In This Issue
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Dobbies Edinburgh
More Garden Centre Photo Tours
Mill Race Garden Centre goes up for sale
Playwrite repeat amazing offer on Bubble Wands
New 5000 sq m Plant Centre opens at RHS Wisley
Raglan excited to be using CSY Retail Systems again
May Day Bank Holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland moves to Friday 8th May for 2020
Zest 4 Leisure gears up for SOLEX
May ends 5% above average, reports GTN Bestsellers
Team Hartman win again at GIMA Golf and Charity Day
A new premium quality textile hose from GARDENA
Sales of roses and poppies bloom
Highfield plans to boost its £2m-a-year restaurant to 500 covers
Retail Lab at Glee is your window on the future
High-value haul in Brighouse garden centre raid
Glendoick marks centenary with gold at Gardening Scotland
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Aylett Nurseries
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Groves of Bridport
Garden Centre Photo Tour - In-Excess Ringwood
Garden Centre Photo Tour - N1 Garden Centre
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Notcutts Norwich Houseplants
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Perrywood Houseplants
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Plymouth Garden Centre
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Kings Garden & Leisure Sidmouth
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Squires Badshot Lea
Garden Centre Photo Tour - St Johns Ashford
Garden Centre Photo Tour - St Johns Barnstaple
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Stewarts Christchurch
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Whitehall Lacock
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
Plenty of potential for garden product sales
Westland focus on houseplants at Gardeners' World Live
Great year so far for growing media
Sustainability is broad theme of Cultivating Retail conference
Springwatch peak for Wild Bird Care
Kids get stuck into Children's Gardening Week
Record breaking May for veg plant sales
RHS Hampton Court garden will honour the late Beth Chatto
Scotland's Rural College woos mature students with £1000 bursary
Two new clematis on Holland show's novelties list
Garden centre sales show strong growth in HTA research
Nursery staff to hike and cycle in aid of rural skills charity 
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The Chelsea effect may help monthly sales figures end on high
B&M aims for gardening and Christmas sales growth
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Garden Centre Photo Tour - Dobbies Edinburgh

Dobbies CEO Graeme Jenkins and Customer Director Louise Niven show GTN Xtra around their flagship Edinburgh centre...


See our full photo tour here

Dobbies CEO Graeme Jenkins and Customer Director Louise Niven show GTN Xtra around their flagship Edinburgh centre.

 

Look out for the new, lower shop fittings that open up the store, the revamped restaurant and coffee shop (which will be moving to full waitress service when their IT systems allow) and an express check out.

 

 

More Garden Centre Photo Tours

The GTN Xtra cameras have been busy over the past few weeks and in this issue we've uploaded fourteen new GTN Xtra Garden Centre Photo Tours from our visits to:


Mill Race Garden Centre goes up for sale

15 years after Nick Seasby and his father Mick bought Mill Race Garden Centre at Aldham near Colchester they have decided to sell the business as a going concern...


15 years after Nick Seasby and his father Mick bought Mill Race Garden Centre at Aldham near Colchester they have decided to sell the business as a going concern.

 

Both Nick and Mick experts within the Aquatics business and well respected and recognized for being one of the best in the UK. They have 4 aquatics site, Harling, Rayleigh, Colchester and also as a tenant in Gravesend as part of the Millbrook Garden Centre site.


The garden centre business, which was extended by way of spending £750k on a new 5500 sq foot building (pictured above) in 2008, although profitable has not the attention it deserves and thus having reviewed all options they have decided to sell as an on-going concern. They still have confidence in the Colchester site and will still trade the Aquatics business here as a tenant rather than as a freehold landlord.

 

"We purchased the garden centre 15 years ago and have traded successfully and benefited from the loyalty of both customers and our team. We are however specialists in Aquatics and are aware that a new operator could do more justice to the potential of the team and the opportunity that exists on the site and in Colchester. We therefore wish to see the business transition to new ownership and a prosperous future." said Nick.


"The Garden Centre benefits from approximately 25 000 sq. ft. of internal space, an extensive planteria and coffee shop with access onto the river, and is located close to one of the fastest growing towns in the UK, it is believed that there is potential for the site to triple its current turnover.


"We have appointed Quinton Edwards to help us find new owners and they will begin actively marketing the garden centre as from this week.


"Please contact Simon Quinton Smith or Rachel McMordie on 01635 551441 if you would like further information."

Playwrite repeat amazing offer on Bubble Wands
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In anticipation of a bumper summer with some fantastic weather, the Playwrite Group Plc are delighted to announce that they will be repeating their amazing offer on Bubble Wands.


 

In anticipation of a bumper summer with some fantastic weather, the Playwrite Group Plc are delighted to announce that they will be repeating their amazing offer on Bubble Wands.

 

One of our all time, best-selling summer toy lines, these wands are a proven high volume seller with many garden centres coming back to us for multiple pallets each season. Perfect for playing out in a sunny garden, these bubble wands are sure to provide hours of entertainment for both children and adults alike.

 

 

As with the offer last year, prices start at just 25p per wand for full pallet quantities of 20 cases. With a recommended retail price of 99p or even £1.99 “Buy One Get One Free”  you can easily turn a cost of £576 (including VAT) to an earning of nearly £2000! That is a potential profit margin of almost 300%

 

If you do not wish to commit to a full pallet, smaller quantities are also available.

 

If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to contact The Playwrite Group Plc on 0207 6831288 or sales@playwritegroup.com.

 

www.playwritegroup.com

 

New 5000 sq m Plant Centre opens at RHS Wisley

A new, state-of-the-art Welcome building and Plant Centre at RHS Garden Wisley has been opened on June 10 by founding RHS Ambassador Alan Titchmarsh...


A new, state-of-the-art Welcome building at RHS Garden Wisley has been opened on June 10 by founding RHS Ambassador Alan Titchmarsh.

 

A bigger Plant Centre covering 5000 sq m will stock tens of thousands of plants and feature displays by specialist UK growers all year round. The RHS claim at Wisley they will be making a larger variety of rare and unusual plants available for people to buy for their homes and gardens than anywhere else in Britain.

 

RHS Greening Great Britain launched last month to encourage everyone to grow more plants across the UK to bring significant benefits to our health and the environment.

 

Alan Titchmarsh said: “Millions visit Wisley every year to be inspired by the horticulture on display and now the RHS flagship site will be a permanent showcase to celebrate specialist UK growers, just as it does at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and its other world-famous events. These plant specialists lovingly grow the rarest, most unusual and beautiful varieties in the world, which thrive in UK gardens because they’re so used to our climate.”

 

Country Garden Plant Sales (Dorset) will display ferns, including the new ‘Jurassic Gold’ which has golden leaves and can withstand very cold temperatures. W.D Smith and Sons (Essex) will display pelargoniums, many with unusual scents including orange, pine, rose and cola. A large range of dahlias, including some the size of dinner plates by Pheasant Acre Plants (Bridgend). Peonies by Primrose Hall Nursery (Milton Keynes), hostas by Stafford Lake Nursery (Woking) and acers by Credale Nursery (Herefordshire).

 

Alan added: “I promise to help Greening Great Britain by continuing to promote and buy from specialist UK growers. If the UK’s army of 27 million gardeners were to do the same, we would be protecting the UK from pests and diseases coming in from abroad; helping pollinators which need a diverse range of plants in order to survive; and supporting this vital industry that is worth more than £24 billion to the UK economy.”

 

To meet the growing houseplant trend, there will be more houseplants in stock than ever before. Houseplant sales at RHS plant centres are up 50% with non-flowering varieties up 64%. Plants with air-purifying qualities are selling well with sales in ‘snake plants’ increasing tenfold. Ferns are enjoying a resurgence and cacti are becoming even more popular.

 

The new Welcome building also contains improved visitor facilities including a spacious arrivals hall, a 100-seater restaurant, bigger shops selling gardening and artisan products and a larger café.

 

For the first time, visitors will be welcomed by world class horticulture on arrival with new landscaping by multi-award-winning Christopher Bradley-Hole. 250 native trees will be planted in and around the car-park and visitors will enter the 240-acre garden through an avenue of 100 cherry trees.

 

Once inside the garden, visitors can explore several new areas. Namely, the 75-metre long Wisteria Walk, The Exotic Garden and Heather Landscape with ornamental grass borders.

