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…

Madly, deeply, passionate about…

Houseplants!

We visited Blue Diamond’s Trentham Garden Centre recently and were, to be honest, totally, completely and utterly blown away by their houseplant department.

The images tell their own story, celebrating the plants, championing the role of the great Victorian Planthunters and offering customers an amazing shopping experience.

Childrens’ treats with an adult twist – the latest coffee shop trend!

We were delighted to have been invited to host the second day of the HTA Catering Conference. During the day we were looking at coffee shop trends. Children’s treats with an adult twist were an unexpected trend, but if one looks at the rise of gourmet “fish finger sandwiches” then the trend makes sense. Boozy…

We are loving this great marketing idea

If word of mouth is the best form of advertising. If the way to continue to boost Cafe sales is to innovate. If connecting with our customers is what it is all about… Then what do you think of McDonalds latest idea… Until the 14th Feb customers, chosen at random can pay with love! Just…

From a Facebook lesson to a brilliant new gardening idea…

I recently received this message from Kim W. on Facebook – “Just read a post on your wall with regards to 25-35 year olds taking up gardening, I am in this bracket, I don’t know what I’m doing but I absolutely love it, I love being out amongst my plants and watching them grow, see…

Wild about Gardens – A marketing opportunity

The 15th – 21st September 2014 is Wild About Gardens Week, which will focus on the plight of the UK’s 1,500 species of pollinating insects. The aim of the week is to encourage people to do more to support our vital pollinators over the winter months. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) are…

The most amazing plant story ever told…

We are often told that we need to “tell it to sell it” and no plant can have a story as powerful as this. When the unthinkable happened and the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima on the 6th August 1945, more than 100,000 people died. The city of Hiroshima was reduced to radioactive rubble and…

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…