Articles

January 2017
Red, Green and Evergreen

Ellis Home & Garden Bossier City, Louisiana At this Ellis Home & Garden location, live trees were visible from the busy street with the “Ellis Tree Farm” set up in the parking lot. Each tree... more »

January 2017
American Made

Over the past few years, many surveys have shown Americans expressing an increased interest in buying American- made products. However, when it comes to everyday shopping or impulse purchases, the retail price on comparative products... more »

January 2017
Information When and Where Customers Want It

Shoppers have changed, and they’re never going back. Garden retailers are realizing this and wondering how, in this modern world, they’re ever going to catch up and connect with the new breed of consumers. The... more »

January 2017
Freshen Up Your Benches

Petunia ‘Night Sky’ petunia boldly goes where no petunia has gone before, with a never-seen-before bloom pattern. ‘Night Sky’ makes excellent hanging baskets or patio containers. Complete growing culture is available, including recommendations and environmental... more »

January 2017
Be a Better Manager

My basic premise for today is that most managers don't manage very well — because they manage from top, rather than the front and the beginning. I think this stems from a commonly accepted definition... more »

January 2017
What’s Your Firewall?

Traditional brick and mortar retail as a standalone strategy is under severe challenge. Think about some of the recent/ current events that demonstrate this: • Macy’s announced it is closing over 100 stores within the... more »

January 2017
The Freedom to be Excellent

Achieving remarkable customer service is challenging. Ironically however, achieving the overwhelmingly spectacular can be intuitively easy. Some of the most talented businesses spend almost nothing on customer service and succeed in reaching extraordinary goals. Growing... more »

January 2017
Outside the Vines: The GLAM of Customers

When customers walk into Uniform, a men’s boutique in Boston, they step into a relaxed environment, welcoming to all. Gary Ritacco, store owner, ensures everyone entering into his store feels comfortable as they walk throughout... more »

November/December 2016
Spotted in Portland

Portland Nursery Portland, Oregon 1) Portland Nursery plants and maintains the landscaping near the sidewalks of the garden center, which also acts as display gardens, while 2) a fountain at the center... more »

November/December 2016
Winners Circle

Selling outstanding plants is crucial to the success of your business and reputation. That’s why Lawn & Garden Retailer compiles this list of top performers. Each year, multiple associations throughout the U.S. and abroad evaluate... more »

November/December 2016
Outside the Vines: A Vision Come True

Whether a landscape or a wedding, every project starts with a vision. The Sentimentalist in Atlanta, Georgia, has built its name on helping brides make their dreams and visions a reality. Brides near and far... more »

November/December 2016
You Have the Power!

On a recent Friday evening, I was meandering through a regional shopping mall and passed an Apple store. As you know, Apple recently introduced its new iPhone 7 series of smartphones, and off-duty police officers... more »


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