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How do garden centres and growers deal with anti-neonicotinoid lobbying?

How do garden centres and growers deal with anti-neonicotinoid lobbying?

Defra secretary of state Michael Gove's tough new stance on neonicotinoids has increased the focus on garden centres, which are accused of selling plants dosed with the pesticides that are linked to declining bee health.

Are garden centres losing out to franchise-style lawn-care operations?

Are garden centres losing out to franchise-style lawn-care operations?

Ferndale Garden Centre's Neil Grant believes lawn-care franchise Green Thumb is taking from the "big bad lawn-care sales" of the past.

Can garden centres re-build their share of the wild bird care market through higher service levels?

Can garden centres re-build their share of the wild bird care market through higher service levels?

The winter wild bird care market is worth £299m to the wider garden industry according to the HTA's Garden Industry Monitor - but has become highly competitive in recent years.


Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES 2017

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In Depth

Zantedeschia

Zantedeschia

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

Business planning: The labour challenge

Business planning: The labour challenge

With staffing becoming increasingly problematic, Neville Stein looks at the alternatives to finding good recruits.

Garden centre profile - Dobbies Garden World, Edinburgh

Garden centre profile - Dobbies Garden World, Edinburgh

Catering, plants and online sales are at the heart of Dobbies' future plans, including at the flagship Edinburgh centre, Matthew Appleby discovers.

Colocasia

Colocasia

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

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

Climbing roses

Climbing roses

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

Sisyrinchium

Sisyrinchium

This huge but slightly odd genus offers multiple choices for the rock garden or alpine house, says Miranda Kimberley.

Scaevola

Scaevola

This brilliant summer bedding plant has fan-shaped flowers that give it an elegant look, says Miranda Kimberley.

Hedging - what are the alternatives to box?

Hedging - what are the alternatives to box?

With box blight and box tree moth both posing problems, Miranda Kimberley looks at alternative planting choices.