Garden center

UK: Dobbies garden centre chain considering return to stock market

The UK’s largest garden centre chain, Dobbies, is gearing up for a return to the stock market after posting a jump in sales. Sales were up by 2 per cent to £166 million in the year to the end of February on the back of six new stores while like-for-like sales rose by 5 per cent. Underlying earnings grew…

Australian nursery builds 'garden centre of the future'

After 50 years of growing a nursery empire, the three brothers at the helm of Flower Power knew they need to cut a site loose to fund the construction of the garden centre of the future. Despite running 10 nurseries, the family business had never built one from the ground up, growing instead through…

GCA Trust sponsored delegates say IGCA Congress ‘exceeded expectations’

Emma Lamb and Sam Clark who were sponsored by the GCA Trust to attend the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress have reported back about their experiences. Barton Grange Garden Centre’s Emma and Sam, who works for Cowell’s Garden Centre, were picked for the Trust’s Dick Allen…

UK: Houseplant sales hold up for second month

Houseplants were the best sellers for a second month in a row (September, 2019) at garden centres across the country according to the Garden Centre Association's Barometer of Trade report. Sales were up 12.34% compared to the same month last year (2018). The trend for houseplants doesn’t look like it’s…

Plantinova's Fruit Me trees show upward trend

Consumers become fruit tree growers

Although fruit growers were scratching their heads at first when they were introduced to the small fruit trees that Plantinova put on the market 7 years ago, ornamental growers were immediately enthusiastic. Since then, sales figures of the Fruit Me trees are showing an upward trend. Originally, Plantinova…

UK: Investment firm buys online garden centre

Kester Capital has backed the MBO of YouGarden, one of the UK’s biggest multi-channel home shopping retailer of horticultural products. The business operates through its direct-to-consumer brand YouGarden as well as acting as a gardening category manager for a number of high profile retailers including…

UK: Garden centre customers source plants using latest technology

Gardeners are now more likely to use the latest technology to source plants for their plots before they visit their nearest garden centre but also when they are in-store too. Cutting edge software innovations and hardware installations are helping boost website visits and plant sales, according to one…

Colasanti's Tropical Gardens

How to entertain the garden centre consumer

Colasanti's Tropical Gardens is a monument in the Leamington region. The company has been around for decades and is well-known for being a garden centre and an entertainment centre, making it a tourist destination for families in southwestern Ontario. During the Canadian Greenhouse Conference Bus Tour,…

Chelsea CAMFED Garden to have new home at Eden

The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) African Garden, which won a prestigious gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, is now being installed at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The garden tells the story of how the Campaign for Female Education supports the most excluded girls and young women…

UK: Houseplants sales heat up in August

The August Bank Holiday Weekend helped lift sales at garden centres across the UK at the end of the month according to the Garden Centre Association's Barometer of Trade report. Houseplant sales were up 20.69% compared to the same month last year (2018) and outdoor plant sales were up 6.09%. After…

UK: Development site close to Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire for sale

The development opportunity site benefits from an 85 metre frontage to the A41 and 176 metre frontage to Watermead extending to 1.933 hectares (4.776 acres). This site is in an excellent location close to Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.   To the west is a large Best Western Hotel and Health & Fitness club, the crematorium…


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