Articles

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An Aquatic Plant Primer

Water gardening is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the gardening industry. Retail statistics compiled by the National Gardening Association show the sector growing at nearly 20 percent annually. Among the many opportunities this surging... more »

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Hummingbird Heaven

I used to think hummingbirds were peaceful jewels of the garden, much like gentle butterflies that flit flower to flower. I was in for a rude awakening the year my patch of native California fuchsia... more »

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Accessibility for All

February 2005, Hecht's and Lord & Taylor department stores agreed to make their stores accessible for disabled shoppers by providing wider pathways between clothing racks, lower cash registers and wider fitting rooms. Wasn't that nice... more »

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Looking for Linens

The linen market is like no other we have covered thus far in "Developing Markets." For this one, there should be a sign that reads "Caution: Use baby steps." The reason I say baby steps... more »

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Boost Profits with Trial Gardens

Trial gardens are located in every state and many counties and re-main one of the most underused tools of our industry, mostly because of their passive nature. These wells of information come and go, and... more »

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Free Samples

Everyone loves free samples; admit it, we all travel the trade shows and walk booth-to-booth looking for all the free stuff our bags can hold. However, we are not the only people that love to... more »

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Set the Table

Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Williams-So-noma — you'd have to have been living under a rock the last five years or so not to know who these companies are. Stores like these have really made... more »

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Braving the California Coast

It is here again — the California Pack Trials. If you've gone before, you know how beneficial it is. If you haven't gone, oh, let me tell you... this trip is one you won't forget,... more »

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Lawn & Garden Retailer Headlines

By John R. Holmes, CAE Have you visited www.ofa.org recently? If you haven't been surfing lately, visit our site soon, and see what's there for you. This page features information about association activities and links... more »

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Expanding the Birding Concept

One wild bird store owner built his store on a garden center's property. Another sublet land on her property to a small plant store. Still another birding business owner offers habitat-scaping advice to customers who... more »

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Writing A Successful Business Plan

Although traditionally considered an exercise for larger companies, business plans today are strategic tools not only for obtaining financing, but for forming alliances, recruiting key employees and managing external relationships for any size company. It... more »

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California Dreamin’

Here at Lawn & Garden Retailer it's Pack Trials time. (For those of you uninitiated in the California Pack Trials, turn to page 62 for a primer and a listing of exhibiting companies.) Even though... more »