Plant trends bloom across the industry

Plants, seeds and bulbs are the bread and butter of any garden retail offering.  Appealing to consumers across all demographics, they are the lifeblood of any domestic garden, whether it be vegetables, herbs, shrubs or flowers. We are changing not only what we garden, but how we garden. Here leading industry exhibition, Glee (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham), explores the latest plant trends. Continue reading

Jody Lidgard opens Greenfingers Garden in Grimsby Hospice

Award winning garden designer, landscaper and Greenfingers Charity Ambassador Jody Lidgard officially opened the new pirate themed garden at Andy’s at St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby on Tuesday 17th April.  The opening was attended by hospice staff, children and families and many friends of Greenfingers Charity who generously supported the creation of this new enchanting garden. Continue reading

GIMA Day Conference – full report

The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association’s AGM and Day Conference took place on 12th April at Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, with over 65 members in attendance.  With a packed agenda, the day tackled everything from the Bank of England’s current economic forecast, foreign exchange rates, GDPR and two industry stalwarts sharing an insight into their careers and hopes for the future. An overview of GIMA’s current activities completed the day-long conference. Continue reading

‘Shrinkflation’ still a problem says Johnsons Lawn Seed

Leading UK lawn seed supplier Johnsons Lawn Seed is continuing to campaign for quality within the consumer market and looking to address the persistent problem of ‘shrinkflation’, i.e. packets being filled with less seed, or bulked out with cheaper, substandard seed.  It’s a problem that continues to negatively impact the supply chain, says Consumer Manager Guy Jenkins. Continue reading

Strong start to 2018 for Glee

In a year that sees Glee refresh itself even further for the benefit of the industry it represents, the show organisers have reported that the beginning of 2018 saw the annual exhibition witness an incredible display of support from the garden retail sector. Continue reading

pets @ glee

With almost 50% of the UK now owning a pet* – and this number set to increase in the coming years – the additional revenue potential that pet products can offer garden retailers is unrivalled by any other product category. Recognising this the organisers of Glee – the UK’s leading annual exhibition for the garden retail industry – have confirmed that 2018 is set to mark an exciting year of development for pet products at the show, with several exciting enhancements being added to Glee’s dedicated pet sector – ‘Pets at Glee’. Continue reading

Retail Lab at Glee – 2017 sponsors interview, Elho

Launched at Glee 2017, the Retail Lab was a key focal point for the annual garden retail exhibition. Unlike anything before seen at Glee, it was a place to experience the beating heart of the industry, with a view to what the future holds. Combining interactive content, with inspirational product displays and tangible business advice, The Retail Lab cemented itself as a thriving hub of inspiration and knowledge at Glee. Here we catch up David Nicholson, Sales Manager UK & Ireland at Elho, one of the 2017 Retail Lab sponsors, to find out more about the company’s experience. Continue reading

Retail Lab at Glee – 2017 sponsors interview, Primeur

Launched at Glee 2017, the Retail Lab was a key focal point for the annual garden retail exhibition. Unlike anything before seen at Glee, it was a place to experience the beating heart of the industry, with a view to what the future holds. Combining interactive content, with inspirational product displays and tangible business advice, The Retail Lab cemented itself as a thriving hub of inspiration and knowledge at Glee. Here we catch up with one of the 2017 sponsors – Primeur, suppliers of eco-friendly and innovative garden products such as self-watering planters, hanging baskets, stepping stones, pavers, garden borders, stair treads and decking. – to find out more about the company’s experience. Continue reading