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…

10 Great ideas from Chelsea to use in your Garden Centre today! #4

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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10 Great ideas from Chelsea to use in your Garden Centre today! #3

Tom Stogden’s slate sculptures were a part of many Chelsea show gardens, and are both tactile and beautiful. Have you thought of adding artisan created garden sculptures to your offer? (Englefield Garden Centre, near Reading have a resident sculptor based at the Centre…) – Here is some of Tom’s work, as exhibited at Chelsea 2013…

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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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And the colour for spring 2013 is…

Have you come across Pantone? As well as being the colour palette for designers (your logo will have Pantone colour references) Pantone predicts the colours that will be on the high street each season. Spring is here So if you are giving the plantaria a new look for spring, why not choose the colours that…

You can’t afford to miss this great merchandising idea!

As we go round the Country visiting and working with Garden Centres of all sizes and shapes we stumble across some simply brilliant ideas. Living Gardens have a large portal structure with a high ceiling, and so smaller giftware items get lost in all the space and the lighting is hardly flattering. So, use a…