In This Issue
Woodlodge win Choice Marketing Sundries Supplier of the Year Award
Wyevale Chairman backs a strong future for independent garden centres
Neudorff signs exclusive distribution agreement with DLF Seeds
September ends tamely but still the best since 2014
Stanmore and Woking win Squire's group's garden design 'friendly'
Chelsea Gold Medal garden finds new home at Eden Project
Glee 2019: sustainability and retail theatre drive optimism
'Audience with Milly Johnson’ event raises £850 for Tong GC's charity of the year
Santa's on his way...on a bus, carriage, classic car... and a fire engine
Promote the wellbeing benefits of autumn gardening
Spare a thought for the bats this Hallowe'en
Glee’s owners rebrand as Hyve
GIMA confirms two Knowledge Exchange Workshops for its autumn schedule
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Garden products see September growth for first time in six years
Squire's stage 'plantathon' for World Mental Health Day this week
Wet weather hits plant sales
Chief plant officer to update nurserymen on plant health programme
Growing media sales suffer in the rain
Pooh tells the story of Christmas
Foundation with £100k scholarship heritage urges colleges to get on board
The best of last week's
September heading for a record high
Dobbies now offer a free plastic pot and tray return service
Perrywood celebrates its first birthday at Sudbury
Blue Diamond donate £6,000 to the Rose Society
New Horticulture Manager for HTA
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Garden Centre Photo Tours
Garden Centre Photo Tour - RHS Wisley New Plant Centre
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Pooh tells the story of Christmas

Our first week of reporting Christmas sales shows a drop from the first week of the past two years but higher volumes than the equivalent week in 2014, 2015 and 2016.


With the weather effecting overall garden centre sales and footfall we’ll need to wait until further through October to see what the trend for the season will be.


In terms of early Christmas Bestsellers, personalised items are again at the top of the list, pink factors highly in popularity and Christmas story books for children, particularly Winne the Pooh, are selling well.  There are five Pooh Christmas storybooks in the chart this week.


Within the GTN Christmas Top 50 there are three Christmas Pet products with the Petface Brussel Sprout Toy joining the Armitages Dog and Cat Advent calendars in the list of bestselling lines.


  • Lindt’s Teddy Bear 10g is the first Christmas No 1 of the year.
  • History & Heraldry’s Personalised Gingerbread Hanging Decoration are the highest new entry of the season, in at No 5.
  • Armitages Dog Advent Calendar is the highest placed advent calendar, for pets and children, at No 9.  Last week it even outsold the Lego Harry Potter advent calendar which was at No 25.


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