 

This is the first of three major projects that make up a wider £70 million transformation of RHS Garden Wisley. The second is the creation of the UK’s first National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, opening in 2020, and the restoration of its iconic Laboratory. The RHS is currently fundraising for the final £2 million.

 
Raglan excited to be using CSY Retail Systems again
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CSY Retail Systems are delighted to be working with Martin Davies and the Raglan Garden Centre team again, 10 years since we first implemented Vector there.


 

CSY Retail Systems are delighted to be working with Martin and the Raglan Garden Centre team again, 10 years since we first implemented Vector there.

 

Raglan Garden Centre is an independent family run business in Monmouthshire, which opened in 1992. We first worked with Martin in 2008, but our systems were replaced when Wyevale purchased the garden centre in 2014.

 

When we found out Martin and his family were returning to Raglan, we could not wait to help and we are thrilled to be providing them once again with our reliable and powerful EPOS.

 

“There was a huge sigh of relief when the team were told that Vector 7 was being installed, one even commented ‘great no more queuing at the tills and frustrated customers’,” said Chairman of Raglan Garden Centre, Martin Davies.

 

“Having installed this system previously at Raglan Garden Centre I knew the enormous benefits Vector offered.”

  • CSY focus on ease-of-use at the point-of-sale.  “The terminals are compact and fit well with the look of the centre. The system is very user friendly and our till operators quickly learned the process of using the POS terminals, using them with confidence the same day we opened.”
  • In a busy garden centre, like Raglan, we know it is important for all stock information to be correct and up-to-date. “The real-time information was a key decision maker in returning to Vector, having the back office functionality and the ability to look at stock, sales etc. at any time is invaluable.”
  • CSY always aim to minimise that the business impact when we are installing a new EPOS system.  “We anticipated a lot of disruption as this was a complete system change throughout the centre and office, but CSY worked in the background and I am pleased to say there was no system down time or any technical issues. Communication pre-install was excellent, which prepared us for the arrival of the CSY team and equipment.” said Martin.
  • With a dedicated account manager, project manager, in-house helpdesk and onsite training we were able to mobilise quickly to make sure the centre went live smoothly. “Having used the Helpdesk Live Chat option in the past week I was amazed at the speed of the response which immediately answered my question,” said Karen Hughes, Operations Director at Raglan Garden Centre. “The installation team were extremely professional and supported our teams providing one to one training during the visit.”

“Overall the system meets all our requirements and access to the CSY team is great. I would strongly recommend Vector 7 to any retailer looking for a fast and efficient EPOS system,” adds Martin Davies.

 

 

https://www.csy.co.uk/our-customers/garden-centres-epos/

0115 948 4848

CSY Retail Systems, CSY House, 9-10 Chase Park, Nottingham, NG2 4GT

May Day Bank Holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland moves to Friday 8th May for 2020

The early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day...


The early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May, and enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced on Friday 7th June 2010.

 

The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.

Commemorative events will take place over the 3-day weekend across the country, including: 

  • The Nation’s Toast, where over 20,000 pubs will encourage patrons to raise a glass to the Heroes of World War II
  • Bagpipers playing the traditional Battle’s O’er at the top of the 4 highest peaks in the UK – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, Mount Snowdon in Wales, and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland
  • Bells in churches and cathedrals across the country joining forces in a special Ringing Out for Peace
  • Local street parties and celebrations across the 3-day weekend.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "VE Day marked an historic moment in not only our nation’s, but the world’s history and it is important that we commemorate this great occasion on its 75th anniversary. Honouring those who did their duty – whether on the battlefields of Europe or through their efforts and sacrifices here at home.

 

"Moving next year’s early May bank holiday to VE Day itself is a right and fitting tribute. It will ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation."

 

VE Day was first celebrated on 8 May 1945 when Allied Forces formally accepted Germany’s surrender.

 

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: "As we’ve seen over the past week with the D-Day commemorations, the British people truly appreciate the sacrifice made by those who fought for our freedom throughout the Second World War. Moving next year’s Bank Holiday will give us the opportunity to come together to remember and honour those who gave so much to secure our freedom and liberty."

 

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageant Master of VE Day 75, said: "This amazing event taking place on 8-10 May 2020 provides the perfect opportunity for the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. It will involve local communities, youth and voluntary organisations, faith groups and individuals paying tribute to the millions who sacrificed so much to secure the freedom we all enjoy today."

 

Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity said: "Acknowledging 75 years since VE Day with a commemorative bank holiday is absolutely fitting. It is our duty to keep the events of the past alive in collective memory, including future generations - this is how we ensure that such a conflict never happens again. It is our hope that the nation takes a moment to reflect on the significance of this date, as a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world."

 

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity was proud to have been there supporting men, women and families during the Second World War, and is still here now for the whole Forces community – whenever they need us. We’re honoured to be the official charity partner for VE Day 75 and call on everyone to remember the men and women that fought to defend our freedom.


The early May bank holiday will move in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Bank holidays are a devolved issue in Scotland.

 

This will be only the second time the early May bank holiday has been moved, it was changed from 1 May to 8 May in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day.

Zest 4 Leisure gears up for SOLEX
GTN Xtra Promotion

 

Zest 4 Leisure is gearing up to showcase its range of quality decorative timber garden products, furniture and BBQ shelters for 2020 at the upcoming SOLEX exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham...


 

Zest 4 Leisure is gearing up to showcase its range of quality decorative timber garden products, furniture and BBQ shelters for 2020 at the upcoming SOLEX exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham.

 

The award-winning company manufactures and sources FSC Certified timber garden furniture, fencing and outdoor living products and is renowned for its innovative timber garden ranges.

 

Commenting ahead of SOLEX, Steve Morgan, Zest 4 Leisure’s Managing Director said:

 

“We are really looking forward to returning to SOLEX for the sixth year in a row. It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase not just new products but also some of our most popular. It also gives us the chance to talk to customers about the many changes we’ve made to the business over the past year. These improvements have laid a firm foundation for the future which will enable us to support their needs whilst offering an even wider choice of products.”

 

Zest 4 Leisure will be highlighting some of its most popular outdoor dining sets at Solex including the Harriet Table and Two Bench Set. With Bavarian style influences, the table and benches feature smoothly curved crossover legs giving it an elegant and more sophisticated look.

 

 

Zest 4 Leisure will also be showcasing the best seller, Lily Relax Double Seat. Ergonomically designed, the cleverly angled back and armrests offer supreme comfort and somewhere to place a drink when relaxing in the garden. It can be combined with the separate Lily Relax Foot Stool for ultimate relaxation and other items in the range to make a set.

 

New products for 2019 season will also be on the stand, including the new concept Noah’s Arbour; the Christina Set, complete with cushions; and the Maisie Set which was a finalist at the 2018 Glee New Product Awards.

 

 

Talking about product design and innovation, Steve commented:

 

“For the last 12 months we have worked in conjunction with Cardiff Metropolitan University on product development and innovation, and concentrated on taking into account future trends. We have also developed new animated assembly videos for our most popular lines which can be used alongside the more traditional guides. This was in direct response to customer feedback and there are more videos in the pipeline.”

 

You can visit Zest 4 Leisure and the team at SOLEX stand 310 to learn more about its extensive range of quality timber garden furniture and BBQ shelters.

May ends 5% above average, reports GTN Bestsellers

 

After the record breaking, and season saving, bumper May for garden centre sales last year no-one expected May 2019 to top that. GTN Bestsellers Epos data analysis reveals the month ended 9.4% down on 2018 but 5% higher than the average for May between 2011 and 2019...


 

After the record breaking, and season saving, bumper May for garden centre sales last year no-one expected May 2019 to top that. GTN Bestsellers Epos data analysis reveals the month ended 9.4% down on 2018 but 5% higher than the average for May between 2011 and 2019.

 

With all the growing activity that has started this spring there should be plenty of reasons for customers to re-visit their garden centre and spend more, so we look forward to reporting good sales this month.

 

GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year (week 22)

  • Garden Products - up 2%
  • Growing Media - up 14%
  • Wild Bird Care - up 13%
  • Veg-2-Gro - up 24%
  • All Plants Index - down 10%
  • All Items Index - down 1%

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Team Hartman win again at GIMA Golf and Charity Day

Team Hartman, led by Paul Facey, were victorious for the second year running at the 10th Anniversary GIMA Golf & Charity Day...


