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Mar 13, 2017
Growing With Minimal LimitsAbby Kleckler

I absolutely love seeing “non-traditional” gardens. There seem to be more and more vertical farms, rooftop gardens and unique commercial installations than ever before. The latest plans out of ... more

Feb 27, 2017
Paper or Plastic?Abby Kleckler

On Feb. 1 shopping in my hometown of Chicago changed a bit. I guess I hadn’t been paying close attention to the news because when I stepped foot in the grocery store, I was surprised by a new 7-cent... more

Feb 13, 2017
Trending UpwardAbby Kleckler

There are 34 more days until spring! Recent weather, however, has been all over the place. I’ve talked with a couple garden centers in the South and they’re already seeing some spring color. At t... more

Jan 23, 2017
Product HuntingAbby Kleckler

Since we last touched base, there have been some industry events worth mentioning. From MANTS in Baltimore to TPIE in Florida to the Atlanta and Dallas markets and a few others, there’s plenty going... more

Jan 9, 2017
The Next GenerationAbby Kleckler

People are some of a company's best assets, and we want to give you a chance to recognize those up-and-coming stars in the industry. Lawn & Garden Retailer's sister publication, GPN, is now acc... more

Dec 27, 2016
Readying for 2017Abby Kleckler

Hopefully you had a wonderful holiday weekend and are recovering from way too many Christmas cookies — we have a few more days until our resolutions begin, right? We'll soon be ringing in the new... more

Dec 6, 2016
High-Tech ShoppingAbby Kleckler

We hear that brick and mortar retail is changing all the time, and it’s our jobs to figure out what customers are responding to. I became aware of a new grocery store concept by Amazon as I flip... more

Nov 22, 2016
Shop Till You DropAbby Kleckler

The countdown to Thanksgiving is less than 24 hours away. Hopefully you will all have the day to indulge in family and food before those with a Christmas shop might have one of their busiest days of t... more

Nov 9, 2016
All in the NumbersAbby Kleckler

I love numbers, contrary to the jokes that they’re not a journalist’s forte. Without talking politics here — I know better than that — I will say that I was on the edge of my seat last night a... more

Oct 25, 2016
“Fly the W”Abby Kleckler

As a Chicago resident and lifelong Cubs fan, you better believe that this has been an exciting baseball season. The Cubs are making their first appearance in the World Series since 1945 (game 2 is ton... more

Oct 11, 2016
More Than MumsAbby Kleckler

There's no doubt your store is looking like fall at this time of the year (and maybe even Christmas is out in full force). We visited a handful of garden centers near Houston, Texas, two weeks ago... more

Sep 28, 2016
Fall is Here, and Trial Results Are InJasmina Dolce

Are you as thrilled as I am that fall is here? It's definitely my favorite time of year. The cooler weather, the falling leaves, the darker evenings, and the freedom to accessorize with a scarf and bo... more


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