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May 2021
New Edible Varieties for 2021

Pepper ‘Armageddon’ Burpee ‘Armageddon’ is the world’s first F1 hybrid super-hot chili pepper. It is two weeks earlier than comparable varieties, with a higher number of peppers as well. In addition, it offers improved plant... more »

May 2021
It’s More Than Just Semantics…

In my 26 years of working in senior positions in retail for both big box and smaller entrepreneurial companies, and then 25 years of helping advise companies and organizations as a consultant (yes, I really... more »

May 2021
Edible Landscape Insights

It may not seem surprising to people in the horticulture industry (because we’re already major plant lovers), but one of the few positive outcomes of the stay-at-home orders of 2020 has been the renewed and... more »

May 2021
Here We Go!

The above is not only a common phrase here in Steeler Nation, a.k.a., the Pittsburgh area, but also very fitting for these first few weeks of the spring season. As gardeners new and old are... more »
Harvey’s Farm & Garden Center, Westborough, Massachusetts

May 2021
Why You Should Consider a CSA Program

L&GR: When and why did you decide to set up a CSA? Emily L. Harvey, manager, Harvey’s Farm & Garden Center, Westborough, Massachusetts: We started offering our CSA program in 2014 after realizing there was... more »
5 Minutes With Dustyn Miller

May 2021
5 Minutes With … Dustyn Miller

Could you share a little about your background? I am a fifth generation “farmer,” so one could say growing plants is in my blood. I earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management from Penn State... more »

April 2021
Springing Your Sales Forward

Spring is here! OK, technically it’s not actually here as I write this in February — it’s about 20° F outside here in western Pennsylvania and our friends to the south are still assessing the damage... more »
Rockledge Gardens’ owner Theresa Riley shares her thoughts on selling the family business and has advice for other IGCs considering their future.

April 2021
Making Plans for an Uncertain Future

Theresa Riley didn’t always aspire to own the family business. Her parents Harry and Mary Witte founded Rockledge Gardens in 1960, initially as a bulb-packing business. Through the ‘60s and ‘70s, it evolved into the... more »
4 Steps to Better Store Signage Now’s the time to improve your garden center’s signs before the spring rush.

April 2021
4 Steps to Better Store Signage

Whenever I talk about signs with a garden center retailer, the first thing I ask them to do is to take the 360° test: stand anywhere in your retail space and take a slow spin,... more »
Sandi Hillermann McDonald is owner of Hillermann Nursery and Florist in Washington, Missouri.

April 2021
5 Minutes with … Sandi Hillermann McDonald

Could you share a little about your background? I am a second-generation family owner and the oldest of six children. My youngest brother Scott and I run the company. We will celebrate 70 years on April 1 of... more »
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April 2021
What Is Your Secret Sauce?

As you are about to embark on the most challenging months of your spring selling season, I tried to come up with something motivating and inspiring that could help cheer you on and I stumbled... more »
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April 2021
PPP Loans and Your Garden Center

The program designed to provide financial relief to businesses during the pandemic caused confusion for many businesses during 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the CARES Act, is complex and the related tax... more »


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