Events and Show


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GARDEN centre staff from across the country who attend the GCA's annual conference (January 20 until 23, 2019) can learn how they can become a game changer from guest speaker John Stanley.

The conference will take place at Luton Hoo Hotel, Luton…


Glee at Spring Fair exhibitors reveal plans for the 2019 event

With just weeks to go until the second annual Glee at Spring Fair event (3rd – 7th February, NEC Birmingham) the show’s exhibitors reveal what garden and gift buyers can expect to see from this thriving section of the exhibition.  

Woodlodge, the UK’s leading supplier of garden planters and containers, will be using the show as a second opportunity to showcase its expanded Rustic Garden and Feather ranges of pots and planters. 

Drawing influence from current trends, including the ‘Modern Farmhouse’ trend – considered by Houzz as the biggest interior trend of the last few…


Why garden centres should visit Fordingbridge at Glee 

Following the success of last year’s show, Fordingbridge, the leading specialist design and build contractors of inspiring canopy, walkway and building solutions, will be returning to Glee (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham) to demonstrate the benefits of its robust and hardwearing designs to suit a wide range of garden retail environments.

With over 50 years’ experience of building aesthetically pleasing and durable structures for garden centres across the country, Fordingbridge’s sales team will be on hand at the show to give expert advice on bespoke building solutions that…


Still time to join the new Glee Discovery Tour

Introduced ahead of the 2018 show, Glee’s new guided Discovery Tours will provide a fresh insight into the show’s extensive catalogue of content, features, educational seminars and inspirational retail displays. With spaces filling up fast for the daily tours, interested parties are urged to sign up now to avoid missing out.  

Offering a unique and bespoke visitor experience, the walking tours will take in the unmissable feature areas of the show including the New Product Showcase, Green Heart and the newly enhanced and dedicated pet sector - Pets at Glee. Each ‘stop’ on the tour…


Haskins Muscari bulbs

Garden centre group Haskins has launched its very own Bulb Market, which takes place from Monday August 20 to Monday November 19 across all four of its centres.

More than 250 bulb varieties will be available at Haskins’ Bulb Market, as well as a showcase of rare and unusual bulbs. The festival will also have a special focus on British-grown bulbs, with 24 varieties on sale that are UK-grown.

Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres, commented: “We’re delighted to announce the return of our popular Bulb Market, with a special focus on embracing and supporting UK…


Trade Shows

The gardening and horticultural industry have seen some innovative new products throughout 2019, while the tried and tested brands continue to develop and keep pace with consumer demand. For great networking, buying and training opportunities, whether you're an exhibitor, a buyer or both, check out our pick of the best trade shows…

The Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition promises to be bigger, better and more enticing than ever before in 2019. Traders can…


Gardening Week

Haskins Garden Centres are encouraging children to get outside and connect with nature by celebrating Nationals Children’s Gardening Week (May 26 – June 3).

Presented by the Horticultural Trade Association, National Children’s Gardening Week celebrates the fun that gardens hold for kids. Haskins shares these values and is supporting young gardeners in their centres and online with activities for children and parents to enjoy.

Children will be able to learn how to encourage wildlife into their gardens,…


BALI

ONE of the UK’s leading nurseries will be providing a selection of plants to The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) for its first-ever garden trade stand at The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Malvern Spring Flower Show (May, 2018).

Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford will be loaning 22* different plant varieties, including Lomandra ‘White Sands’, Veronica ‘Tissington White’ and Pittosporum ten. ‘Variegata’ to BALI for the show, which will open to the public on May 10.

Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurserie…


GCA

THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) is hosting its third annual GCA Plant Area Forum for plant area managers and plant buyers at Ball Colegrave in July (July 25, 2018). 

The event on Wednesday, July 25 will once again be facilitated by GCA inspector, Roger Crookes, who believes that plants are still the core business for garden centres.

He said:

“Our past Plant Area Forum events have been a huge success and this year’s promises to be just as inspiring and motivational for all who come along. This year we are responding to feedback from delegates who attended…


Ascot Spring Garden Show

Garden paving manufacturer, Bradstone, has supported an up and coming designer at this year’s Ascot Spring Garden Show, which showcased Britain’s finest and emerging horticultural talent.

Designed by Tom Hill of Tom Hill Garden Design based in Dorset, the show garden titled ‘On Point’ is a bold and stylish space, focusing on geometric shapes and forms.

With vivid flowers and textured foliage blending in perfect harmony with statement garden features, including…


GIMA Day

The forthcoming GIMA Day Conference is set to offer a varied selection of speakers, including two popular retail stalwarts who will be providing an insight into the state of retailing in the year ahead. The latest foreign exchange fluctuations and how businesses can safeguard themselves, as well as an overview of the Bank of England’s economic outlook for the UK will complete the schedule for the day, providing attendees with much food for thought.

Providing a full day’s schedule of thought leadership, the Day Conference will be a must-attend for anyone wanting to stay ahead in…


Last chance to sign up to Garden Re-Leaf Day!

Garden Re-Leaf Day is fast approaching! With just under three weeks until the garden retail industry comes together to kickstart the season and raise much needed funds for Greenfingers, the event organisers are urging interested parties to sign up now and take part before it’s too late!

FUNdraising Days

Garden businesses across the country have been busy planning their own FUNdraising events for Garden Re-Leaf Day on Friday 16th March, and across the weekend.  Longacres Garden Centre will be going the extra mile with over 40 people completing a sponsored walk which will…