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UK: New horticulture center is ‘phoenix arising from ashes of Newton Rigg

Former staff of the horticulture center at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, plus many of its students, have now been transplanted to facilities at Lowther Castle and Gardens. The NR Training School of Horticulture at the castle was officially opened by David Beeby, the High Sheriff of Cumbria, who likened…

SA: Nursery celebrates spring by donating trees to the community

The Palm Garden Centre in Mount Edgecombe has been serving the community for 40 years, bringing a touch of nature into residents’ homes and brightening up their living space with plants and flowers of all kinds. With the season of spring in full bloom, the Palm Garden Centre is offering 100 free trees to…

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He wanted to sell plants by the roadside. She refused.

Now they run Port Royal’s new garden center

Initially, Jimmy Varnes suggested that his wife, Lyndsey, sell the plants that she loves so much from a stand on the side of the road. Lyndsey had a better idea. “Here we are,” she said Thursday, spreading her arms toward the new retail garden center and direct grower nursery she and her husband recently…

Garden center offers low-cost plant potting services

US (CO): "Professionals help get the plants off to the best possible start"

Bath Garden Center is pleased to announce the launch of an expanded service they provide for customers. The garden center offers plant potting services at no cost when customers purchase a pot and a plant. The helpful staff members also provide plant potting for customers who need help with existing…

North East and North West Garden Centre Association regional winners revealed

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) in the North East and North West are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation last week (Thursday, September 2, 2021). The North East’s Garden Centre of the Year in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category was Tong Garden Centre and…


"House plant sales up 60% compared to last year, garden furniture sales increasing"

Gardeners keen to make the most of their outdoor spaces in July (2021) helped boost furniture and BBQ sales according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) recent Barometer of Trade (BoT) figures. The report shows sales of these home entertaining items were up for the month by 71.62% year-to-date and…

Colin Squire awarded Dean Hole Medal for life long rose promotion

Colin Squire OBE, Chairman Emeritus of Squire’s Garden Centres, has been awarded the prestigious Dean Hole Medal by The Rose Society UK in recognition of his work with, and love of, roses. The award was presented by John Anthony, Chairman of The Rose Society, at Peter Seabrook’s rose bed exhibit for BBC…

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UK: New plans for Tong Garden Centre highlight the changing needs of businesses

Brexit, changes to policy in China, the pandemic and even the Suez blockage have all effected the way some UK companies do business, according to a new planning application. The owners of Tong Garden Centre plan to build a warehouse extension that will allow them to store more stock on the site. A…

UK: July’s market update shows sustained garden center sales

The latest market information suggests the beginning of a new normal, with garden centre sales for June 2021 down just 3% from June 2020, when sales rocketed due to the national lockdown. This is up 40% from June 2019, pre-pandemic, so it appears the high demand is here to stay, perhaps as those who took…

2021 Farwest Show seminars provide innovative garden center branding and marketing strategies

The 2021 Farwest Show, taking place August 18–20 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, will offer three seminars that can help retail garden centers rejuvenate…

PDI on garden center screens

"Garden center new style"

Over the last years Petter Dekker Installaties has installed several new screens in garden centers. These screens are not the same anymore as the standard ones we installed in the past. "Today we talk about outside-screens, decoration-screens, christmas-screens and netting for birds."  In this article the give more information about…

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