February 2019
A Major Facelift

The timing always seems to work out where on my flight back from the Atlanta International Home & Gift Furnishings Market I write my note to all of you to include in the February issue.... more »

February 2019
From Roots to Garden Center

Roots are necessary for soil stabilization, proper nutrition and plant growth. Our personal roots influence our personalities, ideas and beliefs in life. My family, especially my grandmother Helen Lane, aided the growth of my roots... more »

February 2019
Gardening and Chickens Go Hand in Hand

Backyard chickens and gardening go hand in hand. Both play such an important role in being more self-sufficient and helping feed a family with what can be produced on someone's own land with their own... more »

February 2019
New Cravings

February reminds me of a few things in the garden center business and few of them have to do with hearts and chocolates. Flowers yes, but not imported fragrance-free roses and certainly not balloons or... more »

February 2019
Planning Your Succession

While attending an industry succession planning seminar last summer, we were surprised when a young man stood up and said, “What if the current leadership [his father] doesn’t want to get out of the way?”... more »
pohmer two-way street

February 2019
It’s a Two-Way Street

The retail marketplace as we've always known it is irreversibly changed, driven by a shift in the consumers’ sensibilities, value perception and expectations. I’m a firm believer that change can be good, especially when the... more »

February 2019
Winter Farmers Market

HOW DID THE WINTER FARMERS MARKET START? Katelyn Ginsberg: We all knew we needed to try to find a way to grow business in the wintertime. We do a lot of rock salt business, but... more »

January 2019
A Sweet Premium

How much are you willing to pay for a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries? On Thanksgiving morning, I was gathered with family around a continental breakfast table at the Comfort Inn in Tom’s River, New Jersey, with... more »

January 2019
7 Steps to Craft a Merchandising Plan in 2019

As many of you can attest, there's certainly more to selling than meets the eye. Any business journal you pick up will tell you it’s all about metrics and mining information from the data. While... more »
Sun River Gardens

January 2019
Seen in Salt Lake City

Cactus & Tropicals Draper, Utah This location of Cactus & Tropicals plays host to numerous events throughout the year, including a lot of weddings. To promote these event services to everyday customers, displays included cut... more »

January 2019
Rooted Together

The future for gardening looks joyful and holds a connection to Mother Nature that just may be the saving grace of the planet. This bold prediction comes from the 2019 Garden Trends Report: Rooted Together... more »

January 2019
Truck Driving Designers Call to Action

As a garden and container designer of many years, I keep my eyes and ears open for design trends as keenly as possible; it’s a big part of my job. My clients are the types... more »


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