Just like that, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all behind us. I’d say that was a busy five-day stretch.
We took a family trip to our local garden center Saturday morning, and I’d say that it was busier than normal for November — and not a single one of us left empty handed. Did you see an increase in traffic with the estimated 164 million people who planned to shop during that five-day period according to the National Retail Federation? Let me know.
Now we can turn our sights to another viral “holiday,” #GivingTuesday. Since 2012, today — the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — has been dedicated to making donations to charitable causes. I urge you to think about some of those causes in the horticultural industry that could benefit from all of us sharing our blessings.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but some organizations that have made their way in my inbox yesterday or today are the Horticultural Research Institute, Seed Your Future, American Floral Endowment and American Community Gardening Association. We all have different things we’re passionate about, and I know this time of the year is as good as ever to focus efforts on causes that are important to us.
Scenes from Pennsylvania Garden Centers
Last week, I visited 17 garden centers in Pennsylvania and took more than 1,500 photos. Most of these are great Christmas displays that I’ve started sharing on our Facebook and Instagram pages, with a lot more to come.
Head over and follow us now to get the latest ideas. And in the coming weeks, new photos from the trip will be added to the Inspiration Book.