In This Issue
What a month for Blue Diamond!
Squire’s purchases Frensham Garden Centre
July continues the year of extremes
Blue Diamond East Bridgford and Webbs of Wychbold are top GCA Midlands centres
Plant sales continue up on last year
The Old Railway Line and Monkton Elm are GCA top centres in Wales & West
Gardening heads growth in UK online sales
Homebase gardening buyers face redundancy as Swindon office set to close
Get set for Cultivating Retail this Autumn
Garden centres share The Sun's Prettiest Rose glory
SunBelievable displays at RHS Hyde Hall by T&M
Ball Colegrave host successful GCA Planteria Forum
WIN a VIP ticket to spoga+gafa
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
Adam Dunnett leaves Wyevale Nurseries to join Hilliers
Lowest Top 50 July week for Garden Products
Christmas spuds get growing
Growing Media follows plants upward trend
Sunshine sends garden centre sales soaring
The best of last week's
Acquisition of outdoor leisure firm Anchor Fast presents new category for Kelkay
20k social media posts greet Blue Diamond's acquisition news
Dobbies promote COO Jenkins to chief executive role
£30k damage in forklift ram raid on Notts garden centre
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
Buy your subscription to GTN Bestsellers
All the latest news from the world of garden centre catering
Loch Fyne to sell seafood at Dobbies centres
Big name speakers confirmed for lunch! food-to-go trade show
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WIN a VIP ticket to spoga+gafa

spoga+gafa are offering GTN Xtra readers the chance to win a VIP ticket to the international trade exhibition.


The VIP Prize

  • Free admission to the trade fair on all days
  • Entry to the VIP Lounge for two people
  • Free use of the cloakroom
  • Free catalogue
  • Use of public transport system for free

Experience the entire garden world at spoga+gafa, taking place in Cologne, Germany, on September 2-4. spoga+gafa is the number one event worldwide among the garden fairs.

About 2,100 exhibitors from all over the world show their trends and trigger off the decisive developments of the coming season. Thanks to the clear structure you receive an overview of the entire industry.

The segment Garden Living, comprising of garden furniture and decorations, is traditionally the largest section of spoga+gafa. International exhibitors present their products and services across eight halls. The Outdoor Furniture segment is rounded off by the garden unique platform which offers premium brands.

In the Garden Creation & Care segment everything revolves around plants, their cultivation and of course their care. In addition to the appropriate machines, tools, garden equipment and the necessary accessories, everything on the theme of living green can be found here - right through to biochemistry and soils. Specialised dealers can particularly look forward to the repeated participation of Landgard.

The Grill and BBQ industry presents its Garden BBQ segment in a depth that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. This is where world-famous and exciting new brands from all over the world show what is and what is going to become important on the barbecue scene. The new format Outdoor Kitchen World was introduced in 2017.

The special events programme enriches the trade fair experience. Here trend themes such as smart gardening, battery techniques, plant growth and the design of the POS areas become an experience. The events are accompanied by lectures and guided tours.

Further information is available at


How to enter:

To stand a chance of winning one of the 10 VIP spoga+gafa tickets on offer all you have to do is answer the following questions, emailing them to

To give you a clue, all the answers can be found above.
Question 1: In which German city is spoga+gafa held?
Question 2: Name the segment of the show which features BBQs.
Question 3: Which segment revolves around plants?


Closing date for entries is mid-day on Friday 10th August 2018.  

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