Team Hartman, led by Paul Facey with Steve Ainscough, Jay Bunker and Keith Laird, were victorious for the second year running at the 10th Anniversary GIMA Golf & Charity Day held at Telford Hotel and Golf Resort on Thursday 6th June 2019.

 

Eighteen teams took part in the Charity Golf competition and a further group took park in a Crystal mazed activity and Kwick Cricket at nearby Lilleshall Cricket Club.

 

Further fundraisng for the Greenfingers Charity continued throughout the evening dinner with a prize giving ceremony and after dinner entertainment a charity raffle and auction. 

 

Results of the golf competition were:

 

1 Hartman
2 Sunshine GC
3 Mr Fothergills
4 Woodlodge
5 Bord Na Mona A
6 Evergreen
7 Garantia
8 Zest 4 Leisure
9 Forest Garden
10 Smart Garden A
11 Bord Na Mona B
12 GIMA
13 Westland
14 Vitax
15 Bathgate Silica
16 Eden Horticulture
17 Smart Garden B
18 Kelkay

 

Beat the Pro:
Derek Bunker, Simon Mulholland, Paul Crossland, Patrick Thick, Chris Daws, Steve Ainscough, Keith Laird, John Ducker, Phil Harrison, Pete Bunker, Aide Lewis, Simon Davidson, Antony Barrett

 

Nearest Pin 3rd Neil Blake
Nearest Pin 11th Jay Bunker
Nearest Pin 16th Jay Bunker
Longest Drive 14th Chris Daws
Straightest Drive 18th Patrick Thick
Nearest Pin in 2 8th Richard Keegan

 

The winners of the Mazed Maze competition were the "Orange" Team.

 

See GTN Xtra's gallery of photos from the Golf and the Dinner below

A new premium quality textile hose from GARDENA
GTN Xtra Promotion

 

Easy to use, practical and well-designed, the new GARDENA Textile Hose Liano boasts impressive watering performance and can be stored quickly and easily after use. This hose makes watering simpler and easier than ever before, and comes with an impressive 30-year warranty...


 

Easy to use, practical and well-designed, the new GARDENA Textile Hose Liano boasts impressive watering performance and can be stored quickly and easily after use. This hose makes watering simpler and easier than ever before, and comes with an impressive 30-year warranty.

 

The new GARDENA Liano consists of an inner hose covered in a highly durable textile fabric. This patented welded textile hose offer excellent burst resistance due to the durable woven fibre technology, and has been tested to a water pressure of 35 bar. It offers maximum flexibility and does not kink or twist, even in cold temperatures. It is significantly lighter than a conventional PVC hose, making it especially convenient to store — including on hose trolleys or reels. The hose is UV-resistant and frost-proof, and therefore extremely durable. All of this is backed by a 30-year warranty.

 

Available in lengths of 15, 20 and 30 metres the GARDENA Liano comes ready for immediate use. The set includes a GARDENA Watering Sprayer or Cleaning Nozzle in addition to tap connectors, hose connector and water stop and the range has an RRP of £49.99 - £69.99 depending on the length.

 

GARDENA will also be supporting the launch of the range with an innovative and inspiring point of sale unit. These compact permanent stands have a stockholding of a maximum of 20 hoses. A sample hose is on display for shoppers to experience the quality of the hose and test the flexibility themselves, and a TV screen plays an advert highlighting the many product features and benefits.

 

For more information on the range of textile hoses from GARDENA, please speak to your GARDENA sales agent or visit www.gardena.com/uk

Sales of roses and poppies bloom

 

Plant sales overall may have dipped at the end of May but the vibrant blooms of Roses and Poppies have driven increased sales of colourful additions to the garden for the summer...


 

Plant sales overall may have dipped at the end of May but the vibrant blooms of Roses and Poppies have driven increased sales of colourful additions to the garden for the summer.

 

Highlights were:

  • Rose sales grew by 55% as they moved up to No 14.
  • Poppy (Papaver) plant sales more than doubled for the genus to re-enter our chart at No 37.
  • Pelargoniums, including zonal geraniums, remain at No 1, their seventh week as the most popular plant of the summer.

All Plants volume sales change: Week on week DOWN 16.2%.  Year to date vs 2018 DOWN 1.7%, vs  2017 UP 1.4%.

 

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Highfield plans to boost its £2m-a-year restaurant to 500 covers

The next stage of development at Gloucestershire's Highfield Garden World is likely to include an increased capacity in the centre's £2m turnover restaurant to 500 covers...


Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire is close to finalising plans for the next stage in its development.

 

The project is likely to include expanding the centre's catering capacity by almost 40% to around 500 covers. The current restaurant accounts for 27% of Highfield's £7.4 million turnover.

 

Chris Primett of Malcolm Scott Consultants, who helped to design  the centre’s £2.5m restaurant and retail development completed in 2014, is working with the independent to draw up the plans.

 

 

Tim Greenway, director of Highfield, said: “Our 2014 development has proved an unmitigated success for us. We've always got our sights set on what’s next for the business, and now is a good time for us to take the next big step and make the business not just bigger, but even better for our customers.”

 

Opened in 1992, Highfield welcomes around 15,000 customers a week. The founding Greenway family still owns the business and three generations work within it.

 

Including concessions, overall site turnover is £11 million.

Retail Lab at Glee is your window on the future
On-trend display by supplier Key Essentials

 

The Retail Lab is a key focal point for Glee, showcasing the best of what the future holds. Combining interactive content with inspirational product displays and tangible business advice, the Retail Lab has cemented itself as a thriving hub of inspiration and knowledge at Glee. Here we catch up with Mark Smith, director of Key Essentials, one of this year’s Retail Lab sponsors, to find out about his plans for Glee 2019...

 


The Retail Lab is a key focal point for Glee, showcasing the best of what the future holds. Combining interactive content with inspirational product displays and tangible business advice, the Retail Lab has cemented itself as a thriving hub of inspiration and knowledge at Glee. Here we catch up with Mark Smith, director of Key Essentials, one of this year’s Retail Lab sponsors, to find out about his plans for Glee 2019.

 

Why is Key Essentials sponsoring the Retail Lab?

“The Retail Lab is a great fit for Key Essentials and what we are trying to achieve at Glee. Our two brands ‘Love Tillys Air Plants’ and Kalamitica magnetic pots are niche products that are on-trend. We need to demonstrate what can be achieved with them, and the Retail Lab gives us the opportunity to do so in a different way to our actual trade stand.  We are using the knowledge and expertise of Romeo Sommers and his team to inspire existing and potential customers in a very positive way.”

 

Why should retailers, merchandisers and buyers visit the Retail Lab?

“The Retail Lab is a very efficient way of seeing a lot of merchandise whilst taking a break from touring the main exhibition. Visitors will be able to take time to be inspired and get an idea about evolving trends, which can help in their buying.”

 

What products and ranges will Key Essentials be supplying? 

“In the Retail Lab we will be following the trend for bigger plants – long lengths of Spanish Moss, for example. We will be showing magnetic pots which have applications in every room in the house.”

 

What trends are shaping your business and how are these trends evolving?

“Indoor and vertical gardening are the big trends for us. We are very active on social media and look to the same to help shape our next moves.”

 

What is Key Essentials planning for Glee 2019?

“Love Tillys – we will have new stands for displays in stores. The first will be a freestanding unit which will encourage budding gardeners to choose items and plants they need to make their own airplant displays. Then we will be showing our first seasonal ‘dump bin’ which will be a Christmas-themed display unit that does not have to sit in houseplant sales areas. We are hoping that these units will help to expand our market and assist us in keeping our presence in stores at times of the year when competition for space is most intense.”

 

To keep up-to-date on the latest Glee news, click here . To enquire about exhibiting, call +44 (0)203 3545 9752.

High-value haul in Brighouse garden centre raid

Thieves got away with thousands of pounds worth of high-value plants and goods in an early-hours raid on Kershaw's Garden Centre at Brighouse last week...

 

 


Thieves raided Kershaw's Garden Centre at Brighouse in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after smashing a fence and cutting through two locked gates.

