Merchandising

September/October 2018
In the Running

Each year our Merchandiser of the Year competition recognizes one independent garden center whose team has really showcased their display skills during the year. The competition continues to grow, having a record-setting number of entries... more »

September/October 2018
Mind Over Matter

During the summer months, I found myself doing a lot more of my 2019 planning and daydreaming when things were mellow. I also embarked on a fairly strict new diet plan that’s really a lifestyle... more »

September/October 2018
Gems From the Emerald City

Sky Nursery Shoreline, Washington 1. Houseplants are hot, and Sky Nursery created a façade inside the garden center to draw people into a large area dedicated to indoor plants. 2. Nectar Bar is the hip... more »

August 2018
When Serendipity Meets Strategy

Many of us have heard the old quote, “Success is when preparation meets opportunity.” But, so many people struggle in our industry as they are investing in either being busy without a real strategy or... more »

August 2018
The ‘Garden” Part of Miniature Gardening

The gardening in miniature niche is, quite possibly with no pun intended, the biggest idea to happen to the garden industry in ages. You’ll find designated miniature departments in many nurseries and garden centers these... more »

July 2018
Upstate New York’s Finest IGCs

BADDING BROS FARM MARKET AND GARDEN CENTER East Amherst One thing really stood out at Badding Bros and that was consistent signage. Every sign had the same chalkboard- style look and feel from 1) the... more »

June 2018
Photo-Worthy Displays

Uncommon Combinations Nearly every stop throughout the trip featured combinations, whether annuals or perennials, ornamental or edible. 1. Sakata used sedums in many of its containers on display. 2. At Hem Genetics, we found tomatoes... more »

May 2018
Mad Skills with Merchandise

I recently left my house to go on what I like to call a “photo safari” for the day. I have a certain number of locations that I frequent, and they change enough that I... more »

May 2018
All About the Neighbors

Swansons Nursery has a long history in the Crown Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, opening at its current location more than 90 years ago. A lot has changed from the Roaring ‘20s to today, but... more »

May 2018
Practical Organic Gardening in Retail

You are what you eat. While a little cliché, it makes a good point. What we put into our bodies is the fuel that keeps us going. Eating food is the all-inclusive unifier. Breaking bread... more »

April 6, 2018
Special Download: Tips to Reinvigorate Your Garden Center

Spring is here, and so begins the busiest time of the year for garden centers. How are your first spring sales performing? Take time to analyze and restrategize with Lawn & Garden Retailer's Reinvigorating Your... more »

March 29, 2018
POP Kits Available from AAS

In an effort to provide support to independent garden center retailers, All-America Selections (AAS) is now offering a Point-of-Purchase kit available free of charge for the first 100 retailers who request them. This kit includes... more »


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