In This Issue
Rising Star Emma wins David Colegrave Award at RHS Chelsea
Best Artisan Garden for Walkers of Doncaster
Hopes rise after disappointing May sales figures
Kelkay delivers to all corners of the British Isles!
Taylors to supply daffs for Champions League Final
Week of Chelsea success for Bulldog and Pedigree
Student Josh wins Wyevale Nurseries travel award
Gardman's new Daventry warehouse has top environmental credentials
Golden Chelsea Triumph for Miracle-Gro's eco-therapy garden
Four-star award for hutmaker's wildlife-friendly trade stand
Compact mulberry wins Chelsea’s Plant of the Year Award
Barnstaple garden centre lodges £10m retail park plans
Hillier continues 72 year Chelsea winning streak
Wolf-Garten cordless mower earns Which? Best Buy rating
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RHS and Mr Fothergill’s join forces to launch trusted AGM seed range for 2018
24th Gold for Johnny Walkers, Guy Hands with Gemma Arterton, Scotts win Best Discovery Exhibit and other show highlights
Radio 2 Gardens steal the show - and provide great themes for retail displays
Great success for HTA 40 Sunbury Road exhibit at Chelsea
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BOPP to mark 21st birthday at HTA National Plant show
Stylish cover-up job for barbecues
Wanted! People to spend time outside in the garden
Thank goodness for veg plant sales
Chelsea's TV coverage set to drive plant sales
The heat goes out of growing media sales
New Director of Sales announced for Exclusively Shows
UK hosts summer party for Christmas tree growers
RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year finalists
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Hopes rise after disappointing May sales figures

Even a bumper week leading into the Bank Holiday may not be salvation for garden centre sales in May. To date the GTN Bestsellers All Product volume sales index is running at 24% down on May last year, and from our records, only May in 2012 was worse than this.

Everyone will be hoping this hot weather spell gets people back out enjoying their gardens and buying loads of furniture, BBQs, plants and other garden products to make the most of the summer months.

What are your promotional plans for June and July?  If you’ve rested on your laurels after the great start to the year now is the time to be adding in extra events and promotions to get people back to your centre.  Plantarias are looking great at the moment so there is plenty of opportunity for sales provided the customers are visiting.

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GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year...
  • Garden Products - down 34%
  • Veg-2-Gro - down 3%
  • Growing Media - down 13%
  • All Plants Index - down 11%
  • All Items Index - down 12%
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