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Christmas Run-up sees Strongest Sales Growth Since ‘88

Christmas Run-up sees Strongest Sales Growth Since ‘88

19-12-2014

If you've got time to read one thing before the big day, clear the spruce for five minutes and make it this. Stats show the crucial Christmas run-up is seeing the strongest retail sales growth since 1988 so signs are it's time to don those hats and gloves, buckle-up and prepare for a belter! Growth has... Read more

Small Business Saturday Boosts Local Spending

Small Business Saturday Boosts Local Spending

18-12-2014

Consumers across the UK came out in force to support the UK's second Small Business Saturday on 6 December 2014. 16.5 million people shopped in small independent businesses on the day, representing a 20% increase in footfall on last year or 2.7 million more shoppers at one of the busiest times of the year. According to... Read more

11.5% of ALL November Sales were Made Online

11.5% of ALL November Sales were Made Online

18-12-2014

Today the Office of National Statistics has revealed that the amount spent in the retail industry in November increased by 1.2 per cent compared to October 2014, with online sales accounting for 11.5 per cent of all sales. Whilst some florists jumped on the Black Friday bandwagon this year, it's still difficult for many who... Read more

Kenyan Flowers to be Duty-Free in Time for Valentine’s

Kenyan Flowers to be Duty-Free in Time for Valentine’s

18-12-2014

Kenya's reinstatement of duty-free status for its exports to the EU market has been fast-tracked by the EU. The news is welcomed by Union Fleurs and the Kenya Flower Council as it comes just in time for Valentine's 2015. This week, the European Parliament and the Council have both confirmed that they do not object to... Read more

Green Walls, Clean Air

Green Walls, Clean Air

17-12-2014

This week national media reported on pollution and its deadly effect on us. Despite good suggestions to address the problem in the future, one particular omission was obvious to efig and its members – the magnificent power green walls have when it comes to cleaning air. Read more

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Tricks of the Trade

No More Foam Faux

No More Foam Faux

When working with soft stemmed flowers wrap a small piece of tape around the base of the stem to make insertion into foam easier. Alternatively use a straw to make holes in the foam and insert the stem into it. Both ideas will avoid stem breakage and ensure good water...

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Simply Spherical Cheats

Simply Spherical Cheats

One of the easiest ways to decorate tall vases is to use a foam sphere covered in leaves. Simply slot it into the mouth of the vase and décor the protruding half with flowers. It's very secure and avoids the mechanics being seen from below.

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The Rose Guard

The Rose Guard

Often picked off and discarded to the waste heap, guard petals are seen as ugly and bad for sales.

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Twist & Shake

Twist & Shake

We all know the struggle stiff buckets bring. If buckets get stuck together, instead of bashing and tugging, try rolling them on the ground with your foot until they separate... saves ripping fingers off!

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100 Years of RHS to Remember

chelsea-bookEverybody loves a coffee table book, and this one is something special. Not only will it look lovely amongst the coasters but it’s also a history book, a photo album, a garden guide and a lasting souvenir for an event that has been touching people’s lives and hearts for 100 years.

The first sentence, “Every May, the horticultural world descends on a 12-hectare site in Chelsea” says it all about RHS Chelsea. It’s no lie that the show is often seen as the most important diary date for anyone who’s anyone in the horticultural world. During that one week in May, at the beginning and end of the day, Sloane Square station becomes a green fingered frenzy of people trying to get to the floral event of the year.

This book gives an enduring look at why they do it, and what makes the show so special. RHS insider and author Brent Elliott gives an in depth account of the way that the show has grown and changed and the way that that nation’s gardening tastes have been reflected and shaped by Chelsea over the years. Beefy it may be but it is laid out in an easy to flick-in-and-out sort of way as pieces are arranged along a timeline, depicting the first ever Royal Hospital flowering all the way to the style and pizazz of 2013.

It also features snippets from some of our greatest nurserymen, nurserywomen, garden designers, presenters and those behind the scenes, all explaining exactly what Chelsea means to them. With beautiful illustrations, archival photography, plans and posters, plus fascinating insights into the RHS world, it’s definitely a keeper.

Apology

Nicola Halls / Ferns, Battersea – an apology

Nicola Halls / Ferns, Battersea – an apo…

In the article "Beware of the DOG" ("the Article") published on pages 88-90 of our Summer 2013 edition, we wrote about our concerns with the practice of Deceptive Order Gathering in the florist industry.

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