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Houseplant and outdoor plant sales create a positive start to 2019

GARDEN centres across the country saw a positive start to the year (January, 2019) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report with houseplant and outdoor plant sales dominating.

Compared to the same month the previous year (2018), houseplant sales were 16.96% up and outdoor plant sales were up 13.03%.

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “Towards the end of 2018, we saw much milder weather than we’re used to and our customers were able to spend more time outdoors preparing their beds and plots for the coming season. This continued into January with good sales in outdoor plants and houseplants bringing a positive start to the year and the expectation of a buoyant spring season.”

Seed and bulb sales were up 5.32% and sales in garden sundries were up 9.02%.

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Outdoor plant at Garden Centre in December

SALES in outdoor plants continued to dominate other categories for a third month running in December (2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.

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Applications now open for GCA Rising Stars programmes

MEMBERS of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) are being encouraged to put forward their employees for the organisation’s two Rising Stars programmes taking place throughout the year (2019).

The GCA will once again be running its Rising Stars programme, sponsored by Westland Horticulture, focusing on core gardening and its new Catering Rising Stars programme, sponsored by Creed Foodservice in 2019.

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Greenfingers charity cheque

GARDEN centre and horticultural industry staff are this month (January, 2019) being asked to sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference.

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GCA Worrall Cup Winners

MEMBERS of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) are this month (January, 2019) being reminded to compete for the chance to win the Worrall Cup.

The cup will be awarded to the garden centre with the best marketing campaign or initiative during the GCA’s annual conference at Luton Hoo from January 20-23.

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Outdoor plants

OUTDOOR plant sales continued to grow at garden centres for the second month running in November (2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.

Sales were up 11.69% compared to the same month last year (2017).

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GCA conference logo

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.

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Worrall Cup winners

THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) has launched its Worrall Cup competition (November, 2018) that is designed to find the member garden centre with the best marketing expertise.

The garden centre with the best marketing campaign or initiative will be awarded the prestigious cup during the GCA’s annual conference at Luton Hoo from January 20-23.

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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.