May 2019
As Seen in Philadelphia By Abby Kleckler

Inspiration from other garden centers is never in vain, so we’ve compiled some scenes from our trip to some Pennsylvania retailers.

Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses in Mechanicsburg has a bee display you can’t miss complete with a hive of bees hard at work, local honey, beeswax, bee-themed home and garden décor and everything you need to know about honeybee anatomy. The display was centrally located on the way to the greenhouse.



Put your team’s faces with your company name. At Stauffers of Kissel Hill, potential employees can read about some of the people who have helped create the store’s 85-year-old legacy to see if they’d be a good fit.


At Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses, signs throughout told different stories of employees and why they’re excited to be working with customers and plants like this one about Brandon.


Perfect Pots specializes in gorgeous custom containers. They have a larger rural location in Strasburg and this smaller one in an Amish tourist area of Intercourse — in Lancaster County — where they make a point to let people know about the services they offer.


Unique plants call for unique, but extremely simple, ideas to describe them. Shoppers instantly know these plants at Gasper Home & Garden Showplace in Richboro are coffee plants, thanks to the sleeve.


At Stauffers, a simple statue and feline on the tag are a sure way to let people know its cat grass.


We’ve seen a lot of ideas to get the littlest customers shopping, but these kid’s carts at Herbein’s Garden Center in Emmaus are realistic and branded for those Instagram-ready photos of tiny tots.


There is no doubt that terrariums are hot right now, and Primex Garden Center in Glenside did a nice job of showcasing already completed creations along with steps customers can take if they want to create their own from scratch.


Esbenshade’s Garden Centers in Lititz did a great job of creating dimension throughout its greenhouse with pergolas, front door facades, endcap creations and height on otherwise level benches like with this cute structure for cactuses, succulents and small plants.


In a large outdoor retail space, Gasper Home & Garden Showplace created a number of structures like these: the first to act as a home for small pottery — or look at those face planters — and the second as a building for its pond and fountain department.


This large train could be seen from a distance along the busy road and played well off of the garden center’s name, Farm & Garden Station in Ivyland.


Instead of hiding its workshop area in the back of the store, Ken’s Gardens in Ronks put its up front and center, encouraging customers to go through any of the books in “Ken’s Library,” grab fact sheets on numerous plants, get inspired with hot items in the corner or take a look at upcoming workshops.


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