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Garden Centre Helps Customers Create Rain Forest Bathroom

Wildlife

TV shows regularly ask GardenSite for help in making programmes, and sometimes our customers also appear in them. That was the case recently when Channel 5's 'Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms' featured Akil and Samina Beckford who unusually wanted to turn their bathroom into a rain forest.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Thursday, 29th of April, 2021.

What To Do In The Garden In May

Wildlife

With spring encouraging everyone out into the garden and the threat of frost disappearing during May, David Coton is in no doubt that May is going to be one of the busiest months of the year.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 30th of April, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In April

Flowers

With warmer weather arriving, this is the best time of the year to be stocking up on bedding plants to fill planters, borders and hanging baskets. Our garden centre becomes noticeably busier and the number of jobs that need to be done around the garden begins to accelerate. David Coton has these suggestions to keep you occupied.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 29th of March, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In March

Aquatics

No-one can say our weather is predictable but what can be foreseen is that a huge amount of new stock is being delivered to our Garden Centre to celebrate the end of lockdown and the arrival of spring which officially starts on the 20th March,

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 27th of February, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In February

Garden Jobs

We will be receiving new stock at the garden centre during February in readiness for spring which hopefully is just around the corner, in the meantime David Coton suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 29th of January, 2018.

Halls Greenhouses Re-branding For 2021

Winter

When market leaders Halls introduced the ground breaking Qube greenhouse we promised to keep you in touch with any further developments. We can now share with you the details of their product range that has been re-branded for 2021.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 20th of January, 2021.

Outdoor Cooking In 2021 With A Napoleon Grill And Kitchen

Halls Greenhouses

Clouds usually have a silver lining and, as we slowly but surely start to live normal lives again, our taste for preparing succulent meals in our own outdoor space will be satisfied by a new range of barbecues and modular kitchens from market leaders Napoleon.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 21st of December, 2020.

What To Do In The Garden In January

Outdoor Living

Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is dull and overcast, David Coton suggests that getting out into the garden is one of the few pleasures we can enjoy while social distancing restrictions are still in place.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 29th of December, 2017.

Gardening TV Programmes, What's On and When?

New Year

There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, sound advice and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites in 2021. However, during the current government restrictions don't be surprised to see repeats filling gaps in a depleted schedule and other programmes adopting a different format.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 13th of February, 2018.

New Beefeater Outdoor Kitchens For 2021

TV

There was a time when entertaining outside meant firing up a modest garden barbecue, but that's all going to change with the introduction of a fabulous range of outdoor kitchens from those Aussie BBQ specialists, Beefeater.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 23rd of December, 2020.

What To Do In The Garden In December

Outdoor Living

Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden during the last month of the year. David Coton suggests some garden jobs that can occupy the short days.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 20th of November, 2017.

What To Do In The Garden In November

December

David Coton suggests that there are plenty of gardening jobs that need to be done in November, from why you shouldn't throw away any fallen leaves to how to take care of your vegetable patch.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 27th of October, 2017.

How To Choose Spring Bulbs For Early Colour

November

Spring flowering bulbs brighten the garden from when snow is on the ground right through to the sunlit early summer. Here is David Hall's guide to achieving a marvellous display of colour to herald in the new year.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 22nd of August, 2016.

What To Do In The Garden In October

Crocus

It's autumn and David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that we should also now be planning ahead for next year.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 2nd of October, 2017.

Zest4Leisure Win Best New Product Award At GLEE

Seeds

It was all change this year for GLEE, the garden retail industry's annual show that is usually held at the NEC in Birmingham. Due to pandemic restrictions, a virtual show took its place with product launches, presentations and awards all happening online.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 23rd of September, 2020.

Forest Sheds Receive Upgrade to Superior Better Sheds

Awards

After quizzing themselves with the question "How can we make better sheds?" Forest Garden have been busy over the last 12 months upgrading and improving their existing shed range so that they now offer higher quality, cost-effective and better designed sheds for every gardener. David Coton visited their factory last week, and here is what he discovered about the relaunched Better Shed range.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 14th of September, 2020.

What To Do In The Garden In September

Brands

Although the growing season is slowly coming to an end, David Coton can suggest quite a few jobs that need to be done over the next few weeks, helping you make the most of what's left of summer and preparing for the arrival of autumn.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 29th of August, 2017.

Our Challenges Through Covid-19 and What Our Customers Should Know

Lawn Care

GardenSite's senior partner Robert Hall explains the actions we're taking in order to beat the challenges surrounding Covid-19 as well as handy information for customers who are still awaiting the delivery of their order during these unprecedented times.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 24th of July, 2020.

GardenSite Proud To Donate £25,000 To NHS Charities

Lawn Care

GardenSite is proud to announce a donation of £25,000 to NHS Charities, the result of a pledge made to our customers that we would donate £1 for every £50 they spend.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 16th of April, 2020.

What To Do In The Garden In August

Covid-19

During the recent spell of fine weather and with more forecast, David Coton has been careful to make sure that none of the container grown plants at the Garden Centre dry out. This is particularly important if you are on holiday and he has these suggestions for other jobs that will keep you busy in the garden during August.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 27th of July, 2018.

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