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March 2024
Calling all garden centers! By Teresa McPherson

The 2024 Lawn & Garden Retailer Innovator Awards will once again recognize garden centers that elevate the customer experience in progressive ways. We’re looking for IGCs that excel in one or more categories, including: community involvement, merchandising, social responsibility, technology, marketing, events and more.

Sound like an IGC you know? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Nominations can come from garden centers themselves or other industry professionals, including suppliers and consultants. Nominations went live on March 1. Find all the details at

Countdown to CAST

The countdown begins! In just a few days, I will be attending California Spring Trials, checking out all the new and improved genetics plant breeders will be offering for the 2025 season. Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates from the road, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters if you haven’t already at for our daily reports from the California coast.

Also in This Issue

While we’re on the subject of travel, editorial director Abby McGarry and I just returned from the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS), The Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) and Winter 2024 Atlanta Market. If you weren’t able to attend, we’re sharing our highlights from the events HERE.

What events are you looking forward to in 2024? Share your thoughts with me at [email protected].

Teresa McPherson

Teresa McPherson is the managing editor of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Contact her at [email protected].