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.
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
Major Government changes to apprenticeships put employers in the driving seat. Is horticulture ready? Jez Abbott finds out.
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.
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.
These ideal water garden plants offer summer colour and year-round ground cover, says Bethan Norris.
10 Ways to sell...
Houseplant sales are up and have potential for further growth so simple techniques can boost turnover, says Graham Clarke.
With many consumers keen to make the most out of limited growing spaces, plants and sales should both head skywards, Graham Clarke suggests.
Promote seeds as cheap, target beginner gardeners and get information across, Graham Clarke suggests.
Whatever the season, bulbs, bedding plants and shrubs offer opportunities for sales if they are chosen well and displayed appropriately, says Graham Clarke.
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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Garden Retail News
- Industry awards reflect on transformed garden centre supplier market
- Customers asked to vote for nation's best plant retailer
- Garden centre available for alternative retailers
- Scotts eyes Solus brand export
- First Christmas preview held by Wyevale
- Tree-planting ceremony among the events held to celebrate firm's 150th anniversary
- Gardening helps to hold country together, Strong tells Wyevale event
- Gold-winning exhibit designer adds her voice to UK-grown call
- Garden centre cafes pick up trade from pubs but still need to innovate
- GCA reveals South Thames winners
- B&Q sees 1.8 per cent sales drop following 'weather-boosted' first quarter
- Retail sales prosper in the heat as garden centre figures slip back.
- Podington takes honours at Garden Centre Association event
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Garden Retail - the interviews
Interview - Will Armitage, Armitage & Sons managing director and Garden Centre Association president elect16 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.
Business Planning with Neville Stein
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- HEAD GARDENER REQUIRED - COTSWOLDS Knight Frank £28,000 - £30,000 no accommodation, Gloucestershire / Cheltenham, Gloucestershire / Northleach, Gloucestershire
- Contract Supervisor Lowther Forestry Group Ltd Attractive salary, vehicle and benefits package, South East England / South West England
- Nursery Supervisor Griffin Nurseries 20-25k, Hampshire / Liphook, Hampshire
- Landscape Construction Manager Ground Control Competitive salary + semi-annual bonuses + share options, South East England / East Sussex / Hampshire / Surrey / West Sussex
- Graduate Trainee: Seed Research, Procurement and Processing Maelor Forest Nurseries Ltd £18,000 per annum, Whitchurch, Shropshire
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GARDEN RETAIL TOP 100 PROFILE: How Coolings in Kent has built up its reputation
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UK GROWER AWARDS 2015: Entries now open