Horticulture Week Summer Conference

Garden 360: Building resilient garden industry businesses in an era of change

Garden 360: Building resilient garden industry businesses in an era of change

'How can the garden industry cut the use of plastics', 'What lies behind the success of the fastest growing garden retail outlets', and 'How can plant suppliers and buyers together meet the Xylella challenge' are just some of the big questions that will be tackled at Garden 360 - the must attend conference for the UK garden industry.

Latest Analysis

What measures do industry representatives hope to win to help boost nursery production post Brexit?

What measures do industry representatives hope to win to help boost nursery production post Brexit?

In October horticulture industry representatives will present final findings on what the Government needs to do to develop and strengthen UK nursery production post Brexit, at an All-Party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group (APPGHG) meeting.

How plastic pot alternatives might develop

How plastic pot alternatives might develop

Kirton Farm Nurseries, started by Derek Taylor, has pioneered coir plant pots through its Hairy Pot Plant Company and is now proving ahead of its time as anti-plastic feeling grows.

What is the future for roses after Chessum's administration?

What is the future for roses after Chessum's administration?

Bedfordshire rose grower Chessum Plants went into administration in April after more than 50 years in business, but what does that means for the UK rose trade?

How can English Apples & Pears maintain the sector's growth rate?

How can English Apples & Pears maintain the sector's growth rate?

The British top-fruit sector faces many challenges, but Ali Capper, newly appointed executive chair of promotional body English Apples & Pears (EAP), believes that with the right plan in place the sector can maintain the growth seen over the past decade.

How garden centres are using social media to promote their brands

How garden centres are using social media to promote their brands

Blue Diamond managing director Alan Roper has recently decided to improve social media coverage of his 20 garden centres and has seen success during the launch of new centre East Bridgford Garden & Home in Nottinghamshire.

How will the Northern Forest be delivered and who will gain?

How will the Northern Forest be delivered and who will gain?

Attendees at England's Community Forests annual conference in Birmingham last month (March) were buoyed up by the Government's 25-year environmental plan and in particular the Northern Forest, the delivery of which will be led by five community forests along with the Woodland Trust.


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Industry data

Top 50 UK Landscape Contractors: Landscape leaders

Top 50 UK Landscape Contractors: Landscape leaders

Landscape industry consolidation is a key factor influencing Horticulture Week's top 50 ranking of the biggest landscape construction and maintenance operators by turnover.

Top 60 Ornamentals Nurseries: Nursery leaders

Top 60 Ornamentals Nurseries: Nursery leaders

Private equity investment in the nursery sector is a new element, as Horticulture Week reveals its updated list of the industry's top 60 ornamentals nurseries by turnover.

Top 100 Garden Centres 2017: Retail leaders

Top 100 Garden Centres 2017: Retail leaders

The seventh annual Top 100 Garden Centres report details the individual UK garden centres that have recorded the highest turnovers. The report does not include VAT and concession income.


Latest Plant Focus

Paeonia

Paeonia

Stocking a wide range of these impressive flowers from early March until June can boost sales, Miranda Kimberley reports.

Cotinus

Cotinus

These useful shrubs can fill large spaces in borders and provide colourful foliage in the autumn, says Miranda Kimberley.

Narcissus

Narcissus

The range of colours and flowering times makes for cheerful and economic displays, Miranda Kimberley reports.


Pest & Disease Factsheets

Pest & Disease Management - Compost tea

Pest & Disease Management - Compost tea

Ingredients and processes have been refined.

Pest and Disease Factsheet -  Leafhoppers, capsids, lace bugs & sap suckers

Pest and Disease Factsheet - Leafhoppers, capsids, lace bugs & sap suckers

Leafhoppers, capsids, froghoppers, lace bugs and psyllids are characterised by piercing and sucking mouthparts and hardened forewings that form a protective shield when folded over the abdomen.

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Peach leaf curl

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Peach leaf curl

Growers of fruit and ornamental trees need to be aware of this disfiguring disease.


Latest products and kit

Product Special: protected crop structures - LEDs good for business

Product Special: protected crop structures - LEDs good for business

Concerns over climate, light levels and seasonal variability can all be overcome by using LEDs and they can deliver production benefits, Sally Drury reports.

Pitches - synthetics solutions

Pitches - synthetics solutions

New technology can record, trace and predict maintenance activities for all types of artificial surfaces, Sally Drury reports.

Pitches - Invaluable hardware

Pitches - Invaluable hardware

Choosing the right maintenance equipment for your pitches can increase playing time and generate more revenue for the venue, Sally Drury explains.