In This Issue
Caulders buy two centres from Dobbies
New Marketing Manager for LOFA
February sales get off to a ‘snow’ start
The Pot Company offers unique range of Chinese Water Jars with exclusive discount
E.P. Barrus continues expansion with new warehouse
Vitavia greenhouses bring life to the garden
Glee at Spring Fair exhibitors report high levels of orders
And the winners are….Glee at Spring Fair New Product Showcase winners confirmed
Sipcam urges retailers to stock up on natural slug and snail controls to meet demand ahead of metaldehyde ban
Doff launches OF&G certified Ferric Phosphate slug killer
Applications now open for GCA Rising Stars programmes
Charnley’s relief as demolition threat is lifted
Dean's raises record breaking £29,903.70 for charity
Take part in the ‘Gardening is Good for You!’ campaign
Notcutts make Pennies count for The Royal British Legion
Squire’s to hold “Bottle Garden” masterclass
GROEN-Direkt’s Spring Fair: wider range, more visitors
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
Feeding frenzy for wild birds
Pots provide extra sales during challenging week
John Innes mixes provides welcome sales growth
Plant sales stall...but tulips bloom
Choice ‘Meet the Buyer’ at Spring Fair
Invasive insects and climate changes, Arrigoni answers with “green healthcare”
‘Ask the Expert’ zone at The Future for International Trade Conference
The best of last week's
Hillview Group put 6 sites up for sale
Smart acquires Briers
Wyevale Garden Centres sell six more centres
Downtown re-development to include new garden centre
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All the latest news from the world of garden centre catering
A world of vegan innovation at the Natural Food Show 2019
Loungers chairman Alex Reilley confirmed for Casual Dining
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February sales get off to a ‘snow’ start


The first week where snow caused significant disruption in certain parts of the country took overall garden centre sales to the lowest level of the year so far. That was no where near as bad as the “Beast from the East” week of March last year or the snow of January 2013.

The met office long range forecast mentions wind and rain for the rest of February with small chances of snow.

Pre-planted spring bulbs were very popular last week as those who did venture out sought instant colour to brighten their gardens. What a great way to spark joy than to see snowdrops, crocus, daffs and tulips shining through even on a grey February day.

Have you got your pre-planted bulbs in a prime hot spot to spark that customer joy early in their shopping experience?


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year (week 5)
Garden Products – down 21%
Growing Media – down 32%
Wild Bird Care – up 44%
Veg-2-Gro – down 28%
All Plants index – down 53%
All Items index – down 26%


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