In This Issue
26th June is Deadline for initial Wyevale Garden Centre offers
Homebase sold for £1.00 - " of the great all time disasters"
Westland and Crest are touring!
Get the right compost for your hanging baskets & patio planters
Bord na Móna Growise Sponsors Myeloma UK Garden at Chelsea Flower Show
Bulldog supports RHS Campaign for School Gardening
Garden Centres in a much better place than DIY
Plants now ahead of last year with the Chelsea boost still to come
New owners for Stansted Park Garden Centre
SBM Life Sciences account manager and family raise hundreds for Greenfingers Charity
Celebrating 10 Years of Vitavia
Fryer’s Roses and Helen’s Trust work blooming well together!
Raoul Curtis-Machin leaves HTA
Success for Woodlodge at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
GTN Xtra and GDPR
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Union Jack Windmill sales soar in celebration weekend
Honorary Greats Award for John Athwal
Courgette tops Runner Bean as Veg 2 Gro Bestseller
Johnsons Lawn Seed’s World Cup tip for retailers
Springwatch boost for Wild Bird Care
Growing Media sales set another May record
The best of last week's
Guy Hands puts the "For Sale" notice up at Wyevale Garden Centres
Blue Diamond profits increase to £9.2m
Profits up by 24% at Westland Horticulture
Plant sales soar...'just like an old-fashioned bank holiday'
Golds for Hillers, Cooks, Taylors Bulbs and Dibleys at Chelsea 2018
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All the latest news from the world of garden centre catering
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Garden Centres in a much better place than DIY

As B&Q announced sales down by 9% for the first quarter, and Wesfarmers sell off Homebase for £1 after dreadful sales performances, garden centres across the UK are faring much better because of their core product line – plants.


A second bumper week of plant sales, up 34% on the same week last year means the GTN Bestsellers Plant Sales Index has risen not only to parity year on year but to an incredible 3.1% up on 2017 for the year to date. 


And that is driving a fast recovery for all garden centre sales.  Our index now sits at minus 4.4% and several garden centre owners and managers are speculating about being level year on year by the end of May.


If Wyevale Garden Centres are seeing the same increases no wonder Guy Hands is looking for the good life and selling all 145 centres to close his investment fund.


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 20

  • Garden Products Top 50 – up 26%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – up 32%
  • Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – up 3%
  • Wild Bird Care Products Top 50 – down 20%
  • All Plants index – up 34%
  • All Items index – up 19%
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