February 2018
Show & Tell Merchandising

Thinking back, all of us can probably recall grade-school "Show & Tell" assignments, which provided the opportunity to share a special item or personal experience with our classmates. Topics may have included summer vacation destinations... more »

February 2018
East Coast Ideas

Barlow's Sea Girt, New Jersey 1) A large display for Barlow's Dirty Glove Club was hard to miss and allowed people to sign up right away before a $5 price increase... more »

February 2018
You Don’t Get a Second Chance

Here in Minnesota, winters are long and arduous. Sure, we still go out and play in the snow and on the ice, enjoying all sorts of winter sports. And, despite the snow and cold, people... more »

February 2018
A Tomato Takeover

Milaeger’s grows more than 100 kinds of tomatoes, but customers would come into the garden center during the spring and be overwhelmed by the number of tomato plants and afraid to try anything new. Tomatomania... more »

January 2018
Eight Seconds

Humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish. I overheard this statement a few weeks ago from the opposite side of a bus, and naturally, I had to grab my smartphone and look it up... more »

January 2018
Team Shift: The Two Ps to Changing Your Team’s Mind

This past fall, I was grateful to be invited to present at the Garden Center Group (GCG) fall event in Burlington, Vermont. The approach to crafting the agenda and workshops was both insightful and innovative.... more »

January 2018
Year-Round Workshops

My favorite part of winter is looking through all of the seed catalogs that are arriving daily and thinking about my spring garden. Well, you can bet that many of your customers are doing the... more »

January 2018
Holidays in the Garden State

Click on the images below to expand. Atlantic Nursery & Garden Shop Freeport, New York Each scene at Atlantic Nursery & Garden Shop was unique. A tree bark shower curtain... more »

January 2018
Growing Customers

The next time you're in traffic behind someone looking at a cell phone or watching an employee hide in a bathroom stall to change their Facebook status ... be grateful. You see, this little device... more »

January 2018
Style Awakenings in 2018

On a recent morning as I was waking up, I turned on the radio to catch the headlines, and I heard that according to the Bloomberg Market Report (November 2017), residential construction starts are up... more »

January 2018
Easy Tools to Sell More Plants

Every year since 1980, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) board of directors has chosen one annual, one edible, one perennial and one bulb (added in 2015) as the selected classes for our "Year of the"... more »

January 2018
Get Your Shelves Ready

1. Lupine Lupine is known for massive, eye-catching flower spikes. Traditionally, it’s a mid-spring flower flush followed by nothing till next season. The lupine Staircase series (pictured above) responds remarkably well to this problem by... more »


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