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News, in-depth reporting and discussion of garden centres and garden retailing, including plantaria, concessions, pets, catering, green gardening, manufactured goods and retail business.

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Garden Retail In Depth

Apprenticeships: Employers in charge

Apprenticeships: Employers in charge

25 July 2014

Major Government changes to apprenticeships put employers in the driving seat. Is horticulture ready? Jez Abbott finds out.

 
 
Top 100 profile - Coolings

Top 100 profile - Coolings

25 July 2014

Now operating across two sites in Kent, Coolings has built a reputation as a successful family business, won multiple awards and achieved a high rank in the Garden Retail Top 100, Matthew Appleby reports.

 
 
Grow your own - Back on track

Grow your own - Back on track

25 July 2014

Weather conditions have led to a more steady sales season for fruit and vegetable products and suppliers are lining up new varieties for 2015, Matthew Appleby reports.

 
 
Ligularia

Ligularia

17 July 2014

These ideal water garden plants offer summer colour and year-round ground cover, says Bethan Norris.

 
 

10 Ways to sell...

How to sell more... Roses

Get it right and there is still money to be made selling roses in garden centres. Wholesale growers and successful retailers tell Liz Dobbs what works in today's challenging times.

Ten ways to sell more...Indoor plants

Houseplant sales are up and have potential for further growth so simple techniques can boost turnover, says Graham Clarke.

Ten Ways to Sell More... Climbing plants

With many consumers keen to make the most out of limited growing spaces, plants and sales should both head skywards, Graham Clarke suggests.

Ten ways to sell more...Packet seeds

Promote seeds as cheap, target beginner gardeners and get information across, Graham Clarke suggests.

Ten ways to sell ... more flowering plants

Whatever the season, bulbs, bedding plants and shrubs offer opportunities for sales if they are chosen well and displayed appropriately, says Graham Clarke.

Ten ways to sell more ... roses

Good signposting and rose champions can guide customers through the huge range of varieties available and advise on care, says Graham Clarke.

 


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Matthew Appleby

Insider view on industry happenings in the world of gardening and growing media, news and events.

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Peter Seabrook

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Garden Retail - the interviews

Interview - Will Armitage, Armitage & Sons managing director and Garden Centre Association president elect

Interview - Will Armitage, Armitage & Sons managing director and Garden Centre Association president elect

16 January 2014

Will Armitage takes on the chains of office at the Garden Centre Associ­ation (GCA) from Peter Burks at the organisation's conference in late January with the remit to improve regional networking at the 200-garden centre trade body.

 
 

Retail plant focus...

Phlox Fragrant flowers in many colours make these plants a favourite in borders, says Miranda Kimberley.

Polemonium Attractive flowers and foliage have made Jacob's ladder a cottage garden favourite, says Miranda Kimberley.

Olearia Daisy bushes can make ideal evergreen shrubs for hedging or windbreaks in coastal gardens or landscapes, Miranda Kimberley explains.

Polygonatum These shade-loving plants work well as features in woodland gardens, says Miranda Kimberley.

Amelanchier These plants can fit in small gardens to provide many seasons of interest, Miranda Kimberley finds.

Pulsatilla Commonly known as the Pasque flower, this perennial is gaining in popularity, says Miranda Kimberley.

New Plants

Rehmannia variety released

Rehmannia variety released

25 July 2014

Farplants has launched Rehmannia Walberton's 'Magic Dragon'.

 
 
'Astana' - Cayeux Iris

'Astana' - Cayeux Iris

16 May 2014

A range of multiple irises, including 'Astana' - Cayeux Iris

 
 
Chrysanthemum 'Martin Bell'

Chrysanthemum 'Martin Bell'

16 May 2014

Chrysanthemum 'Martin Bell' from Chrysanthemums Direct.

 
 
Sarracenia 'Matt Johnson'

Sarracenia 'Matt Johnson'

16 May 2014

Sarracenia 'Matt Johnson' from Hampshire Carnivorous Plants.

 
 
 

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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 25 July 2014

NEWS: Gardeners’ wages likely to be raised by RHS in benchmark exercise

GARDEN RETAIL TOP 100 PROFILE: How Coolings in Kent has built up its reputation

KIT TEST: Echo, Makita and Stihl submit their latest chainsaw models for testing at Derby College

PLANT FOCUS: Ligularia

PEST & DISEASE FACTSHEET: Spider mites

UK GROWER AWARDS 2015: Entries now open