CJS Display Ltd has a rich history in the horticultural industry with roots tracing back over 30 years.
Originally, Paul Jackson ran the family factory, C Jackson & Sons that specialized in producing timber displays for garden centres and suppliers to garden centres. Also they worked with Mike Hills for many years, providing full garden centre refurbishments. Unfortunately, due to the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic in 2020, the difficult decision had to be made to close the factory.
Undeterred by the circumstances, Paul started CJS Display with his wife, Kirstie (account manager) and we partnered up with another local family run manufacturer with similar values and…
Start-up Stock: What Your Garden Centre Should Sell
When we think of garden centre stock, it is easy to think about the plants and gardening supplies that they sell. The horticulture business is larger than the UK aerospace sector, with it being worth £24 billion. This makes it a great investment for anyone looking to get into business with an interest in greenery.
But as with any business, you will want versatility. Garden centres aren’t simply a place for people to find inspiration for their own natural spaces. Instead, they can offer a wide range of products and produce.
Here, we will explore what stock you should…
Did you know that playing music can help plants grow?
This revelation is thanks to agro-sonic researcher Dan Carlson Senior, inventor of ‘Sonic Bloom’ technology. He exposed plants to soundwaves at varying frequencies (the science being that sonic stimulation aids the absorption of nutrients) and the results came up roses!
Music mimics the natural vibrations of the wild. Flora relies on these vibrations to source water. So, indoor plants, while protected from the elements, innately respond well to a tranquil tune. Outside, music attracts pollinators like bees to garden flowers.
Plants are just like us! Their music taste…
Why the Range of Cards You Stock is More Important Than Ever
Sending greeting cards is an integral part of British culture – with the United Kingdom purchasing more cards than any other country. Whether this is for the birth of a new family member or a loved one moving job, cards let your family know you are thinking of them and wishing them luck along the way.
So, it is no wonder our customers are finding new ways to send their favourite cards to their nearest and dearest.
Here we will explore some non-traditional occasions for which people send cards and why you should stock up with cards from a reliable greeting card manufacturer…
Spring Greenhouse refresh
Hartley Botanic reveals the best ways to upgrade and refresh your Greenhouse space this spring.
Luxury Glasshouse and Greenhouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic is the authority on the world’s most desirable Glasshouses. When it comes to craftsmanship and structural integrity, a Hartley Botanic Glasshouse is the ‘finest money can buy,’ and that’s not to mention the beauty and elegance of its incomparable range of structures. With customers around the world, and leading horticulture organisations, institutions and designers choosing a Hartley Botanic, they are also an…
Lawn Association - Defra is letting down the country
Perhaps Defra has shares in the oil industry? That at least would help to explain its complete failure to address the plastic grass debate by providing honest information and education to the public.
Here’s the problem.
Due to inaction by Defra and other governing bodies (not to mention MPs), our outdoor spaces are being increasingly carpeted in plastic. That’s right – carpeted gardens; try explaining that to the wildlife losing its habitat and food. And not only is it the kind of non-recyclable and oil-based product we need so badly to reduce – it also strips away…
How to Keep Your Garden Centre Thriving
The nation’s love for plants has grown, flourished, and blossomed. Gardening became an all-important national pastime during the pandemic and, for many, that healthy habit has continued.
Did you know that approximately 83% of houses in the UK have a garden, with the average adult spending £690 on their garden in 2021?
However, the coming months could pose problems for keen gardeners as winter takes hold. Here, we will explore factors that could impact your business, as well as ways of maintaining a competitive edge in the market throughout winter.
Stand-Out Plants for 2023
Retail Concepts & Solutions - After 4 busy weeks of visitors from across the horticultural industry, the Ball Summer Showcase came to a close on 5th August 2022.
