In This Issue
Spring on hold - but for how long?
Bridgford Garden Centre gets set for Easter business
Wyevale unveils its first Garden Trends Report
Latest fashion trends inspire 68% increase in Added Value at Allensmore Nurseries
"I will FIX this issue" Gardman CEO updates GTN Xtra on delivery issues
Squire’s Garden Centre in Woking now open
Glee at Spring Fair proves fruitful for Creative Products
Sowing the seeds of fundraising success
Zest 4 Leisure announces 2018 charity partner
Polypropylene plant pot range suitable for recycling collections
New Triple Action Soil Enricher - Bloomin Amazing™ - launched in Dorset
Outback's Jupiter stars in Wyevale Best Product nominations
App controlled electric barbecue launches in the UK
From Stores to Stories - report and pictures from TREx in Holland
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
Permission granted to build homes on former garden centre site
Vital expands support to garden centres
Carol Klein to open Blenheim Palace Flower Show
Patio Plant for 2018: Agapanthus
Looking for Christmas Ideas for 2018?
The best of last week's
Garden centre customers get the 'Love Spring' message
Local residents ‘sad’ at proposed closure of Reigate Garden Centre
Whitco CEO Jeff Whitaker passes away after short illness
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
Buy your subscription to GTN Bestsellers
All the latest news from the world of garden centre catering
The Klondyke Group announce appointment of Catering Director
Shop of the Year branches out, with revamped awards in store for independent retailers
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Spring on hold - but for how long?

As "the beast from the east" causes garden centres to close in Kent and the south east GTN has been looking back through the GTN Bestsellers data to when we last had a cold March in 2013.


In that year, as you see in the graph above, there was a noticeable dip in sales at the start of March as we expect to see this year with this weeks snow and the freeze predicted to run into next week too.  Then there was a good weeks trading in the middle of March around Garden Re-Leaf Day followed by more cold weather at the end of the month.


Everyone is now hoping that this cold start to March is not followed by more cold weather later as in 2013, fingers crossed.  It does however place even more importance on implementing Garden Re-Leaf Day promotional ideas to get people back out to garden centres after the big freeze.


Garden Re-Leaf Day is Friday 16th March so make sure your teams get involved to help make up for lost sales this week and next.  To find out more about Garden Re-Leaf Day go to:


One of the great fun-draising ideas is the Garden Re-Leaf Plantathon which always generates loads of local press coverage and extra sales during March.  Last week saw the first drop in plant sales year on year in the GTN Bestsellers Plants Sales index.  Keep up to date with which are the best selling plants across the UK every week with a subscription to the full GTN Bestsellers service.  You can buy an annual subscription for only £145 using this link, it will seriously improve your sales during the year.


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