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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

Aug 26, 2015
Never Too EarlyAbby Kleckler

On the radio during my commute this morning, the topic of conversation was Halloween costumes. Although I don’t even want to think fall and the holidays yet, retailers like you are already there.I... more

Aug 12, 2015
Dare To Be RelevantAbby Kleckler

“If you look closed, you’re closed.”“If it’s not good enough for you personally, why would it be good enough for your store?”“Bring your awesome every day.”These are just three stateme... more

Jul 22, 2015
You’re CoveredAbby Kleckler

Cultivate’15 in Columbus, Ohio, wrapped up last week, and if you weren’t there, take my word for it: It was a great show. With approximately 10,000 attendees, 120 educational sessions and two trad... more

Jul 8, 2015
Columbus BoundAbby Kleckler

Hopefully a strong spring is behind you and you can get a little breathing room because it’s trade show season! The first stop on my summer trade show circuit is Columbus for Cultivate’15, startin... more

Jun 24, 2015
Hop OnAbby Kleckler

When this newsletter lands in your inbox, I’ll be on stop number 13 of the Garden Center’s of America (GCA) summer tour. From public gardens to retail operations, there has been no shortage of gor... more


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