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Cauliflower 'DePurple'

May 2020
Expand Your Vegetable Offerings Beyond the Ordinary

There will always be that core group of vegetables everyone wants and is willing to seek out — the varieties that their grandfather grew, their mother canned, or their neighbor shared. However, be prepared for... more »

May 2020
Problem or Opportunity?

There are only a few ways to increase your sales: Increase your customer count by adding new customers, attempting to steal them away from your competitors or appealing to non-gardeners to participate in what you... more »
Growing Future Gardeners With Kids Gardening

May 2020
Growing Future Gardeners

Gardeners and garden industry professionals know that the best plants are the ones that have strong beginnings. Seeds that are sown in well-draining soil, exposed to optimal temperatures and given just the right amount of... more »
fairy princess party at at Milaeger’s in Wisconsin

May 2020
Should Your Garden Center Include a Farmers’ Market?

How and when did the market get started? We started in November 2014. It had been a dream of mine to have a farmers market in the greenhouse for years. A friend of mine gave... more »

April 2020
A Houseplant Hit

Dracaena are one of the most popular and diverse families in the ornamental plant world. From small to large, there is a type of dracaena to fit your customers’ conditions and needs. In addition to... more »

April 2020
Talking About My Generation

I have to admit, when there’s a mention of Generation X, my ears perk up. Not because I identify so much with it (which I do), but because it’s a generation so infrequently talked about.... more »
What can your garden center do to stand out in a crowded marketplace to develop t brand affinity

April 2020
Does the In-Store Experience Matter?

I recently celebrated my birthday (I defer on saying how old, but suffice it to say that if they actually had a lit candle for each year on the cake, our local fire department would... more »
Creating a Custom POS Solution

April 2020
Creating a Custom Solution

It can be a challenge to find the right point-of-sale (POS) service/system to meet the specific needs of your garden center. Ron Vanderhoff, general manager and vice president of Corona del Mar, California-based Roger's Gardens,... more »
The National Hardware Show (NHS) recently announced that the 75th event will now take place on September 1-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas,

April 2020
Taking it Outside

Just like seasons, the outdoor living industry is consistently changing. In order to keep up, home improvement experts, builders, remodelers, industry leaders and professionals need to engage with the industry, empower themselves with the most... more »

April 2020
The Two Roads of Succession: Built to List or Build to Last

As with any good road trip that you are planning, there is wisdom in always “starting with why.” And when embarking on the journey of succession planning, the very same holds true: Why? Let’s start... more »
While apps, websites, podcasts and videos give customers instant advice, it’s up to us to make sure they’re getting the right information.

April 2020
Battling Bad Information

We don’t just sell plants; we sell advice, expertise, experience, years and years of trial and error, and dreams. However, let’s get real, we all know there is a TON of really bad gardening advice... more »

April 2020
5 Minutes with … Stephanie E. Whitehouse

Could you share a little about your background? I went to undergrad for plant science and grad school for weed ecology, both at Cornell University. I was then recruited by Peace Tree Farm, where for... more »

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