May 22, 2017
Be RecognizedBy Abby Kleckler

I just got back from a trip to Colorado to visit garden centers. Every single one I talked to had similar sentiments: “We had our best Mother’s Day in the past decade!,” “The Saturday before Mother’s Day was our greatest sales day ever!” and on and on.

This was amazing to hear even as the snow came falling down in the third week of May. Of course, some of those people who had made their Mother’s Day purchases were likely freaking out, but weather can be a finicky thing.

On my trip I spotted a couple of really neat displays, so I want to remind everyone: Entries to become Lawn & Garden Retailer’s 2017 Merchandiser of the Year are due June 9.

You can find all the details here. But it’s pretty easy. Snap some photos of a single display or collection of related displays, write a short description and send them to me at [email protected] (or use the online form).

The winner will receive more than $3,000 worth of prizes from competition sponsors Braun Horticulture and Dramm, be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine and have serious bragging rights.

A New Class

While talking about some great recognition, I want to draw your attention to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017, from our sister publication GPN. The program recognizes some of the best and brightest up and coming stars in the industry.

Take a look! There are a handful of “garden center people” and some other faces you just might recognize.

If you haven’t picked up your May issue Lawn & Garden Retailer, you’ll find a wonderful article by 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 member Brie Arthur on foodscaping. You can see more insights from previous classes in our Fresh Perspectives column.

As always, let me know how your season is going or share with me anything that catches your eye at [email protected].





Abby Kleckler

Abby is the managing editor of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Contact her at [email protected]


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