In This Issue
Has Nicholas Marshall left Dobbies?
Scotts appoint Mark Portman as UK & Ireland General Manager as it's confirmed that Sheila Hill has left the company
Pennells acquires Four Seasons Garden Centre
Snow wreaks havoc for garden centre stores
Langlands donates food to Hull homeless
Staff take up curling at North Walsham, Bobsleigh at Lakeside Plant Centre and get Reindeer pulling sleighs at Richardsons Garden Centre
With Spring on hold make the most of Garden Re-Leaf Day
Last chance to sign up to Garden Re-Leaf Day!
Plant sales slow ahead of Big Freeze
New additions to successful GroZone range
Greenfingers and HTA collaborate on gifting initiatives
New look website for National Children’s Gardening Week
RHS ranking reveals pests and diseases rife in UK gardens
Tong's Orchid advice and MOT day hailed a success
Plant Show success for Klondyke
Snowy success for Garden Press Event
New HTA Chairman and Matthew Bent on BBC Radio 4 Consumer programme
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
David Domoney teams up with Kent & Stowe
Preparing for the Big Freeze
Young veg plants and herbs start to sell through but onion sets dominate
Will growing media momentum continue?
Wild Bird Care sales down by 30% but set to grow
Keukenhof - Meteorological spring has started
Looking for Christmas Ideas for 2018?
The best of last week's
"I will FIX this issue" Gardman CEO updates GTN Xtra on delivery issues
Wyevale unveils its first Garden Trends Report
Squire’s Garden Centre in Woking now open
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Casual Dining brings new innovations and attracts record crowds
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Snowy success for Garden Press Event


The snowy weather in London didn’t dampen spirits at the Garden Press Event which took place on 28 February 2018. The 13th year of the event, which is dedicated to showcasing the garden industry to the media, saw the event move to a new venue – the Business Design Centre, which was well received by exhibitors and visitors alike.


Despite the weather, media representing key trade and consumer titles came from across the country to find out the latest information on new products, themes and innovations ahead of the 2018 gardening season. Importantly, the event also puts exhibitors on media’s list of contacts for the year ahead – where a single mention of a product can drive demand.


This year saw over 100 companies exhibit including Westland Horticulture, Suttons, Stiga, Honda, David Austin Roses, Elho, Bulldog Tools, Cadix, Wyevale Nurseries and Hozelock and included 26 new companies for 2018.


Alongside the exhibitors themselves a series of short speaker slots took place in The Briefing Room covering topics such as plant health, National Children’s Gardening Week and the latest trends.


All exhibitors were eligible to put products forward for the New Product Awards – raising an amazing £2,650 for Greenfingers. The winner of the new product award was Bio-Bean for their Coffee Logs product made from coffee grounds with the runner up being Willow Wand.


The accolade for the Best Stand Award went to hedging plant specialists Hopes Grove Nurseries for their innovative display of products including a gin hedgerow featuring all the berries that can be used to flavour the spirit.


Now jointly owned by GIMA and HTA the 2018 event was the last one involving Guy Burtenshaw and Sue O’Neill from Media Events – who have run the event since its inception. At the pre-event dinner there was a presentation to both Guy and Sue from Richard Jackson thanking them by all for their hard work in developing and running this event.


At the event a Greenfingers Charity Gnome was presented to Guy Burtenshaw by Richard Jackson and Peter Seabrook (pictured above).


The Garden Press Event 2019 takes place on Wednesday 27 February at the Business Design Centre in London. For further information about booking at stand please email or visit

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