Mar 27, 2018
Plants and AnimalsBy Abby Kleckler

First and foremost, happy spring! The last two weeks have been busy with a trip to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, a week in the warmth of Costa Rica and a change of seasons (at least according to the calendar).

The theme of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show this year was Flowertales, and everywhere you turned books came to life. Take a look at some of the photos I took from the show on our Facebook page.

One display that stood out to me was a collaboration between Stein’s Garden & Home and the Racine Zoo. Throughout the garden, there were many “Did You Know?” signs about gardening and animals, which attendees really stopped to look at and discuss — simple, easy and effective. Live animal encounters from the zoo and seed packet giveaways from the garden center also drew the crowds.

I’d love to hear if your garden center participated in the local garden shows this year. If so, what were you potential customers excited about? Send me photos at [email protected].

March Madness

I’d be remiss not to mention the NCAA men’s basketball tournament since my alma mater Loyola-Chicago is in the Final Four for the first time since 1963. And I also came across this “gardening planning bracket” comic from Jeff Stahler that is too good not to share.

Here’s to hoping that the Cinderella story led by 98-year-old nun Sister Jean (who I can attest is really as wonderful as everyone is saying), our scarves resembling that of Harry Potter and our unique Ramblers mascot continues for another week!



Abby Kleckler

Abby is the managing editor of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Contact her at [email protected]


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