August 2016
Busy Doing Your Job, Can’t Get Any Work Done

"Your job is an historical artifact. It’s a list of tasks, procedures, alliances, responsibilities, to-dos, meetings (mostly meetings) that were layered in, one at a time, day after day, for years. And your job is... more »

August 2016
Big Departments, Miniature Inventory

Behnke Nurseries Beltsville, Maryland Behnke Nurseries has its miniature gardening nook close to the entrance of the garden center. One-of-a-kind, yet very basic, shelving units are the perfect size for the various figurines. They make... more »

August 2016
Wildlife: A Good Thing in the Garden

When a customer approaches you with questions about wildlife, they are most likely either trying to get rid of something pesky or attract something pretty. However, there’s so much more to the world of wild... more »

August 2016
Finalists on Fire

Angie's Greenhouse and Plant Care Columbia Falls, Montana Angie’s Greenhouse and Plant Care staff created this bright display to draw people in and help promote marketing by word of mouth. Every year there’s something a... more »

August 2016
Renewed Retail

Have bookstores seen their heyday? With the bankruptcy and closure of hundreds of stores by Borders five years ago, that seemed to be the case. Not to mention the popularity of Kindles, Nooks and so... more »

July 2016
Celebrating a Decade of Success

An Energizing Experience The first year of the show there were three of us that went, and the reason we went is because we wanted to freshen up our stores for fall and also for... more »

July 2016
Outside the Vines: All About Community

River Sports Outfitters (RSO), in Knoxville, Tennessee, has become a staple in its community as a resource and social gathering place. RSO began as an outdoor boating store in 1983 but quickly grew into a... more »

July 2016
A Realistic Dreamer

I’m writing this column in the peak of spring, but it’s now July as you read this, and the busiest part of your spring season has passed. Hopefully the weather gods look down favorably upon... more »

July 2016
Evolution Before the Store

Dahlias, once dismissed as the last word in Victorian vulgarity, have inched their way back up the horticultural pecking order. It is not only huge country houses where dahlia borders are a popular feature; they... more »
Exit Your Business Stage Right

July 2016
Exit Your Business — Build Today to Sell Tomorrow

This is part two of a story we began in the June 2016 issue of Lawn & Garden Retailer. It is never too late to build equity to sell your business at a better price.... more »

July 2016
Minnesota Marvels

For this photo-heavy look at Minnesota garden centers, see the PDF below. Tonkadale Greenhouse Minnetonka, Minnesota 1. The first thing customers see when they walk into the greenhouse at Tonkadale is what’s called the “seasonal... more »

July 2016
Bringing Gardening Indoors

In a seasonal industry, a non-seasonal department that has a modern look and attracts customers of all ages, particularly a younger shopper, seems promising. This is exactly what Brian Riddle, owner of Homestead Gardens near... more »


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