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Museums and Galleries

Museums & Galleries Ltd launched in the 1980s with the aim of bringing the gems of the world’s museums to beautifully made and produced cards and stationery for the high street. It remains true to this mission today, but over the years the company has expanded both its product portfolio and the variety of art it publishes, so today has an outstanding retail offer covering a wide spectrum from heritage fine art to contemporary fashion design, old masters to contemporary artists and illustrators, anonymous… Full story

Char-Broils perfect performance promise for BBQ grilling in 2022

NEW compact-size ‘Performance’ BBQs feature technology and design innovations   

Char-Broil’s new BBQ range for 2022 presents the Performance 2.0 line, designed in a compact new shape to take up less garden space while still packed with high-performing features.  Key to this is an enhanced version of Char-Broil’s innovative TRU-Infrared cooking system, as well as high-quality burners and grates which enable these grills to deliver fool- proof BBQ results… Full story

Phoebe and The Furr Boost drinks range

Dog owners need look no further when seeking a tasty, healthy way to keep their Furr Babies hydrated - Furr Boost is a natural dog drink which pooches and their parents across the UK love! 

Designed especially for our canine counterparts, it provides a junk-free complement to a dog’s daily water intake and is formulated using only human-grade, high-quality ingredients, so discerning dog owners can be sure that they’re giving their pet a treat which is both delicious and nutritious.

Perfect for even the fussiest of four-legged friends, it is available in three appetising… Full story

The Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa

BOOKING has now opened (November 2021) for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in January (January 23-26, 2022).

The conference, which will include talks, industry updates and opportunities to socialise, takes place at the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa in Lancashire from January 23 until 26.

 

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Father Christmas Fleece Throw, new festive collection

Christmas is coming with Portfolio’s new throws and cushions 

Leading home textiles brand, Portfolio Home, has launched a stunning new range of traditional and quirky Christmas products specifically tailored to Garden Centres and Retailers which they are excited to showcase exclusively at Harrogate Christmas Fair (16th – 19th January 2022). The new festive collection… Full story

Eco Gro Lawn Power

 

EcoGro are delighted to announce their new additions to their highly popular family of eco-friendly, sustainable and natural plant foods: EcoGro Lawn Power, and the EcoGro one litre range. 

EcoGro Lawn Power is an exciting and innovative natural plant food designed to help your lawn flourish. This new product contains added nutrients and works with the soil microbes to aid root development. It also acts as a moss suppressant, helping avoid these dense mats which outcompete with grass for all vital water and nutrients. By activating microbes, it will also breakdown any… Full story

My Gifts Trade

Leading gift and housewares player pushes expansion with leading European pots and planters brand, creating further great offers for retailers and consumers.

My Gifts Trade (MGT) and Pottery Pots Nederland BV (PP) are delighted to continue theirdistribution partnership which sees MGT take on exclusive UK and Republic of Ireland distribution for the Pottery Pots brand.  

Pottery Pots is a global brand with Dutch roots, developing and selling high quality planters and related products, from jumbo pottery to small accessories and from glossy to rough finishes.  The core ranges… Full story

bio-bean

bio-bean Limited, a Certified B Corp and manufacturer of Coffee Logs, has been named a Best for the World™ B Corp in recognition of its exemplary performance beyond commercial metrics.


Ranking in the top 5% of all B Corps in its size group worldwide for their sustainable business practices, bio-bean earned this honour because of its excellence in its environmental performance and impact.


bio-bean recycles spent coffee grounds from businesses across the UK and upcycles them into Coffee Logs – planet-friendly fire logs for wood burners and stoves – and other bio… Full story

BCTGA Christmas tree comp winners and Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen

Christmas 2021 provides an opportunity for garden retailers to make up for losses sustained in the pandemic. With national Covid restrictions easing, this festive season promises to be a brighter one than 2020. And for customers, buying a real Christmas tree is all part of the experience. 

Here, we speak to the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association (BCTGA) about its work in promoting British-grown trees. And we hear from some of the Association’s members who offer their insight into being part of an industry that’s growing – in more ways than one.

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Puppy Treats Range

Fish4Pets®, home of the Fish4Dogs® brand has launched a new range of fish-based treats, specifically designed for puppies.

The champions of fish are well known in the pet food industry for pioneering fish as ‘the perfect protein’, packed full of natural, healthy goodness for our canine companions. 

Karen Hubbard, Product Portfolio Manager at Fish4Pets® explains ‘we have one of the largest range of treats in the industry, utilising many different varieties and formats of natural, healthy, sustainably-sourced fish, and whilst many of our treats are suitable for puppies, we… Full story

Kings Seeds

Kings Seeds are an Independent British owned company. We are able to offer you the very best varieties available on the market as we have no allegiance to any particular breeder. Our Qualified Technician tests all our seeds for purity, vigour and germination before being despatched to you. If you are unable to find a particular variety you want, just let us know and we will try to find it for you.

Kings seeds

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With the arrival of spring comes the perfect time to get out in the garden and make the most of your outdoor space. One way to completely transform your garden for 2021 is to invest in a garden sculpture. With so many styles and sizes to choose from, Ian Hay, Art Director at the Saul Hay Gallery (www.saulhayfineart.co.uk) in Manchester shares his tops tips

With the arrival of spring comes the perfect time to get out in the garden and make the most of your outdoor space. One way to completely transform your garden for 2021 is to invest in a garden sculpture. With so many styles and sizes to choose from, Ian Hay, Art Director at the Saul Hay Gallery (www.saulhayfineart.co.uk) in Manchester shares his tops tips:

  • Think about WHY you want a sculpture 

When it comes to buying sculpture for your garden, ask yourself, what do you want the sculpture to bring… Full story

feed wild birds
BY LEADING WILD BIRD FOOD MANUFACTURER, HENRY BELL & CO 

In preparation for the arrival of spring, wild birds start nesting early in the year. Due to climate change, nesting is starting earlier than usual when the winter ground is still hard and natural food can be scarce. So, it is essential to support the wild birds by feeding them nourishing food for their egg development and to ensure young birds receive the right nourishment to grow. Henry Bell (www.henrybell.co.uk), shares their top tips on what to feed wild birds and… Full story

Garden DIY - an Envirobuild decking project

It is safe to say 2020 was a big year for change, and that includes the DIY industry. With people entering the first lockdown in March 2020, the home and garden quickly became more than just a home, suddenly taking on additional roles such as office, gym and even a holiday resort in the summer months. 

With people spending more time in their homes and with little else to do there was a huge increase in DIY projects. Google reported an 80% increase in searches for the term “DIY” in comparison to 2019.

At EnviroBuild we experienced a huge increase in demand over summer, with… Full story

shop at garden centres

We are nearly a year into the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions. It is needless to say that the virus caused an extreme effect on the garden retail industry with many stores forced to close several times during the different lockdowns. During these lockdowns, many consumers switched their spending to online platforms. Leading online marketing provider Garden Connect provides services to many garden centres to improve their online sales channels. 


Rise of online sales


Surveys show the restrictions have sped up the changing shopping habits for customers.… Full story