We are pleased to welcome you to the Garden Centre Fresh website. With a 24 hour online ordering system you are able to add to your order and regularly check out our new products. Who can deliver a complete range of plants directly from 1500 different growers throughout Europe? Garden Centre Fresh can!
We are holding our 3rd GCF Trade Show in Honselersdijk, The Netherlands..
On the 19th-21st January 2016
This is THE only show in Holland created by a UK team and designed purely for UK Garden Centres – We’re so confident you will like it, we’ll pay your fare!
Why not join us for an all-expenses paid trip to visit our packing warehouse in Honselersdijk and meet the UK team who will have some very special show exclusives. Meet the growers at our exclusive show where you can plan your 2016 promotions under one roof.
Your trip includes:
FREE flights – FREE accommodation – FREE food and bar (subject to availability and Terms & Conditions)
We will also be arranging a visit to Van Son and Koot nursery where they will put on a special show just for our customers, with exclusive offers for Garden Centre Fresh.
Also a chance to visit the Optiflor Nursery to see how the Orchids are grown.
All flights and hotels arranged on a first come first served basis, so please complete the booking form or contact a member of the team to reserve your place by the 27th November 2015.
Be quick to reserve your place as spaces are already going fast!
You can't deny that Christmas is well and truly around the corner and plenty of you are currently making space for your Christmas displays.
Here are Garden Centre Fresh, we are also thinking about Christmas and have launched some very special price promotions which will start to be delivered from mid November. From Poinsettia to Picea, we have a great range of promotions coming up which will give your Christmas displays an extra special festive feel.
As with all of our plants, our Christmas ranges are from top quality growers and we still offer you all of the great benefits associated with our other products.
Look out for your offers in your Inbox from the middle of October but remember, stocks are limited so reserve asap!
The launch of the new David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Phalaenopsis Orchid Collection has raised £1,000 for students at the HTA National Plant Show. DCF and Garden Centre Fresh worked together to promote the collection at the show. Jessica Laurent, ex-horticulture student at Writtle College who was part of the orchid selection team and DCF trustee Nigel Wait from Barnsfold Nurseries, were also part of the show team.
Visitors could take an orchid home for a donation with the funds going directly towards scholarships for students studying horticulture in the UK. As well as raising enough money to provide a £1,000 scholarship, the collection which offers a distinctive fusion of summer colours and striking markings was very well received by retailers.
The Blue Diamond Group, one of the leading garden centre retail groups in the UK, was the first to sign up to stock the collection. James Nuttall from the Blue Diamond group says, “We are pleased to be able to support this project and will be stocking the DCF collection in our centres. Blue Diamond strongly believes in supporting young students in horticulture and by supporting projects like this we can play a part in raising the standards in our industry”.
Van Hage, will also be taking the collection. John Morgan from Van Hage says, “We need to bring ‘young blood’ into our industry, buy stocking the collection Van Hage can play its part in supporting young horticulturists”.
Following the successful launch at the show the collection has also been sold into Southdown’s Nurseries, Stratford Garden Centre and Orchard Park among others.
Nigel Wait, DCF Trustee says, “We are delighted at how well the DCF Orchid Collection was received by retailers at the show. We have already raised enough money to support a student on their horticultural journey just from the show and are excited to see the collection’s progress in store - with every sale we can offer more support to students”.[more...]
The HTA show in Stoneleigh has only been open a few hours and Garden Centre Fresh have already won not one but four awards in the New Plant Awards!
Take a look at our entries at the show and visit us on stands 69-70.
Garden Centre Fresh are delighted to announce that we have a new member to our team.
Tim Jacob will be joining the Garden Centre Fresh team as of Monday 22nd June 2015 and brings with him a wealth of experience within the trade. For the past 2 years, Tim has been Group Plant Buyer for 15 Squires Garden Centres, and active in the Tillington buying group, sitting on their marketing committee and acting as negotiator with several growers. Prior to this Tim spent over 19 years with Farplants, a co-operative based in West Sussex as Sales Manager, supplying over 750 Garden Centres with plants across the UK. Tim brings over 25 years worth of industry experience to the GCF team, and can’t wait to help the business develop and expand over the coming years.
