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What the Taylor Review of employment practices means for garden retail

What the Taylor Review of employment practices means for garden retail

Garden centre owners have come down hard against zero-hours contracts following the release of "Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices".

Is garden centre pricing becoming more competitive?

Is garden centre pricing becoming more competitive?

Good sales this year appear to have masked the continuing pressure on pricing strategies this year as online offerings and exchange rates make their presence felt.

What are the benefits to garden retail businesses of multi-channel selling?

What are the benefits to garden retail businesses of multi-channel selling?

Gardening Express has become the latest online operator to buy a bricks-and-mortar garden centre, showing how multi-channel selling is developing fast.


Garden Retail Summit 2017

Be brave and bold say successful independent garden centres
Delegates hear call for collaboration in face of Brexit challenges
What do retailers really want from UK growers?

New plants

Leucanthemum maimum 'Christine' (Sweet Daisy)

Leucanthemum maimum 'Christine' (Sweet Daisy)

Leucanthemum maximum 'Christine' (Sweet Daisy) is a garden Marguerite with classical looks and improved characteristics.

Gaura lindheimeri 'Graceful Pink' (Graceful)

Gaura lindheimeri 'Graceful Pink' (Graceful)

Gaura lindheimeri 'Graceful Pink' (Graceful) has bright pink flowers that contrast beautifully with the dark green foliage.

Delosperma '18-512' (Jewel of Desert Sunstone)

Delosperma '18-512' (Jewel of Desert Sunstone)

Gebr. Th. & W. Alkemade BV from Lisse submits two Delosperma from the Jewel of Desert series for the novelty showcase.


In Depth

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.

Does online switch for fruit trees signal a shift in garden retail buying habits?

Does online switch for fruit trees signal a shift in garden retail buying habits?

Fruit tree grower Blackmoor Nurseries in Hampshire is halving production to concentrate on an online-only market.

The business case for celebrating garden centre anniversaries

The business case for celebrating garden centre anniversaries

As garden centres come of age they are increasingly seeing opportunities to celebrate anniversaries and gain a business advantage as a by-product of doing so.

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

Tiarella

Tiarella

Pretty flowers and striking leaves are behind the rising appeal of the foam flower, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Berkheya

Berkheya

These long-flowering thistle-like daisies are well worth a go for consistent interest in the border, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Brunnera

Brunnera

These perennials offer fantastic foliage and beautiful sprays of flowers in the springtime, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Fritillaria

Fritillaria

These true bulbs can lend height to a border and bring drama to a spring garden, Miranda Kimberley finds.


Forthcoming Events

Southport Flower Show

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NIAB TAG Onion Seed Open Day

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NIAB TAG Courgette & Pumpkin Open Day

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