Kate Lowe joined Haymarket Media Group in 2004 and took on the editorship of Horticulture Week in 2005. An award-winning journalist, she has worked in business and professional media for more than 15 years.
Since 2013, when the then Tesco-owned Dobbies jumped from taking 12 to 19 places in the Garden Retail Top 100 list - and Wyevale Garden Centres leaped from 10 to 14 - the major multiples have made little of the running in our annual review of the garden industry, tracking the turnover of individual sites.
Seasoned garden industry professionals know all too well not to expect too much from an early Easter - irrespective of whether centres are, or are not, allowed to trade on Easter Sunday.
The September trade show season could hardly have begun better for the garden industry with exhibitors and visitors alike at the Four Oaks Trade Show in fine mood after a good gardening year, and looking ahead to even better in 2016. Meanwhile, garden centres attending Glee were reporting sales up 10 per cent or more on 2014.
As Defra's announcement concerning the appointment of a "joint-venture partner" for the Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) draws closer, the questions concerning the impact of the proposed sell-off of yet another chunk of public science only get bigger.
The close of the year is always a time to take stock of achievements and last week's BALI National Landscape Awards did just that, with 850 of the industry's finest celebrating the very best in UK landscaping practice.
Gardening Team Leader
Garden Transformation North London
Kitchen Gardener for Private House in the Cotswolds
Private Estate: Oxfordshire
Graduate Landscapes Ltd Liphook, Hampshire
Cassiobury Park Manager
Watford Borough Council Watford, Hertfordshire
ID Verde Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)