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Feb 24, 2016
The Big PictureAbby Kleckler

Sales are up. Employment has increased. Collaboration is key. But don’t take my word for it.The 2016 Independent Business Survey, released by Advocates for Independent Business and the Institute for... more

Feb 10, 2016
How Sweet It IsAbby Kleckler

Valentine’s Day is four days away, and this year the holiday has one extra thing going for it: It’s on a Sunday. Feb. 14 is the second largest “floral holiday” in terms of dollar spending, sec... more

Jan 27, 2016
Winter ValueAbby Kleckler

Some of you on the East Coast are likely still shoveling out from Winter Storm Jonas. Whether you have 2 feet of snow out your window, rain or regular weather, we all have to be very excited about onl... more

Jan 12, 2016
The WOW FactorAbby Kleckler

I recently got off the phone with Kyle Canoyer of Canoyer Garden Center, located in Nebraska and Iowa. We had a great conversation about creating the WOW factor. His comment: “If people come in and ... more

Dec 22, 2015
Merry Christmas Eve (Eve)!Abby Kleckler

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, so hopefully this newsletter is the final bit of business before some relaxation and time with family and friends.I’m guessing a lot of you are open for some last minute C... more

Dec 8, 2015
Time for GivingAbby Kleckler

I love hearing about all the great things garden centers are doing. From fun events to unique community partnerships, you all have so many ideas.Recently, my inbox has been filled with articles on gar... more

Nov 24, 2015
Thankful for … PlantsAbby Kleckler

Coming to your inbox the day before Thanksgiving, I can only imagine you’re in the airport (it’s the busiest travel day of the year) or your mind is already on turkey and pumpkin pie.For me, Thank... more

Nov 10, 2015
‘Tis the Season?Abby Kleckler

I’m currently travelling around rainy North Carolina looking at garden centers, and although my normal M.O. is not to celebrate until after Thanksgiving, I’ve really gotten in the holiday spirit.B... more

Oct 21, 2015
Loyalty Knows No AgeAbby Kleckler

Everyone has a loyalty program. OK, not everyone, but a lot of airlines, coffee shops, gas stations and retailers have some sort of reward system for shopping with them. But who joins these programs a... more

Oct 7, 2015
(Not So) Picture PerfectAbby Kleckler

We all know that even if fruits and vegetables don’t look flawless, they are still safe to eat and will taste delicious. But will your customers buy them?The Ugly Fruit and Veg Campaign aims to shar... more

Sep 23, 2015
In Case You Missed ItAbby Kleckler

“If you build it, they will come, but you don’t want them to drown in the rain or dry in the drought.” This was one piece of advice from Mary Palmer Dargan, landscape architect and owner of Dove... more

Sep 17, 2015
Save the Date for Tuesday’s Miniature Gardening WebinarAbby Kleckler

Earlier this week a reader posted on the Lawn & Garden Retailer Facebook page that with the kids off to school, she finally has a chance to sit back and catch up on industry news.I can’t imagine... more


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