Articles

June 2017
All Eyes on Retail

Tasty Ideas 1. Hort Couture showcased its edible varieties with a stunning farm-to-table concept. New intros were dropped into the wood table as the main dishes and other popular varieties were the... more »

June 2017
A Tale of Two Gardeners: Daring to Be Different and How to Sell It!

The late, great JC Raulston said, “If you’re not killing plants, you’re not stretching yourself as a gardener.” Or another way to say it from John Maxwell is, “If we’re growing we are always going... more »

June 2017
What’s Trending for Wildlife?

Changes to our climate, loss of habitat and pesticides have become challenging to wildlife; species are significantly in decline and struggling to cope with climate change. That’s why, in Europe, wildlife enthusiasts have been trying... more »

June 2017
Learn From the Mistakes of Others

Allow me to set the stage for this month’s discussion ... It is often recommended that, to gain insight into what makes some companies exceptionally successful or what unique traits the leaders of these companies... more »

May 2017
Beyond Health Benefits

A dear friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer late last year, and like all too many of you who have had family and friends go through the same disease, you know it does not... more »

May 2017
Rooted in Edibles

Waldoch Farm has won the hearts of canners throughout Minnesota. We are a garden center and family-run farm specializing in uplifting spirits spring, summer and fall by using flowers, food and fun. We have offered... more »

May 2017
Elegant Ideas for Selling More Edibles

Edibles are one of the hottest topics in retail garden centers these days for the under 35 crowd. They understand the value of teaching their kids about eating fruits and veggies and tend to be... more »

May 2017
A New Wave of Edibles

No matter where you live, there’s something special about harvesting homegrown vegetables — and customers are still responding to the edibles department. Help take it to the next level by adding assortments of texture and... more »

May 2017
Creating a Garden-Landscape Fusion

The “foodscape revolution” is all about making the most of the square footage you cultivate. From large traditional landscapes to lots with limits, every area of open mulch space is a chance to grow something... more »

May 2017
Controlling the Customer Experience

It’s a very rare occasion when I can walk into a retail establishment of any kind and feel and experience a strong enough emotional connection that entices me to want to commit two of my... more »

May 2017
Outside the Vines: Close to Home

Locally made and sourced products have made their way to the top of sales in many retail segments. Customers like to know where products come from and how they are made. Shelley Christner of The... more »

April 2017
Always Evolving

Do you remember when Apple’s logo was a scene of Sir Isaac Newton sitting beneath an apple tree? How about when Starbucks’ logo was brown and had a tagline of “coffee, tea and spices?” You... more »


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