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Easter Fortnight 2019 is best since 2015
The Davies's buy back Raglan from Wyevale
Become a GARDENA ambassador store and watch sales grow
Was the Easter gardening rush the antidote to Brexit?
Sallyanne leads Taylors Bulbs team to show triumph
Thomas Hardy theme for David Austin Chelsea launches
A look ahead to Glee 2019
Charles Taylor breaks records post-Easter
Raglan bought back from Wyevale by previous owner
Wyevale Nurseries renews its 'UK sown and grown' credentials
Squire's add floristry at Badshot Lea
Perennial Legacy Garden scoops Premier Gold at Harrogate
Cordless push at Dobbies with Greenworks brand
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Frankie is Hambrooks Gardening Hero
Bedding Geraniums double to go to No 1
New head of retail at RHS Wisley
Veg growers making up for last year
Late Easter spells subdued growth for online retail in March
Easter growing media sales see double
Sally takes over Neudorff office admin
Warm Easter for Wild Bird Care
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Sales up 72% YOY at Primeur following GIMA and Glee award wins
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Wyevale Garden Centres announces changes to Loyalty Scheme
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Was the Easter gardening rush the antidote to Brexit?


The GTN Bestsellers All Products sales index of items sold in garden centres recorded that highest level for the first Easter week since 2015.  Could it be that as a nation we are using gardening and garden leisure time as an antidote to Brexit?


We have to wait until next week to see if Easter overall reaches record levels for volume sales.  We’ve received many reports of record trading on Easter Monday across the country, some based on mainly gardening and plants sales, some due to a huge increase in garden furniture sales.


When we compare last week with last year, it was down by 8%.  That’s because this was the first week last year that gardening and plants actually started selling after ‘The Beast from the East’ and of course the first Easter week has a day’s less trading due to Easter Sunday closing.


Are you re-stocked and ready for the May Bank Holiday?  If gardening is the ideal antidote to Brexit we could be in for more bumper weeks ahead.


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 16

  • Garden Products Top 50 – down 22%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – down 13%
  • Wild Bird Care Top 50 – up 8%
  • Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – up 40%
  • All Plants index – down 15%
  • All Items index – down 8%

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