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 »
Dirty Secrets: How will the pandemic affect garden centers’ holiday business?

September/October 2020
The Virus Who Stole Christmas?

At the time of writing this piece in July, levels of COVID-19 diagnoses are at record numbers nationwide; however, when it comes to holiday retail, garden centers may prove to be the likely winners. After... more »

september/october 2020
5 Minutes With … Jessie Jacobson

What do you love about your job? I love the seasonality, always something new to look forward to. I love working with the product. I love new plant arrivals. I love the people I work... more »

August 2020
Meet 6 Rising Stars in the Horticulture Industry

Every May for the last nine years, Lawn & Garden Retailer’s sister publication, GPN, has published its annual list of 40 young men and women who are really making a difference in the horticulture industry. GPN’s 40... more »
Pohmer Krulak’s Law of Leadership

August 2020
Krulak’s Law

Your brand is one of your most important and precious assets. It is synonymous with who and what your business is all about, it helps explain what sets you apart from your competition, and it... more »

August 2020
Mini Gardens = Big Profits

The boom in urban and suburban living has indoor plant parenthood on the rise. According to Equiflor, millennials are now the largest generation and make up one-third of all gardening households. Due to factors such as limited space,... more »

August 2020
A Little Bit of Everything

We’re in the midst of a heat wave here in western Pennsylvania with no drop — of the temperature type or the rain type — in sight. While I’d rather come visit you all in... more »
Pahl's Market & Garden Center.

August 2020
Garden Centers Expand to CBD

The federal legalization of industrial hemp by the 2018 Farm Bill has opened opportunities for more than just farmers. Hemp production and the sale of its byproducts, like cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from hemp flower, has... more »
Dirty Secrets: Abundant container design sales are a key tool in your sales arsenal.

August 2020
Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad, Custom Container Design Client?

Why are we SO timid about charging people for our hard work? When it comes to custom container designs, it seems that garden centers often insist on getting in their own way on this topic,... more »


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