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Healthy Easter sales gives trade a boost

There are many happy bunnies across the garden industry after a bumper Easter weekend for the trade across the country.

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Many garden centres are reporting record trading days with plants and garden sundries sales particularly strong, along with catering.


Simon Fraser of Ben Reid Garden Centre in Aberdeen reported that they had few packs of bedding left and that customers were still looking for

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Get instant colour with Pelargonium this May

Bright flowering Pelargonium, commonly refered to as geranium has been named HTA’s Plant of the Month for May.

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Pelargoniums like a sunny aspect and provide instant colour for pots, window boxes, containers on patios, hanging baskets and borders and will flower from spring right through to late autumn. 


Pelargonium fan Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE says “When I see Perlargoniums

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HTA statement on Environmental Audit Committee Report: Invasive non-native species, published Wed 16 April

The HTA broadly welcomes the balanced and objective findings in this report. We fully support the recommendation that Government should take a coherent joined-up approach to the problems around managing invasive species.

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There are common elements in the currently separate approaches being taken to manage biosecurity, pollinators and invasives.

We feel that taking a more broad-based landscape approach has to be the way forward, but we also realise that this may not be easy or quick to do. We welcome the recognition

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Association of Professional Landscapers to showcase at Garden Up - Sheffield

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) is delighted to announce that it will have a presence at Garden Up which runs from the 7 -8 June at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

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The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) is delighted to announce that it will have a presence at Garden Up which runs from the 7 -8 June at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens. 

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Working together to sell plants profitably

A Plant Selling Guide for nursery sales staff and retail plant teams has been produced by the HTA to help everyone involved in buying and selling garden plants through independent garden retailers.

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Written by HTA Business Improvement Consultant Andy Campbell in association with the HTA Retail Suppliers Group, the guide aims to improve understanding of the key drivers of profitability within plant retailing and identifies the wide range of discussion topics to explore in negotiations between

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BOPP launches new version of the Packhouse Standard

New BOPP Packhouse Standard (Version 5, 15.4.14) raises the bar for certification in the ornamental horticulture sector.

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BOPP, the certification scheme for ornamental horticulture in the UK, has released the new version of the Ornamental Horticulture Packhouse Standard. BOPP is an international standard, which sets high standards of professionalism in the way in which certificated businesses operate and through unbiased

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