News

  • Ivyline launches showroom ‘Open Week’

    By GCU on August 29, 2022
    British home and giftware supplier, Ivyline, has confirmed that next month it will be running a special open-door showroom event for its retail customers. Taking place from Monday 5th – Friday 9th September at Ivyline’s dedicated showroom at Stoneleigh Park, the Ivyline event will be the perfect opportunity for retailers to get up close and personal with the company’s trend-led AW22 and […]
  • Zest exhibits at Four Oaks

    By GCU on August 24, 2022
    Timber garden furniture, grow your own and decorative garden structure specialist, Zest is exhibiting at Four Oaks (6th and 7th September) for the 11th consecutive year. The company will be showcasing its new on-trend products for the 2023 season alongside its best-selling range of award winners on stand OP7B. Zest will also present its consumer-facing new positioning: Zest Outdoor Living […]
  • Garden industry welcomes exciting peat-free offer showcased by Durstons at Glee 2022

    By GCU on August 4, 2022
    Durston Garden Products’ collection of peat-free products took centre stage on stand at this year’s Glee, much to the delight of retail buyers from across the sector. With sustainability high on the agenda, visitors to Glee 2022 were on the lookout for products that make gardening easier but have a reduced impact on the planet – and Durstons’ peat-free range meant […]
  • UK horticulture sector reports significant drop in the use of peat

    By GCU on August 3, 2022
    There has been a dramatic drop in the amount of peat used in compost according to new report led by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and Growing Media Association (GMA). The shift is because of UK suppliers, growers and retailers working together to develop new products and alternatives. The annual Growing Media Monitor* indicates that the use of peat in the retail […]
  • GIMA Awards judging complete – find out who wins on October 20th

    By GCU on August 3, 2022
    Following another incredible year of inspirational new product development, the 200 plus entries to the 2022 GIMA Awards provided this year’s judging panel with plenty of food for thought. Now, with the judging day complete, we must wait until October 20th to find out who will be crowned winners this year. Selecting products from across 13 product and three marketing categories, […]
  • Zest Smashes 2022 Charity Target in Just Six Months

    By GCU on July 25, 2022
    Garden furniture, grow your own and decorative garden structure specialist, Zest has already smashed its fundraising target in support of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), its chosen charity of the year for 2022.  Just six months into the programme, it has already raised almost £10,500, against the annual goal of £10,000! From the Manchester marathon to a month-long ‘dechox’ to […]
  • Glee: June 2023 is in our sights!

    By GCU on July 22, 2022
    As the doors close on the biggest and most successful edition of Glee in years, the organising team looks at key trends emerging from this year’s show and ahead to 27th-29th June 2023 for an early glimpse of what’s in store for the UK’s most important garden centre trade exhibition. If one key message emerged from the superb content programme offered at […]
  • GCA Midlands members receive regional awards

    By GCU on July 21, 2022
    Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) in the Midlands region are celebrating after receiving awards during a presentation evening this week (Tuesday, July 19, 2022) at Planters Garden Centre Tamworth. The title of Garden Centre of the Year in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category was awarded to Pacific Nurseries and the Garden Centre (GC) category award went to Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne. Iain Wylie, Chief Executive at the GCA, said: […]
  • How can garden retailers advise their customers about the best way to revive dried-up lawns?

    By GCU on July 21, 2022
    As the nation basks in record-breaking temperatures, garden retailers should prepare themselves to see an influx of garden-proud shoppers instore as they look for solutions to fix their dried and scorched lawns. One brand that has the perfect solution – and plenty of stock available for quick delivery – is DJ Turfcare with its RHS-endorsed Recovery.    About Recovery Recovery […]
  • Dobbies launch new foodhall partnership with Waitrose

    By GCU on July 18, 2022
    Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, announces today a new partnership with Waitrose, to provide Dobbies’ customers with Waitrose’s wide range of high-quality food, grocery products and everyday essentials in over 50 Dobbies Garden Centres across the UK.   Dobbies launched its new-style foodhall in July 2020 and since then it has seen significant growth, offering customers a wide […]