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Get set for Spring with HTA Practical Workshops

What better way to ensure sales opportunities are maximised this spring than by booking onto a HTA Workshop?


The workshops target specific areas of visual merchandising within a garden centre, including chemicals and fertilisers, and gifting. We are also offering our popular Selling More Plants workshop.


The workshop details and dates are as follows:


Selling More Plants
Trainer – Helen Chambers NDSF

This workshop looks at the principles of selling and helps to give delegates the confidence to turn a customer’s desire for a plant into cash in the till, and to raise the value of the sale.
5 February          Torwood Garden Centre, Larbet
19 February        Bents Garden & Home, Warrington
20 February        St Peters Garden Centre, Worcester
25 February        The Matford Centre, Exeter

27 February        Coolings Nursery, Knockholt, Kent


New for 2019 - Visual Merchandising – Gifting

Trainer – Sarah Manning

This is an advanced visual merchandising course aimed at teaching delegates the principles used in high-end retail gifting merchandising to get the most from your spring themed decoration and plant displays. Effective visual merchandising will enable your customers to easily interact with your inspirational displays, providing a memorable Mothering Sunday and Easter shopping experience for all.   
6 February          Mackenzie & Cruickshank, Forres, nr Inverness
27 February        Coolings Nursery, Knockholt, Kent


Visual Merchandising – Chemicals and Fertilisers
Trainer - Sarah Manning

Designed for those wanting to take their visual merchandising to the next level. Delegates will review how to maximise chemical and fertiliser merchandising on a day to day basis and identify practical ways to improve sales.

19 February        Torwood Garden Centre, Larbet
13 February        Bents Garden & Home, Warrington


Workshops cost £125 (+VAT) per person for members and £250 (+VAT) per person for non-members. Book your place now at

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