Management

May 2017
Elegant Ideas for Selling More Edibles

Edibles are one of the hottest topics in retail garden centers these days for the under 35 crowd. They understand the value of teaching their kids about eating fruits and veggies and tend to be... more »

April 2017
Change Your Language to Change Your Future

Our words define us. Our shared words define our culture. The culture of a person, a family or a company is a fragile environment. Our cultures are in a delicate balance the same as an... more »

April 2017
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

You have your spring game face on, right? Eleventy-billion details to manage and no time to rest. I’ve been there; I know precisely the mileage count on your feet will be somewhere between 10 to... more »

April 2017
Indoor Gardening Year-Round

Indoor gardening should be an easy category to define. We’re very familiar with those two individual words, but, when you put them together, the definition can take on a life of its own. Some might... more »

April 2017
A Hobbyist’s Haven

The story of how Fifth Season Gardening Co. came to be is not your traditional one. Owners Richard Quinn and Ashley Mattison both earned advanced English degrees and were working at the University of North... more »

April 2017
Every Strategy Matters

As we enter into the magic “100 days of spring” in our garden center industry, the three short months of “driving dough,” or as the Rolling Stones kind of sang, “I see a red ledger... more »

March 2017
Open for Business

The sting in the industry can be felt every time a garden center closes its doors. Your businesses are full of history, enthusiasm and a goal to help every one of your customers. Both retail... more »

March 2017
Inspect, Detect & Protect

Summer weather takes its toll on people and plants alike. If plants aren’t healthy enough to get through the summer months, they rarely rebound health-wise to survive a frigid winter. This applies to both the... more »

February 2017
The Tech Advantage

Technology is changing the world around us at an alarming rate. Companies who embrace technology like Airbnb and Netflix are thriving. Other companies like Panera Bread and McDonald’s are improving their relevance with technology. And... more »

February 2017
The Benefits of the Garden

In the spring of 2012, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 49. I spent the rest of the year in surgery and treatment, and then began a multi-year process of recovery and healing.... more »

February 2017
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking

We’ve all been there. The middle of spring. The lot is packed with shoppers. More customers than staff to help them. And it seems like the only person that can answer customers’ questions is you.... more »

January 2017
Be a Better Manager

My basic premise for today is that most managers don't manage very well — because they manage from top, rather than the front and the beginning. I think this stems from a commonly accepted definition... more »


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