 

 

They escaped with thousands of pounds worth of plants, pots, wood carvings and garden stoneware. Particular plants were selected, all high value, which led manager Mark Yates to speculate that the gang may have been stealing to order.

 

On making enquiries, it transpires that four other local nurseries and garden centres in the Calderdale Area have been raided in the past two weeks.

 

The gang at Brighouse used a grey Transit van, reg YB55XCR .

Glendoick marks centenary with gold at Gardening Scotland

 

 

 

 

Glendoick Gardens and Garden Centre celebrated its centenary year with a gold medal for its exhibit at Gardening Scotland of rhododendrons, azaleas and woodland gardening...

 

 


Glendoick Gardens and Garden Centre was awarded a Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Gold Medal for its exhibit at Gardening Scotland of rhododendrons, azaleas and woodland gardening.

 

Many of the plants exhibited were bred and named by Glendoick and the exhibit also included some new, as yet unnamed, plants. 

 

Taking centre stage was the newly-launched rhododendron ‘Wonderred’ (pictured below), with amazing dark red flowers and red coloured under-leaves, launched for the Centenary Year of Glendoick Gardens; 100 years ago Euan Cox first set out on a plant hunting expedition to Burma, bringing back the first seeds that were to be the start of the business.

 

Ken Cox, owner and managing director of Glendoick, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a Gold medal in this our centenary year. The garden centre has grown year on year to become so much more than a garden centre but we never forget  the gardens and rhododendrons are at the very core of our business.”

 

Helping to build the award-winning stand was Ken’s son Jamie. Other members of staff were on hand all weekend giving advice and helping Gardening Scotland visitors with their plant choices.

Garden Centre Photo Tour - Aylett Nurseries

The Greatest Awards winning houseplant team at Aylett Nurseries have always been passionate about houseplants, keeping a full houseplant “house” throughout the past 10 years...


See our photo tour here

The Greatest Awards winning houseplant team at Aylett Nurseries have always been passionate about houseplants, keeping a full houseplant “house” throughout the past 10 years.

 

“Houseplant sales have grown in the past few years and now account for 6% of our total turnover, we were and still are passionate about housplants” said Julie Aylett.  “The sales mix has changed recently with foliage plants outselling flowering plants.”

 

Having said that when you have the space to put on displays of flowering houseplants of the quality of Ayletts it’s no surprise that those sales are increasing for them too.

 

Even though they don’t run an Instagram account at Aylett’s, Kathy Sanger, department manager, explained: “They come up with their list from google and from which plants since they say first pyou know what the next plants are going to be”.

 

Whilst the Aylett houseplant are has the look and feel of a traditional garden nursery greenhouse that doesn’t stop them stocking a selling new houseplants.  Plants grown on lava rock is the latest new addition from the continent.  Within 5 days of then going on sale half had already sold through!

 

Aylett Nurseries are also at the fore front of sustainable garden retailing with many displays highlighting recycling, re-use and organic gardening products.

 

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Garden Centre Photo Tour - In-Excess Ringwood

In-Excess, who added four ex-Wyevale garden centres last Autumn are pulling up trees at their existing Ringwood site...


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In-Excess, who added four ex-Wyevale garden centres last Autumn are pulling up trees at their existing Ringwood site.  

 

The team have increased turnover to £4m with a mix of discount value retailing, own brand products and quality plants.

 

Out in the planteria they are able to maintain high plant quality really easily on a sloping site by building bespoke plant benches with plastic watering trays fitted in to avoid the need to water from above for most of their stock. According to their David Austin rep they have the best kept display in the area as a result.

 

Garden Centre Photo Tour - N1 Garden Centre

N1 Garden Centre is often talked of as the place to watch for new trends in houseplants and a visit to the small centre, squeezed in between terraced houses on the edge of the Hoxton area of North London explains all...

 


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N1 Garden Centre 020519_GTN023.jpg N1 Garden Centre is often talked of as the place to watch for new trends in houseplants and a visit to the small centre, squeezed in between terraced houses on the edge of the Hoxton area of North London explains all. 

 

It is a houseplant paradise, brimming full of plants including some rare and exotic varieties. No wonder their website says they are: Making London an urban garden, one home at a time.

 

Creative Director, Paul Holt, told us that 20 years ago, when the business started, houseplants were only a fraction of the centre, now they occupy all of the “inside” retail area and trade is brisk.  “Our customers really love and care for their houseplants so we are always looking for new plants to offer them. We also make sure our pot range is very special, sourcing them from many suppliers not found in usual garden centres.”

 

An example of the specimen plants at N1 when we visited were variegated Cheese Plants that were on sale for £350.  “We can’t get enough of these.” Paul explained.

 

Garden Centre Photo Tour - Notcutts Norwich Houseplants

Houseplants are on trend and sales are on the increase.  GTN Xtra has been on the trail of the garden centre houseplant sales phenomenum to unearth great sales ideas and trends that are driving younger customers into garden centres like never before...


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Houseplants are on trend and sales are on the increase.  GTN Xtra has been on the trail of the garden centre houseplant sales phenomenum to unearth great sales ideas and trends that are driving younger customers into garden centres like never before.

 

Elsewhere in this issue we feature pictures and ideas from Aylett Nurseries, Stewarts Christchurch, Perrywood, Whitehall Lacock and the London houseplant trend leaders N1 Garden Centre but we started our journey of houseplant discovery at Notcutts Norwich, the biggest Notcutts centre for houseplant sales and now one of the Top 10 garden centres in the UK for houseplant sales.

 

We first spotted the big change in the Notcutts Norwich houseplant area last Christmas, it’s quite different from a traditional garden centre houseplant department, funky industrial style racking that is stacked full of plants, plus loads of hanging houseplants create an inspirational plant forest effect.

 

Colin Dale, Category Manager for Plants and Garden at Notcutts explained that the inspiration came from his daughter two and a half years ago.  “She was then 23 and she came to me asking to go to the garden centre to buy some houseplants. Now that is not the sort of thing I expected from my daughter at all. There's something really strange here. What she bought were succulents and things like sanseverias. It's all the trend she explained to me, it's all on social media.

 

Read the full interview in the June issue of GTN using this link: https://issuu.com/gardentradenews/docs/gtn_june_19_digital_version

Garden Centre Photo Tour - Perrywood Houseplants

At Perrywood, houseplant sales are booming...


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At Perrywood, houseplant sales are booming. 

 

With an Instagram account unique to houseplants, perrywoodhouseplants, driving people to the centre from as far afield as central London, the team watch trends from other centres, N1 in particular, and make sure they have as many new plants available as possible.

 

Their unique houseplant room sets, this year with clever planting right into the props, gives existing customers plenty of inspiration to buy more houseplants.

 

The importance of Instagram for their houseplant sales is explained by Zoe Willis: “We get so many questions through Instagram daily and then when we've had a delivery in and we put up a post everyone wants to know; can I come and get them and how much are they?”

 

“I have an Instagram account, zoeshouseofhouseplants, myself and I've got 5,000 followers. I think it's an amazing community to meet people, find out about different plants and get advice. I get so excited about it.”

 

Perrywood have also been making the most of aspiring houseplant owners wanting to ensure the watering of their precious plants is as easy as possible.  Using in-store sales demos and Instagram videos they are driving good sales of the Elho Easy Watering pot inserts.

Garden Centre Photo Tour - Plymouth Garden Centre

At Plymouth Garden Centre, the only one we've visited that has a drawbridge as part of the entrance structure, they make the most of every plant and pot sales opportunity...


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At Plymouth Garden Centre, the only one we've visited that has a drawbridge as part of the entrance structure, they make the most of every plant and pot sales opportunity, even with popular Blueberry plants.

 

They also take great care on which greetings cards to stock and as a result sell over 65,000 cards a year. 

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Garden Centre Photo Tour - St Johns Ashford

St Johns Ashford leaves customers in no doubt that the centre has different owners...


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Nick Oliver at St Johns Ashford leaves customers in no doubt that the centre has different owners, they bought the centre from Wyevale last year, and at the same time underline their planty background.

Garden Centre Photo Tour - St Johns Barnstaple

St Johns original site in Barnstaple continues to grow...


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St Johns original site in Barnstaple doesn't offer a childrens menu, just child sized portions of their main menu, which can also be ordered by "customers with smaller appetites." It is a huge success for them.

