• Solex 2014

    Solex 2014

      We take a look at what is in store for the annual three day summer show, organised by LOFA  SOLEX (The Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition) is a unique event which brings together all the leading manufacturers of garden products – furniture, barbecues, gazebos, parasols, outdoor lighting and play equipment – and provides a showcase

  • Giving nature a home

    Giving nature a home

        Richard James, Wildlife Advisor, RSPB, explains how the RSPB is encouraging us to cater for wildlife    The UK’s wildlife is in trouble. The State of Nature report released in 2013 showed that 60% of the species surveyed had declined over the past 50 years – some suffering significant declines.   Urgent action

  • Groen-Direkt 2014

    Groen-Direkt 2014

        Groen-Direkt allows you to view next season’s garden plants offering – all in one day   Imagine 4000 products from 600 nurseries, all showcased in one location in uniform batches, from A to Z, for easy viewing. See, touch and smell every product and compare size, quality and price at a glance.   

  • Totally Shows 2014

    Totally Shows 2014

        Celebrating its 20th year the Totally DIY & Totally Tools Shows featured an exciting line up of exhibitors and award events for visitors    A combination of key retail visitors, a bigger show with plenty of fresh content and positive messages from industry commentators about the future, combined to give this year’s Totally

  • DIY concept stores

    DIY concept stores

        Rupert Cook, Director of Gekko, considers concept stores and if they are the answer for the DIY sector   The rise of online sales is changing the way space is allocated in-store and home improvement retailers need to adapt their spaces accordingly. To add to this, the value of the DIY sector in

  • Question Time April-May

    Question Time April-May

        This month’s question: Is an early Spring a benefit or hindrance for garden retailers and what measures could be carried out to accommodate unpredictable weather?    Spring and warmer weather seem to be arriving earlier and earlier each year. With record temperatures last Summer and a milder and wetter than usual winter this

  • Reader Profile: Creative Gardens

    Reader Profile: Creative Gardens

        Diana Gass, Director of Creative Gardens, talks to Garden & Hardware News about her expanding chain of garden centres   The year got off to an exciting start for Creative Gardens, based in Northern Ireland, as business blooms with a new centre opening at Galgorm Castle and Golf Club.    Creative Gardens currently

  • Signature scents

    Signature scents

        Ashleigh & Burwood designer, Laura Field, talks to Garden & Hardware News about the established fragrance company   Fragrance gift company Ashleigh & Burwood has been offering a fantastic range of scents, to delight the senses and enhance the mood in any home, for over 20 years.    Ashleigh & Burwood has been

  • The Thompson & Morgan story

    The Thompson & Morgan story

        Paul Hansord, Horticultural Director of Thompson & Morgan, talks to Garden & Hardware News about the Thompson & Morgan company and its track record of success Thompson & Morgan is a well known name in the retail plant and shrub industry when it comes to sourcing high quality and sometimes unusual plant species.