November/December 2020
Winners Circle

It can be difficult to select which varieties to add to and remove from your product offering each season. Consumer needs change, and new trends emerge. There are hundreds of thousands of beautiful plants to... more »
Outdoor Living Kicker Lurvey Garden Center in Des Plaines, Illinois

November/December 2020
Trends in Outdoor Living

Tom Partipilo, outdoor living buyer at Lurvey Garden Center in Des Plaines, Illinois, says IGC customers want to buy products that will bring warmth to an area for family and friends to gather around —... more »
Dirty Secrets Kicker Tips and ideas IGCs can use to merchandise holiday items.

November/December 2020
The Four C’s of Christmas Trends

After what we’ve all been through this year, I might be suspicious of someone who honestly believes they KNOW what’s in anyone’s shopping brains for the 2020 holiday season. However, I’m also enough of a... more »
Organic Kicker Inside the World of Home Gardening

November/December 2020
Inside the World of Home Gardening

In this article, I interview Jeff Lowenfels. Jeff holds the distinction of being North America’s longest running garden columnist. He is also the author of the popular home garden book series including the three titles... more »
5 Minutes With … Bob Berbee Kicker

November/December 2020
5 Minutes With … Bob Berbee

Could you share a little about your background? I was born in the Netherlands and moved to the U.S. as a baby. My first job was counting flower bulbs in our wholesale warehouse (Leo Berbee... more »
Pohmer Kicker Experiences on So Many Levels…

November/December 2020
Experiences on So Many Levels…

Over the past two years, I’ve talked a lot about the critical importance of providing positive “experiences” to the customers in your stores — experiences that touch all of their senses and emotions that will... more »

November/December 2020
What Consumers See in Their Gardens of the Future

Just like fashion, trends in gardening come and go — and sometimes come back again. Some shifts in gardening were inspired by necessity, like the Victory Gardens when consumers grew their own food during the... more »

November/December 2020
Moving Forward

As I write this in mid-October I’m just starting to put my garden to bed. While the tomatoes have long since peaked, I’m struggling to keep my admittedly very late-blooming zucchini and squash alive and... more »

September/October 2020
Playing Favorites

No parent will admit to having a favorite child — and it turns out that very few plant people will own up to a favorite flower, either! But no one can argue that there are... more »
Pohmer How Clear Is Your Crystal Ball for 2021?

September/October 2020
How Clear Is Your Crystal Ball for 2021?

Spring 2020 could have been a total disaster for locally owned garden centers; all the external forces were lined up against us — and then what worked against almost every other independent retailer saved the day... more »
Why the Global Pandemic May Have a “Green Lining”

September/October 2020
Why the Global Pandemic May Have a “Green Lining”

The defining moment is now. Well before the term “plant blindness” was coined in 1998 by botanists James Wandersee and Elisabeth Schussler, the majority of people in the U.S. had lost their collective ability to... more »
Kurt Adler Winter woods tree-horiz

September/October 2020
Getting into the Holiday Spirit

Kurt S. Adler Inc.  has been selling Christmas decorations to garden centers for over 60 years, many of those garden centers are still buying from them today. It all started when one of our salespeople... more »


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