 

Garden Centre Photo Tour - Stewarts Christchurch

Stewarts Christchurch win the GTN Award for the most in-store trolley parks and the best use of trolley park space...


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Stewarts Christchurch win the GTN Award for the most in-store trolley parks and the best use of trolley park space. 

 

Every trolley park was also being used as a merchandising unit meaning more could be deployed across the centre to ensure customers could easily find that trolley as soon as the need one.

 

Compared to some other garden centre houseplant areas Stewarts Christchurch is relatively tiny, but because they pack so much in they create a tropical forest effect which entices people to stop and but on their way into the centres and on their way to the tills.

 

In April, houseplant sales across the three Stewarts garden centres were up by 23%, and that was on top of good increases last year.

 

As well as a good range of pot covers, Stewarts also had available a good range of small tables and plant stands, a much needed extra purchase when you want to add more plants and you’ve run out of windowsill and shelf space to put them on.

Garden Centre Photo Tour - Whitehall Lacock

What a spectacular entrance to the furniture department at Whitehall Lacock, an idyllic spring garden setting created with backdrop and props.  It matches the cover of Whitehall’s Beautiful Gardens magazine too!


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The GTN team are always looking for innovative items on garden centre menus and at Whitehall Lacock we found the most delicious ‘Moving Mountains Plant Based Burger’ in the Lavender Lodge Restaurant. 

 

Top marks for taste and top marks for emphasising the plant-based items on the menu of a garden centre restaurant.  We can’t wait to go back again and try more.

 

What a spectacular entrance to the furniture department at Whitehall Lacock, an idyllic spring garden setting created with backdrop and props.  It matches the cover of Whitehall’s Beautiful Gardens magazine too!

 

Houseplant sales are 50% up at Whitehall Lacock. Peter Self says’ “It’s all about green architecture.  Every time we order some bigger plants they just sell though.”

 

“Sales had been flat up to a couple of years ago and slowly the momentum has built. The Instagram generation is leading the way.”

 

Calatheas have been particularly good sellers for the Whitehall team who are also amazed at the number of macramé pot hangers and cover pots they are selling.

 

 
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Plenty of potential for garden product sales

Garden Product Top 50 sales volumes were 8% down for May compared to 2018, but on a par with sales for 2017...


 

Garden Product Top 50 sales volumes were 8% down for May compared to 2018, but on a par with sales for 2017. 


That drop for the month hasn’t eaten away all of the gains for the year to date, however, now 2.1% up. 

 

With plenty of growing activity going on there is potential for plenty of summer gardening sales when customers make a return garden centre visit.

 

Highlights of the week were:

  • Vitax Hydrangea Feed 1kg was the highest new entry of the week, in at No 38.
  • Smart Solar Eureka Firefly Lantern is the highest chart climber, up 26 places to No 16.
  • Neudorff Sluggo Slug & Snail Killer 800g moves up 5 places to No 6.

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Westland focus on houseplants at Gardeners' World Live

Westland will be highlighting houseplants at ‘Gardeners’ World Live’ at the NEC later this week...


Westland will be highlighting houseplants at ‘Gardeners’ World Live’ at the NEC later this week.

 

Houseplants have been among the biggest trends in gardening in the past few years, with year-on-year sales up 15% per cent. This something which Westland will be celebrating at Gardeners’ World Live 2019 in its sponsorship of the Pyramid Stage at the show.

 

Westland, which is sponsoring the show’s Pyramid Stage, will share indoor gardening tips with talks led by BBC ‘Gardeners' Question Time’ regular Matt Biggs.

 

His themes will include orchid care, green foliage plants and cacti and succulents, using Westland products to demonstrate how to best care for them.

 

Products on display will be the orchid care range of water, feed, compost and mist, as well as houseplant compost and feed, cacti and succulent compost and feed, hydroleca clay granules and Resolva Natural Power Bug and Mildew.

 
Great year so far for growing media

Sales of Growing Media throughout May were 10% higher than May 2017 and are now 11.8% up year to date on 2018...


 

Sales of Growing Media throughout May were 10% higher than May 2017 and are now 11.8% up year to date on 2018.

 

What a great year it has been for growing activity!

Highlights in the chart this week were:

  • Westland John Innes No1 Young Plants 35 litres climbed 19 places to No 30.
  • Evergreen Garden Care Miracle-Gro All Purpose Compost 50 litres climbed 18 places to No 20.
  • Kelkay RHS Horticultural Alpine Grit Large Pack jumps five places to No 32.

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Sustainability is broad theme of Cultivating Retail conference
You can't afford to miss this one says HTA vice-president

Creating a sustainable future for the garden industry is the key theme for this year’s Cultivating Retail event at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, where Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards will be the after-dinner speaker...


Creating a sustainable future for the garden industry is the key theme for this year’s Cultivating Retail event at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham (Tuesday 19 November 2019).

 

This year’s conference and dinner will be hosted by journalist and broadcaster Daisy McAndrew with Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards (pictured) providing the after-dinner entertainment.

 

The event, sponsored by Evergreen Garden Care and jointly hosted by the HTA and GIMA, brings together retailers, suppliers and growers to provide a mix of strategic and inspirational content. The programme will include the latest consumer attitudes and thoughts on what sustainability means for the garden industry including key topics such as biosecurity, growing media, plastics, labour/skills, water and pesticides.

 

HTA vice-president and Cultivating Retail steering group member Boyd Douglas-Davies said: “This year’s Cultivating Retail conference focuses on the sustainability of the industry in the widest sense. By bringing together the supply chain this event gives us a fantastic opportunity to look at what actions we need to be taking now to ensure that we have a robust, viable and relevant industry fit for the future. You really can’t afford to miss this one.”

 

Host Daisy McAndrew was the special correspondent for ITV News, having previously served as economics editor and chief political correspondent. Formerly Andrew Neil’s co-host on The Daily Politics, Daisy has also presented Heaven & Earth and reported on Westminster for BBC Breakfast. She now co-hosts the mid-morning show on TalkRADIO, discussing the latest headlines and opinions.

 

Dr David Bek, a reader in sustainable economics from Coventry University, will focus on what sustainability means for the garden industry. Dr Bek has extensive experience in sustainability research within horticultural supply chains, especially cut flowers. He is especially interested in developing an evidence base to demonstrate how innovations within sustainability practice can lead to improvements in business resilience, productivity and profitability.

 

Guy Topping, MD of the Barton Grange Group, will tell the story of its Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre. Complete with its undulating design and grass roof, this new recreational concept created delivery and sustainability challenges.

 

Into the evening, after-dinner speaker  Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, who won over hearts and minds with his heroic failures, remains one of our best loved athletes. His life was encapsulated in the biographical film ‘Eddie the Eagle’ in 2016 and he has appeared as the coach on Channel 4 programme ‘The Jump’.

 

The Cultivating Retail Steering Group comprises: Mark Butler (Vitax), Boyd Douglas-Davies (Hillview Group), Neil Grant (Ferndale Garden Centre), Caroline Owen (Scotsdale Garden Centre), Richard Pyrah (Ames) supported by HTA’s director of membership Martin Simmons, GIMA Director Vicky Nuttall and the HTA events team.

 

The East Midlands Conference Centre purpose-built venue,  set within the landscaped parkland of Nottingham University’s campus, is adjacent to the Orchard Hotel. Built in 2012 this eco-friendly hotel has been awarded a BREEAM rating of excellent and, using the latest technology to reduce carbon emissions, benefits from plenty of daylight.

 

The keynote speaker will be announced in due course.

 

For further information and to book your place please, click here  www.hta.org.uk/cultivatingretail or email the events team events@hta.org.uk.

 
Springwatch peak for Wild Bird Care

May 2019 was a good month for Wild Bird Care sales, ending 17% up on May 2018 and 9% up year to date...


 

May 2019 was a good month for Wild Bird Care sales, ending 17% up on May 2018 and 9% up year to date.

 

Sales in the last week of May, coinciding with Springwatch on TV, reached the highest level since February.

Highlights were:

  • Gardman Suet Feast Value Pack, pack of 10, jumps five places to No 2.
  • Jacobi Jayne Flutter Butter Fruity 330g re-enters at No 45.
  • Jacobi Jayne Rowena’s Hedgehog Mix 500g climbed 10 places up the chart to No 36.

