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Who will be The Greatest Garden Centre Teams of 2017?
Countryfile presenter to speak at Garden Futures
Garden retail - the great escape
Changing customer behaviour, demographics, technology and not losing touch with nature are lead presentations
Nicholas Marshall joins HTA Garden Futures Conference 2017 line-up
Cross-category merchandising, lifestyle trends and Xylella fastidiosa will be hot topics
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Garden retail - the great escape

A one-day strategic ‘must attend’ conference for the garden industry focussing on the positive role of garden centres as an escape and the huge opportunities that this brings for the sector, along with key issues of importance.

Why attend?
• Latest knowledge, inspiration and ideas from quality speakers from inside and outside the sector
• Opportunity to ask questions and debate issues impacting the industry
• Great networking opportunity with peers from across the sector
• Time out to take stock and think about your own business in a relaxed setting

Watch the video from last years event below:

Garden retail – the great escape will be hosted by journalist and news presenter Cathy Newman.

Speakers include:

  • Rachel Lund, British Retail Consortium: Analysis and overview of the wider retail picture
  • Josh McBain, Foresight Factory: The Ageless Society and the opportunities that this brings for garden retail
  • Jack Stratten, Insider Trends: The future of technology in retail – freeing up time to spend with customers
  • Prof. Alistair Griffiths, RHS: Health, wellbeing and horticulture
  • James Wong in association with Fiskars: Ensuring the industry is catering for tomorrow’s consumers
  • Harald Elderenbosch, Elho: Give Room to Nature – a strategy for growth
  • Garden retail – the great escape will be hosted by journalist and news presenter Cathy Newman
  • Retail Lab @ Garden Futures panel session: Following on from retail lab @ Glee this panel session looks at what lies ahead for future retail environments
  • Xylella Panel session: A cross industry panel will discuss the threat of Xylella fastidiosa and the mitigating action required by the industry
  • Nicholas Marshall, CEO of Dobbies will be interviewed by news journalist Cathy Newman

The conference is followed by the Garden Futures dinner which includes the presentation of the HTA Pearson Memorial Medal and The Greatest Garden Retail Awards, followed by an after dinner speaker, Tom Heap.


  • Conference 8.30am - 4.30pm
  • Dinner 7.00 pm - 11.00 pm

For more information and to book your place:
T 0333 003 3550

  • HTA member rate - £395.00 plus VAT
  • Non HTA member rate - £550.00 plus VAT

Includes conference, formal dinner and accommodation for single occupancy on Wednesday 4 October

To book you place at conference click here

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