Set the record straight about the current state of honeybees and pollinators, and learn how one garden center joined the cause. Leveraging today's top technology trends can help you achieve your 2016 garden center business goals. There is an interaction between age and brand recognition in consumers' selection of plants. Grower-retailer Canoyer Garden Center continues to expand while focusing on customer experience and staying true to its roots. In retail there is something to be said for sticking to your roots while also being at the forefront of innovation. Specialty food retailer Southern Season couples these two ideas flawlessly.
February 09, 2016
Fleuroselect has announced three new Gold Medal winners that will be available to growers as of 2016 and in retail for 2017.   The Fleuroselect Gold Medal is awarded to... more
February 08, 2016
Bloem has announced the acquisition of American Designer Pottery (ADP), a division of Fiskars Brands Inc. With the acquisition, Bloem becomes one of the largest designer and... more
February 05, 2016
Six new, never-before-sold varieties have been selected as All-America Selections Winners. All of the following new varieties were trialed during the 2015 growing season.... more
February 05, 2016
AmericanHort has announced that March 8 is the opening registration date for Cultivate’16. This year's theme is “The New Now.” Cultivate’16 will take place July 9-12 in... more
February 03, 2016
Toy House and Baby Too! has been a toy store staple in Jackson, Michigan, since 1949. With more than 30,000 square feet of space, it boasts the largest selection of toys... more
February 02, 2016
One of the toughest things about social media for garden centers and other small retailers, aside from finding time, is getting your followers to engage, whether it be with... more
February 02, 2016
I’m intrigued by the game of golf. But being intrigued and being good at it are two completely different things, especially in my case (as others who have seen me play can... more
February 02, 2016
Now that you are into the new year with your goals for 2016 in place, and you are preparing for spring, it is time for you to look at technology and how it can help your... more
February 02, 2016
It started small when we ordered things online that weren’t available in stores. A gift that could be shipped directly to your sister, a part for your refrigerator or year-... more

These planter boxes are the perfect size for decks and patios. Choose from four styles — Flowers, Veggies, Herbs or My Little Garden (which is perfect for a child’s first garden). Handcrafted from rot-resistant wood and recycled metal. Blackwater Folk Art can customize your boxes with a minimum... more

  • These planter boxes are the perfect size for decks and patios. Choose from four styles — Flowers, Veggies, Herbs or My Little Garden (which is perfect for a child’s first garden). Handcrafted from...
  • This heavy-duty garden cart is hand built in Canada. Its durable metal body is designed to last many years of abuse in the garden or garden center. It features 16-inch pneumatic wheels at the rear,...
  • The next generation of the Lo & Behold series, ‘Blue Chip Jr.’ is smaller, less brittle and blooms earlier than the original. True to the series, this dwarf variety blooms continuously from...
  • Reduce your plant replacement costs with Soil Moist mycorrhizal products. New is the 1-pound tree and shrub formulation. This new size contains the same high quality and amount of mycorrhizal fungi...
  • This compact, five-color series of veronica, Moody Blues is available in dark blue, sky blue, mauve, pink and white. They will bloom in late spring and will re-bloom into the fall if cut back...
  • First Editions ‘Cinnamon Girl’ distylium is a new small leaf distylium selection that is a viable alternative to boxwood and other fine-leaf plants beleaguered by insects and diseases in the South. ‘...
  • Stonington Organic Plant Food is an exceptional fertilizer made with lobster, crab, fish and kelp meal plus worm castings and other important organic and sustainable ingredients. When used with...
  • Pine Tree Farms manufactures outdoor bird food products, offering freshness and variety in outdoor bird feeding. The Classic Seed Log line is a proven winner, and these recipes are unmatched in the...
  • Pine Tree Farms manufactures outdoor bird food products, offering freshness and variety in outdoor bird feeding. The Classic Seed Log line is a proven winner, and these recipes are unmatched in the...
  • Garden Tower 2 grows 50 plants in 4 square feet — it’s the ultimate space- saving container garden. Rotates 360 degrees for optimal lighting and plant care. At its core, a perforated compost column...
Some of you on the East Coast are likely still shoveling out from Winter Storm Jonas. Whether you have 2 feet... more
I recently got off the phone with Kyle Canoyer of Canoyer Garden Center, located in Nebraska and Iowa. We had... more
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, so hopefully this newsletter is the final bit of business before some relaxation... more
  There comes a time in your life when you realize that you’re not that smart or creative; there are... more
  I’m sure that, like me, you leave educational events and trade shows, such as the OFA Short Course,... more
    Let’s see… while I have one daughter who isn’t yet engaged, I do have a son and a daughter who... more