Glee success for Woodlodge as garden industry reunites

Woodlodge is celebrating its return to Glee with its order books full and a new accolade under its belt as the garden retail industry returned to trade events this month.

With a larger stand in the heart of Hall 6 that showcased the company’s entire portfolio, the UK’s leading supplier of pots, planters and gardenware had an extraordinary three days of sales at the show and won the coveted New Product Award for Garden Decoration. Woodlodge cemented its position as one of the market leaders in garden décor with its new solar mirror range, winning the category from an impressive amount of entries .  Judges and visitors to the show were impressed with the clean, green solar-powered Heart Mirror which brightens up shade-filled spots and illuminates evening social spots in the garden. 

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Some extra retailer support from Joe Davies and snoozies!®

Joe Davies have taken one of their best-selling brands, snoozies!® and made the whole collection available with 90 days credit from date of delivery.  

David Cree, National Sales Manager, commented “It has been such a tough year for independent retailers so as an extra special treat we wanted to take one of our best-selling lines and offer something special.  The offer means our customers can order up their snoozies!®, take delivery and not have to pay until after the busy season so freeing up cash.”

New ranges of snoozies!®for 2021 make their debut at Harrogate Home & Gift, and the Company already report high pre-sales on their existing snoozies!®Pairables collection, designed and developed by Joe Davies in the UK.

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The Greenfingers Charity team is expanding

The Greenfingers Charity, which is dedicated to building therapeutic garden spaces within children’s hospices across the UK, is looking to expand its team with the appointment of a new part-time Garden Projects Manager.

This new role will see a dedicated, passionate and experienced individual help the Greenfingers Charity to realise its ambitious plans to create even more much-needed garden spaces at hospices throughout the country.

The Garden Projects Manager will have a pivotal role to play in the planning and development of each garden build, working in accordance with a statement of works for each garden, and will also act as a vital point of contact between the hospice, designer, landscaper and Greenfingers.

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GCA Christmas competition winners announced

Barton Grange Garden Centre and Castle Gardens have recently (December 2021) been announced as the national winners of the 2021 Garden Association’s (GCA) annual Christmas competition.

The garden centres were judged to have the best festive displays in the country by the organisation and will receive their awards at its annual conference in January 2022.

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, says: “We’d like to say a huge congratulations to Barton Grange Garden Centre in Preston, Lancashire who won in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category and Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Dorset who won in the Garden Centre (GC) category. I’d like to say an additional thank you to everyone who created some truly joyous and memorable displays.

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Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring is back in person, in Glasgow from 23-25 January 2022. With a raft of interesting and innovative exhibitors clamouring for stands, this is a not-to-be missed event for retailers north and south of the border.

Following the successful re-introduction of Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn in September where business was brisk and retailers were quick to place orders, it seems that the industry is looking forward with confidence and returning to the bigger January Show. Here some 500 exhibitors will showcase their products from gifts to crafts and jewellery to textiles at the Scottish Events Campus.

Scotland’s Trade Fair Online has been busy throughout 2021, keeping 175 suppliers and over 2000 retailers in touch all year with a combination of an online product directory and live product sessions.


A festive Christmas at Hillier

Hillier have announced its line-up of festive events and launches taking place across the 18 garden centres throughout the Christmas 2021 period.

On Wednesday 3rd November, Hillier Garden Centres officially unveiled its Christmas displays and collections in-store. As well as launch its Christmas digital magazine to the Hillier Gardening Club members, delving into the traditions of Christmas across the world. Once again Hillier will be supporting Mission Christmas with each store being a gift drop-off point.

The week of the 22nd November is a key date in the Hillier festive calendar, commencing the delivery of thousands of top quality UK grown Christmas trees to centres, ready for sale. Early December the Festive Celebration Evenings will begin with light switch-ons, festive entertainment and a chance to sip a warming cup of mulled wine while wandering through the Christmas tree forest. This year’s festive menu presents an abundance of festive flavours across all Mulberry & Thyme Restaurants and The Courtyard Restaurant at Syon Park for customers to enjoy throughout late November and December. Including the return of the customer favourite Festive Afternoon Tea for Two.

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Garden Centre Association October Column - by Mike Burks

As we move into autumn, our members have become increasingly busy and a lot has changed for them in terms of returning to ‘normal’.

To start with, we were able to celebrate together, face-to-face, for the first time in two years at our regional award meetings, which we held in late August and early September and were a huge success.

These awards, which are one of the highlights of our annual calendar, follow our inspections, where our dedicated team of independent inspectors visit each member centre, unannounced, to help maintain standards across all departments. These couldn’t take place in 2020, so we’re delighted to have been able to do them once again.

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Fizz Creations hops in with Peter Rabbit™

Fizz Creations have collaborated once again with Penguin Ventures, part of Penguin Random House, to launch a brand-new collection of licensed gifts featuring Peter Rabbit™.  Playing to the award-winning strengths of Fizz, the range includes lighting and children’s games in addition to keepsake gifting.

“It’s a really exciting time to be working with Peter Rabbit, it’s quite astonishing to see how this cute little illustrated rabbit has stood the test of time and will actually be celebrating his 120th birthday in 2022.”
Zoe Ryan, Marketing Manager Fizz Creations

In addition to the range launching this Autumn, Fizz Creations has also worked with high street favourite Boots and supermarket giant Morrisons to design and develop exclusive Peter Rabbit gifting products for later this year.

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