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.
Placing fertiliser onto beds of outdoor flowering gladioli at the planting stage as opposed to broadcasting, is saving a Lincolnshire grower an estimated £4,500 a year by reducing fertiliser usage and the cost of application in a separate pass.
This summer's fine weather has led to a bumper crop of sunflowers in Lincolnshire, with one supermarket giant reporting sales up by 288 per cent.
The redesign of Bishop Burton College's walled garden has been opened to the public for the first time since work on the project started in 2012.
Paxman Landscapes managing director Justin Paxman says the artificial turf market needs to be regulated.
- Eating more than five-a-day has no extra benefit, say researchers
- Landmark US study computes value of air pollution removal by trees
- The Range takes over Homebase stores
- South African garden centre pioneer dies
- Commission admits Producer Organisation rules are too complex and legally unclear
- Coles Nurseries cuts stock-take time with remote system
- Planning permission sought for renewable energy-fuelled 19,900sqm glasshouse
- Garden industry supplier Decco lines up trade shows
- Quadron celebrates role in Green Flag wins
- Golden Acres Nurseries sells off bedding equipment
- Horticulture industry's relationship with science to be examined
- Commons committee backs neonics ban, questions independence of research
HW's pest & disease bulletin delivers a monthly round-up of news, information, products and research developments relating to the battle against pests and diseases.
UK Grower Awards
New categories for UK Grower Awards 2015 offer even more opportunities to highlight strengths to potential customers.
- Morden Hall Garden Centre prepares for closing down sale
- Industry awards reflect on transformed garden centre supplier market
- Farming minister gives backing to UK Grower Awards 2015
- Retail sales prosper in the heat as garden centre figures slip back.
- Commons environmental audit committee urges Government to accept European risk assessment on neonicotinoids
- Scottish growers start to voice opinions on devolution as referendum date draws near
Explore Horticulture Week
Reviewed - Tractor-mounted mowers How will new models cope with time pressure and the demand for a quality finish? Sally Drury finds out.
Eucryphia Grown for their abundant and showy white or pink flowers, these trees are great companion plants for varieties that love acid soil, says Bethan Norris.
Edibles crop protection: Control headache What help is available for growers to cope with increasing complexity and a shrinking pool of chemicals in pest and disease control? Sally Drury investigates.
Apprenticeships: Employers in charge Major Government changes to apprenticeships put employers in the driving seat. Is horticulture ready? Jez Abbott finds out.
Grow your own - Back on track 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.
Pest & Disease Management - Spider mites The glasshouse red spider mite, also known as the two-spotted spider mite, is a troublesome pest of both protected and outdoor ornamentals.
- Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014 - Thu 31 Jul 2014
- Venue: Woking, UK
- Date: Wed 06 Aug 2014 - Wed 06 Aug 2014
- Venue: E M Cole Farms Ltd, Small Drove Lane, West Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3NL - then National Cut Flower Centre, Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 8SG
- Date: Wed 06 Aug 2014 - Fri 08 Aug 2014
- Venue: Istanbul, Turkey
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UK GROWER AWARDS 2015: Entries now open