Articles

April 2017
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

You have your spring game face on, right? Eleventy-billion details to manage and no time to rest. I’ve been there; I know precisely the mileage count on your feet will be somewhere between 10 to... more »

April 2017
Indoor Gardening Year-Round

Indoor gardening should be an easy category to define. We’re very familiar with those two individual words, but, when you put them together, the definition can take on a life of its own. Some might... more »

April 2017
A Hobbyist’s Haven

The story of how Fifth Season Gardening Co. came to be is not your traditional one. Owners Richard Quinn and Ashley Mattison both earned advanced English degrees and were working at the University of North... more »

April 2017
Exploring an Indoor Gardening Category

There are too many upward consumer trends to ignore. The political fallout from the past few months will probably leave many of us with our share of skepticism heading into the 2017 gardening season. However,... more »

April 2017
Blending Indoors & Outdoors

Lawns and gardens have forever been in our lives, but as places to walk around, work in or admire. Today we’ve internalized our outdoors with a desire to keep it with us as long as... more »

April 2017
Reimagining Retail

Good news for lawn and garden retailers: Your market segment is blossoming like a flower — and all the key trends feeding that growth are on display at the National Hardware Show, May 9 to... more »

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 »


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