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Kids get stuck into Children's Gardening Week

Hot on the heels of the interest in children’s gardening at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, garden centres, schools, families, communities and organisations celebrated the joy of gardening and outdoor activities during National Children’s Gardening Week...


Hot on the heels of the interest in children’s gardening at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, garden centres, schools, families, communities and organisations celebrated the joy of gardening and outdoor activities during National Children’s Gardening Week (25 May to 2 June).

 

The week, now in its 5th year, saw the hashtag #NationalChildrensGardeningWeek trending across social media and families heading into garden centres to enjoy garden themed fun workshops and more. During the week, Facebook posts exceeded 250,000 and Twitter saw a reach of more than 340,000. Media coverage included The Sun, The Telegraph, BBC Radio Oxford and the Discovery Education channel, along with the trade media.

 

The initiative, supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers, saw many HTA members providing fun activities that encouraged children to explore plants and gardening, and generally enjoy being outdoors with nature.

 

HTA director of membership Martin Simmonst here had been a real buzz on social media with individuals, businesses and organisations sharing ideas and images of their own activities, helping to spread the word about the benefits of getting children involved in gardening.

 

Neil Grant of Ferndale Garden Centre, who founded National Children’s Gardening Week, adds:, “It was all ways my dream to see garden centres make an impact on children’s lives. Watching the way #nationalchildrensgardeningweek hashtag has swept the internet shows how the ornamental horticulture industry has touched the emotions of families all over the UK, literally from north Scotland to the south coast. Libraries, book clubs and mums exercise groups have supported our campaign and also many businesses not connected to our industry.  We may have reached a tipping point of influence.  Even Prue Leith joined in with her grandchildren and tweeted about it. Who can we reach next year?”

 

 

HTA member activities included:

  • Poplars Garden Centre held a free Planting and Fun with Food workshop where children could plant up geraniums and spider plants and create fun food creatures like Apple Monsters. 
  • Aylett Nurseries put on seed planting and plant label making activities
  • Ferndale Garden Centre held workshops for young gardeners
  •  Old Railway Line Garden Centre held a free plant geranium workshop
  • Coolings Garden Centre held art and craft sessions having fun with the likes of sand art pictures.
  • Chessington Garden Centre had a busy week with its Kids Club where visiting children could create a birdfeeder, vegetable garden or wildlife windchime.
  • Longacres Bagshot the hunt was on to find the NCGW’ characters in store to win garden centre vouchers.
  • Bents Garden and Home had a range of children’s painting events to keep the little ones busy including bird box, terracotta pot and ceramic painting.
  • Wyevale Garden Centres put on craft events throughout half term as part of its Little Diggers initiative including Make a bird home, Create a bird buddy, Grow your own mini garden, Flower power pot and Feed the birds.
  • Dunston Hall Garden Centre visited local primary schools to help them build and plant a new planter full of lots of exciting plants.
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Members were also busy on Facebook, with the likes of Haskins Garden Centres sharing ‘How to create cress heads’ as part of its Garden Gang club; Westland Horticulture promoting its children’s gardening range, and Van Hage showing off its little fingers fun and friendly plant products. Meanwhile on Twitter, Suttons Seeds celebrated NCGW by giving followers a chance to win The Daddy & Ottoman garden bean bags, and Greenfingers Charity, NCGW’s charity partner, ran a Greenfingers Goodies competition to get little ones growing! Other members getting involved online included Cranborne Garden Centre and Cherry Lane Garden Centre.

 

Johnsons of Whixley provided plants for local schoolchildren to cultivate. Johnsons donated 180 lavender plants – one for every pupil – to Tockwith Church of England Primary Academy. Children took them home to plant with their parents over half term.

 

At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, the HTA’s ‘Helping Children Grow’ exhibit, supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers, attracted lots of families as well as nursery and primary school workers. The exhibit, which featured in the Discovery Zone of the Great Pavilion, promoted National Children’s Gardening Week and featured fun and inspiring projects such as edible planters, a pizza wheel, runner bean tipis and a wildlife hotel. 

 

Nearly 300 schools entered the National Children’s Gardening Week schools competition which saw them create square metre plots for pupils to grow in. Pictures of the plots were then shared on Facebook.

 
Record breaking May for veg plant sales

May 2019 was an all-time record for garden centre  Veg-2-Gro sales...


 

May 2019 was an all-time record for garden centre  Veg-2-Gro sales! 

 

The month’s sales volumes were up 44% on last year and even beat the previous best May of 2015.

 

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RHS Hampton Court garden will honour the late Beth Chatto

Pioneering plantswoman Beth Chatto OBE VMH, is to be named 2019’s Iconic Horticultural Hero at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July...


Pioneering plantswoman Beth Chatto OBE VMH, is to be named 2019’s Iconic Horticultural Hero at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July.

 

Beth, who died in 2018 aged 94, was the founder of the Beth Chatto Gardens and her “right plant in the right place” approach has inspired generations of gardeners.

 

The RHS is creating a drought-resistant show garden to champion her ethos of sustainable planting when gardening in difficult conditions.

 

Beth’s vision is more relevant than ever today, with gardeners increasingly looking for drought-proof planting inspiration for their own gardens. Beth Chatto took this approach when she established her own gardens at Elmstead Market, Essex, in 1960. She won 10 consecutive Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show during the 1970s and 80s.  Over her lifetime she published several gardening books, as well as writing and featuring in numerous books and articles, sharing her deep love and profound knowledge of plants and planting.

 

Her gardens and nursery are now one of the nation’s favourites. They continue to grow and develop with dedicated and knowledgeable staff, many of whom learnt their trade working alongside her.

 

The drought-resistant garden to be unveiled at Hampton Court has been designed by Beth’s garden and nursery director, David Ward, who worked alongside her for more than 35 years. It features a range of drought-tolerant plants to encourage the next generation of gardeners to consider a style of planting that will ensure our gardens are ready for the conditions of the future.

 

Visitors will be given the chance to win £500 worth of vouchers to spend at the Beth Chatto Gardens and nursery.

 

Julia Boulton, Beth Chatto’s granddaughter and managing director of the gardens, said: “The festival is one of the highlights of the horticultural calendar and I think Beth would have been over the moon that she is being remembered in such a way.”

 
Scotland's Rural College woos mature students with £1000 bursary

Mature students are being offered a helping hand to return to study with a £1,000 bursary from Scotland’s Rural College...


Mature students are being offered a helping hand to return to study with a £1,000 bursary from Scotland’s Rural College.

 

The Change Your Path Bursary is available to students aged 25 and over to help towards the costs of studying on an HNC, HND or degree course.

 

Up to 20 bursaries will be offered to new students enrolling on a course starting in September 2019.

 

“A significant proportion of SRUC’s students are mature students, and many of these are returning to study in the hope of making a career or lifestyle change,” said marketing and student recruitment manager Hannah D’Mellow.

 

“We know that returning to study as a mature student comes with challenges, and that finance is only one of these, but we hope that our new Change Your Path bursary will help some students manage the transition.”

 

The bursary will be offered to both full and part-time students, with two lump sums of up to £500 paid at Christmas and Easter in the first year.

 

Applications must be submitted by 31 August 2019 and will be ranked by a committee, with successful applicants notified in early September.

 

For more information about courses available at SRUC visit the website

Two new clematis on Holland show's novelties list

Details of new plants to be shown at this week’s Garden Trials and Trade 2019 event in the Netherlands (Plantarium building, 11-13 June) include two clematis bred by The Guernsey Clematis Nursery...

 


First details of the new plants to be shown at this week’s Garden Trials and Trade 2019 event in the Netherlands (Plantarium building, 11-13 June) were released last week.

 

They include:

 

Clematis 'Evipo098' (Sarah Elisabeth. Pink flowers with nicely contrasting red anthers appear abundantly from late spring until the end of autumn. The plant is a good repeat bloomer, grows to about 1.2m and needs to be pruned back hard. Bred by The Guernsey Clematis Nursery.

