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 »

August 2018
An Inside Look

In June I visited Seattle, Washington, for the Garden Centers of America (GCA) summer tour and ended up taking a tour of a different kind as well. I went to the Boeing factory up in... more »

August 2018
Top Trends from Overseas

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, each year. The show hosts the top horticulturalists from around the world. Each year the event showcases... more »

August 2018
When Serendipity Meets Strategy

Many of us have heard the old quote, “Success is when preparation meets opportunity.” But, so many people struggle in our industry as they are investing in either being busy without a real strategy or... more »

August 2018
Going Natural

Your customers look to you and trust you for advice on what to plant, what to use in their yards and homes and how to get their desired results. I hope that the thoughts and... more »

August 2018
5 Tips to Bring More Buzz to Your Store

We live in a fast-paced world where innovation happens daily. In many cases, these improvements are time-savers — products that enable us to finish faster and/or do more. Being a gardener myself for more than... more »

August 2018
The ‘Garden” Part of Miniature Gardening

The gardening in miniature niche is, quite possibly with no pun intended, the biggest idea to happen to the garden industry in ages. You’ll find designated miniature departments in many nurseries and garden centers these... more »

August 2018
Stretching …

“Standing still” and “Breaking” are two polar opposites. It’s easy to visualize each end of the axis, whatever the activity. In between is stretching. Stretching is growth, Extending our reach. Becoming more resilient, limber and... more »

August 2018
Apple Tasting

HOW DID THE EVENT START? Jon Denney: It started 31 years ago, but a kind of apple tasting started even a year before that. There was a Home Orchard Society that I always enjoyed going... more »


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