Articles

June 2018
Seriously Simplified

In April, we headed to California for Spring Trials to see the latest and greatest that the breeding companies plan to bring to market in the next year. For every annual trip down the coast,... more »

June 2018
Selling to 4 Generations & More

It's a fascinating time in retail lawn and garden right now! We are actively selling to FOUR generations. I’m not sure if this has ever happened before — and it certainly hasn’t happened with so... more »

June 2018
Patio Personality Plus

Trends for 2018 patio décor are a mashup that may hold some unexpected surprises. We’ve seen the trend of the Old World, Euro-style and ornate on the way out for some time with buyers opting... more »

June 2018
Photo-Worthy Displays

Uncommon Combinations Nearly every stop throughout the trip featured combinations, whether annuals or perennials, ornamental or edible. 1. Sakata used sedums in many of its containers on display. 2. At Hem Genetics, we found tomatoes... more »
houseplant department garden factory

June 2018
Plant Style: How to ‘Greenify’ Your Customer’s Space

There's a special feeling you get when you walk into a room filled with thriving greenery, and it usually results in a smile. That’s why plants are a stylist’s best friend. Although there’s a bit... more »

June 2018
Promoting Universal Access to Plants

Ask anyone who considers themselves a green thumb where their love for growing plants came from, and often you will hear a story that connects back to a positive childhood experience. It could be a... more »

June 2018
Chore or Cherish?

Over the years, as the consumer psyche and behaviors have evolved and technology has changed the way they shop, we increasingly hear that the products our industry sells aren’t as relevant to the consumers’ lives... more »
Dickman Va Va Bloom

June 2018
Va Va Bloom

HOW LONG HAS THE SHOW BEEN GOING ON? It’s been going on for over 10 years, and with this year, last year and the year before we started incorporating themes into the event. In 2016... more »

May 2018
Through the Trees

Customer service is key. We hear it all the time, and you probably drill it into your employees on a daily basis. On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I, however saw firsthand that it’s... more »

May 2018
Mad Skills with Merchandise

I recently left my house to go on what I like to call a “photo safari” for the day. I have a certain number of locations that I frequent, and they change enough that I... more »

May 2018
All About the Neighbors

Swansons Nursery has a long history in the Crown Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, opening at its current location more than 90 years ago. A lot has changed from the Roaring ‘20s to today, but... more »

May 2018
Beyond Tomatoes: What’s Trending in Home Grown?

Edible plants have always been a component of the home garden, and their popularity continues to increase. According to last year’s National Gardening Survey, the DIY yard and garden industry is growing at a slow... more »


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