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

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

Meet Torsi Wooldridge, winner of the inaugural Grass Roots Vlogger of the Year Award, supported by Johnsons Lawn Seed

Technology is revolutionising the way gardeners track down advice on growing flowers, fruit, vegetables and lawns. A technology-savvy generation is turning to YouTube and vlogging to share their passion for plants. When Johnsons Lawn Seed announced the winner of its first Grass Roots Vlogger of the Year Award, designed to shine the spotlight on budding talent, 37-year-old Torsi Wooldride from Berkshire beat the competition hands-down with her warm, honest presenting style. Here, we meet Torsi and discover what sparked her passion for sharing her green-fingered antics with the world online – an inspirational tale for any gardener looking to embrace the world of vlogging. Continue reading

Woodlodge makes light work of boosting container sales by expanding easy-to-lift range of pots that appeal to consumers of all ages

Woodlodge is helping retailers to drive sales of containers by expanding its lightweight range of stylish, durable pots. These easy-to-move containers offer potential for fast category growth by appealing to younger consumers who demand instant effect for minimal effort, while also making gardening easier for older shoppers who lack the strength to lift heavy pots. Continue reading