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HortiTrends Weekly Comment and News Digest - April 2nd

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A new report states that DIY Staff 'are Best at Explaining Products'. Whether true or not its part of an ongoing struggle to be recognised as the flag carrier for being the 'Knowledge Centre for Gardening'. It will always be a matter of opinion between the various parties but the public are there to be influenced. Its important that the people on the ground are trained equally in the art of selling and imparting relevant information.

In part the Garden Centre Association of Ireland Survey is an attempt by the the trade body to fine tune some of their services currently being offered to members while also testing the waters for new ones. It will also form the basis for a meeting at the upcoming Trolley Fair on Tuesday the 9th of April. You could equally argue that the time could be better spent praying for the sun to come out again and shine! Trying to figure out whats best for your business is hard but by joining your trade association there is a certain comfort in numbers. Its tough out there and knowing that the weather always passes is one thing but Does Punxsutawney Phil Deserve to Die? Probably.

As part of the ongoing work to inspire their members and engage with the trade, the GLDA Seminar 'Simply Gardens...Design Inspiration for Your Soul' is a great opportunity to connect with the landscape and design sectors. If its that time of year for you to dust of your 'Design Brain' to get the mechanics working again then you are sure to be inspired. If not, then opportunity to network with over 200 of Ireland's brightest and best is another worthwhile reason to attend. See you there.

Another sign that all is not well with horticulture is word from The Netherlands: Future Horti Fair Uncertain. It had seemed to change with the times but some of the trade events are cash cows for various businesses and organisations and an expense that some companies had seen as fruitless whether exhibiting or visiting. We hope that it is not too late for this important event.

A group of people expanding their horizons will be attending the Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Workshop April 5-6th at Sonairte. Learning to impart knowledge to those needing it most is worthy but could also make for a good career path. There is one free place available for an unemployed person or charity and details can be found in the link above.

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