 

Clematis 'Evipo111' (Tranquilité) is an attractive and abundantly flowering clematis suitable for small gardens due to its compact growth. The flowers have pale blue sepals with a light vein fading to white, which contrasts with reddish-brown stamens. It would be ideal against a background of dark leaves or among free-standing bushes or roses. The plant grows to approx. 1.2m tall and needs to be pruned back hard. Bred by The Guernsey Clematis Nursery

 

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hocomagicevo' (Magical Evolution) is a strong Hydrangea macrophylla with large pink or blue flowers and a short and compact shape, so growth regulators are unnecessary. The variety is suitable for both indoors and in the garden.

 

Hydrangea paniculata 'HYLV02' (Whitelight®) is one of the first true patio plum hydrangea varieties. The compact plant branches well and features dark green leaves which contrast with its flowers, which start out lime-coloured before turning cream and eventually white, then light pink in autumn.

Garden centre sales show strong growth in HTA research

Garden centre sales were 27% up based on the calendar year to April 2019 vs 2018, according to the May 2019 issue of HTA Market Update published last week...


Garden centre sales are 27% up based on the calendar year to April 2019 vs 2018, according to the May 2019 issue of HTA Market Update published last week.

 

In April, sales of plant and garden ranges continued to fare well, experiencing significant growth on last year. The warmer and later Easter period was no doubt a factor encouraging consumers into their gardens.

 

It’s good news for the majority of garden product categories with most seeing a rise in sales in the month of April 2019 vs 2018. Bedding plants saw the highest increase at +22%, while the houseplant trend also remains strong with an increase of 21% as the message around health and wellbeing continues to spread.

 

HTA director of membership Martin Simmons said: “The extra hours of sunshine and reduced rainfall meant the weather was on our side this year. Consumer confidence remains low and has dropped four points compared to last April due to continued concerns over the UK's economic situation. However, the outlook of HTA members is very positive over the next twelve months with over half looking to introduce new products and services which will hopefully see consumers investing more in the home and garden.”

 

The report shows that sales in April 2019 were up 14% compared to April 2018, with the rolling year to April 2019 vs 2018 showing a 15% rise.

 

The May edition of HTA Market Update is available free for members to download from the HTA website, by logging in and then going to the Market Information pages.

 
Nursery staff to hike and cycle in aid of rural skills charity 

Twenty members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries will either be hiking or walking in aid of charity this month...


Twenty members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries will either be hiking or walking in aid of charity this month.

 

They will take part in either an 18-miles from Talybont-on-Usk to Llangattock, an eight-mile walk or a 34-mile cycle in the same area, to raise awareness for The Cart Shed.

 

Adrian Hoare, sales manager, garden design/domestic landscape at the firm (pictured below, with colleagues, from left,  Elle Field, Shaeree Lewis and Jane Altham), said: “So far, we have 10 members of staff signed up for the 18-mile walk, which we expect to take six hours. This walk will be from Talybont-on-Usk to Llangattock along the Brecon and Monmouth Canal towpath but diverting off to take in a stunning three mile stretch of the River Usk, where it is boulder strewn with some impressive rapids.

 

 

“The walk is almost entirely flat but uneven by the river. Nine people are opting for the 8-mile walk, which could take about three hours from Talybont-on-Usk to Llangynidr incorporating the River Usk loop.

 

“I’m the only person so far to have signed up to the 34-mile cycle, which I expect will take me three hours. I will be cycling along the canal towpath from Brecon to Llangattock and back. This can be extended simply by carrying on along the towpath towards Abergavenny.”

 

The Cart Shed, based in North West Herefordshire,  provides tailored therapeutic support in a woodland setting helping those experiencing an imbalance in their lives to heal, learn new skills, find friendship and a future. It provides opportunities for people to enjoy and understand the natural environment with the benefit of rural skills therapy improving health and wellbeing. The charity work with individuals from all backgrounds, lifting labels and minimising stigma.

 

Patrick Wrixon, chairman at The Cart Shed, said: “We’re delighted that Adrian and the team at Wyevale Nurseries are supporting our charity in such an active way while enjoying the nature around them.”

 

 
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Garden centre burglar helps himself to slice of cake and Fanta

A burglar who smashed his way into a garden centre was caught on CCTV (pictured) helping himself to a slice of cake and a bottle of Fanta, a court has heard...

 

 


A burglar who smashed his way into a garden centre was caught on CCTV helping himself to a slice of cake and a bottle of Fanta, a court heard.

 

Nicholas McRae, 63, of no fixed address, struck at Coton Orchard Garden Centre, in Cambridge, in the early hours of 23 April.

 

Cambridge Crown Court heard that McRae used a sledgehammer (pictured), later recovered at the scene, to break a ground floor window, then cut himself as he climbed through, leaving traces of blood behind.

 

He In the café area, where he was captured on CCTV, he forced open the till. Finding  no money there, he took a tips jar containing £2.50, a bottle of Fanta and a slice of cake.

 

McRae, who wore a hi-viz jacket, escaped back through the broken window.

 

Five days later he broke in again using a metal crowbar, to open the automatic doors and stole charity boxes. He was found by police hiding in woods nearby.

 

PC Dan Harper, who investigated, said: “McRae brazenly targeted the garden centre on two occasions, even helping himself to a slice of cake, bottle of fizzy drink and charity boxes. Unfortunately for him he made a series of mistakes which meant we were able to link him forensically to the crimes.”

 

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The Chelsea effect may help monthly sales figures end on high

As this season got underway with early increases in March and April everyone said we needed to wait until the end of May to see how good a Spring it had been. With one week of May to go the only GTN weekly index that is now down on 2018 is for all plants sold, and that by only 0.9%...


 

As this season got underway with early increases in March and April everyone said we needed to wait until the end of May to see how good a Spring it had been. With one week of May to go the only GTN weekly index that is now down on 2018 is for all plants sold, and that by only 0.9%.

Year to date volume sales summary, 2019 vs 2018

  • All Items index – up 4.9%
  • All Plants index – down 0.9%
  • Garden Products Top 50 – up 2.1%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – up 11.7%
  • Wild Bird Care Top 50 – up 8.8%
  • Veg-2-Gro Top 50 – up 54.3%

With a week of good weather during half term and on the back of massive media coverage for The RHS Chelsea Flower Show there’s every chance plant sales as well as all other areas of gardening could be up by the end of the month. This could be one of those years when our peak for volume sales comes right at the end of May, as in 2015 and 2017.


Are you making the most of Chelsea Flower Show sales opportunities?  The mix of green foliage with white, cream and pale yellow planting on the Greenfingers Charity Garden was amazingly well received. Surely that is a display that can be replicated to deliver increased sales with relative ease.

 

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B&M aims for gardening and Christmas sales growth

Value chain B&M, which plans add another 45 stores this year to its current 620, wants to capitalise on last year’s strong sales of gardening, outdoor and Christmas products...


Value chain B&M, which plans add another 45 stores this year to its current 620, wants to capitalise on last year’s strong sales of gardening, outdoor and Christmas products.

 

Announcing trading profits up 13.5% to £297 million for 2018, with sales growth of 8.7%, chief executive Simon Arora said all three categories were “right in B&M’s sweet spot” where the chain’s pricing was at its most disruptive and where the flexible use of its store space could be used to its best advantage. “We believe there is an opportunity to continue to grow our market share in these large categories, given our competitive advantage and the structural challenges faced by incumbent retailers in those sectors,” he added.

 

Strong demand last summer led to stock shortages but Christmas decorations sold well at full price during the peak festive trading period.

 

Homewares, he said, experienced a challenging year.

 

There were 54 store openings, five re-locations and four closures during the year. The company is targeting a total of 950 stores.

 
Haskins celebrates 25 years at Ferndown

Haskins Garden Centre at Ferndown is celebrating its 25th anniversary – in the year chairman Warren Haskins has chalked up 50 years since he took over the family retail nursery...


Haskins Garden Centre at Ferndown is celebrating its 25th anniversary – in the year chairman Warren Haskins has chalked up 50 years since he took over the family retail nursery.

 

The family-run garden centre group has grown from a small market garden in Branksome to four centres across Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex. Turnover has gone from £17,000 in 1969 to more than £32 million and the number of employees from seven to more than 600. Warren says acquisition of a fifth centre is on the cards in the near future.

 

 “When we opened the doors to our Ferndown centre, more than ten times the amount of people we expected to turned up,” Warren said.

