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Flower Power: Why Your IGC Should Stock Cut Flowers as a Product Category

Flowers are the new hugs, Katie Dubow said earlier this year when introducing Garden Media Group’s 2022 Garden Trends Report. When we can’t gather with loved ones and personal connections are limited (e.g., during a... more »
Syngenta shop within a shop

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More to Muse on: Part 2 of CAST Coverage

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the team at Lawn & Garden Retailer hit the road in late March to attend California Spring Trials (CAST). Not only did we witness some breathtaking plants in... more »
Cultivate ’21

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Green Industry to Gather in Columbus for Cultivate’22

From retailers, greenhouse and nursery growers, distributors, interior and exterior landscapers, florists, students, educators, researchers and manufacturers, Cultivate is known to attract thousands of industry professionals and visitors from all 50 states and over 40... more »
Liz Lark-Riley is the managing director of Rockledge Gardens.

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The Secret to Keeping Promises

I was at a restaurant with a friend and she mentioned that she had never waited tables. She said, “When you first start working it seems like you either go the restaurant route or the... more »
5 Minutes With … Kara Kading

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5 Minutes With … Kara Kading

Kara Kading is director of events and marketing at Milaeger’s in Racine and Sturtevant, Wisconsin. She is also a GPN 40 Under 40 alumnus. What do you love about your job? I love that it’s always... more »
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Your Destiny Depends on Your People

Back in August 2020, I wrote the column “Krulak’s Law of Leadership,” based on a leadership/management theory presented by retired U.S. Marines Gen. Charles C. Krulak. The crux of his theory was that, though the... more »
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Happy Hiring

The Great Resignation that’s taken place over the last two years has made employers re-evaluate how they hire and retain workers. A new study from recruiting software company Lever, “2022 Great Resignation: The State of... more »

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Gardening’s Benefits Proven — Again

Stress relief. Self reliance. Beauty. These are all reasons we garden — and a recent study backs it up. A survey conducted by researchers at the University of California-Davis, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) and... more »
Hicks Nurseries annual Flower & Garden Show 2015

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Signs of Spring in the Garden Center

Spring came earlier than usual this year on Long Island, New York, when Hicks Nurseries hosted its 32nd annual Flower & Garden Show March 10-27. Built from scratch each year in a 20,000-square-foot greenhouse, the event... more »

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Retail Inspiration at Spring Trials: Part 1

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the team at Lawn & Garden Retailer hit the road in late March to attend California Spring Trials (CAST). Not only did we witness some breathtaking plants in... more »
Merchandising Accent and Décor Items Studio M Mini ArtPole Planter

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Merchandising Accent and Décor Items

Today’s customers are looking beyond the big box stores for high-quality and unusual garden accent and decor pieces. Here, two suppliers share how independent garden centers can sell more of these items in their stores.... more »
Dutch Mill Magnolia Berbee sells Ohio grown flowers copy

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Sharing the Local Love

Supporting local businesses is more than a buzzword in the garden center world — as small businesses themselves, IGCs are reliant on many other family-owned businesses for sourcing product and for community support. Here, two independent... more »

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