Despite almost 5 weeks without rain and the amongst the highest temperatures recorded in the UK, the summer plants trials and displays proved a resounding success and a valuable visit to all those who visited. The challenging weather conditions certainly demonstrated how plant genetics have improved dramatically over the past years with so many plant varieties showing amazing resilience to the most unforgiving heat and…
Garden expert reveals how to transform your garden on a budget
How to create a luxury outdoor space in light of the cost of living crisis…
Petrol prices are soaring, the average weekly food shop has risen by up to 50%, and inflation has hit a forty-year high. The cost of living crisis that we are currently experiencing is forcing the nation to take account of what means the most to them, and prioritise their spending – meaning that updating your home or garden may be at the bottom of your to-do list. But, with summer in full bloom, and more people spending time at home rather than spending money on days out or in restaurants, maintaining…
Six handy gardening tips for beginners
Green fingers at the ready – get your garden sorted for the heatwave!
Having a beautiful garden can really complete the look and feel of any home. But taming hedges and tending to flower beds can often seem like quite a daunting task. That’s why St. Modwen Homes is here with some expert tips and suggestions to help you get started. Plus, with heatwaves in full swing and the summer months upon us, what better time to get your garden in tip top shape?
To help offer you the best advice, the national housebuilder spoke with Leon, an expert gardener from landscaping partners,…
Gardens remain a top priority for consumers finds study
Draper Tools has polled the nation on the best and worst trends for UK gardens in 2022 and taken a look at consumer priorities and spending habits when it comes to the garden.
According to the research, Brits are encouraging wildlife in their gardens with bird feeders and baths, hedgehog homes and bumblebee nest boxes. However, garden gnomes and artificial grass have had their day.
The study of 2,000 adults with an outdoor space found more than one in ten describe their entire garden as “intentionally wild” in style to encourage biodiversity. Fruit trees, composting areas…
Here's how to maintain a luscious lawn all summer long
There are different types of jobs we should be keeping up with throughout the year, but some of the jobs we should make sure we are always doing our best to keep up with are regular feeding, moss-killing and weeding. Cold weather and life can get in the way, making it difficult for us to keep on top of everything - so lawn experts at The Grass People share the key jobs to focus on this summer.
Summer (hopefully) means less rain and more sun, this means we need to take the time to make sure our lawns are plenty hydrated. It’s a good idea to water grass once a week…
Late summer greenhouse growing with Hartley Botanic
Key greenhouse growing jobs and insight for August & September.
The summer is a time when the English garden comes alive, and it is the perfect time to enjoy all your hard work from the vantage point of your beautiful Greenhouse. But for Greenhouse growers, peak to late summer presents its own set of unique challenges and opportunities. Whether that’s managing the heat or propagating for next year. Here, heritage Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic provides expert advice on some essential Greenhouse focuses for the late summer season, as well as how to use…
Top Tips for Maintaining your Garden Furniture
Endless get-togethers can really put the heat on your wallet, especially if you take on the role of the host with the most. Like many Brits, if you’ll be using your outdoor space as an entertainment hub this summer, there are so many ways you can update it without the mayhem or expense of a complete redesign. To help you save both time and money, here is a handy guide to extending the life of your garden furniture with minimal cost and maximum impact:
1. The Big Clean
After the cooler months, it’s essential to give your outdoor furniture a deep clean to get rid…
The Top Five Trending TikTok Gardening Hacks
WD-40 reveals the top hacks on the internet to give your garden a quick, easy and low-budget revamp this spring
As spring is fast approaching, and the Great British weather begins to improve (slightly), many of us are beginning to take to our gardens to attempt to ready them for the coming months. But, with gas prices rising and other bills constantly increasing, the budget for garden maintenance has most likely decreased for most households.
So, if you are attempting to achieve your dream garden on a budget this Spring, iconic household brand, WD-40, has scoured TikTok to…
How Can Gardening be Entertaining for Children?
Spring is approaching, so it’s a perfect time to make use of the outdoors in the warmer weather. Especially for your children, it can seem difficult to find anything that distracts them from their devices. But once you discover something different yet entertaining to do outdoors, it’s no doubt that they will no longer be glued to their screens. But how can you persuade them to step outside and embrace nature?
Here, we explore several ways to get your kids into gardening with tips and activities.Get your hands dirty
If your children don’t spend too much time outdoors, then…