Merchandising

October 1, 2015
The 2016 Garden Center Symposium Releases Speaker Line-Up

The 2016 Garden Center Symposium, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 20-21, 2016, promises to provide plenty of ideas ready to help IGC's increase their income stream. This annual event, now in its 52nd year,... more »

August 25, 2015
IGC Chicago Wraps Up Ninth Year

IGC Chicago's ninth annual show extended the excitement across Navy Pier, from the expanse of new and proven products for independent garden centers in the exhibit hall to the retail inspirations found in the IGC... more »

August 25, 2015
Poly-Tex, WaterPulse Team Up for Irrigation Mats

Poly-Tex Inc. and WaterPulse Inc. have signed an agreement that authorizes Poly-Tex to distribute WaterPulse Retail Mats along with its display systems in the United States and Canada. WaterPulse manufactures the only commercially available capillary... more »

August 18, 2015
Farwest Plans Off-Site Tours, Retail Idea Center

The Farwest Show has retailers on the mind with planned tours for attendees on Wednesday, Aug. 26, and the Idea Center for Retailers during the show. The three tours will take place simultaneously giving participants... more »

July 2015
Give This a Try

I worked at a small, family-owned coffee shop on and off for six years. From the day I turned 16, I learned that the more I smiled when customers walked in the door, the more... more »

June 8, 2015
Delaware Garden Center Installs Model Railroad

East Coast Garden Center in Millsboro, Delaware, has added a truly unique component to its store: a model railroad that depicts all aspects of the Cordrey family garden center.The Cordrey Railroad, as it's called, is... more »

June 2015
Retail-Worthy Snapshots

Every year California Spring Trials guarantees breeders' new variety introductions, but here are some standout merchandising display ideas from this year's event. Syngenta Pacific Plug & Liner Explaining Edibles 1. Use "decision tree" signage to... more »

May 27, 2015
UK Trade Show Glee Reinvents Itself

As demonstrated by the hundreds of international buyers who return year after year, one of the best opportunities to source quality British gardening suppliers is to visit the UK's major annual garden retail trade show,... more »

May 2015
Heard on the Radio

The buzzword "superfood" is printed in nearly every magazine that lands in my mailbox. Whether it's the hottest nutrient-packed snack that "you need to try" or a celebrity's praise for a trendy "new" veggie, the... more »

April 2015
Outside the Vines: A Signage Gold Mine

Geranium, an independently owned jewelry and accessories boutique based in the Midwest, boasts intrinsic signage with eye-catching designs and one-of-a-kind displays that supply customers with not only information but also a story. What started as... more »

April 2015
70 Years Young

M ay is often a tough time for lawn and garden retailers to get away from their stores, but the National Hardware Show offers the perfect excuse for a quick (and productive) escape. Sourcing what... more »

April 2015
Got Plants?

Five years ago, business slowed for garden centers across Arizona much as it did for the rest of the country. Looking for a way to increase sales for its members, the Arizona Nursery Association (ANA)... more »


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