Articles

April 2017
Every Strategy Matters

As we enter into the magic “100 days of spring” in our garden center industry, the three short months of “driving dough,” or as the Rolling Stones kind of sang, “I see a red ledger... more »

April 2017
Listen, Learn and Improve

We all know that the key to keeping customers loyal over the long haul isn’t just about having good or even great products; there are other retailers, both brick and mortar and online, that can... more »

April 2017
Outside the Vines: Out with the New, In with the Old

Whether you’re looking to be more eco-friendly or looking to save money, incorporating repurposed items into your displays can add a unique touch to your merchandising. Sara Sweet has found inspiration for displays in everyday... more »

March 2017
Handcrafted Buzzwords

Today, there are more than 1.7 million active sellers on Etsy, an e-commerce website geared toward creative entrepreneurs. The products are often described as unique, handmade, one of a kind and artisan. People are hooked.... more »

March 2017
Building a Better Retail Environment

Time is one of our most valuable commodities; we never seem to have enough of it. With so many things to do and not enough time to do them all, it seems our attention gets... more »

March 2017
The Garden Retail I Dream Of

It wasn’t until I began helping my flute teacher in her garden as a way to pay for my lessons that I discovered the thrill of a freshly weeded vegetable patch or the excitement of... more »

March 2017
Open for Business

The sting in the industry can be felt every time a garden center closes its doors. Your businesses are full of history, enthusiasm and a goal to help every one of your customers. Both retail... more »

March 2017
Inspect, Detect & Protect

Summer weather takes its toll on people and plants alike. If plants aren’t healthy enough to get through the summer months, they rarely rebound health-wise to survive a frigid winter. This applies to both the... more »

March 2017
Out of This World

Buchanan's Native Plants Houston, Texas Wherever you looked at Buchanan’s a number of signs caught your eye. Signage clearly marked employees favorite varieties, labeled the plants that could benefit both your... more »

March 2017
Keep an Eye on Shrub Trends

As we move into this year’s gardening season, it’s important to be up on consumer trends to be prepared to meet the needs of your customers. As an international brand, Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs... more »

March 2017
French Fries with the Hummingbird Feeder

If I ever went through a fast food drive-thru, and the voice in the box failed to ask, “French fries with that sandwich?” I’d wonder, “Who trained this employee?” As spring approaches and consumers enter... more »

March 2017
When a Display is Not Just a Display

While stuck on long flights I bring garden magazines and devour them from the ground up. They still motivate even this old “been there, seen that” nursery worker turned garden designer. With so much hostage... more »


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