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Comfort. Design. Quality

9am5pm 30th May 30th June


The diary is now open to secure your appointment to visit the Hartman 2023 Collection Trade Show that promises to innovate and elevate outdoor living. Located in a newly built Showroom at Hartman HQ, the show will be a breath of fresh air, with the introduction of on trend interior colours and new ranges that will be the next big thing for outdoor living. So join us for some mouth-watering lunch on our purpose built courtyard, whilst absorbing the visionary delights of the Hartman 2023 collection.

Hartman UK Hortonwood 7, Telford, TF1 7GP

A ri gh t r oy a l b o o s t

As we near the Jubilee Bank Holiday, garden centres saw boost in sales of Jubilee related products and with the Queens visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, gardening gained a boost of more positive media attention.

At Chelsea, regal red and purple flowers stood out amongst the bright whites and lush green foliage of the gardens which will no doubt result in an increase of demand for these colours in planterias across the country.

In the GTN Bestsellers Garden Products chart just before Chelsea the No 1 product by volume was Union Jack garden windmills with Royal Hydrangeas and bedding packs also being sold in high volumes. Royal napkins, bunting, tea towels, breakfast tea and shortbread were also among the garden centre Jubilee bestsellers giving sales a welcome boost.

GTN Bestsellers Jubilee Products Top 10, Week ending 15th May 2022

1. Fountasia Medium Union Jack Windmill 2. Hydrangea macrophylla Royalty Collection 3. Garden Cocktail Jumbo 6 Pack Royal Jubilee 4. Talking Tables Royal Spectacle Paper ChainsPaper Chains 5. Fountasia Mini Union Jack Windmill 6. Talking Tables Royal Spectacle Bunting 3m 7. Talking Tables Royal Spectacle Napkins 8. New English Teas Platinum Jubilee Breakfast Tea Tin 9. Eddingtons Union Jack Tea Towel 10. Walkers Shortbread Queen’s Jubilee Tin

Overall sales volumes in the GTN Bestsellers database jumped back above last year’s levels for the week ending Sunday 15th May, only bettered in the GTN Epos data records by 2018 when we had such a late start to the season that created a massive Mid-May peak of activity.

After some welcome rain during the month, we could be in for a bumper June as everything in the garden, including weeds, puts on a growing spurt.

In the background the GTN team are very busy getting ready for Glee, which will be previewed in our next issue. Judging by the entries we’ve already seen for the New Product Showcase at Glee 2022, the first in June, it could well be a vintage year for innovation in our market. We look forward to seeing you there.

In this issue...

4 Coming of age for Cherry Lane

8 Garden centre ambulance for Ukraine

10 Make your own vinok, aid ideas from Ukraine

12 Glee Buyers Power List Nomination Form

14 Get ready for a summer of trade shows

20 GTN meets the suppliers – Zest

25 Greenfingers Ty Hafan garden opens

26 LOFA Column – Excited for SOLEX 2022

28 HTA Column – Veg led revolution

Advertisers in this Issue

2 Hartman 7, 9 STV International 11 Glee 14 spoga+gafa 15 Leon Boots 16 Four Oaks 17 Altico 18 Handy Distribution 19 Clever Pots 23 Red Gorilla 24 AMES 27 Durstons 27 The Real Soil Company 29 Deco-Pak 31 Fordingbridge 32 SOLEX 22


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