Gadgets that harness the power of AI and smart technology are set to revolutionise the market for garden goods

“Alexa, start the lawnmower”. “Alexa, water the borders and vegetable patch”. “Alexa, order me a pack of Miracle-Gro”. Turn back the clock by a decade and such voice commands would have been dismissed as the plot of a sci-fi movie. Now, AI and smart technology that has revolutionised our homes is set to transform the way the nation tends its flowers, fruit, lawns and vegetables. High-tech app-controlled kit and robotic gadgets that promise to make gardening easier are taking the garden retail market by storm. Continue reading

ecofective® highlights its bee-friendly plant protection range, ahead of World Bee Day’s focus on helping pollinators

As conservationists prepare to mark World Bee Day on 20th May, an initiative designed to highlight the global decline of vital pollinators, the ecofective® brand of natural plant protection products is revealing how its innovative range can help gardeners to tackle troublesome pests on flowers, fruit and vegetables without posing a risk to bees. Continue reading

GIMA members smash records as bumper spring sees consumers flock to garden centres

Members of the Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association (GIMA) are celebrating a spring sales bonanza, with suppliers fighting against the clock to meet demand from retailers. With garden centre sales up by 37% year-on-year in March alone, according to the Garden Centre Association’s Barometer of Trade, GIMA members have smashed targets as Easter’s heatwave and strong spring trading saw sales go through the roof. Continue reading

Recreate Greenfingers Charity’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden

As the garden retail industry’s most beloved charity, Greenfingers’ inaugural presence at the forthcoming RHS Chelsea Flower Show is something we can all take great pride in. Here the charity reveals further details about its proposed planting scheme, something the charity is encouraging retailers to offer in-store to help consumers recreate the ‘Chelsea look’ within their own garden spaces.  Continue reading