November/December 2018
A Special Experience

When I visited my parents’ house recently, I came across some food and water bowls that I had painted for my cat nearly 20 years ago when I first got her. The bowls were in... more »

November/December 2018
Deciphering the Color Code for More Sales

It’s the one decision you keep putting off — what color to paint the walls?! Some people live with a patchwork of paint samples on their walls for years ... unable to choose. Others “play... more »

November/December 2018
The Skinny on Shipping

On the other end of the phone line the panic and mounting tension was so thick it could be cut with a knife. After the two seconds of silence that felt like an eternity, the... more »

November/December 2018
More Gems from the Emerald City

Molbak's Garden + Home Woodinville, Washington 1. Molbak’s kept consistent branding throughout the store with these chalkboard-like signs that were easy to read and informative. 2. Something as simple as adding clay pots to the... more »

November/December 2018
‘U’ Create Excitement

Lawn & Garden Retailer introduced you to Distinctive Gardens as the 2016 Merchandiser of the Year when owners Bud and Lisa LeFevre decided to completely transform their garden center after 17 seasons of business. That... more »

November/December 2018
Winners Circle

What characteristics do you look for when choosing which plants to offer your customers each year? Flower color, landscape strength, drought tolerance, disease resistance, container performance? Regardless what specific traits you seek, these awarded varieties... more »

November/December 2018
Competition on Steroids in Food Retailing

We constantly remind ourselves about how competitive the garden center marketplace is ... and it truly is! Products in our industry are sold in locally owned garden centers, home improvement chains, florists, discount chains and... more »

November/December 2018
Houseplant Fashion

HOW LONG HAS THE EVENT BEEN GOING ON? The event started in 2017, and so far, there have been four Hipster Houseplant Runway Shows, two each year. They take place for one hour on a... more »

September/October 2018
A Focused Approach

In August, my brother got married in Littleton, Colorado, making it a destination wedding for all but four guests. The wedding was incredible, and they even had activities planned for the days leading up to... more »

September/October 2018
In the Running

Each year our Merchandiser of the Year competition recognizes one independent garden center whose team has really showcased their display skills during the year. The competition continues to grow, having a record-setting number of entries... more »

September/October 2018
Mind Over Matter

During the summer months, I found myself doing a lot more of my 2019 planning and daydreaming when things were mellow. I also embarked on a fairly strict new diet plan that’s really a lifestyle... more »

September/October 2018
Gems From the Emerald City

Sky Nursery Shoreline, Washington 1. Houseplants are hot, and Sky Nursery created a façade inside the garden center to draw people into a large area dedicated to indoor plants. 2. Nectar Bar is the hip... more »


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