In This Issue
Town & Country is sold to EP Barrus
La Hacienda sold to US company looking to expand in the UK
Garden retailers sign up to industry Xylella statement
Haskins and Squires reign supreme in South Thames
Webbs and Fairways star in Midlands GCA Awards
On trend Garden Screens from Grange
Sunshine and Perrywood glow in North Thames
Time for a summer celebration?
Rising Stars 2017 - The final 12
Suppliers sign up for Retail Lab @ Glee
Team Bonningtons Conquers the Alps
‘Anniversary Splendour’ is winning name for new Notcutts rose
Glee 2017: keynote speaker confirmed as award-winning garden journalist Nick Bailey
Woodlodge to skydive for Greenfingers!
Hartley Botanic reveals new Octagonal Glasshouse at RHS Hyde Hall
Nematodes are so easy to use, all it takes is a good watering!
Fryer’s come up Roses at 2017 RHS Shows
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
Concept store becomes EFSA TrendZone at spoga+gafa
Growing support sales
Andy Smith becomes Group Head of Purchasing at Klondyke
Primary School scoops Wilkinson Sword Award
Taylors grab 50% of Veg 2 Gro sales
Wyevale Nurseries’ staff join 30 years’ service club
Summer colour and houseplants up
Xylella fastidiosa - a threat to the U.K. Horticulture industry
Garden improvement grows soils
Hillmount BBQ Academy teaches the next generation of customers
New senior leadership at the Coleman EMEA Group
It’s the year of pets at Glee 2017
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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Fryers respond to standards issue in Rosary Restaurant
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Time for a summer celebration?

July sales volumes are heading towards being the lowest for the past four years according to Epos data supplied to GTN for our weekly Bestsellers analysis.  That doesn’t equate to bad news for garden centre turnovers, however, as increased sales of higher value furniture, BBQ and other garden leisure items mean tills have been ringing and profits growing.


Time will tell if summer holiday garden centre attractions boost footfall and volume sales during August.  Will pure entertainment attractions prove to be a greater pull for business or will the garden and education related ideas deliver a better return?


At Aylett Nurseries in St Albans they have a double attraction of their Celebration Garden, which looks as good as any RHS of National Trust garden, and a “pop-up” Butterfly House.  General Manager Geoff Lucas said they were already seeing good sales of butterfly and insect related product sales and Plant Manager Marcus Cousins reports that Dahlia sales are ahead of last year as a result of people seeing them planted in the Celebration Garden.

See our gallery of pictures below.

GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year.
  • Garden Products Top 50 – down 30%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – down 22%
  • Veg 2 Gro Products Top 50 – up 15%
  • All Plants index – down 11%
  • All Items index – down 5%
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