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What’s Trending With Home Gardeners

Garden Media Group owner Katie Dubow had been actively avoiding one of the trends featured in her company’s latest Garden Trends Report — but she encourages garden centers not to do so. “The TikTok trend... more »

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Preventing Theft in Your Garden Center

When a customer comes into your garden center, they most likely look at, touch, feel, and sometimes smell or taste the products. With customers getting so up close and personal with your merchandise, how do... more »

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Trust Makes the World Go Round …

It’s recent enough that I can still see (and hear) very clearly in my rearview mirror the campaigns for the midterm elections that took place on the federal, state, and local levels during one of... more »
Expand Your Garden Center Profits with Gift and Lifestyle Products

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Expand Your Garden Center Profits with Gift and Lifestyle Products

Gift and home markets offer opportunities for garden retailers to explore new revenue streams to grow their businesses. With expansive product offerings comes a marketplace scale that can seem daunting even to longtime attendees and... more »
5 Minutes John Jessica Kelly

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5 Minutes With … John Kelly

John Kelly is co-owner of Chippewa Valley Growers in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with his wife Jessica. Can you share a little about how you got involved in horticulture? The desire to own a business is... more »
Village Green Featured

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Garden Centers Provide Holiday Inspiration

There's no better place to be than home for the holidays, but after moving back to my hometown earlier this year, this Christmastime phrase takes on a whole new meaning. I took the opportunity to... more »

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Talkin’ to (and About) Plants

Do you talk to your plants? If you do, you’re not alone — according to a survey from Trees.com, 48% of people reported talking to their trees and/or plants. What’s more, of the 1,250 people surveyed... more »
Suburban Lawn and Garden mulch wheelbarrows

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Touring the IGCs of KC

Here are some snapshots of what caught our eye at the Garden Center Group Fall Event tour of garden centers in and around Kansas City, Missouri. Family Tree Nursery Family Tree Nursery opened in Overland... more »
Heyden’s Gardens Cedarburg, WI flowers

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Trending in Milwaukee

A day ahead of The Garden Center Show, which took place this past August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, pre-registered attendees spent the day exploring five area garden centers. The tour put on display fresh new ideas... more »

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Winners’ Circle

Each year, L&GR compiles a list of award-winning varieties that have impressed judges throughout the country and abroad. Every organization has a slightly different method of choosing its standout performers, but one thing all these... more »
Understanding Millennials from the Millennial Perspective

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Tips for Educating Your Garden Center Customers

Imagine your garden center on a busy weekend next spring. It’s buzzing with life again as gardeners — new or experienced — are anxious to get their hands back into the soil after a drab... more »

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