In This Issue
Easter records broken at garden centres across the country
Will Easter break sales records at garden centres?
Sales up 72% YOY at Primeur following GIMA and Glee award wins
Plant sales bounce back thanks to bedding plants
Wyevale Garden Centres announces changes to Loyalty Scheme
Flowers for the Pope depart from Keukenhof
Great British Card Company’s fund-raising for Greenfingers
Matthew three-wheels around Bents
DCF funds Studentship to tackle Agapanthus pest
Work starts on Europe’s largest living wall installation
Students to prosper from the sales of Begonia ‘Sweet Spice Bounty’
Squire's partners with Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care
Date confirmed for GIMA Buyer Connect
Bumblebees benefit from Johnsons Seeds donation
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Baytree of Hilgay
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Hillier Botley
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Forest Lodge
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Blue Diamond Bicester Avenue
Planteria Retail Assistant/Manager
Category Manager for Horticulture
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Garden products sales still out in the cold
NedFox continues to expand in the UK
Will there be enough growing media to cope with demand?
Harriet joins Wyevale Nurseries as Sales Trainee
Wild Bird Care sales up on last year
Perennial team grows with new corporate partnerships role
Bumper week for veg plant sales
Paul Stone appointed as new Head of Horticulture at Eden
The best of last week's
Did you get the centres sold to Dobbies correct?
Blue Diamond celebrate the refurbishment of Bicester Avenue
Garden industry warned to watch out for email scam
Taylors celebrate 100 years with Daffodil Day
GTN secures new Glee Official Media Partnership agreement
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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Easter records broken at garden centres across the country

At GTN we've just received the top line numbers for GTN Bestsellers up to Easter Sunday and as far as volume sales are concerned this years first Easter week was the best since 2015. We won't have data for Easter Monday until next week, when we will be able to report on the full Easter period analysis.

 

In the meantime, we've been asking centres how Easter was for them and their teams an did they break any trading records for Easter Monday.

 

Here, in aphabetical order are the responses we've had during today from Alton's, Aylett Nurseries, Baytree, Blue Diamond, Bosworths, Fron Goch, Green Pastures, Haskins, Hayes Garden World, Hilliers, Hillview, Klondyke, Millbrook, Monkton Elm, Newbank, Notcutts, Perrywood, Planters, Squires, Stewarts, Torwood and Wyevale Garden Centres...

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Will Easter break sales records at garden centres?

With all this glorious weather, initial feedback from garden centres this week is that we could be heading for a bumper Easter weekend...

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Sales up 72% YOY at Primeur following GIMA and Glee award wins
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With ranges successfully launched in Blue Diamond, British Garden Centres, Notcutts and many other independent centres, Primeur are seeing massive year-on-year sales growth with their Recycled Rubber Garden Borders and Stepping Stones...

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Plant sales bounce back thanks to bedding plants

 

Plant sales bounced back up last week with bedding plants starting to sell through in healthy volumes. After the next two Easter weeks we’ll be able to make good comparisons on previous years but we are heading for a potential record first four months looking at the last three year of GTN Bestsellers Plant sales analysis...

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Wyevale Garden Centres announces changes to Loyalty Scheme
 

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced changes to its Garden Club loyalty scheme which will see the collection of loyalty points replaced with an instant discount every time members shop. The changes, which have been introduced in time for the Easter bank holiday break, will give customers an instant reward through a 5% discount at the till...

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Flowers for the Pope depart from Keukenhof

 

After months of preparations, the transportation of the floral consignment left from Keukenhof, 'Flowers for St. Peter's Square in Rome'. The Right Reverend Van den Hende, Bishop of Rotterdam, came to Keukenhof to bless the flowers before departure. Visitors from many nationalities were there to wave the floral consignment off...

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Great British Card Company’s fund-raising for Greenfingers
 

The Great British Card Company is donating 20p from the sale of each pack of Charity Notelets to the Greenfingers Charity...

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Matthew three-wheels around Bents

 

When the Managing Director of Bents decided he wanted to do something a little bit different to continue the celebrations for the Centre’s success at this year’s Garden Centre Association awards, no-one expected him to suggest a rickshaw to help him reach as many colleagues as possible.  But when tackled with such a challenge, Bents’ in house team of joiners never disappoint!

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DCF funds Studentship to tackle Agapanthus pest
 

The David Colegrave Foundation is funding a studentship for undergraduates, as part of the Royal Society of Biology’s Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2019...

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Work starts on Europe’s largest living wall installation

 

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford announced that work has started on Europe’s largest living wall installation, which forms part of the centre’s £90 million expansion.Made up of approximately 120,000 plants, the 25,000 sq. ft. living wall installation is set to create a striking atmosphere in the centre, with beautiful vertical gardens covering the walls of the new entry promenade, various walkways and many of the new stores.

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Students to prosper from the sales of Begonia ‘Sweet Spice Bounty’
 

Plant breeder, Kerley & Co and wholesale distributor, Ball Colegrave, are working together to bring plant sales donations to the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) to support students studying horticulture in the UK...

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Squire's partners with Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

 

Squire’s Garden Centres is partnering with Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care for its Open Gardens season 2019. This is an important fundraising event for the charity, which supports 250 patients, carers and their families every day in their own homes, at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford. In 2019, Phyllis Tuckwell celebrates its 40th anniversary...

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Date confirmed for GIMA Buyer Connect
 

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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Bumblebees benefit from Johnsons Seeds donation

 

Johnsons Seeds have pledged more than £2,900 to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust from sales of its Mixed Bumblebee Friendly Flower seeds. 25p from each packet sold goes directly to the charity, whose mission is to increase the number and distribution of bumblebees...

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Garden Centre Photo Tour - Baytree of Hilgay

Having completed the purchase of their second garden centre at Hilgay on the A10 near Downham Market the Baytree family team held their Grand Opening Event this weekend...

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Garden Centre Photo Tour - Hillier Botley

What would you expect from a Hillier centre? Authoritative ranges of products and plants, crisp merchandising, and expert staff. That’s exactly the delivery at Botley...

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Garden Centre Photo Tour - Forest Lodge

In garden furniture Forest Lodge report good early sales, particularly the small corner weave sets and the metal framed lower couch style furniture from Life “it’s appealing to the younger audience looking for some style on their patio...”

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Garden Centre Photo Tour - Blue Diamond Bicester Avenue

Alan Roper welcomed staff and suppliers to an evening event on Monday 15th April 2019 at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre to celebrate the completion of the refurbishment from a Wyevale Garden Centre that they bought last summer to a Blue Diamond Centre that is ready and raring for Easter 2019...

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