In This Issue
The Greatest Plant Retailing Teams are at Scotsdales, Cowells and The Old Railway Line
Gardman has new owners with £5m to invest in brands, stock and moving forward
Hillier Nurseries voted The Greatest Plant Supplier of the Year
Coolings are the masters of linked sales in the planteria, closely followed by Percy Throwers Wyevale, Van Hage Great Amwell and Cowells
Fron Goch scoop The Greatest Plant Advice Team Gold
Bents are "Top of the Pots"
Salvia Love & Wishes takes Best in Show title at New Plant Awards
The Greatest Outdoor Living Sales gold winners to be presented at spoga+gafa
GTN Bestsellers date predicts June sales boost
Glee’s Green Heart grows in 2015
HTA Futures is the venue for The Greatest Garden Centre Team Awards 2015
Plant Area Manager - Destination Garden Centre - Large Group
Horticulture Manager - Essex - Established Centre
Landscape Project Manager - East of England
Contracts Manager - Soft Landscape Construction - South
Wyevale Nurseries win Best Plant Display Award at HTA National Plant Show
Lighting product sales still shining brightly
Tomato plants are biggest veg sales movers
Farmyard manure is a top seller
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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All the latest news from the world of garden centre catering
Catering Tip of the Week: Braille Menu
Window of opportunity for bird care sales
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GTN Bestsellers date predicts June sales boost

Halfway through June and volume sales continue to run up on last year – 13% up to date according to EPoS data supplied by garden centres for GTN Bestsellers. Last week’s sales even surpassed volumes in the same week of 2013 when we had the previous record June sales after that really dismal April and May of that year.

Increases in plant sales are a major contribution to that volume increase. While judging for The Greatest Plant Retailing Awards, which were announced and presented at the HTA National Plant Show yesterday afternoon, plant teams are revelling in high sales with so much still looking good – the general consensus is that the season is still two weeks behind and the hope is that sales will continue through well into July.

Continued high sales levels for the last two weeks of June should push year to date volumes back up to level with last year at the halfway point for 2015.

With SOLEX just around the corner, more good weather will be welcome to sell through more barbecues and garden furniture. Most centres are reporting good sales so far this year, but a sell-out as thoughts start to turn to Christmas preparation would be ideal!

GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year...

  • Garden Products – up 2%
  • Veg-2-Gro Products – up 83%
  • Growing Media – up 20%
  • All items index – up 13%
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