Garden centre plant sales rocket again thanks to ideal weather

Planteria sales in March were up to 46% above March 2016 and up 34% up year-to-date as customers ignored Brexit concerns and bought plants while the sun was shining.

Hillier's Chris Francis said: "Like for like sales for the month were 20% ahead of last year.

"Highlights included Nursery stock +26%, Restaurants +13%, growing media +8%.

"Financial year (from 1 September 2016 to date) sales are +15%"

Notcutts chief executive Nick Burrows said: "We've had an encouraging March - a good start to the season. Terrific to have the weather with us and we've seen strong customer numbers across our centres."

Paresh Raithatha, of West London's Ansell Garden Centre, said sales last week were 88% up on the same week in 2016.

Ansell Garden Centre burned down in November 2016 and is now only able to trade from outside with one-third of the stock it had previously, but despite this, sales were only 8% down on March compared to March 2016.

"That's not bad going considering we have no buildings," he said. He plans to open on Easter Sunday because he can with no indoor trading so that could help Ansell to beat April sales if the weather stays good. Ansell is drawing up plans for a new centre, which could open in a year's time.

Alton Garden Centre director Andy Bunker said: "I'm sure it's the same all round."

He said he had completed his "best ever" March and best ever first quarter", joking "yep, I guess Brexit is really biting at Altons".

Bunker said despite "awful" weather forecasts on Sunday, the weather was good and good sales were continuing into April.

HW reported in mid-March that sales levels were growing fast and that service levels were now important to keep momentum.

Mother's Day kept the growth coming, as centres beat figures from the slow March of 2016.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Bacterial and fungal canker

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Bacterial and fungal canker

A wide range of nursery stock can be susceptible to potential damage from various cankers.

Hedging - what are the alternatives to box?

Hedging - what are the alternatives to box?

With box blight and box tree moth both posing problems, Miranda Kimberley looks at alternative planting choices.

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Spider mites

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Spider mites

Defences for protected and outdoor ornamentals.


Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Viewing top-quality plants, both growing and on sale, always gives me pleasure.

Editorial ... More analysis and insight from bumper HW issue

Editorial ... More analysis and insight from bumper HW issue

Welcome to this bumper 72-page July edition of Horticulture Week magazine, packed with exclusive analysis, insight and expert advice on the biggest issues impacting all sectors of the UK horticulture industry right now.

Edwards: Will a weak pound and tariffs on imported stock be good for UK nursery production?

Edwards: Will a weak pound and tariffs on imported stock be good for UK nursery production?

At the time of writing - a few days after the general election - sterling has weakened and we still have no idea of what Brexit means.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production
 

Read Tim Edwards

Ornamentals ranking

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Tough retail pricing policies and Brexit opportunities drive the top 30 growth strategies.

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

Read more Peter Seabrook articles