Apple refresh their retail offer

Apple have opened their new refreshed Apple Store at Sheffield Meadowhall, and its not about selling product it is about selling the experience of using the product. It is about showcasing creativity not stating specifications… Just think, if we did the same with our plants, if we sold the dream of what the customer could…

Three brilliant ways to boost sales with POS.

We are often amazed that more retailers do not use POS (Point Of Sale) to its full advantage. We are loving the way that outdoor retailer Cotswold Outdoor were using POS in their Reading branch today. Book of the month, perfect for her, and perfect gift POS all backed up with plenty of product for…

Thirsk Garden Centre supports local growers

At one time every Garden Centre consultant would be telling you that the answer lay in being more corporate, copying what the big players were doing and never, ever, should you handwrite signage. Today however we have ripped up the rule book and we celebrate the small producer, the artisan and the independent. So, we…

What a wonderful of way of showing both respect and integrity…

The commemoration of the start of WW1 is a hard one for a business to commemorate and get right.

Thirsk Garden Centre showed good taste and sensitivity in their Facebook post.

This is marketing, community involvement and plain old fashioned common sense of the highest order.

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Belle & Joe’s Kitchen at Timmermans Garden Centre

Timmermans have a Gardening Supper Club, a delicious 2 course meal at 6.00p.m. followed by a talk from Stuart Dixon from BBC Radio Nottingham… The menu for the Supper Club, £15 to include the gardening talk, makes this a good value evening out. We love the display of jams and chutneys at the entrance to…

Setting Scene – Timmermans Garden Centre show they are all about plants

We love it when a Garden Centre is able to wow its customers with a fabulous plant offer at the entrance. At Timmermans Garden Centre in Nottingham they are lucky enough to be able to welcome customers with one of the finest plant offers we have seen in Spring 2014. We love the high level…

10 Great ideas from Chelsea to use in your Garden Centre today! #10 – Catering special

Chelsea does catering on a grand scale, with seafood and champagne restaurants set up. But what about the catering vans, how are they made to look special? These are not just any chickens, they are fine chickens, cooked on a rotisserie. Notice the use of wood in the dressing of the van and the artisan…

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We know that customers are interested in our green message, the green stories we can tell about our products and what we are doing to help wildlife…

So we loved this sign at Chelsea.

Just imagine a display at the entrance to your centre that could say this…

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We love the way some stands, (in particular the greenhouse companies) used bunting to draw attention to their products.

Bunting really attracts attention, in particular under canopies where it can flap gently in the summer breeze… (Well we can all dream!)

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