Garden center

UK: GCA members look for ways to reduce plastic waste

The Garden Centre Association are encouraging their members to do what they can to help reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill. Two of its member centres recently worked with Herefordshire and Worcestershire authorities to get non-black PP plastic pots and trays accepted in household and kerbside…

Europe: The Plant Bus is a showroom on wheels

The Plant Bus stops at sales companies, large florists, garden centers and supermarkets to present seasonal products from several Danish and Dutch nurseries. The Plant Bus has been traveling the Danish country roads since January 2018. Behind the wheel is bus driver Jette Malmskov, who prefers the title…

HTA Market Update

UK: Garden centre sales still 10% up for year despite weak June

A wetter more overcast June meant garden centre sales were 2% down on last year for the month of June, however non-garden categories performed well; and a strong start to 2019…

The challenges of managing pests and diseases in retail settings

Greenhouse growers work tirelessly each year to produce high-quality plants for spring sales. Of all of the different factors involved in growing bedding plants, pest and disease management is one of the most important. Though monitoring for pests and diseases and taking corrective action ends at…

Prepping for Summer:

Why shade structures are vital for outdoor displays

Growers, garden centers, and green thumbs everywhere know just how dangerous too much of a good thing can be. Keeping a collection of healthy, thriving plants is all about maintaining a delicate balance. You need to provide just enough water and sunlight, and too much of any one of these vital factors…

UK: Garden Centre Association announces regional award meetings

Garden Centre Association members will find out who has come out on top in the annual inspections this year at regional award meetings taking place this month (July, 2019). The GCA is inviting members to attend the regional meeting for their area where they’ll be able to hear the feedback in full and…

Rwanda’s only rose farm spreading its wings

As a government initiative to employ the masses and to boost the Rwandan floriculture sector, the 20 ha rose farm Bella Flowers was established in 2016. It is the only rose farm in Rwanda and after proving to be self-sustaining, another 20 ha was added, of which 10 ha is currently in production. By the…

Andrew Khaemba, Yellow Grove Farms

New farm expands Kenyan gypsophila acreage

With 20 years of experience in growing gypsophilas, Andrew Khaemba could not let the opportunity pass of buying a 35ha farm in Saboti Kitale, Kenya. He bought the farm the end of 2018, named it Yellow Grove Farms and now, 7 months later, 5 ha is filled with organically grown gypsophilas and limoniums.…

Verkade Beton ensures slick (ebb and flood) floors

‘Old’ friends contribute to new building of Esperit Plants

“When we placed the first concrete floor for you back in 1982, you were still walking around with your stroller”, Leen Verkade, of Verkade Beton, tells Jan van Geest with a proud smile on his face. Jan is now a father of four and owner of Esperit Plants. This year, the company moves to a new building in…

Video: Dutch garden center gets makeover

In a short time Smiemans Projecten built a new garden centre building of 3,250m² and completely rebuilt the existing garden centre for the well-known garden centre chain 'Groenrijk' in the Netherlands. As the main contractor they took care of everything; from foundation to the paving, from the shading to…

Japan: Solar-powered flower bed automatically waters plants

Katsushika Ward in Tokyo, Panasonic Corp and Katsushika Full-of-flowers Urban Development Promotion Council have concluded an agreement on technical cooperation concerning the "Flower Merry-Go-Round" three-dimensional (3D) flower bed, which automatically waters followers by using solar electricity. The…

key theme behind this year’s Cultivating Retail

UK: Creating a sustainable future for the garden industry

Creating a sustainable future for the garden industry is the key theme behind this year’s Cultivating Retail event which takes place on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at the East…

UK: Blue Diamond targets £200 million turnover within five years

Blue Diamond is targeting further UK expansion – including the construction of new garden centres – and aiming for turnover approaching £200m. within the next five years. The…

August 20, Portland

US (OR): Farwest Show Retail Tour to visit independent garden centers

The 2019 Farwest Show, August 21–23 in Portland, Oregon, will showcase four of the area’s best garden centers on its Go-to Garden Centers Retail Tour from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20. Highly rated on Google and Yelp, the retail locations on this tour will inspire registered guests by…

PoS design in line with the Christmasworld ‘essential ceremonies’ style at German garden center

A spring-and-summer interpretation of the Christmasworld trend ‘essential ceremonies’ took root at the Müller Blumen und Garten garden centre in Schallstadt near Freiburg im Breisgau on 2 May 2019. Visual merchandising experts Stefanie Thierfelder and Julia Nawra were once again back at work, at the…

British TV presenter urges gardeners to support specialist UK nurseries

British growers are ‘Cinderella’ of the horticultural world but are vital for preserving the rich variety of plant life, TV presenter says. Amateur gardeners should support specialist UK nurseries that help make gardens “richer and more varied”, Alan Titchmarsh has urged. British nursery growers are the…

US (ID): Treehouse Nursery opens new greenhouse in Rexburg

There’s a new greenhouse on North Second East Street selling flowers and it’s owned by Treehouse Nursery. The Flower Petalers, a retail location for Treehouse Nursery, is a greenhouse that currently sells annual flowers and potted plants for porches and patios as well as hanging plants. Shane Clements,…

CAN (NT): With Fort Smith grad flowers imperilled, a greenhouse steps in

When Hilary Turko heard the truck carrying flowers for Fort Smith's high school graduation might not make it through the highway closure, she invited students to help themselves at her greenhouse – free of charge. Turko, who owns the Roots and Ruminants greenhouse, used to be a high-school teacher. She…

HTA Market Update report

UK: April’s garden centre sales experienced steady growth

Garden centre sales are 27% up based on the calendar year to April 2019 vs 2018, according to the May 2019 issue of HTA Market Update published this week. In April, sales of…


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