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Aug 14, 2018
All Things IndependentAbby Kleckler

The IGC Show is here. Are you in Chicago for it? When this e-newsletter lands in your inbox, I'll be at Navy Pier checking out the trade show for new products, listening to some education and keynote ... more

Jul 24, 2018
The New Product HuntAbby Kleckler

Cultivate'18 is in the books, which is hard to believe after months of planning. The event was a major success, from education sessions to the Retail Peer2Peer Workshop and much more. Today, I, howeve... more

Jul 19, 2018
Spotlight on Salvia and SnapdragonJasmina Dolce

As you're likely aware by now, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) has announced the four plants that will be featured in its "Year of the" program for 2019. And I'm very excited for two in particular. ... more

Jul 10, 2018
Cultivate’18 BoundAbby Kleckler

In just a few days I'll be heading to Columbus, Ohio, with many of you I bet. If Cultivate'18 is already on your agenda — or if you live nearby and are still on the fence — you won't want to miss ... more

Jun 26, 2018
Hydroponic HappeningsAbby Kleckler

This week I'm in the Seattle, Washington, area on the Garden Centers of America (GCA) Summer Tour. This is my first time in Seattle and day one did not disappoint. I'll be sharing a lot of business... more

Jun 18, 2018
Spotlight on Spring TrialsJasmina Dolce

Each spring, breeding companies and various industry suppliers come together in California to showcase their latest and greatest offerings for the upcoming season. There is so much to take in at the C... more

Jun 12, 2018
10 Days LeftAbby Kleckler

Do you have any creative displays or a standout group of displays in your store? Then what are you waiting for? The deadline to enter Lawn & Garden Retailer's Merchandiser of the Year competiti... more

May 22, 2018
On the RoadAbby Kleckler

I'm currently learning my New York state geography as I'm driving around to garden centers in Central and Western New York and the Finger Lakes — at least looking at a map I think that encompasses t... more

May 14, 2018
Perennials with Season-Long ImpactJasmina Dolce

The perennial category continues to gain steam at the consumer level. Homeowners want "permanent" landscape fixtures. They also want low maintenance and season-long color. Vaughn Fletcher, a regula... more

May 8, 2018
Hort for All AgesAbby Kleckler

Three things came across my desk this past week, all focused on specific age groups and all things I want to share with you. The first is a campaign led by Seed Your Future aimed to educate "young ... more

Apr 24, 2018
Home Sweet HomeAbby Kleckler

We're back from California Spring Trials, and the trip went great. We saw tons of new introductions and great merchandising ideas. It's hard to believe more than 60 companies were present at the trial... more

Apr 20, 2018
The Last StopsAbby Kleckler

We have officially finished our California Spring Trials journey down the coast. At the close of the last e-newsletter, I left you in the middle of Day 4 when we were heading to Ball Horticultural Co.... more


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