Wholesaler Stax Trade Centres is increasing its attempts to attract more garden centres
as it aims to increase its penetration of the gardening market.
Joint MD David Hibbert said: "We have seen an upturn this summer. The warm weather has encouraged the traditional gardening market into the garden prompting more trips to the garden centre, we are also seeing the growth of more leisure shopping as consumers head to the garden centres for a coffee and a mooch around as part of a day out.
"As a result we are showing strong gardening sales especially in well known brands including Scotts, Bayer, Town & Country, Hozelock, Rentokil, Vitax, STV, and Pagoda.
He added: "As we see ever increasing signs of economic recovery, and as the population continues to age, we believe that garden centres will thrive."
This year Stax is exhibiting once again at Glee and taking a bigger stand in hall 5 (5E31) where it will be showing it own brands: Ambassador garden tools, Glenwear workwear and clothing and a selection of SupaGarden value brands.
Hibbert added: "We plan to work hand in hand with independent garden centres across the country by offering them the right mix of products, at the right terms to help them capitalise on market growth."
The wholesaler is holdnbg Big Brands Shows for independent retailers and customers of Stax and Wishart.
Brands including Scotts Miracle-Gro, Bayer, Bostik, Ronseal, Dulux, Stanley, Black & Decker and Henkel are among 70 other companies at the Stax flagship store in Worsley, Manchester on 25-26 September and the MacDonald Inchyra Hotel and Spa in Falkirk, Scotland on 8 October.