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The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association’s AGM and Day Conference took place on 10th April at Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, with 60 members in attendance. With a packed agenda, the day tackled everything from how consumers are changing the face of retailing, to the impact of technology upon purchasing decisions, the importance of inspiration, and how one retailer is forging ahead in this new retail landscape. GIMA’s Director, Vicky Nuttall kicked off proceedings, updating the room with positive news, in that GIMA has witnessed its fifth year of member growth, with 171… Full story
It’s far from a dog’s life for man’s best friend at Balmer Lawn, as it launches an exclusive ‘Barking Lawn’ menu for its four-legged guests.
The award-winning dog-friendly Hampshire hotel has always welcomed the furry fraternity through its doors but has now decided to offer them a place to sit at the table rather than underneath it to enjoy a bowl (or two) of what they really fancy – and what’s good for them.
The Barking Lawn menu, which launches on Monday, 1st April, begins with a… Full story
THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) Trust recently (April, 2019) selected Emma Lamb from Barton Grange Garden Centre and Sam Clark from Cowell’s Garden Centre to attend this year’s International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress.
The two candidates will receive a sponsored place at the IGCA Congress in September as part of the Dick Allen Scholarship Award Scheme.
Sue Allen, Trust Chairman, said: “This is the fourth year we have sponsored GCA member centre staff to attend the IGCA and we’re delighted to announce Emma and Sam as the two lucky candidates.
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As part of its ongoing commitment to its stockists, Wrexham-based Treadstone Products has put together a comprehensive range of merchandiser options to support all of the products in its three main product ranges, which include The Good Life selection of gardening essentials, the newly launched range of ClipGlove gardening gloves and Peter Rabbit themed gardening products for children.
Eye-catching and innovative merchandising solutions include for the Peter Rabbit… Full story
National Gardening Week is fast approaching and this year the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are focusing the campaign on “Edible Britain” as an acknowledgment of own-grown produce. Launched in 2011, the event has grown year-on-year and is now the nation’s biggest celebrationof gardening. Gardeners of all ages are encouraged to start growing produce and share their efforts on social media by using hashtag #NationalGardeningWeek.
Gardening is well known to be advantageous to personal wellbeing, whilst encouraging children to grow their own fruit and vegetables provides life… Full story
BASF, the leading producer of beneficial nematodes used as pest control in British gardens, will be showcasing two of its ground-breaking products at this year’s RHS Cardiff.
The company is attending the event, held from 12 to 14 April, as it represents the start of the spring season and is also a key time of year in which gardeners spot the first signs of slug activity.… Full story
A standard greenhouse has its usual functions, from storing growing bags and tools to growing produce and displaying beautiful flowers.
Yet looking at the current options available in this market, gardeners have the usual metal, wooden or plastic-style greenhouses at their fingertips, but none have the flexibility to access inside from all sides.
Thorndown’s revolutionary Peelable Glass Paint, made from recycled plastic, is now available in a handy 450ml tin. Developed with a major greenhouse manufacturer and distributor, this new pack size is perfect for most garden greenhouses. Launching on Monday 15th April it will be available to purchase from our online shop and direct for retailers.… Full story
The British lawnmowing season is officially changing. Leading lawnmower manufacturer Cub Cadet highlights this shift with the first-year-on-year comparison of data (2017 and 2018), published today. The information collected by the company is part of a five-year survey to accurately plot how the changing weather patterns are impacting grass growth and lawnmowing activity in the UK.
Gardeners were encouraged to enter their first and last mowing dates. The figures… Full story
The popular Haskins Garden Centre based in Crawley has opened the doors to its temporary building at the Snowhill site.
Phase one of the Snowhill centre’s redevelopment plan has now been completed, including:
- New temporary building erected
- Half of new car park completed
- Car Park entrance has moved
- New landscaping and trees in place
The Snowhill centre redevelopment plan is a 12-month project which will culminate in the main centre re-opening for business in spring 2020. In the meantime, Haskins will continue to trade in… Full story