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Whether beginners or professionals, customers often turn to gardening books for horticultural advice and inspiration. Make sure you stock a good variety of gardening books for different needs and market the relevant products alongside them to maximise sales. Here's our pick of the latest gardening books on the market…
The Inspired Houseplant, by Jean Stearns (Sasquatch, RRP £22.99)
Jen Stearns is the owner of Urban Sprouts, a speciality house plant store. Jen has a background in urban agriculture and small business operations and has spent the last four years helping her customers learn to pick and care for indoor plants in the Pacific Northwest. She lives in Renton, Washington.
Being inside a greenhouse can create an overwhelming sense of calm, the natural light combined with the warmth and the sound of trees or birds outside can provide a sanctuary for a number of different activities.
“Glasshouses and greenhouses are more than just places to grow and nurture plants,” says Griffin Glasshouses’ Linda Lane. “Our customers like to get the most from of their investment and often use them as an extension of their living space.
“Our free-standing greenhouses make the perfect location for a multitude of activities; the distinctive design means that the structure can either be placed in a secluded spot in the garden or close to the house. Being freestanding allows light to pour in from all angles and the range of features available are designed to offer customers maximum flexibility, ensuring they get a glasshouse that is perfectly suited to them.”
Leading garden centre group, Haskins Garden Centres, is delighted to announce the launch of its new Garden Gang Facebook page, designed to get children outside and involved in gardening.
The Facebook page provides parents with regular updates suitable for children, including how to encourage wildlife into the garden, an array of fun and educational worksheets, sowing seeds and a selection of gardening games.
Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins, commented: “Family is rooted into our core here at Haskins so we feel we have a responsibility to help parents encourage their children to get involved in gardening.
As parents everywhere get to the garden centre and find themselves playing seed pick-n-mix with their children, they all look exciting and totally growable on the rack, but then they get home and think “now what do we do?” It’s not an experience that tempts customers back the following year.
With Plant, Sow, Make & Grow placed strategically near the seeds section, you can deliver to the customer not only the seeds or plug plants they might have left with but also the information and exciting activities to encourage them to purchase with confidence all they need for successful growing with their child and therefore every reason to return.
British gardeners have been warned of seven crimes they could be committing in their backyards and how to avoid them.
Outdoor experts GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have revealed common criminal offences green-fingered Brits might be unwittingly committing and offered advice on how to steer clear of any legal hot water in the garden.
With the weather improving and spring on the way, the warning has been issued so gardeners can make the most of their backyards without any unnecessary stress.
A spokesman from GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk said: “With many gardeners ready to swing back into action now the worst of the winter weather had passed, we’re encouraging Brits to remember that the law of the land still applies on private property.
AS we leave the cold spell behind and slowly creep into the warmer months, many homeowners will be heading out in the garden to prepare for the spring season ahead.
UK gardening Superbrand Flymo has highlighted the key tasks we should begin to tackle throughout March to stay on top of our outdoor spaces.
There’s plenty to do outside this month to prepare your garden for warmer weather. Perhaps you have ambitious plans for a flourishing garden this spring, or you’re refreshing your outdoor space for a new season. Either way, it’s important to get started now.
Phil Tremayne, general manager of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL), tells Garden Trade Specialist about the skills shortage in the industry…
The skills shortage in landscaping has been an ongoing problem for many years. There has been a great difficulty in getting young people engaged in this sector, with many wishing to follow the pathway of computer and media-based careers. This issue has now started to reach a critical point.
Many existing landscapers full of passion and experience no longer have the knees and backs to continue and some of the great landscapers of our time are hanging up their trowels and spades and not being replaced.
Winter is in full swing but with the coldest months still ahead of us it is worth sharing some winter gardening tips. Most of the preparation for winter will have already been done such as pruning shrubs and planting evergreens however there are still a number of things that can be done over winter to protect your plants and tools, whilst all the time preparing your garden for the spring. Here are some winter gardening tips for you to consider.
With children spending more time indoors as a result of more technology-oriented pastimes, it’s important for them to know that enjoyment can be found outdoors, too. And you don’t have to go far! As the lighter nights come in, spend time after school in the back garden or down at a local allotment and have fun whilst educating your children. Compost Direct, retailers of top soil, tells us more
Garden Trade Specialist editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Jim McNulty, Development Director at Restructa Ltd, whose brands include GlasGlo – a recycling firm whose aggregates are made from glass TV screens…
Where did the idea come from to use TV screens as aggregate?
Since the company was formed back in 2006 we’ve always strived to have solutions and recycling applications for our Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) glass.