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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

Jun 10, 2015
Just One MinuteAbby Kleckler

Did you ever watch “Minute to Win It?” This game show, hosted by restaurateur-turned-TV personality Guy Fieri, gave contestants a blueprint for completing a task in one minute using household item... more

May 27, 2015
The Great Lake StateAbby Kleckler

What better way to spend some time between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day than checking out garden centers? Editorial Director Tim Hodson and I rented a clown car – also referred to as a tiny Fiat ... more

May 12, 2015
The Busiest Season of AllAbby Kleckler

Mother’s Day is in the rearview mirror but hopefully strong spring sales have just begun. I know here in Chicago the weather has been all over the map: a high of 85 degrees one day and a high of 50 ... more

Apr 30, 2015
Beyond Pretty: Perennials that Boast Style and FunctionJasmina Dolce

May is quickly approaching, and that means gardening season is in full swing in most areas! Many, if not most, of you offer landscape services or at least consult with your customers about their lands... more

Apr 30, 2015
Color Trending: OrangeJasmina Dolce

Now that I'm fully (ok, somewhat) recovered from our annual trek down the California coast for the 2015 Spring Trials, I have finally had some time to sit down and rummage through the thousands of pho... more

Apr 22, 2015
On the RoadAbby Kleckler

It’s pothole season, and after a rough winter – especially in the Northeast – these craters are costly. A AAA survey estimates potholes cost drivers $6.4 billion per year, but what if someone tu... more

Apr 8, 2015
Spring-spirationAbby Kleckler

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a message with this link and the words, “My new home.” Having no clue what she was talking about, I haphazardly clicked on the link, which took me to a Cherry B... more


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