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Attract families to your store this Christmas

For the fourth consecutive year, the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme will be running its popular children’s Design a Christmas Card Competition.

Xmas Card 2015

The competition is for children under 13yrs old, and is a campaign that aims to unite garden centres with their local community and encourage families to visit stores in the weeks prior to Christmas.

NGGV Marketing manager, Tony Stacey, comments, “Last year our Christmas card competition

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Great year for HTA & APL members at Tatton Park

Members of the HTA & APL have come away from this year’s RHS Flow Show Tatton Park, winning medals for their floral displays and gardens.

Dibleys Nurseries

In the Floral Marquee, Broadleigh Gardens, Dibleys Nurseries, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, Southfield Nurseries and W Robinson & Son (Seeds & Plants) Ltd all won Gold for their displays.

There were Silver-Gilt medals for HTA members Cooks Garden Centre,

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Announcing the 6 finalists for the APL WorldSkills UK competition

Horticultural students and apprentices from across the nation have taken part in three knockout heats over the past few months, both run by the Association of Professional Landscapers. The most recent taking place at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park this week.

Tatton APL Garden

The public interest in the competition this year was at an all-time high, with many members of the public requesting coverage on the BBC to enable them to see how the competitors had got on. There were comparisons to it being a landscaping version the BBC’s Great British Bake Off.


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The changing retail landscape and the weather – on the agenda for HTA Garden Futures

Homebase Managing Director Echo Lu has joined the line-up for the HTA Garden Futures Conference which takes place on 30 September at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.

Bill Giles

Described as an ‘agent for positive change’ Echo joined the Home Retail Group Board as Managing Director of Homebase in April 2015. Prior to this Echo worked for Tesco for 10 years in various roles in Asia and the UK and also served as a Non-Executive Director for Dobbies

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Work together to maximise opportunities for plant retailing

The importance of working together was a common theme to come from the joint HTA/Ball Colegrave ‘Plant Retailing – Fit for the Future’ event held on 14 July at the Ball Colegrave Summer Showcase in Oxfordshire.

Plant Retailing

The event, attended by over 90 growers and retailers, looked at the opportunities for selling more plants in garden centres. Plant sales in the UK are currently worth £1.5 billion and one third of these sales are made through garden centres and retail nurseries.

Understanding your customers

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Embracing Change at HTA Garden Futures

Simon Jack, business and economics presenter for Radio 4’s Today Programme and Dennis Reid from Retail Performance Specialists are two of the key speakers taking part in the HTA Garden Futures Conference.

Simon Jack

Simon Jack, business and economics presenter for Radio 4’s Today Programme and Dennis Reid from Retail Performance Specialists are two of the key speakers taking part in the HTA Garden Futures Conference, sponsored by Hozelock and Scotts Miracle-Gro, which takes place on Wednesday 30 September.


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