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Revamp Your Retail Series: Signage

If labor were unlimited and free, retailers wouldn’t need signs; customers could simply ask a question and get an answer. Signs are used in three basic ways: identity, direction and information. The identity signs are... more »
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How to attract employees with a marketing mindset

The job hunting experience can be tedious and monotonous for your potential employee, with constantly repeating tasks. From typing in their full name, uploading a resume and then retyping all of the content of their... more »

Expanding your garden center’s product mix: A personal narrative

As I write this, I am home for two days in between the Dallas Gift Market and Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE). Both are great places to visit existing vendors, place orders, find new products... more »
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5 Minutes With … Derek Ellis

Derek Ellis is CEO of Ellis Home & Garden, a family-owned and -operated garden center with locations in Louisiana and East Texas. What made you choose horticulture as a career? I suppose I was born... more »
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January events provide a strong start to 2024

Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) The 2024 trade show season started with the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in Baltimore. This year it brought together over 11,200 attendees, including exhibitors. A sold-out trade show floor... more »
Pollinatives owner Donald Gerber shares why he started his retail nursery and how garden centers can sell more native plants.

A need for natives

It’s not often that someone starts a business out of laziness. Donald Gerber, owner of Pollinatives in the San Antonio area and a self-described “lazy gardener,” said he did just that after discovering native plants... more »
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Calling all garden centers!

The 2024 Lawn & Garden Retailer Innovator Awards will once again recognize garden centers that elevate the customer experience in progressive ways. We’re looking for IGCs that excel in one or more categories, including: community... more »

As seen in the March 2024 issue of Lawn & Garden Retailer

The following companies were featured in the March 2024 issue of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Learn more about their products by clicking through to their websites. BloomCatch Down To Earth Distributors Epicor Foop Fox Brae Wind... more »
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The importance of community relationships

Recently, I received an email from a teacher at one of our area high schools asking if I would be interested in having a student “intern” this coming spring season. I was surprised to hear... more »
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A natural selection: What’s new in natural plant care

Organic is not just a buzzword in the green industry but a booming market for both new and veteran gardeners. Indoor gardeners in particular are looking for natural plant care products that are effective, sustainable... more »
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Exciting news!

I’m thrilled to share that Lawn & Garden Retailer has partnered with SmartWork Media to produce the 2024 Garden Center Show! Scheduled for Aug. 6-7 in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois, this year’s event promises to bring... more »
The winter farmers market helped to bring customers into the garden center and increase sales for other items as well.

Should you start a winter vegetable market?

Vic Vanik said starting a winter vegetable program and farmers market was “a game-changer” for Four Seasons Greenhouse and Nursery. He and his wife Gail bought the company in 1998, a grower-retailer in Dolores, Colorado,... more »