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.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

Why are small garden centre groups expanding?

Why are small garden centre groups expanding?

After Coolings bought a third site in Kent this October, what is driving garden centres to add extra locations to their offer?

Is targetting younger buyers a distraction for garden centres?

Is targetting younger buyers a distraction for garden centres?

Garden centres may be better off looking towards their traditional demographic than chasing young customers.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES 2017

See our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. 

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation

Read latest articles