Latest trends reveal garden centres' move toward boutique and budget style

City garden centres are moving to boutique and budget, latest trends have revealed.

Beryl Henderson, owner of boutique outlet North One Garden Centre in Islington, north London, has bought Ginkgo Garden Centre in west London through Quinton Edwards. The Garden Retail Award-winning Ginkgo centre will be renamed West Six Garden Centre and relaunched in March.

Meanwhile, Quinton Edwards has leased Bay Tree Garden Centre in Braintree, Essex, to discount chain QD Stores. The centre is now one of QD's five "value" Cherry Lane Garden Centres and is being doubled in size.

QD managing director Justin Farrington-Smith said garden centres now constitute 15 per cent of QD's 39 stores' turnover and he was looking to buy more centres.

Elsewhere, TV's Landscape Man Matthew Wilson has joined London's Clifton Nurseries as managing director from the Landscape Agency, with a brief to increase its high-end garden design business.

Quinton Edwards director Simon Quinton-Smith said New Forest Garden Plants, which went into administration in November 2010, should be sold within three weeks.

"No-one is buying the business but it should continue to trade as a plant grower." He added that Riverside Garden Centre in the New Forest should also be sold this week.


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