joining the show this season, retailers will be able to explore 9 distinctive sectors offering gifts, homewares, children’s products, candles, Christmas stocking fillers and more! 


GCA Awards Wales and West July 2023 DGC Old Railway Line

STAFF at garden centres across the Wales & West region are celebrating after scooping awards during a Garden Centre Association (GCA) presentation evening at Cadbury Garden Centre, on Thursday, July 6, 2023.

The Old Railway Line Garden Centre was awarded the title of Garden Centre of the Year in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category and Pugh’s Garden Village, Wenvoe received the accolade in the Garden Centre (GC) category.


THE FIRE FOOD AND OUTDOOR LIVING EVENING Solex

Tuesday 11July – 5.30pm – 7.30pm 

Are you ready for an evening filled with delicious food, refreshing drinks, and great fun? 

Look no further than the Fire Food and Outdoor Living Evening at SOLEX 2023. On July 11th from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, come join us for the BBQ Hero competition in partnership with BBQ magazine and mingle with industry experts. Plus, enjoy drinks tastings from Powder Monkey Brewing Co, Tidal Rum, and Beefsteak Club wine. 


THE FIRE FOOD AND OUTDOOR LIVING EVENING Solex

Tuesday 11July – 5.30pm – 7.30pm 

Are you ready for an evening filled with delicious food, refreshing drinks, and great fun? 

Look no further than the Fire Food and Outdoor Living Evening at SOLEX 2023. On July 11th from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, come join us for the BBQ Hero competition in partnership with BBQ magazine and mingle with industry experts. Plus, enjoy drinks tastings from Powder Monkey Brewing Co, Tidal Rum, and Beefsteak Club wine. 


GIMA Awards Judging in Action

As we start to consider who might be crowned a GIMA award winner this year, the judging panel with the hard job of choosing the deserving brands has now been confirmed.

Once again, GIMA has secured an impressive line-up of judges, with garden centre and multiple retailer representatives, trend experts, leading buyers, plus trade and consumer editors bringing their experience to the role. Confirmed judges are Gary Carvosso, Coolings Garden Centre; Shelley Bou Chrouch, Scarlet Opus; Mairi Devlin, B&Q; Ian Hodgson, Garden News; Trevor Pfeiffer, Garden Trade News;…


GIMA Awards Judging in Action

As we start to consider who might be crowned a GIMA award winner this year, the judging panel with the hard job of choosing the deserving brands has now been confirmed.

Once again, GIMA has secured an impressive line-up of judges, with garden centre and multiple retailer representatives, trend experts, leading buyers, plus trade and consumer editors bringing their experience to the role. Confirmed judges are Gary Carvosso, Coolings Garden Centre; Shelley Bou Chrouch, Scarlet Opus; Mairi Devlin, B&Q; Ian Hodgson, Garden News; Trevor Pfeiffer, Garden Trade News;…


garden re leaf 2022

With just over a week to go, walkers and cyclists from across the garden retail sector are busy limbering up as they prepare to tackle the 2023 Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk and Cycle Challenge (24th March 2023).

 


Hillier 2023 BBC Gardeners' World Spring Fair Garden Design

Hillier has unveiled its garden design for the 2023 BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair. This year’s design is an interactive, walkthrough garden enclosed in high hedges and wildflower turf. Inspired by The Secret Garden, the design will encourage visitors to get up close and personal with the plants displayed.

There are three main areas in the garden for visitors to experience. On the right-hand side and flowing around the garden will be a stunning colour-coordinated display of herbaceous perennials and shrubs, beginning with cool whites and purples through to fiery reds and oranges…


Garden Re-Leaf Walk 2022

Whatever you are planning to do to raise vital funds for the Greenfingers Charity this Garden Re-Leaf Day (March 24th), be sure to register it online at www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk/get-involved/gardenreleaf

Registering your event only takes a few minutes and doing so enables you to request a host of fundraising support tools including branded t-shirts, balloons and collection boxes to ensure that your day (or weekend!) of fundraising goes with a bang,…