Tim will also be on the Garden Centre Fresh stand at HTA, so why not come along and say hello![more...]
It's less than a week away and here at Garden Centre Fresh, we are busy putting the final preparations together for our stand at HTA.
We anticipate that this year will be one of our best yet, building on the succes of last year's show and we are looking forward to seeing all of our customers there.
We will be launching some exciting new ranges at the show, so why not stop by at stands 69-70 and have a chat![more...]
Edible blooming pot plants by Bloom Bites
As seen at our show in January!
Get to know a new unique food concept edible blooming pot plants.
Adds flavour and colour to every dish.
Pick the flowers whenever you need them, so weeks of pleasure guaranteed
BloomBites flowers are healthy and contain vitamins
Grown in a natural environment, so no need to wash them.
Discover recipes on www.BloomBites.nl or check on Facebook
Available in 8 appetizing varieties of 12cm and 1 flavour maker in 10cm Indoor and Outdoor
The celebrated Kew Orchid Festival opens to the public this weekend (7th February-8th March) and as exclusive partners with RBG Kew, we were given a sneaky peak into the festival which will be displaying some of our Orchids throughout the festival.
Kew have been running the festival for many years and has been a popular event to explore. Along with guided tours and talks, Kew tell the story of how these colourful flowers evolved and their role in pollination.
This year, Kew will be featuring
Ultraviolet lighting in the Princess of Wales Film Room which will reveal the hidden marks on some species, designed to trick insects into thinking they are encountering a different plant altogether.
Along with some informative talks on the Science of Orchids, behind the scenes tours and a talk by Tom Van Dyke, there is a packed schedule for this year.
If you want to discover the explosion of colour at this years festival; tickets are available from the Kew website or you can pay on the day.[more...]
The Garden Centre Fresh team would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and supported us at our Spring Open Day in Holland (20th - 23rd January 2015). We were so pleased to see so many new and familiar faces and we hope that you enjoyed the show as much as we did and that we have inspired you for the forthcoming season.
If you missed the show this year, we have compiled a small selection of photographs of the show to give you a taste of what we having coming up this Spring/Summer.
We would like to thank all of our customers who have booked their space for our Spring Open Day on the 20th-23rd January 2015 in Honselersdijk.
We have had a tremendous response to the event and we are really looking forward to seeing you there!
We do have a few spaces still available so if you would like to to come along to this expenses paid event, please contact a member of the team to get you place booked.
This is an unmissable opportunity and you will not be disappointed with what we have to offer!
Blue Diamond's new garden centre, Redfields Home of Garden and Living has now completed it's final phase of redevelopment, and Garden Centre Fresh were on hand to assist with the merchandising of their new indoor plant section. Garden Centre Fresh are the sole suppliers of Redfield's houseplant department and with the help of their Account Manager, Brian Redman, the department has been received well by both customers and staff alike.
The centre is set to become one of the leading Garden and lifestyle centres in the UK and includes fully dressed house sets, with their own gardens to enable their customers to see how particular items would look like within the home. Redfields is also set to be the blueprint for future Blue Diamond developments.
We would like to thank everyone that came to visit our stand at the HTA show this year and we hope that you all enjoyed seeing our new products and were amazed by Magic-Al our Magician.
It was good to see so many familiar faces again as well as meeting many new people. It was a fantastic opportunity to be able to have a chat about our forthcoming lines and what Garden Centre Fresh can offer.
We would also like to thank those of you that voted for our Phalaenopsis 'Happy Summer' as Best New Houseplant; it really meant a lot especially with such a high standard of entrants within the same category this year.
We are now working on our Autumn programme which we hope to be sending out to our customers very soon!
We have been celebrating a very successful HTA show with another Gold award for our Phalaenopsis Orchids.
This time visitors to the show voted our Phalaenopsis 'Happy Summer' as Best in Category for Houseplants. This is a very special variety due to its bright colour and bright red and orange lines and purple lip and is definitely an eye catching plant.
'Happy Summer' is exclusive to Garden Centre Fresh and will be coming soon to the webshop, so watch this space!