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Garden trade industry features including events, exhibitions, and shows

Iain Wylie - GCA expands its team of inspectors

THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) is expanding its team of inspectors after seeing a record number of new members join the organisation this year.
It is seeking a new inspector to visit member garden centres in one or two of the area groups around the country.
Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “We have seen a record-breaking 13 new members join us this year and we are processing further applications at the moment, which means we are expanding our team of inspectors in order to ensure we have the coverage required to help our members maintain their excellent standards and continue to benefit so much from our inspection process.

Opening of the Greenfingers Nest & Rest Garden

A new Greenfingers Charity therapeutic garden at Grace House, Sunderland was officially opened by the Mayor of Sunderland on Monday 21st October.  This inspiring new garden will provide a peaceful place for relaxation and enjoyment for the seriously ill children and their families that call GraceHouse ‘home’.

The Nest and Rest Garden - Greenfingers 58th garden project to be completed - was designed and created by Sean Murray, who most famously won the BBC’s Great Chelsea Garden Challenge in 2015.  Working alongside Sean was landscaper Keith Ball. Together Sean and Keith transformed a previously blank space into a stunning garden that provides a range of sensory experiences, complemented by sweeping paths that provide a journey through the landscape, and spots of colour that brighten even the darkest days.

Andy Johnson from Wyevale Nurseries holding new catalogue

ONE OF the UK’s leading nurseries says it is investing in the future and has seen exceptional demand for British-grown stock.
Wyevale Nurseries Ltd says it’s able to supply British-grown plants from its extensive production facilities in Herefordshire into a market struggling to secure its supply-base for the next season and beyond.
Andy Johnson, Director at Wyevale Nurseries, which celebrates its 90th Anniversary in 2020, said: “As a company we are going from strength to strength and investing significantly in the future and our teams in order to drive production forward. We are also continuing to develop links with leading plant breeders and raisers, taking in quality young stock to supplement our own propagation.
“The demand for British grown native tree and transplants has been exceptional and our doubling of our cold storage capacity is currently nearing completion at our market leading transplant facility.

Sara Bowie gearing up to sleep out in aid of homeless charity

A DESPATCH and Stock Controller at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries in Hereford will take part in a sleep out in November, 2019 to help raise money for a homeless charity.
Sara Bowie, who works at Wyevale Nurseries, will be joining in with the annual fundraiser in Bristol on Thursday, November 14 in aid of 1625 Independent People (1625ip).
The 55-year-old, who lives in Norton Canon but grew up in Bristol, explained: “1625ip is a Bristol based charity that has been supporting homeless 16-25-year-olds for more than 30 years. It works with around 2,000 young people in the South West every year.

A selection of houseplants

HOUSEPLANTS were the best sellers for a second month in a row (September, 2019) at garden centres across the country according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade report.
Sales were up 12.34% compared to the same month last year (2018).
Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “The trend for houseplants doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon, and after a positive August, it’s great to see that sales in this department remained up for September as well.

Haskins Garden Centre Snowhill’s redevelopment

First look at progress made so far at Haskins Garden Centre Snowhill’s redevelopment

Ealier this year, the popular Haskins Garden Centre based in Crawley opened the doors to its temporary building at the Snowhill site.

Phase one of the Snowhill centre’s redevelopment plan has now been completed, including:

  • New temporary building erected
  • Half of new car park completed
  • Car Park entrance has moved
  • New landscaping and trees in place
Christmas tree at Christmasworld 2020

A visit to Frankfurt’s Christmasworld 2020 in January is a great way to start business planning for 2020 and to see the world’s most comprehensive range of seasonal and festive decorations. In 2019, 45,000 visitors and 1,080 exhibitors from 44 countries around the globe attended, and the event continues to attract key players in the sector. Within its multiple halls, it’s a perfect forum for B2B networking and discovering the latest trends, and a perfect opportunity to meet manufacturers, experts and colleagues from all over the world to share ideas and insights. It can also be a great way to develop skills and know-how.Expert lectures are presented in German and English, and participation is free of charge. Workshopsprovide practical examples to help stay up-to-date in this creative and dynamic sector with highlightsincluding designer Claudia Herke from Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano design studio, who will be on hand to give valuable tips on trends and shop design. 

In the Retail Boulevard visitors can step into a number of different pop-up stores, showing how a sales concept for the future can become more engaging, convenient and service-orientated.

Deco-Pak water features

Deco-Pak offers the ultimate in urban style and convenience for a new generation of fashion-conscious consumers

Deco-Pak, the innovation-driven garden landscaping and decorative aggregates specialist with a reputation for being at the forefront of the latest consumer trends, is revealing its latest line-up of top-quality products, designed to help consumers transform outdoor living areas.

Deco-Pak’s new Enhance line-up of trend-driven garden accessories ranges from natural stone water features that create the ultimate focal point in gardens, to artificial grass laying accessories that have been created to help lay a perfectly level, low-maintenance artificial lawn.

Rockin Pebbles from Deko-Pak

Rockin Pebbles rock the nation as Deco-Pak helps retailers to expand the growing play, hobby and gift categories

With concern escalating over the amount of time that children spend staring at phone and computer screens, Deco-Pak is leading the way in helping retailers to provide innovative solutions that encourage kids to engage in fun pursuits that reconnect with the natural world.

As demand for creative hobbies continues to grow, Deco-Pak is throwing the spotlight on its popular Rockin Pebbles – a hobby that’s rockin’ the nation! Now available for retailers in a new eye-catching display box, the fun craze of decorating pebbles and leaving them for others to find is catching on fast.

Primus and Perry bird sculptures

We have over 120 new products for the Spring 2020 season, as well as over 150 other products released throughout 2019 including our Seasonal Range of Pumkins and Christmas themed sculptures.

Primus is working in collaboration with The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to create a range of beautifully hand crafted wooden birds. These Sculptures are made from FSC certified renewable materials and will include a sculpture specific breed guide with interesting facts and information.

The launch range includes seven birds:

Blue Tit