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Latest Garden Retail Analysis

What impact will 2017 results have on garden centres' plans for 2018?

What impact will 2017 results have on garden centres' plans for 2018?

Modest growth in 2017 means some garden centres are looking towards rebuilds, extensions and new acquisitions to find growth in a maturing market.

Is local 'reveg' a commercial opportunity in the UK?

Is local 'reveg' a commercial opportunity in the UK?

Botanist Dr Trevor Dines suggests there are commercial opportunities for local seed supply in the UK.

What next for Bunnings UK after massive write-down?

What next for Bunnings UK after massive write-down?

Australian analysts suggest Wesfarmers could pull out of the UK following the continued woes of Bunnings/Homebase UK & Ireland, but is there a way forward for the 250-store DIY/garden centre group?

What is the future for online gardening sales after Bakker's troubles?

What is the future for online gardening sales after Bakker's troubles?

Bakker Hillegom's financial difficulties have brought into focus debate around the direction of online and catalogue gardening sales.

What is making the best destination garden centres thrive?

What is making the best destination garden centres thrive?

Garden retail had a mixed year in 2017, with some established chain centres struggling and others adding growth.

Garden centre building: what's new for 2018?

Garden centre building: what's new for 2018?

While Blue Diamond's East Bridgford and Rosebourne's Aldermaston are the two big new builds to open in 2018, a host of other ongoing developments reveal emerging trends in the sector.


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New plants

Veronica spicata Bubblegum Candles

Veronica spicata Bubblegum Candles

Plantipp has launched Veronica spicata Bubblegum Candles by Janus Verschoor.

Penstemon Purple Perfection

Penstemon Purple Perfection

Plantipp has launched Penstemon Purple Perfection bred by Peter Moore and from Gebr. Th. & W. Alkemade.

Buddleja High Five Purple

Buddleja High Five Purple

Plantipp has launched Buddleja High Five Purple bred by Peter Podaras and available from Van Son & Koot.


In Depth

Business planning - Demand management

Business planning - Demand management

Seasonal demand may be inevitable but peaks and troughs can be managed to minimise business impact, Neville Stein explains.

Business planning - cash-flow management

Business planning - cash-flow management

Wider market volatility can have a big impact on cash flow but there are ways to avoid problems, Neville Stein explains.

Garden centre profile: Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester

Garden centre profile: Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester

High environmental standards, community work and support for local suppliers are all lessons for the wider garden retail industry, Matthew Appleby discovers.

How can garden centres reduce plastic use?

How can garden centres reduce plastic use?

Garden retailers are under pressure to use less plastic as the Government's new 25-year environment plan seeks to introduce a wave of measures to reduce pollution.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

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Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation
 

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Retail Plant Focus

Papaver

Papaver

These compact, brightly coloured flowers can be very attractive for impulse sales, notes Miranda Kimberley.

Zantedeschia

Zantedeschia

These elegant plants feature a variety of striking flower shapes in a range of colours, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Colocasia

Colocasia

These dramatic tropical plants can be a food source but make great ornamental garden plants, notes Miranda Kimberley

Climbing roses

Climbing roses

Walls, trellises, pergolas and even trees can all be brightened up by these beautiful blooms, writes Miranda Kimberley.