Garden Trade industry news

GLEE visitors invited to find out more about the GCA

STAFF from the Garden Centre Association (GCA) will have a stand at GLEE next month (September, 2018) and are encouraging attendees to visit it and find out more about becoming a member.

New facility for landscaping division at Stewarts Garden Centre, Broomhill

Bournemouth-based Drewlec, the electrical services arm of The Drewitt Group, has designed and installed mechanical and electrical works to the new landscaping facility at Stewarts Garden Centre, Broomhill.

Wyevale Nurseries Taster Menu hailed a success

Customers at one of the UK’s leading nurseries have helped it select four new plants from a Taster Menu concept it launched last year (2017) to go into full scale production.

The Innocent Pet branches out to Garden Centres

Luxury British pet treat manufacturer, The Innocent Pet, will be introducing its high-end range of treats to garden centres at Glee.  

Get ready for Greenfingers Charity’s 20th anniversary at this year’s Glee

With its 20th anniversary on the horizon in 2019, there are lots of exciting plans afoot for Greenfingers Charity, some of which are set to be revealed at this year’s Glee (10-12 September, Birmingham NEC).

Zest 4 Leisure product line-up

Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber garden products including decorative furniture, arches, arbours, fencing, sheds and summerhouses, will be showcasing a stunning range of products for the summer 2019 season at this year’s GLEE.

Gordon Emslie (GCA Inspector South Thames), Nick Joad (GM Haskins Roundstone), Mike Lind (GCA Chairman & MD Monkton Elm), Dean Ridley (Head of Retail Operations Haskins), David Lilly (GM Haskins Snowhill), Julian Winfield (Chief Executive Haskins), Gary Carvosso (GCA South Thames Area Chairman & MD Coolings)

Today, Harry Haskins’ great grandson Warren Haskins is Chairman of Haskins Garden Centres and is very much involved in developing the business. Well known internationally for its innovative and inventive approach to garden retailing, there have been significant milestones in the success of the business.

And now Haskins is celebrating after taking home several prestigious awards at this year's Garden Centre Association South Thames regional awards.

Wyevale Nurseries

Wyevale Nurseries nurseries have announced this month (August 2018) that it is looking for two new apprentices. Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford is calling for people to apply for its two-year Horticultural Apprenticeship, which will start in September 2018.

Andy Johnson, Managing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said “This September will be our fifth intake of two new candidates to the current apprenticeship scheme, which is part of a specifically designed National Apprenticeship Programme for the Midland Regional Growers (MRG) in conjunction with Pershore College. As a company, we are keen to encourage young people into the horticulture industry. We believe in giving opportunities to young and enthusiastic people, with the aim of developing them towards a great career within the industry. Apprenticeships allow young people to learn on the job, achieve nationally recognised qualifications and earn money. We offer an opportunity to work with one of the top commercial nurseries in the UK and gain qualifications, as well as becoming part of a forward-thinking company and join a dedicated and friendly team.”

Wildlife World

GLEE is set to once again host a new range of products launched by UK-leading wildlife product designer and manufacturer, Wildlife World.

The company is expanding its current range significantly with many exciting new products, as well as several new items especially designed and created in partnership with some high profile organisations based in the UK.

2018 has seen the company launch a number of new products including several bird baths, feeders and its new The Pollinating Company Bee Nester.


Hot on the heels of last year’s success, Vitax will be taking its experiential marketing stand one step further in 2018 as it continues to showcase its award-winning packaging, point of sale material and new products.

Visitors to Glee will be encouraged to explore Vitax’s product garden as it takes them on a journey of how its leading brands can be used in a real garden setting.

New product lines will be on show as well as additions to key ranges, but supporting garden centres to help educate gardeners and recommend the right product is at the top of the agenda.