Former English rugby player and coach unveiled for 2019 conference Former English rugby player and coach Sir Clive Woodward OBE has been announced (November, 2018) as the first speaker booked for our annual conference in Luton in January (January 20 until 23, 2019). Garden centre owners, managers and their teams can now book their places…Details
Our GCA Trust delegates return from ‘inspirational’ IGCA Congress Squires Garden Centres’ Matt Tanner and Klondyke Group’sJayne Scott who were sponsored by our GCA Trust to attend the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress are back from their trip. The young duo were picked for the Trust’s Dick Allen Scholarship Award Scheme and joined 200…Details
Houseplant sales still going strong in September Sales in houseplants departments at garden centres across the country remained strong during September (2018) according to our Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Compared to last year (2017) sales in houseplants were up 16.49%. Outdoor plants followed close behind at 15.75% up. It looks like there is no…Details
We held a successful Plant Area Forum at Ball Colegrave this summer (July, 2018). The event was our third and was attended by more than 50 delegates, including plant area managers, buyers and supervisors and was facilitated by GCA inspector, Roger Crookes with assistance from Michael Cole. Our third annual Plant Area Forum was a…Details
We have recently (August, 2018) announced the finalists in our annual Ruxley Rose competition. Twenty centres all received top scores in the spring bedding and hardy nursery stock categories from our spring inspections and have now been put forwards for autumn judging. Throughout the spring our member garden centres received visits from our inspectors and…Details
Sales at garden centres across the country continued to soar in June (2018) thanks to the sunny weather according to our Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.
Outdoor plant sales were up 26.94% compared to the same month last year (2017) and sales in houseplants were close behind at 24.1% up.Details
Members from the Wales & West region are celebrating after scooping awards during a presentation evening at Whitehall Garden Centre – Whitchurch yesterday (Tuesday, July 24, 2018).
The Old Railway Line Garden Centre was named Garden Centre of the Year in the Garden Centre (GC) category and Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre scooped the award in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category.Details
MEMBERS of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) yesterday (Wednesday, July 25, 2018) received awards for the Midlands region at a presentation hosted by Brookfields Garden Centre.
Bridgford Garden Centre was awarded Garden Centre of the Year in the Garden Centre (GC) category and Webbs of Wychbold picked up the accolade in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category.Details
Roger retires as GCA inspector after 11 years Roger Crookes is retiring as an inspector for us this month after 11 years in the role (July 2018). Roger became a GCA inspector in 2007 after a career working in garden centres around the UK since 1977. We’d like to thank Roger for all his hard work…Details