In This Issue
Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of eight of its largest garden centres to Blue Diamond
Cowells, Fron Goch, Tong and Bents are the top centres in the North East & North West GCA regions
Squires Shepperton and Perrywood are best in North Thames GCA
Haskins Roundstone and Squires Hersham are Centres of the Year in GCA South Thames
Glee Buyers Power List 2018: the shortlist
Deco-Pak to launch ‘never before seen’ paving products at Glee
Increase in sales for the 12th consecutive week
Plant sales up by 40% in the middle of July
The market leading global gardening business you may never have heard of!
British garden and leisure product exhibitors choose Spoga+gafa to launch latest innovations
GCA membership blossoms and grows
Children & Charlie grow their own chips at Squire’s!
RHS announces new on-trend licensing artwork – from the 1600s!
Spectacular display garden celebrates Notcutts’ history in Woodbridge
Hat trick of RHS Golds for Cooks Garden Centre
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
More time in the garden equals increased sales
“Becoming a game changer” Evening Seminars by John Stanley
Autumn veg crops on hold
Drought drives up bark sales
Bird Care sales heat up at last
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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Increase in sales for the 12th consecutive week


Has there ever been a crazier season for plant sales? After seven weeks of misery in March and April we’ve now seen 12 conscutive weeks where sales have been up on 2017 to put the year to date GTN Bestsellers Volume Plant Sales index at 9.5% up.


Does anyone know of another retail sector that has performed so well this year?  While overall garden centre sales volumes are still trailling behind lsat year at 2% down, the mix of excellent plants, fantastic catering and ranges of furniture & BBQ’s ideally suited to the current sensational summer mean many centres are now reporting overall turnovers up on last year.


Judging by the crowds at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show and at garden centres visited this week the desire to buy plants that are looking great for instant colour shows little sign of abating, even with the threat of hosepipe bans on the horizon.


This year reminds us all of the power of plants.  More than ever they are THE most important part of garden centre retailing.



GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 28

  • Garden Products Top 50 – up 5%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – up 19%
  • Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – up 54%
  • Wild Bird Care Products Top 50 – down 20%
  • All Plants index – up 40%
  • All Items index – down 11%

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