Sep 10, 2014
A Few of What’s NewBy pmihalek

I just returned home after spending three days in Atlantic City for the Arett Sales Open House. This was my first time at this distributor’s show. It was one of the few industry events that allowed me to simply be a fly on the wall, watching retailers buzz around from booth to booth placing orders for next spring. Tons of great, positive energy.

There were plenty of new products on display, too. Check out a few of them in our most recent Lawn & Garden Retailer Facebook album. And if you’ve come across a cool new product you’re considering for your shelves next spring, let me know. I’d love to check it out.

Big News on Small Gardening

It’s official, miniature gardening isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But that’s not new news to many of you. From trade show floors to garden center workshops to mainstream media, miniature gardening continues to gain traction with a variety of age groups and also remains a profitable category for IGCs all across the country.

Recently, my hometown newspaper — The Cleveland Plain Dealer — ran a lengthy feature with video on miniature gardening in Northeastern Ohio. What kind of coverage are you seeing on this type of gardening in your neck of the woods? And more importantly, like Petitti’s, are you the expert providing the insight? If not, maybe it’s time you reach out to your local news contact to fill them in on the big attraction of these small gardens.





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