• 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.

  • Multichannel retail

    Multichannel retail

    How can garden centres take advantage of and implement multichannel retailing in their business?   The garden industry has been a little slow on the uptake when it comes to multi and omni channel retailing. Many retailers are considered to be established and family businesses, who are experts when it comes to plants and horticultural

  • Mobile payments: greater flexibility, more sales

    Mobile payments: greater flexibility, more sales

    For those working in the gardening industry; namely designers and landscapers, mobility has to be a key part of the job. The nature of the work is inherently peripatetic with many not having a firm base of operations and instead working out of their vans.  This sort of constant movement has its benefits when compared

  • Embellish with relish

    Embellish with relish

      The Hawkshead Relish Company is an artisan producer of award winning preserves, based in the historic village of Hawkshead – in the heart of the English Lake District.     The company’s range of over 120 relishes, pickles and preserves are handmade in small batches using traditional open pans and locally sourced ingredients, without

  • Totally Shows 2014

    Totally Shows 2014

      Celebrating its 20th year, in 2014, the Totally Shows have an exciting line up of exhibitors and events in store for visitors.    The Totally Show for 2014 intends to be bigger and better than ever, with a host of new exhibitors and events.    New exhibitors for the show in February include Bosch,

  • This month’s question: Is it time to expand your catering offering?

    This month’s question: Is it time to expand your catering offering?

      Many garden centres now offer some sort of catering solution, where customers can take a break from shopping to relax with a warm drink, snack or even a hot meal.   Whether it be a small cafe or a 400 seater restaurant it seems that everyone is getting in on the action. However as

  • Keeping tradition alive

    Keeping tradition alive

    Birchgrove Garden Centre talks to Garden & Hardware News about 40 years of business at the historical centre   George Slinger, owner of Birchgrove Garden Centre, may be reaching his 76th birthday but that doesn’t mean he has any intention of hanging up his wellies when it comes to his garden centre, which he continues