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Garden Trade industry news
Set up as part of the ongoing fight against Covid-19 the temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital at ExCel London has become ‘home’ to over 1,600 support staff bravely facing the virus head-on. Thanks to LifestyleGarden® and a wealth of generous donors, these workers now have a stunning garden space in which to relax and find a moment of calm away from the frontline.
Plant Your Future, the Registered Charity that works with subsistence farmers to restore the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, has launched a competition to help keep children entertained and inspired during the COVID-19-enforced lockdown. The ‘Rainforest in a Box’ competition will encourage children aged 6-14 to get crafty, all while learning more about the rainforest.
Plant Finder team says garden centres are selling more online in COVID-19 crisis
GARDEN centres are using upgraded website software that recommends not only plants to gardeners but also care products as sales of gardening goods soar in the wake of COVID-19 (March 2020).
Joy of Plants’ Plant Finder plug-in has been added to 46 garden centre websites since it launched in 2018 including the Blue Diamond Group, Longacres, Barton Grange, Scotsdales and Perrywood.
Terri Jones, Managing Director of Joy of Plants in Twyford, says: “We’re hearing from our clients that they are experiencing an uplift in trade, as gardeners, who are self-isolating or social distancing, are ordering from them and asking for their items to be delivered, so they can spend the Easter break in their gardens.”
ONE OF the UK’s leading commercial nurseries has added a brand-new introduction to its promotional range – Agapanthus ‘Poppin Purple’ (March, 2020).
The new Agapanthus will be available from April (2020) onwards.
Colin Stanley, Retail Sales Manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, which celebrates its 90th Anniversary this year, said: “We’re delighted to add Agapanthus ‘Poppin Purple’ to our range. It’s a truly stunning plant and was recently crowned Best New Perennial at the 2020 IPM Essen, the world’s leading horticultural trade fair.
“Unlike any other purple varieties, this Agapanthus will rebloom throughout the season. It has intense, metallic, ‘true’ purple flowers. The flower heads form in full spheres giving a fabulous display for a prolonged flowering period.
Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill, Crawley, has opened its doors to customers upon completion of a 12-month project to create a new, enhanced centre.
Following a £15million investment, the new centre now boasts a retail space of 11,813 sqm, including an outdoor plant area and 440-seat restaurant complete with a newly installed pizza oven. Additional space has also been created to accommodate 170 restaurant guests on an outdoor patio.
Up to 70 new jobs have been created to accommodate the centre’s expansion. Car parking has also been improved with 346 spaces now available for visitors to use.
The annual GIMA Day Conference is fast approaching (19th March 2020), and with the latest names joining the agenda it is set to be a valuable day of learning and networking for both members and non-members.
The latest name confirmed for 19th March is Phil Pond, from Scarlet Opus, the leading trends intelligence agency. During his session, Phil will be giving delegates an insight into how consumer and design trends are forecast, and how they can provide huge return on investment for companies who work with this type of information. There will also be a very brief snapshot to whet the appetite ahead of the Scarlet Opus led Consumer and Design Trends Seminar on 26th March, which is exclusively open to GIMA members.
STAFF at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries are celebrating after being granted the propagation licence for an award-winning Lomandra (March 2020).
Wyevale Nurseries will be growing Lomandra ‘White Sands’, the first variegated Lomandra, which was also the Winner of Best New Novelty at Groen-Direkt Spring Fair in Holland in January.
Kyle Ross, Production Manager at the Containers Division at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, explained: “We are delighted to announce that we have been granted a propagation license for Lomandra ‘White Sands’ and we are the only end product seller in the UK. By having a propagation license, we are able to take production material from our own stock plants and grow it on, ensuring the integrity of the plants are true to type.
Farplants, the leading wholesale nursery co-operative, have become a Platinum partner of Perennial – the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture.
Perennial is a ‘lifeline’ for many, providing free and confidential advice and financial assistance to over 1,200 people every year.
THE category with the biggest increase in sales during last year (2019) at garden centres across the country has been announced by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) as part of its Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.
Houseplant sales saw a year to date increase of 17.6% compared to 2018.
Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “We’re not surprised to see houseplants as the fastest growing category at garden centres across the country in 2019. Demand for them has been phenomenal.
“On a monthly basis, houseplants came out on top during January, May, August, September and October.