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Gardeners spend £25k on their gardens over lifetime

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If recent trips to the garden centre have plunged your bank balance into the red, you are not alone.
That’s because UK gardeners spend an average of £25,000 on their gardens during their lifetimes – claims a study.
The whopping sum is enough to buy a gleaming new BMW 3 Series, an Audi A4 or four Dacia Sanderos.
For green-fingered Brits, the single…

Monty Don says garden centres have ‘no excuse’ for selling peat

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Garden centres have “no excuse” for selling peat, claims Britain’s head gardener.
Monty Don, the Gardeners’ World presenter, became embroiled in a row on Twitter after he told his 24,000 fans: “If you cannot find peat-free compost, make a fuss. Garden centres care only about the money – tell them they are losing a sale.”
But a representative of Stratford Garden Centre…

Garden centres show green shoots of recovery

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Garden centres have continued to buck High Street gloom, with retail experts predicting that interest in grow-your-own will remain strong this year.
The Horticultural Trades Association said UK garden centre sales were up by five per cent in October, six per cent in November and 12 per cent in December, compared to 2010.
Interest in growing fruit and veg, according to the…

Garden spending spree goes to seed

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The High Street’s economic woes have started to hit garden centres, with the first indicator that the fashion for grow-your-own is running out of steam.
After a spring bonanza, which saw Easter and May Day sales at some garden centres rise by up to 80 per cent on 2010, a spending spree by shoppers has wilted.
Soaring food, gas and petrol prices…

Easter and May Day a ‘record-breaker’ for garden centres

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Britain’s garden centres had a bumper Easter and May bank holiday – with sales soaring by up to 80 per cent on last year.
Despite the economic gloom, and a ban on Easter Sunday trading, retailers smashed records as gardeners queued at the tills.
The Horticultural Trades Association described the May bank holiday weekend as “phenomenal”. Sales of National Garden Gift Vouchers…

Retail expert Mary Portas slams garden centres

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Garden centres full of tacky ornaments, sweets and messy displays are failing to inspire their customers to garden, according to a celebrity shopping expert.
Mary Portas, star of TV’s Mary Queen of Shops, said she has “never been to a garden centre where anyone really educated me on what to do with my garden”.
Speaking to the Horticultural Trades Association last month,…