 

“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.”

 

 

Haskins was founded in 1882 by Harry James Haskins, Warren’s great grandfather. Warren decided to open a small garden centre shop at Trickett's Cross in Ferndown and moved to the site at Longham in 1994 to accommodate the company's growing popularity. This new 10-acre site and £4 million development, offered an extensive range of plants and gardening accessories, 560 parking spaces and a 230-seater restaurant.

 

Three generations of the Haskins family cut the ribbon on the day the Ferndown centre officially opened - Warren, his mother, and Warren's three children, aged 10, 11 and 14 (pictured on cover page). Fast forward to 2019 and the Ferndown restaurant now seats 530 people.

 

The very first member of staff that Warren employed in 1969 was Richard Tite, who took on the role of production manager. Richard was eventually appointed a director and remains close friends with Warren.

 

Warren added: "Gardening remains the biggest single recreational pursuit in the country and so we're hoping to acquire a fifth garden centre in the near future, but in the meantime will continue to focus on the development of our Snowhill centre which is currently being redeveloped and will open in spring 2020. The business constantly impresses me with what it achieves.”

 
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week

Every week GTN receives and analyses epos data from a number of UK garden centres to produce the GTN Bestsellers charts...


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As the year goes on we give sales volume comparisons with 2016 as well as 2017 to allow your teams to see variations over a three year period.

 

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Highlights of the GTN Garden Products Bestsellers chart for this week are here

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Highlights of the GTN Growing Media Bestsellers chart for this week are here

 

Highlights of the GTN Wild Bird Care chart for this week are here

 

Highlights of the GTN Veg-2-Gro chart for this week are here

 

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All the latest news from the world of garden centre catering
Commercial Kitchen announces move to London for 2020

 

Commercial Kitchen – the UK’s leading kitchen equipment, services and design show – bid farewell to Birmingham in style this week (4-5 June).  With final figures still to be announced, the 2019 show saw the best quality of buyers yet and 50% of exhibitors already rebooking for the much-anticipated 2020 show at ExCeL London...


 

Commercial Kitchen – the UK’s leading kitchen equipment, services and design show – bid farewell to Birmingham in style this week (4-5 June).  With final figures still to be announced, the 2019 show saw the best quality of buyers yet and 50% of exhibitors already rebooking for the much-anticipated 2020 show at ExCeL London.

 

The show’s prestigious visitor list annually includes many of the biggest catering equipment purchasers and specifiers working in foodservice and hospitality today. Philipp Schumacher, director at Hupfer, said that “the number of high quality buyers at Commercial Kitchen 2019 was the best we’d ever seen”. 

 

Now, after four incredible successful years – where the show has become firmly established as the two days a year where the industry meets, launches innovations and does business – Commercial Kitchen will move to London (said to be home to more kitchens per sqm than anywhere else in the UK) in June 2020 for its ‘biggest edition yet’.

 

It’s an exciting development to the show, which boasts huge support from the industry’s major associations and trade media titles.  It also counts a raft of leading CEOs, MDs, top chefs and food chiefs from across the hospitality industry among its many fans.

 

 

“I love Commercial Kitchen and I’m delighted it’s moving to London for an even bigger and better show in 2020.  It has my full support,” says Glenn Evans, head of food development at Las Iguanas, La Tasca & La Vina.

 

“Commercial Kitchen 2019 was brilliant.  After seeing what the organisers did when they moved their food-to-go show lunch! to ExCeL, I have no doubt that Commercial Kitchen 2020 will be the best one yet,” says Arnaud Kaziewicz, executive chef at EAT.

 

“It’s a great show and it will be so much easier for me and my team to attend now that it’s moving to London.  Great move!” agrees Peter Woods, executive chef at Ace Hotel.

 

Notably, the move will enable Commercial Kitchen to continue to grow and deliver on its promise to be the only truly dedicated show serving buyers from every vertical sector and every type of kitchen. 

 

Event manager Katie Tyler (from organiser Diversified Communications UK) says: “Following a very busy, valuable and productive two days at Commercial Kitchen 2019, we’re delighted to announce the show’s move to ExCeL London.  The time is right for a change and the news has already generated a lot of interest and enthusiasm from our exhibitors, supporters, and visitors alike.

 

“Best of all, the tenancy enjoys similar dates, with our 2020 show scheduled to open on 3-4 June.  Plus, when the Elizabeth line opens, ExCeL London will become even more accessible from both Heathrow and central London in minutes.

 

“We’ll be drawing on all our strengths – harnessing Diversified’s unique experience, connections and knowledge within the hospitality, foodservice and catering industry to ensure Commercial Kitchen’s fifth anniversary show in London is as memorable as it is unmissable for buyers across the whole country.”

 

 

Strong industry support

ceda, the UK’s leading membership association for companies involved in the distribution and servicing of commercial catering equipment, has been a pivotal lead partner for the show since its launch in 2016. 

 

Commenting on the move, ceda’s director general Adam Mason says: “As lead-partners since Commercial Kitchen’s inception, ceda are happy to support the move to Excel from 2020.  Our relationship with the show has been hugely beneficial for both parties and our Members are passionate about an exhibition that has such a tight focus on equipment and services, as it is so relevant to their businesses.  We look forward to supporting Diversified Communications UK in their move and developing the show for the benefit of our Members, our Partner exhibitors and end-user operators.”

 

Louise Willis, executive director at FCSI (UK & Ireland), which has been an association partner since 2017, adds:  “We are delighted to be a partner of the Commercial Kitchen Show, and think the decision to relocate the event to London’s ExCel for 2020 will be a positive move and will encourage more members to attend.”

 

Save the date for 2020

Commercial Kitchen will open at the new venue of ExCeL London on 3-4 June 2020.  For further information visit www.commercialkitchenshow.co.uk

 

'Taste and vote' at Tong BBQ day will decide turkey stick's future

Visitors to Tong Garden Centre's Butchers BBQ Tasting Day will be invited to vote on whether a new turkey stick should join the  food hall's seasonal range...

 


Freshly cooked meat products and Yorkshire produce including craft beer and cocktails will take centre stage when Tong Garden Centre hosts its annual Butchers' BBQ Tasting Day later this month (29 June).

 

The in house butchery team, which makes fresh produce daily both for the food hall and the 300-seater restaurant, will barbecue home-made burgers, sausages and kebabs, including a limited edition tandoori mango turkey grill stick.

 

Visitors will have the opportunity to vote on whether the grill stick, made from prime British turkey and Bradford-based Marrds' new mango-infused tandoori marinade, gets a permanent place in the food hall's seasonal range.

 

 

Tong's food and gift manager, Janice Astbury said Welsh dragon, piri piri, caramelized onion and Old English sausages, homemade burgers including black pudding and apple, lamb and mint plus hot and spicy flavours, would also be on offer. The butchers will be on hand to answer BBQ cooking questions.

 

Yorkshire Heart Brewery's ales, Marrds' Marinades, Fruity Tipples' vodka-based cocktails and Cottage Delight chutneys and sauces will add to the taster experience.

 

Pictured (from left):  Mark Sibson, Janice Astbury, Charlotte Quinn, Mick Pendrick, Elaine Brown.

 

Meiko offers to solve dishwashing problems

Meiko’s acclaimed dishwashing equipment will be highlighted at the HTA’s 2019 Catering Conference at Horticulture House next month...

 


Meiko’s acclaimed dishwashing equipment will be highlighted at the HTA’s 2019 Catering Conference at Horticulture House next month (3 July)

 

Meiko UK offers dishwash design, equipment selection including reverse osmosis and heat recovery, installation and after care.

 

On the stand at the conference, the company’s regional sales managers will advise on all aspects of dishwashing and provide a list of reference sites.

 

Meiko UK’s three- and five-year ‘no-bills’ guarantees include rapid response to breakdown calls combined with added-value warranty.

 

Product innovations include UPster rack transport dishwashers with heat recovery as standard and the new Auto-lift Hood on Meiko M-iClean H, which removes the need to stretch awkwardly or lift repetitively when loading or unloading the dishwasher.

 

Meiko undercounter glasswashers can also feature GiO reverse osmosis water treatment, providing sparkling, spot free results so no hand polishing is needed.

 

Visit the website for more information www.meiko-uk.co.uk