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January 2018
Style Awakenings in 2018

On a recent morning as I was waking up, I turned on the radio to catch the headlines, and I heard that according to the Bloomberg Market Report (November 2017), residential construction starts are up... more »

September 11, 2017
Talking Trends

Each year, Garden Media Group releases its Garden Trends Report for the following year. Today is the first day you can download the trends for 2018! The theme this year is "Nature's Rx for Mental... more »

June 2017
Your Customers Are Talking

Let’s face it: As an industry we aren’t always the first to adapt to changing consumer technologies. We’re hesitant, we’ve been burned a couple of times, and due to the role that seasons and weather... more »

May 4, 2017
GrowIt!, NWF Team Up

GrowIt! Mobile has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to help promote the Garden for Wildlife initiative. GrowIt! Mobile is working with the National Wildlife Federation to help show the GrowIt! community and all of North... more »

May 2017
A New Wave of Edibles

No matter where you live, there’s something special about harvesting homegrown vegetables — and customers are still responding to the edibles department. Help take it to the next level by adding assortments of texture and... more »

April 2017
Blending Indoors & Outdoors

Lawns and gardens have forever been in our lives, but as places to walk around, work in or admire. Today we’ve internalized our outdoors with a desire to keep it with us as long as... more »

March 2017
Building a Better Retail Environment

Time is one of our most valuable commodities; we never seem to have enough of it. With so many things to do and not enough time to do them all, it seems our attention gets... more »

May 24, 2016
GrowIt! Releases Data Driven Insights

GrowIt! reports 90,000 people have used the mobile app this spring. Over the past year and half, plants on GrowIt! have amassed more than 1.2 million ratings, and searches have been performed by more than 160,000 community members. The... more »

March 2016
Aim for the Stars

By the end of 2015, Yelp had more than 95 million reviews. As a website founded in 2004 with the purpose "to connect people with great local businesses," Yelp now lists more than 2 million... more »

February 2016
Successful Social Media

One of the toughest things about social media for garden centers and other small retailers, aside from finding time, is getting your followers to engage, whether it be with shares, likes, comments or retweets.Especially on... more »

February 2016
Tech Tips for IGCs

Now that you are into the new year with your goals for 2016 in place, and you are preparing for spring, it is time for you to look at technology and how it can help... more »

January 2016
4 P’s Plus 3

To gain some insight into how today's consumers are behaving, where they are spending their discretionary income (or not spending), what categories and channels are gaining or losing market share, demographic shifts and impacts on... more »


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