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The new Haskins Garden Centres Christmas shop

Haskins Garden Centres has launched its Christmas shop at all four of its centres across the south.

Customers can browse a huge variety of festive gifts for the home, plus inspired ideas for gardeners of all ages and abilities.

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Warren Haskins with Garden Centre sign

The popular garden centre in Dorset is celebrating its 25th anniversary, having officially opened its doors in March 1994. Chairman Warren Haskins is also celebrating 50 years in the business, after taking over the family retail nursery in 1969.

The family-run garden centre group has grown from the humble beginnings of a small market garden in Coy Pond in Branksome, to operating four popular centres located across Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex. The business has grown from a turnover of £17,000 in 1969 to a multi-million pound turnover and from employing seven people in 1969 to employing over 600 people. 

Warren Haskins, chairman of Haskins Garden Centres, commented: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making the Ferndown centre the success story that it is today. When we opened the doors to our Ferndown centre, more than ten times the amount of people we expected to, turned up. 

“Over the years, Haskins has ridden the humps of recession and I put our continued success down to the fact we have never and will not rest on our laurels.”

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Buyer connect Moto

GIMA has announced Wednesday 29th May as the date of the next Buyer Connect session - featuring buyers from Crocus, Wayfair and Haskins Garden Centres.

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Haskins Garden Centres Staff with award at the Garden Centre Association Conference 2019

Leading garden centre group, Haskins, is celebrating after taking home several prestigious awards at this week’s Garden Centre Association Conference.

The Garden Centre Association represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide, helping members to achieve high standards in customer service, plant quality and reliability. The awards and inspections help drive members' standards across all areas of business including customer service, merchandising, plant quality and marketing.

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Popular garden centre Aztec Gold flowers

Haskins is encouraging gardeners to set up their garden by planning ahead for the changing of the seasons and choosing a combination of plants to ensure year-round interest.

Alasdair Urquhart, in-house plant expert at Haskins, recommends the following top five plants for year-round interest

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Haskins Garden Centres

The popular garden centre group, Haskins, with centres in Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex, has endorsed and promoted the government-backed ‘Purple Tuesday,’ on Tuesday November 13.

Purple Tuesday is the UK’s first ever accessible shopping day, aimed at getting retailers to take all kinds of disability seriously, as well as recognise the needs of disabled consumers and promote inclusive shopping.

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Christmas department at Haskins Garden Centre

The garden centre group, Haskins, is celebrating after a successful launch of its Christmas department across all four of its centres.

Customers can browse a variety of gifts, with plenty suitable for green-fingered adults, as well as plenty to choose from for beginner gardeners. There’s also a wide range of decorations available.

Real pot-grown trees will be available at Haskins from Monday October 29 and real cut trees will be available from Monday November 19. For customers that prefer artificial trees, these are also available.

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Haskins give advice on water harvesting

Haskins Garden Centres are encouraging gardeners to look after their plants and wildlife due to the ongoing warm temperatures.

Alasdair Urquhart, Haskins’ in-house plant expert, commented:

“Long-range forecasters are warning that hot weather is looking likely to hold out through the rest of summer and even into autumn. As there is nothing in the forecasts to suggest that the conditions are going to change any time soon, now is a good time to think about how the weather will be affecting your garden.”

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Gardening Week

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.