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26th June is Deadline for initial Wyevale Garden Centre offers
Homebase sold for £1.00 - " of the great all time disasters"
Westland and Crest are touring!
Get the right compost for your hanging baskets & patio planters
Bord na Móna Growise Sponsors Myeloma UK Garden at Chelsea Flower Show
Bulldog supports RHS Campaign for School Gardening
Garden Centres in a much better place than DIY
Plants now ahead of last year with the Chelsea boost still to come
New owners for Stansted Park Garden Centre
SBM Life Sciences account manager and family raise hundreds for Greenfingers Charity
Celebrating 10 Years of Vitavia
Fryer’s Roses and Helen’s Trust work blooming well together!
Raoul Curtis-Machin leaves HTA
Success for Woodlodge at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
GTN Xtra and GDPR
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Union Jack Windmill sales soar in celebration weekend
Honorary Greats Award for John Athwal
Courgette tops Runner Bean as Veg 2 Gro Bestseller
Johnsons Lawn Seed’s World Cup tip for retailers
Springwatch boost for Wild Bird Care
Growing Media sales set another May record
The best of last week's
Guy Hands puts the "For Sale" notice up at Wyevale Garden Centres
Blue Diamond profits increase to £9.2m
Profits up by 24% at Westland Horticulture
Plant sales soar...'just like an old-fashioned bank holiday'
Golds for Hillers, Cooks, Taylors Bulbs and Dibleys at Chelsea 2018
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Plant sales soar...'just like an old-fashioned bank holiday'

“It was just like an old fashioned Bank Holiday Monday” enthused Sarah Squire to GTN Bestsellers this week as garden centre plants sales hit a a record high,


were at the forefront with sales reaching almost 50% higher than the same week last year to set a record GTN Bestsellers plant sales week to bring the year-on-year total back almost to parity. We now have only 0.7% to make up over the next few weeks for plants to be up year-on-year. Who’d have thought that six or seven weeks ago!


Only 10 weeks after we reported the lowest sales week in garden centres, GTN Bestsellers can now report that the week beginning with the May Bank Holiday Monday was the highest week ever for garden centre sales volumes. Record Bank Holiday Monday temperatures and a week of "good" gardening weather sent sales volumes soaring to a record high, so high that the increase over the same week last year was greater than the shortfall from the last week of February when the record low was set in all that snow. Now, after 19 weeks of the year, the GTN Bestsellers All Product Sales Index is running at 6.3% down year on year to date. That is a huge swing back from the minus 16.6% it was sitting on at the end of March. If the weather holds, the bedding sales season should still have life in it.

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