As the chilly nights start to draw in and the wintery weather becomes even more wild, thoughts of bright sunshine and time spent outside seem like a lifetime ago.
However, the turn of the season also brings a sense of excitement as we look forward to the coming months. From halloween and bonfire night to Christmas and New Year, this time of year is one for celebration, and this edition of Garden Trade Specialist will help you do that in style.
As one of the busiest times of year for garden centres, Christmas has to be planned carefully and delivered with all the magic and mystery of Father Christmas’ midnight flight.
On pages 24 and 25, we catch up with one of the nation’s leaders in festive displays, Barton Grange Garden Centre in Lancashire, to find out more about what it is that puts the sparkle in their store.
This magazine is also introducing a seasonal food product that is quickly gaining a fantastic reputation across the north of England. This fruity, tangy, and traditional recipe is full of all the tastes of the season, and promises to add something a little special to all your favourite festive foods.
In addition to looking forward to Christmas, we also take a look at top trends for the New Year. With mental wellbeing becoming a top health concern, more and more people are looking for ways to create a peaceful, stress-free environment in their homes and gardens, and we take a look to see how garden centres can get involved.
With all the latest industry news including new products, award-winning firms and charitable schemes, we hope you will find everything you need to start the new season ahead of the game.