In This Issue
Apta acquired by AMES
GCA Christmas competition winners announced
Primeur’s ECO Garden display stands set to revitalise sales of garden borders and stepping stones in 2020
The stock market is the “natural place” for Dobbies and it will look to float
Dobbies announce 12% sales growth to February 2019
‘A strong and vibrant ornamental horticulture sector’
New Strikes Garden Centre, Stokesley Opens
RHS Garden Wisley bucks the trend against High Street sales
Customers voting for Christmas at garden centres
Christmas success for Brimsmore...even with no glitter
Administrators sell off National Polytunnels business assets
Wish you were here! SOLEX winner enjoys prize in Barbados
Hillier announces environmental audit to cut carbon footprint
Brother and sister give up day jobs to run Kent centre
Vitax grows charity's funds by over £11,000
New book offers tips on reducing plastic in the garden
Wyevale Nurseries expands sales support team
Whartons invests in marketing with new management position
Inaugural Elm Stand Planted at the National Memorial Arboretum as Hillier Trees ‘Re-elms the British Countryside’
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Westland Group Announces Key Appointments to Leadership Teams
At 76, is this Santa's most senior Elf?
‘A strong and vibrant ornamental horticulture sector’ the HTA’s general election 2019 manifesto
Christmas on a new high
Environmentalist to speak at 2020 GCA conference
Keenies are still gardening
GCA conference attendees to hear from Eden Project co-founder
Lights at number one again
NGGV helps boost sales in National Tree Week
Pre-Christmas plant boost
Houseplant and pet categories perform well in October, according to HTA Market Update
The best of last week's
Christmas trees are slimming down
Horticultural ‘Oscars’ highlight gardening as force for good
Sustainability brings opportunity for garden industry
David Austin Roses launches sustainable packaging for bare root planting
Garden Centre Photo Tours
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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All the latest news from the world of garden centre catering
Drinks suppliers flock to show their wares at Casual Dining
Yorkshire chef launches first cookery book with a demo at Bradford garden centre
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Customers voting for Christmas at garden centres
GTN Bestsellers Analysis


Customers are voting for Christmas at garden centres across the country as volume sales continue to rise above all previous years...

The GTN Bestsellers Christmas Products Top 50 index has been up on last year for seven of the nine weeks we’ve been monitoring Christmas sales and is cumuatively 14% up on last year at record total volumes of any of the last eight years.

In previous years Christmas footfall hasn’t necessarily added to other sales in centres, however, for most of this season, despite the very wet weather we’ve had, that has not been the case.  Take last week for example, Garden Products were up by 41%, Growing Media up by 43%, Wild Bird Care up by 22% and Plants up by 24%.

With real Christmas trees coming into stock the biggest Christmas weeks are still ahead of us. Let’s hope customers keep on voting for Christmas at garden centres past December 12th!


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year (week 47)

  • Garden Products - up 41%
  • Growing Media - up 43%
  • Wild Bird Care - up 22%
  • Christmas - up 10%
  • All Plants Index - up 24%
  • All Items Index - up 12%

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