Garden trade industry features including events, exhibitions, and shows

Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre staff with GCA awards

STAFF at garden centres across the Wales & West region are celebrating after scooping awards during a presentation evening at Castle Gardens this week (Tuesday, July 23, 2019).

Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre was awarded Garden Centre of the Year in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category and The Old Railway Line Garden Centre scooped the award in the Garden Centre (GC) category.

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “Our Wales & West regional awards meeting was a huge success and we’d like to thank all those who attended. It was great to hear our GCA Inspector, Michael Cole’s feedback from his inspections on the centres and now our members can take this vital information back with them to their centres and make any changes needed.

“A big thank you must also go to Castle Gardens, who were fantastic hosts for the evening. We now have a bit of a break until our Scotland and Northern Ireland regional awards meeting, which will take place on August 29 at Klondyke Mortonhall.”

Sipcam Home & Garden Logo for Glee 2019

Leading environmentally-friendly plant care brand ecofective® will feature its rapidly expanding portfolio at Glee 2019, showcasing the latest generation of natural feed, weed and pest control products that cater for the UK’s growing band eco-friendly consumers and organic gardeners.

Ecofective® has experienced strong demand throughout 2019, with sales driven by consumers seeking effective green alternatives to conventional fertilisers and pesticides. The retail ban on metaldehyde-based slug pellets has strengthened the market for natural slug controls, with the company poised to showcase its new ecofective® Slug Killer – supplied in a recycled container and containing FERRIMAX® bait.

Little boy watering plants in Haskins Garden Centre after taking part in the colouring competition

Haskins launches colouring competition of garden scene to encourage children to enjoy gardening

Leading garden centre group, Haskins Garden Centres, is delighted to announce the launch of a new Garden Gang colouring competition in time for the summer holidays.

The colouring sheet template can be downloaded and printed for free from the Haskins website or picked up in any of the Haskins centres from Monday July 15. To enter the competition, the sheet needs to be coloured and submitted via email to or posted on Facebook with the tag @HaskinsGardenGang or on Twitter with the hashtag #HaskinsGardenGang.

Zaquarella Greeting Cards

In the digital age, sending personalised messages in the form of cards and letters is becoming more important. There is something special about receiving a handwritten card or letter: An experience that cannot be replicated through an electronic message, email or social media. 


Launched back in 2011 by Keith and Rachel Dickson, award winning Zaquarella have been designing and manufacturing a range of stunning greeting cards of the highest quality. 

Thorndown Paints to be used in garden design

Garden design is a fascinating and complex job with extensive knowledge required of plants, hard landscaping, irrigation, lighting, soil and micro-climates, and of course, a flair for design is essential.

The use of colour in garden design creates a space unique to the owner, whether it be the use of soft pretty pastels for a country cottage feel, or cool greys for a more modern look. A country cottage theme can be enhanced by painting garden sheds or objects in pretty pastel wood paint shades.

Planting will obviously provide the basis for a colour palette but painting boundary fencing, masonry and garden features with wood paint is a quick and effective way of pulling the space together and elevating a garden design.

Bayliss Autovents Unit

One of the biggest challenges for greenhouse gardeners in the summer months is regulating the temperature inside. Ventilation is the key – and it is made much easier with Bayliss Autovents.

When the sun is shining, temperatures inside the greenhouse shoot up, sometimes to 40-50°C if left unchecked – far too hot for most plants. Ventilation the greenhouse by opening the door, louvre and roof vents stops the interior temperature rising too high by encouraging air circulation. When temperatures fall again, on cloudy days or during cooler evenings, close the vents to help maintain the warmth inside. Of course, if the vents and windows on your greenhouse are manually controlled, that means regular trips to and from the greenhouse to close and open them. Save effort and time by fitting Bayliss autovents, and they’ll do the hard work for you.

Reacting to the internal temperature, the autovents open and close the windows, and can be retro-fitted to most aluminium and timber greenhouse models (Bayliss provide full instructions). Replacement tubes and spares are also available, if existing Bayliss Autovents need repairing. Vents that open and close automatically are especially useful if you’re going away for a few days, and leaving the greenhouse untended.

Formbar trolley

Formbar are trolley and basket specialists – it is all we do.

We know it is the last task on your list but if you don’t have the right solution to suit your store and brand then your customers can not bring their purchases to your till. The better the basket or trolley the more the customers buy as they fill it to the top. So call us today to discuss your specific needs and we will have the right solution for you.

When speaking to Garden Centre owners and managers I realised they have a unique set of concerns when compared to other retailers. 

A selection of Sarah Kelleher Cards

Sarah’s interest in pattern and design goes right back to her childhood when living in the sleepy Cotswold village of Naunton  where she’d draw and create clothing to keep herself amused. She made a pencil skirt at the age of about seven that her parents allowed her to wear on the train to visit her grandparents. By the time she arrived at Temple Meads Station, to the horror of her rather posh Grandma it had fallen apart !“ 

Undeterred and with the encouragement of her family she carried on making. A seminal moment was when a Junior School teacher, Miss Pentecoste, chose the bookmark Sarah had made to grace the pages of her storybook.

Power Of One logo

Power of One is a new initiative being adopted by Glee to highlight the impact we each have on the environment. Supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, the campaign seeks to demonstrate how a combination of small, individual changes can create a more sustainable future for all.

At Glee, exhibitors and visitors will be encouraged to make a pledge, committing to making one small conscious change to reduce their impact upon the environment and the world in which we live. Pledges could include anything from promising to recycle more, choosing bio-degradable alternatives, or refraining from using single use plastics. Together these singular commitments add up to a much bigger and stronger impact; one that can help lead a positive change.

Indoor playground at garden centre

How much fun can you pack into an indoor play area just 7.5-metres long and 1 metre deep? Leaps and bounds of fun, if you’re Playscheme!

We created the Leaping Platforms Play Centre at Nailsworth Garden Centre in Gloucestershire to include loads of smart interactive sensor features.

Light, sound and sight are key elements of this bespoke indoor playground, and we worked alongside Sound Leisure on features that help children aged two to 12 explore their senses through their imagination and creativity.