More Summer Houses Articles Garden centres need to become community hubs that offer a range of benefits, one industry expert has said.
Kevin Waters, a director of training company the Garden Works, argued that garden centres should follow the trend set by modern libraries that now 'bristle' with activity thanks to facilities like IT and cafes, Horticulture Week reported.
Speaking at Glee 2010, a trade show for the garden and leisure industries that was recently held at the NEC Birmingham, he said: "The library has become a community centre. Isn't a garden centre an opportunity to do that - to bring people together and get them swapping ideas? Let's think of lifestyle and making a statement."
Homeowners aiming to make such a lifestyle statement with their garden might wish to invest in a summer house or log cabin. Mr Waters suggested that advice sessions and coffee mornings were possible ways for garden centres to encourage the 'grow your own' trend among gardeners.
Posted by Martin Corby
01 October 2010
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