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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

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


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