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An inside look at how Monrovia’s central California nursery uses technology and chemical alternatives to grow plants suitable for its signature dark green containers.

Growing as a craft: An inside look at Monrovia’s Visalia, California, operations

On my recent visit to Visalia, California, Monrovia’s nursery was buzzing with craftsmen (so named due to their skills and technique working with plants), coaches (managers) and even an army of robots. With approximately 600... more »

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

The following companies were featured in the July 2024 issue of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Learn more about their products by clicking through to their websites. Accent Decor Allsop Home & Garden Coast of Maine... more »
“Rain Day, Train Day” at Meadows Farms takes advantage of inclement weather to drive knowledge. Photos courtesy of John Kennedy.

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Knowledge is the new currency

The brain can turn to mush pretty quickly over the summer, and teachers want to avoid summer learning loss by sending kids home with reading assignments or offering summer classes. According to a Brookings Institution... more »
Moore and Moore in Nashville, Tennessee, adds a touch of whimsy with colorful lanterns in the greenhouse.

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A store by any other name

Your garden center is more than just another store. By nature, it’s a place people shop to help create an environment they want to come home to — they create part of their own story... more »
AmericanHort will host Cultivate’24 from July 13-16 in Columbus, Ohio, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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Green industry to gather at Cultivate’24

In addition to a bustling trade show floor, workshops and tours, Cultivate offers a number of educational learning tracks focused on strengthening your team and your business. One three-part session in the Garden Retail track... more »
Stock Kicker Pohmer Measuring a Customer’s Value

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Measuring a customer’s value

Seasonal businesses — like many garden centers — pose some unique “opportunities” that year-round retailers don’t have to handle. Most seasonal stores’ customers shop them once or twice a year, yet almost none of the products... more »

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Planting with purpose

You know the saying about the cobbler’s children having no shoes? I can’t be the only one in this industry with a less-than-photo-worthy landscape. The plants surrounding my house are still mostly the legacy plants... more »
Clint Albin is retail strategist at Homestead Gardens, with three locations in the greater Washington, D.C., area.

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5 Minutes With … Clint Albin

Clint Albin is retail strategist at Homestead Gardens and a frequent speaker at green industry conferences and events, including Cultivate'24. What brought you to horticulture as a career? I'm originally from Louisiana, where we lived... more »
Finding merchandising inspiration at CAST 2024 - Quality Cuttings’ display featured a main course of coleus, surrounded by lush and fragrant lavender

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Finding merchandising inspiration at CAST 2024

In addition to the new and improved genetics being introduced at California Spring Trials, attendees can also find retail inspiration to bring back to their stores. Following are a few standout displays from the event.... more »

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

The following companies were featured in the June 2024 issue of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Learn more about their products by clicking through to their websites. Accent Decor Anamese Garden and Home blomus USA Bloomin' Easy... more »

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Zone envy

Every time I get to the West Coast, an affliction takes over. Maybe it’s happened to you — or your customers — especially if you live in a plant hardiness zone on the lower or... more »
CAST 2024 cut flower highlights HilverdaFlorist Garvinea Cheeky Hot Pink

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CAST 2024 cut flower highlights

These new varieties for 2025 will make stunning cut flowers — consider adding them to your benches to promote as cutting garden varieties. Syngenta Flowers Ornamental Kale ‘Bright and Early Mix’ Ornamental... more »