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 visit some IGC favorites from a dozen years ago with a whole new lens. And let me tell you, they have some great ideas for the holidays and year-round.
In fall 2022, Village Green introduced The VG Plant Bar at both its garden center locations. This DIY planting space lets customers create from scratch with in-store materials, or they can bring their own plants from home for repotting. The space is even BYOB, making it a fun group activity.
Ready for Social
The VG Selfie Station looks picture perfect for the holidays, but the faux sedum wall and neon lights offer the perfect background for photos during spring, summer, and fall too. Customers choose a prop (if they wish), strike a pose in front of the tablet and ring light, and then choose how to send or share their photos.
A Community Staple
Village Green partnered with a local manufacturer of soy candles to create its signature scent: Holiday by VG.
Garden center apparel can also be seen around town in a variety of styles.
During the holiday season, Village Green hosts several events, such as a Holiday Reveal Party, numerous workshops on site and at local restaurants, and pet photos benefitting PAWS Humane Society.
Beatrice the camper, seen above all decked out for the holidays, has a story all it’s own. Author Lori Helke wrote a children’s book about Beatrice that can be purchased at Village Green, along with a camping journal and logbook.
Village Green provides holiday container recipes with yuletide-worthy names and others that showcase employee creations.
Make an Entrance
Loves Park, Illinois
Gensler Gardens is a “Santa’s workshop” when it comes time for the holidays, with the garden center staff designing and creating all its arrangements from scratch at a variety of price points, from small evergreens for the perfect hostess gift to wreaths to hanging baskets to large centerpieces.
Snap a Photo
A showstopping sleigh surrounded by poinsettias, packages and trees welcomes customers into the garden center and provides a great photo opportunity for customers shopping anytime during the season or attending the Holiday Open House.
Gensler Gardens’ large gift department for the holidays has visual interest from floor to ceiling, while artificial trees inside are adorned with the handcrafted bows that can be found on live material as well.