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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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Barton Grange at Christmas

BARTON Grange Garden Centre and Castle Gardens have recently (November, 2018) been announced as the national winners of the 2018 Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual Christmas competition.

The garden centres were judged to have the best festive displays in the country by the organisation and will receive their awards at its annual conference in January, 2019.

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Sunflower - Sunshine sees sales in seeds and bulbs improve

THE MORE settled weather in August (2018) meant gardeners were able to get on with their gardening and plant seeds and bulbs.

Compared to last year (2017) sales in seeds and bulbs were up 14.12% according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.

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Plant Area Forum, GCA

THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) held a successful Plant Area Forum at Ball Colegrave this summer (July, 2018).

The event was the GCA’s third and was attended by more than 50 delegates, including plant area managers, buyers and supervisors and was facilitated by GCA inspector, Roger Crookes with assistance from Michael Cole.

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said:

“Our third annual Plant Area Forum was a huge success and I would like to thank everyone who helped Roger and Michael with the content and presentations and, of course, the delegates from busy garden centres who attended. The day would not have been the success it was without their contributions. I would also like to thank our hosts Ball Colegrave, whose glorious grounds made the event that much more special.”

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Barometer of Trade, BoT report

SALES at garden centres across the country continued to soar in June (2018) thanks to the sunny weather according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.

Outdoor plant sales were up 26.94% compared to the same month last year (2017) and sales in houseplants were close behind at 24.1% up.

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said:

“It’s hard to believe that earlier in the year we had such terrible weather, including heavy snowfall, which really affected sales, but recently we’ve enjoyed heat waves across the country. After a big boost in sales in May thanks to the weather and the Bank Holidays, it was great to see the good weather continue into June and it has done wonders for our member garden centres.”