Mar 25, 2016
Season-Long PerformanceJasmina Dolce

Over the past few years, one gardening category that seems to continuously grow is the landscape segment. Gardeners and homeowners continue to invest in their outdoor spaces, and that includes plantin... more

Mar 22, 2016
Where It All BeginsAbby Kleckler

Last week, I had the opportunity to head down to Central America to visit three of Dümmen Orange’s cuttings facilities. This was a new look for me at varieties long before they ever hit benches at ... more

Mar 8, 2016
Take Your PositionAbby Kleckler

You’ve likely heard of GrowIt!, an app that lets users garden socially and lets you prove yourself and your garden center as experts to people in your area.App co-founders Seth Reed and Mason Day ar... more

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


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