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Technology and plant power - the future of gardening?

Coming away from HTA Garden Futures 2015 conference and dinner that took place this week at Crowne Plaza, Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, there were several key actions on delegates to do lists:

Garden Futures 2015

1)    Invest in EPoS, digital point-of-sale and technology to make both retailing and gardening simpler.
2)    Push gardening as a social adhesive and plants as a symbol of health and happiness.
3)    Invest in a F*** it factor.



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Seasonal Plants Dinner and GroSouth 2015

HTA News are delighted to announce that we are the media partner for GroSouth, the premier exhibition in the South of England for the horticultural industry, which takes place at Roundstone Nurseries on Wednesday 11 November.

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) will have a stand at the show that will focus on the technical and policy work, which we do on behalf of members.  Topics such as research and development, sustainable resourcing, the ornamental round table, GROW apprenticeships and market data will

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HTA Pearson Memorial Medal awarded to Colin Squire at HTA Garden Futures

Industry stalwart and Chairman of Squires Garden Centres, Colin Squire, was presented with the Pearson Memorial Medal at the HTA Garden Futures Dinner, which took place on 30 September at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.

Colin Squire Pearson Memorial Medal

In presenting the award HTA Chief Executive Carol Paris comments, “I am delighted to present the Pearson Memorial Medal to Colin for his outstanding contribution to the horticulture industry – it is well and truly deserved. A much respected figure his boundless enthusiasm, forward thinking

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HTA Marketing Forum - 10 November 2015

Tools for success

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With competing interests on consumer time and cash at an all-time high, it is ever more important to ensure your business is promoting itself to its full potential.

This one-day event is aimed at all those involved in marketing and public relations in the garden industry. With a combination

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Further Autumn/Christmas Love The Plot You’ve Got Masterclasses at Ayletts

A great day was had by all recently at Aylett’s, St Albans, at the Love The Plot You’ve Got Masterclasses.

Love the Plot You've Got

Delegates explored ideas for using the GIMB ‘Love The Plot You’ve Got’ message in the garden centre on the lead up to Christmas. The principles work just as well indoors as out – helping customers make the most of their space for relaxing and entertaining.

One of the

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APL win Gold at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

The APL and two APL members have received a Gold medal for their garden at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.

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Jody Lidgard of Bespoke Outdoor Spaces, and Justin Paxman of Paxman Landscapes UK Ltd offered the support of some of their apprentices and young workers, Jacob, Josh from Bespoke Outdoor Spaces, and, Toby and Jack from Paxman Landscapes UK Ltd. After helping with RHS Showbuilds, including the Homebase

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