Following a busy day of judging at Warwick Racecourse (20th June), where around 170 entries were considered, the winners of the 39th annual GIMA Awards have now been confirmed. However, the garden retail industry has to wait a few more weeks to find out who wins, when this year’s winners are revealed on July 4th at the five-star Celtic Manor Resort.
The 2019 judges certainly had some tough choices to make. With over 170 products, services and campaigns fighting it out to receive the highly respected accolade of GIMA award winner, it was safe to say that the competition was tight.… Full story
The popular garden centre in Dorset is celebrating its 25th anniversary, having officially opened its doors in March 1994. Chairman Warren Haskins is also celebrating 50 years in the business, after taking over the family retail nursery in 1969.
The family-run garden centre group has grown from the humble beginnings of a small market garden in Coy Pond in Branksome, to operating four popular centres located across Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex. The business has grown from a turnover of £17,000 in 1969 to a multi-million pound turnover and from employing seven people in 1969 to… Full story
The makers of beautifully designed hand-made sheds, The Posh Shed Company will be displaying two of its sheds in Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) new 5,000m² plant centre at Wisley, near Woking.
The space, due to open to the public on June 10, has been expanded to meet the needs of gardeners who have just started growing, as well as those who have been growing for years. Top quality plants will be available, for indoors or outside, for home or business.… Full story
RESEARCH by the Office for National Statistics (2018) found 78% of adults use smartphones but according to one hi-tech horticultural company most garden centres are failing to engage with their tech-savvy customers.
The study found mobiles were the most popular… Full story
ONE OF THE UK’s leading commercial nurseries has announced this month (May, 2019) that the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year for 2018 will feature in its 2020 retail catalogue. Wyevale Nurseries potted a small trial batch of Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride Snow White’ for 2019 and… Full story
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) his showcasing an exciting new fine fragrance at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week. RHS perfume Electric Rhubarb has been produced in partnership with Floral Street, an innovative British company producing contemporary floral fragrances.
Electric Rhubarb packaging will feature the Floral Street and RHS logos against the background of a fabulous and colourful flower mural created exclusively for Floral Street by leading London photographer Matthew Donaldson. The Electric Rhubarb packaging will include the words: “For the sparkling, luminous… Full story
The high winds at the end of March have blown in some good news for the UK’s leading manufacturer of domestic garden fence panels, Forest Garden, who have reported a 60% increase in demand.
The company was easily able to cope with this sudden boost in sales as it holds in… Full story
Leading garden tool supplier, WOLF-Garten, has donated a selection of high-quality tools to NHS staff for their communal garden, which is used to relax in after difficult call-outs.
The Chelmsford Ambulance Station, in Essex, reached out to the company asking for tool donations after it created a large pond and garden area late last year. The space is used by around 200 staff who work for the service.… Full story
Leading garden tools and accessories supplier E. P. Barrus has expanded its merchandising team to meet demand as the business continues to grow.
The latest recruit to the team is James Utton, who joins E. P. Barrus with years of experience in garden centre retail. James said: “I’m delighted to be part of the merchandising team at Barrus where I will be looking after the South East region of the UK. I have… Full story
Being inside a greenhouse can create an overwhelming sense of calm, the natural light combined with the warmth and the sound of trees or birds outside can provide a sanctuary for a number of different activities.
“Glasshouses and greenhouses are more than just places to grow and nurture plants,” says Griffin Glasshouses’ Linda Lane. “Our customers like to get the most from of their investment and often use them as an extension of their living space.… Full story
It’s a well-known fact that much of this plastic waste ends up in our oceans, about eight million tonnes in fact – that’s enough to circle the earth 425 times. Each year this ‘ocean plastic’ is killing in excess of 100,000 marine creatures, and by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish calling the ocean its home2. However, there is help at hand. Initiatives such as the Ocean Recovery Project are helping to raise awareness and encourage UK consumers to take responsibility for local ocean clean-up operations. But what happens to the ocean plastic that is recovered? In the case of the… Full story
If you have a team of willing participants and a weekend spare, then the inaugural Greenfingers Glee to Monte-Carlo Banger Rally could be just what you are looking for.
This exciting new event will see teams from across the industry pitch themselves against each other to travel from Glee at the NEC Birmingham, to the world-famous Monte-Carlo on the French Riviera. But to make it even more exciting, each team must complete the 1,000mile course, commit to raising at least £1000 all in a car worth no more than £500!
The rally won’t be about speed, but instead teams will be… Full story