September/October 2017
Moving Inside

Moving is always quite a process. On one hand it’s the stress of finding a new place and packing and unpacking dozens of boxes, but on the other hand it’s an opportunity to purge unwanted... more »

September/October 2017
Pollinators Prevail

Inspiration can come from anywhere, but for Al’s Garden & Home in Oregon, they didn’t have to look very far. They took a hot topic in the industry right now, pollinators, and transformed it into... more »

September/October 2017
Permission to Sell More

How do you know when you’re presented with an opportunity to take a seemingly basic sale to the next level? Or make a dull client request rise to the level of dramatic transformation? It can... more »

September/October 2017
Nature’s Reservoir

Any visit to a local garden center comes with a good dose of anticipation that you will find something new, pretty or useful. Ideas are inspirational and you can find lots of them. Indoor gardening... more »

September/October 2017
Right in Front of Your Eyes

In the wide world of retail, garden centers are truly unique. Though other product categories and industries have seasonal peaks where a disproportionate percentage of their sales occur (think toys at Christmas or formal wear... more »

August 2017
Spotted Unexpectedly

People can purchase plants seemingly anywhere nowadays. I’ve come to expect them at farmers markets and even at the smallest of grocery stores near the register. Two places, however, recently caught my attention. The first... more »

August 2017
Six Displays Shine Bright

Each year our Merchandiser of the Year competition continues to grow, and this year was no different. We had a record-setting number of entries. From showstoppers at the entrance, to gift shop creations sure to... more »

August 2017
Plants, Pride and Passion

Given the headline of this month’s article, you might think I was writing a piece for a soap opera digest. But before you begin to envision heaving bosoms and melodramatic intrigue, take a deep breath... more »

August 2017
Summertime Spa for the Birds

While millions of dollars are spent on wild bird feeders and bird seed by homeowners hoping to attract songbirds they love to their backyard, the reality is having water available year-round attracts 10 times as... more »

August 2017
Miniature Must-Haves

Eaton Grove Nursery and Garden Center Eaton, Colorado   Hoop houses aren’t always the easiest places to create fun displays, but Eaton Grove Nursery added a bit of whimsy with its miniature garden area (that... more »

August 2017
Words Matter …

I’ve been studying the retail marketplace and consumer thinking and behavior for many years in an effort to understand the way our industry thinks and responds to an ever-dynamic and changing competitive environment. Frankly, the... more »

July 2017
Easing Frustration

We talk about Mother Nature a lot in this industry, and for good reason. Everything from a few seemingly harmless rainy weekends in a row to much more detrimental flooding can take a toll on... more »


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