Garden center

UK: GCA announces Chairman Elect for 2020/21

Mike Burks, who is the Managing Director of The Gardens Group, was elected as the Garden Centre Association's Chairman Elect for 2020/21 during the annual conference, which took place at Luton Hoo Hotel, Luton. Mike said: “I am greatly looking forward to my chairmanship and am lucky that the GCA has been in excellent hands with…

Growing in the Vortex - part 2

North America under the spell of the cold

With extreme the cold holding on, not only maintaining the temperatures inside the greenhouse is a challenge, continuing cultivation is too. With growers preparing for spring, many should be planting, but shipping the cuttings to the greenhouse worries some. Growers update us today again on how they keep…

Swedish chain of garden centers reveals new products

The interest in the self-cultivation of plants and edible crops continues to grow in Sweden, which means that the demand for vegetable and flower seeds also increases. Especially young people are showing an interest in plants and gardening. Plantagen, a Swedish chain of garden centers, is responding to…

January 21, Luton

UK: Retail futurist to talk business at GCA conference

Retail Futurist Matthew Brown has been added to the line-up of guest speakers at the annual Garden Centre Association conference taking place January 20 until 23, 2019. Matthew will be…

UK: Westland Horticulture acquires Gardman Group

Dungannon-based Westland Horticulture has completed the acquisition of a rival company in England, with support from Danske Bank. Established in 1990 in Co Tyrone, Westland is now one of the fastest growing consumer garden product companies in Europe, supplying a range of gardening products including lawn care, plant…

US (ND): Blaze destroys building at greenhouse business

A fire in Sheldon destroyed a building at Sheyenne Greenhouse. To help out her parents, who own the business, Amy Schobinger has started a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe . "Less than 36 hours ago, my parents Lee and Judy Schobinger experienced a devastating loss due to an electrical fire at their business Sheyenne Greenhouse…

UK: "Underperforming nursery" to become caravan park

A plan to convert an "underperforming nursery" into a site for 40 static caravans is being backed by planning officers. The proposal, for change of use to land at Burford Nurseries, Burford, near Tenbury Wells, is being recommended for approval by Shropshire Council planning officials. The authority's planning committee will decide whether…

UK: Throwing out the Christmas tree... literally

For many, taking down decorations and disposing of the Christmas tree is one of the least pleasurable tasks of the year. But a garden centre in north Hampshire has come up with a novel way of making it more enjoyable, thanks to a unique - and highly competitive - sporting event. The annual Christmas tree toss took place at…

UK: Christmas sales joy for Dobbies Garden Centres

Garden centre operator Dobbies has hailed a strong festive trading performance helped by record sales of real Christmas trees. In an update, the Midlothian-headquartered firm which runs…

UK: Outdoor plant sales continue to grow in November

Outdoor plant sales continued to grow at garden centres for the second month running in November (2018), according to the Garden Centre Association's Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Sales were up 11.69% compared to the same month last year (2017). In October there was some much milder weather, which continued into November, meaning people…

US (MI): English Gardens acquires Plymouth Nursery

English Gardens has acquired Plymouth Nursery, 9900 Ann Arbor Rd W, Plymouth, Michigan. The announcement was made jointly by John Darin, president of English Gardens, and Jeff Jones, owner of Plymouth Nursery. This marks English Gardens' sixth location in the Metro Detroit area.  The family-owned company currently operates retail…


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