Garden trade industry events, shows and exibitions
Garden centre group Haskins has launched its very own Bulb Market, which takes place from Monday August 20 to Monday November 19 across all four of its centres.
More than 250 bulb varieties will be available at Haskins’ Bulb Market, as well as a showcase of rare and unusual bulbs. The festival will also have a special focus on British-grown bulbs, with 24 varieties on sale that are UK-grown.
Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres, commented: “We’re delighted to announce the return of our popular Bulb Market, with a special focus on embracing and supporting UK bulb growers.
Haskins Garden Centres are encouraging children to get outside and connect with nature by celebrating Nationals Children’s Gardening Week (May 26 – June 3).
Presented by the Horticultural Trade Association, National Children’s Gardening Week celebrates the fun that gardens hold for kids. Haskins shares these values and is supporting young gardeners in their centres and online with activities for children and parents to enjoy.
ONE of the UK’s leading nurseries will be providing a selection of plants to The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) for its first-ever garden trade stand at The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Malvern Spring Flower Show (May, 2018).
Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford will be loaning 22* different plant varieties, including Lomandra ‘White Sands’, Veronica ‘Tissington White’ and Pittosporum ten. ‘Variegata’ to BALI for the show, which will open to the public on May 10.
THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) is hosting its third annual GCA Plant Area Forum for plant area managers and plant buyers at Ball Colegrave in July (July 25, 2018).
The event on Wednesday, July 25 will once again be facilitated by GCA inspector, Roger Crookes, who believes that plants are still the core business for garden centres.
Garden paving manufacturer, Bradstone, has supported an up and coming designer at this year’s Ascot Spring Garden Show, which showcased Britain’s finest and emerging horticultural talent.
Designed by Tom Hill of Tom Hill Garden Design based in Dorset, the show garden titled ‘On Point’ is a bold and stylish space, focusing on geometric shapes and forms.
The forthcoming GIMA Day Conference is set to offer a varied selection of speakers, including two popular retail stalwarts who will be providing an insight into the state of retailing in the year ahead. The latest foreign exchange fluctuations and how businesses can safeguard themselves, as well as an overview of the Bank of England’s economic outlook for the UK will complete the schedule for the day, providing attendees with much food for thought.
Providing a full day’s schedule of thought leadership, the Day Conference will be a must-attend for anyone wanting to stay ahead in this competitive marketplace.
Garden Re-Leaf Day is fast approaching! With just under three weeks until the garden retail industry comes together to kickstart the season and raise much needed funds for Greenfingers, the event organisers are urging interested parties to sign up now and take part before it’s too late!
Garden businesses across the country have been busy planning their own FUNdraising events for Garden Re-Leaf Day on Friday 16th March, and across the weekend. Longacres Garden Centre will be going the extra mile with over 40 people completing a sponsored walk which will start at their Shepperton store with a pit stop at their Chobham branch, before finishing at their Bagshotheadquarters – a total distance of 20 miles. A family fun day will also be held in store to welcome back the tireless walkers on Sunday 18th March which will include face painting, food and much more!
It’s official! Wales's Moody Sow Farm Shop makes the best Welsh Lamb products
Moody Sow Farm Shop in Wales is celebrating after winning a Diamond Award for the Welsh Lamb product in the UK’s most prestigious competition for craft butchery products – The Smithfield Awards. The event, which is held annually by the Q Guild of Butchers recognises and rewards the excellent products that are being produced by the very best butchers in the country.
Garden centre and horticultural industry staff are this month (January, 2018) being asked to sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference. A game of hockey with an element of ‘fun and frolics’ will take place on January 21 at Stratford Leisure Centre, adjacent to The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, from 3pm to raise money for Greenfingers, which creates gardens at children’s hospices nationwide.
Ian Flounders from Woodlodge Products, who captains The Cabbages team, which is made up of garden centre suppliers, said: “Last year’s Greenfingers Challenge Cup was a huge success after we raised a staggering £30,000 for the charity. This year we hope to raise even more with a game of ‘fockey’ – hockey with an element of fun and frolics, that is sure to bring out the competitive side of everyone who takes part.