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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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Mike Burks Chairman Elect

THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) has recently (January, 2019) announced its Chairman Elect for 2020/21.

Mike Burks, who is the Managing Director of The Gardens Group, was revealed as the GCA’s Chairman Elect for 2020/21 during its annual conference, which took place at Luton Hoo Hotel, Luton.

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GCA small flowers

THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) revealed the winners of its most prestigious awards at its annual conference including its 10 Garden Centres of Excellence. 

The awards were presented to the winners during a ceremony at Luton Hoo Hotel.

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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.”