Garden Trade industry news

Houseplant and outdoor plant sales create a positive start to 2019

GARDEN centres across the country saw a positive start to the year (January, 2019) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report with houseplant and outdoor plant sales dominating.

Compared to the same month the previous year (2018), houseplant sales were 16.96% up and outdoor plant sales were up 13.03%.

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “Towards the end of 2018, we saw much milder weather than we’re used to and our customers were able to spend more time outdoors preparing their beds and plots for the coming season. This continued into January with good sales in outdoor plants and houseplants bringing a positive start to the year and the expectation of a buoyant spring season.”

Seed and bulb sales were up 5.32% and sales in garden sundries were up 9.02%.

NOMA Garden Art – Moving forward for S/S 2019

With more than 80 years in the business, NOMA’s expertise are second to none. With a thriving Christmas lighting range, NOMA’s solar and battery garden lighting range can confidently shout about the innovative technology and superior product quality that keeps NOMA a household name.

Since its beginnings in the UK in 1939, the name NOMA has been synonymous with top quality Christmas lights, and 80 years later the brand is still going strong and still living up to this promise. NOMA is the oldest Christmas lighting supplier in the UK, and owners LeisureGrow are delighted to be celebrating this iconic brand’s 80thbirthday this year.  

Al Fresco

Not only do Al Fresco tiles look amazing, they also have many other beneficial properties. Al Fresco tiles are manufactured in a way that avoids all imperfections associated with natural stone and traditional paving slabs. Pressed in a raw state and heated at very high temperatures, every Al Fresco tile is created at the exact same thickness giving any project a premium finish.

No need to worry about these tiles turning green – Al Fresco tiles are resistant to algae and moss keeping them looking their best all year round and can be cleaned easily using a hard brush and soapy water. Unlike traditional paving, Al Fresco tiles are great for sunny spots as they are fade resistant and will not lose their colour.

Popular garden centre group issues advice on introducing Pantone’s ‘Colour of the Year’ into the garden

Haskins is offering plant recommendations for gardeners looking to bring Pantone’s ‘Colour of the Year,’ Living Coral, into their garden.

Pantone, the renowned colour matching system, has revealed that Living Coral is its ‘Colour of the Year.’ Already dominating the creative industries, this tone is described as ‘embracing warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy.’

Alasdair Urquhart, in-house plant expert at Haskins, recommends the following plants for introducing the ‘Living Coral’ shade into the garden.

Eco-conscious and vegan gardeners re-enforce grow-your-own trend

The grow-your-own trend continues during 2019 as the nation’s gardeners seek out environmentally-friendly ways of growing healthy, pesticide-free produce with zero food miles.
Eco-conscious gardeners are embracing the grow-your-own sector as society becomes more aware of where their food comes from and seeks to reduce the carbon footprint that mass food production has on the environment. This is reinforced by the vegan and vegetarian movement.
Rising interest in growing fruit and veg for vegan diets is also a driver for this market - The Vegan Society found there were 600,000 vegans in Great Britain in 2018. The number of vegans almost doubled from up to 150,000 in 2014, to 276,000 in 2016, and is widely predicted to carry on growing exponentially. More than a quarter of all evening meals in the UK are now vegan or vegetarian.

Less than four weeks to go until Garden Re-Leaf Day – Sign up now!

There are now less than four weeks until Garden Re-Leaf Day on March 22nd.  The event organisers have confirmed that plans for the industry’s biggest annual fundraiser are gathering momentum but those who haven’t signed up yet need not worry, there is still time to get involved!

Walk or cycle for Garden Re-Leaf

There has been a great response for the popular Garden Re-Leaf Walk and Cycle, with teams and individuals from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, Vitax, Hozelock, Great British Cards, Elho, GIMA, HTA, DAC Ltd, Taylor Bulbs, Poplars Garden Centre, DLF Trifolium Glee, Holiday Inn, Teleflex, Hornby Whitefoot PR and Kew Green Hotels all signed up to take part.  

Over 22,500 Brits fall victim to garden and shed burglary every year

Scouring government data and looking into the nation’s opinions and experiences, new research from Tiger Sheds can reveal how many of us have had our sheds broken into, and what precautions (if any) we are taking to protect our garden buildings, tools and garden furniture from thieves.

After analysing four years of data[1] (2014 - 2017) from police forces across the nation, Tiger Sheds can reveal that, on average, over 22,500[2] instances of garden and shed burglary are reported each year.

Yorkshire Flowerpots

Barnsley based Yorkshire Flowerpots is the UK’s only volume producer of ceramic flowerpots. It is part of the 4th generation Naylor group, a family business which has been making ceramic products since 1890.

Since its launch in 1992, Yorkshire Flowerpots has established a reputation for high quality, British made terracotta pots: the company's pots are accompanied by a lifetime frostproof guarantee.

During 2018, the company has strengthened its manufacturing expertise and made a £150,000 investment in its clay processing plant to increase capacity and further improve product quality. 

Pooch & Mutt wet food cartons

Pooch & Mutt's new grain-free, natural and delicious wet food cartons are packed with fresh ingredients. Dogs can enjoy a variety of 4 tasty flavours; Turkey & Chicken, Chicken & Ocean Fish, Turkey & Duck and Chicken, Pumpkin & Pea. Each recipe uses fresh ingredients including fresh fruits and vegetables. Free from grain, cereal and gluten, the wet foods contain no artificial colours or flavours and are formulated free from GM produce. 

The new wet food cartons enforce Pooch & Mutt’s commitment to their leading role in the pet food revolution. Bringing sustainably sourced, quality food with the environment at its heart, the 100% recyclable Tetra Pak cartons are the first of their kind in UK pet food.

Fish4Dogs Appoints New Wholesale Partner TrustPet

Fish4Dogs has announced a new wholesale distribution partnership with Trust Pet Products in an exclusive arrangement for the UK which focuses on providing enhanced opportunities for independent retailers to sell the full range of healthy food and treats from Fish4Dogs Ltd.