Garden center

US (DE): Willey Farms begins rebirth after fire with garden center, greenhouse opening

Willey Farms, a beloved Townsend marketplace, reopened its greenhouse and garden center Friday as the family store continues its rise from a devastating fire in November. Built up into a market complex over 43 years and burned to the ground in a single night, the loss of Willey Farms was a blow to locals…

US (MD): Nursery & garden center to shut down after 89 years

Stephanie Fleming, VP at Behnke Nurseries, announced that this 2019 Spring season will be their last. "My family has been discussing what to do with our aging property and, for many reasons, the ultimate decision was to close the nursery", she writes in a statement. "The Behnke family and I would like to…

UK: Warm weather boost for garden centre sales in February

The March 2019 issue of HTA Market Update reports that in the UK, garden centre sales recovered well this year from last February, which saw the ‘Beast from the East’ cause major disruption. Despite starting off cold, February 2019 was recorded as the warmest February since 1998. The report shows that…

February 26-28, Milan

Italy: Identity of garden center business in Myplant & Garden spotlight

During the 5th edition of Myplant & Garden, the Garden Center New Trend event was dedicated to garden centres, where new ideas and business proposals are shown through scenic and eye-catching instalments with an actual, innovative concept that changes during each edition. 600 sqm of creativity,…

UK: Garden centre run by Askham Grange prisoners

Tucked away in the North Yorkshire village of Askham Richard is The Grange garden centre. Run by Askham Grange prison, many of the women who work there are prisoners. The centre is said to play a key role in rehabilitation, helps inmates learn skills and earn qualifications which aim to help them avoid…

US (NY): After 64 years, Homeside Florist & Greenhouses closes

This time of year, Kris Olsen and his sister, Andrea Hanulec, are usually going full speed at Homeside Florist & Greenhouses in Riverhead, gearing up for Easter and Mother’s Day. But this winter was a little different. The landmark garden center shut its doors Dec. 31. The Olsen family has owned the…

Paolo Ciccolella, Eurosa:

Italy: "We save as much CO2 in a decade as Oxford produces in one year”

Eurosa production plant of Candela (Puglia) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This Italian company is one of the pioneers of using waste energy from a power station to heat their greenhouse and they claim to be Europe's biggest energy farm. And over the last decade they have saved a lot on CO2…

"Independent garden centers are beginning to expand and regain part of the market"

After years of working for other greenhouse operations, Paul Brann and his father J. D. opened Conroe Greenhouses in 1974 which is located just north of Houston in Conroe, TX. However, Paul found that both the quality and quantity of his water supply was decreasing as the population in the area…

US (PA): Peek inside spring prep at the garden center

Six-packs of pansies will soon be front and center at local garden stores, waiting to become the centerpiece of an early spring container or the colorful edge of a garden bed. To get those flowers ready in time for early planting, workers at Esbenshade’s Garden Centers put the seeds in soil just before…

Insider Report on Garden Retail Profitability

How can you improve profitability?

AmericanHort is launching a new four-part video series: The Industry Insider Report: Garden Retail Profitability . Steve Bailey of Steve Bailey Consulting and the Garden Center Group, an expert on using financial and other data to help improve retail profitability, will share his expertise in managing…

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…

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…


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