North Yorkshire-based Johnsons Garden Centre Sales, a nationwide supplier of plants to independent garden centres, has put ambitious plans in place for 2019 following a successful year.

The centre, part of the Johnsons of Whixley Group and based at the nursery’s site between York and Harrogate, has – like many across the industry – battled through an unpredictable year of weather, and has in fact achieved a 10 per cent increase in sales for 2018.

This has included 599,111 plants sold to 226 customers – 30 of which were new or returning clients – to help achieve more than £2.1 million in sales.

The year also included releasing a 2019 catalogue featuring its largest ever range as well as add three new garden centres to its books for supply – these being Lancasters Home and Garden in Walthamstow, Fields Garden Centre in Sherburn in Elmet and Lincoln’s Whisby Garden Centre.

Johnsons Garden Centre Sales team, led by Mark Reynard and Paul Lamb, now has plans firmly underway for next year – with their sights seton a projected turnover similar to 2018 as well as technological investment.

Mark Reynard, Johnson of Whixley’s Garden Centre Sales manager, said: “The weather was a real challenge this year. With a longer summer and very unpredictable weather changes, we had a bit of a battle on our hands.

“But that’s been a real highlight for me this year as we managed to overcome any of the obstacles thrown at us and by the end of June,we were in fact ahead of budget. Turning things around in such a short space of time has been a big highlight for 2018.

“There’s been other successes too from achieving new contracts, retaining our fantastic customer base and being invited to various garden shows across the UK.

“Further investment into systems is a 2019 priority and these will be installed next year to improve efficiency and the sales order processes between Johnsons and its customer base.”

Johnsons of Whixley is one of the largest commercial nursery businesses in Europe, and a trusted supplier of garden and landscape trees and shrubs throughout the UK.