Sep 28, 2016
A Clear MessageAbby Kleckler

Are you willing to displease two people in your community to get one new customer for life? As I listened to a presentation by Tim Miles of Miles & Co. on Tuesday, this question was asked more tha... more

Sep 13, 2016
Have You Heard?Abby Kleckler

Have you heard who won the title of Lawn & Garden Retailer's 2016 Merchandiser of the Year? If not, I'm here to spoil the surprise. Top honors go to Distinctive Gardens in Dixon, Illinois, with... more

Aug 24, 2016
Demand for Perennials Continues to RiseJasmina Dolce

Perennial varieties are seeing much success this season, and I foresee the demand for this landscape staple to escalate next season and beyond. It seems like many gardening trends come full circle eve... more

Aug 22, 2016
Tackling Product OverloadAbby Kleckler

How do you decide what products to carry in your store? There are so many options out there. Take for example one of the largest online retailers, Amazon. At recent check, they have 371,064,392 pro... more

Aug 9, 2016
Going for GoldAbby Kleckler

The Summer Olympics are in full swing, and I don't know about you, but I look forward to them every four years. Michael Phelps has already added to his historic medal count, but after the first nig... more

Jul 27, 2016
2017: Year of the PansyJasmina Dolce

As you may have heard by now, the National Garden Bureau recently announced the four plant classes that will be featured in the 2017 "Year of the" program. Today, I'd like to just focus on its annuals... more

Jul 26, 2016
On the RoadAbby Kleckler

Summer is a busy time for travel, and between all the garden center tours and trade shows, I return from each trip with a plethora of ideas (that I hope you'll find useful). Text codes were a doub... more

Jul 13, 2016
That’s a WrapAbby Kleckler

Trade show season is well underway with Cultivate'16 in Columbus, Ohio, wrapping up yesterday at The Greater Columbus Convention Center. Let's talk about two sessions, both with a similar messa... more

Jun 29, 2016
Bring Pollinators to LandscapesJasmina Dolce

As you probably already know, last week was National Pollinator Week. According to the Pollinator Partnership, Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what growers... more

Jun 20, 2016
Perennials Pack a PunchAbby Kleckler

Summer officially started on Monday, and although foot traffic is likely slowing in your garden center, there are still many reasons customers should come through the door. June is Perennial Garden... more

Jun 7, 2016
Your Last Chance (Honestly)Abby Kleckler

There’s one thing I can promise you: The next time you open up the Retail Report I will not be reminding you that you could be Lawn & Garden Retailer’s next Merchandiser of the Year. Why yo... more

May 26, 2016
Begonias: The Perfect Landscape PlantJasmina Dolce

By now, we all know that begonias are a staple landscape plant. From sun to shade, backyards to commercial plantings, they work. That's why it's no surprise the National Garden Bureau named 2016 "Year... more


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