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Going Native

Ten years ago, only die-hard botany freaks and wildlife aficionados were into native plants. Today, you'll find botanical garden and native plant society plant sales are mob scenes, as everyone tries to get first pick... more »

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LAWN & GARDEN RETAILER HEADLINES

Large Turnout for Management Clinic More than 800 growers, retailers, nurserymen and other businesspeople attended the American Nursery and Landscaper Association's (ANLA) 2003 Management Clinic in Louisville, Ky., January 30 through February 2. Sessions were... more »

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Pots, Plants & Profit

With the rising popularity of mixed containers, we've seen a number of retailers offering design/potting services: The customer consults an in-house designer, and for a minimal amount, the next day, they have a custom-designed mixed... more »

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So Many Chemicals, So Little Room

Insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides... there are so many different chemicals out there, how do you choose which to stock? Because of the amount of garden chemicals, it is very challenging for garden centers to accommodate... more »

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Cause for Concern

I've just read published reports of the discontinuation of the Plant for the Cure program. It seems cause marketing is yet another promotion opportunity that has seen limited development in the green industry. And that... more »

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Fighting Restrictions

It being March, many of you are gearing up for this month's start of what we hope will be a successful spring season. Those of you in warmer climates will see some very busy weekends,... more »

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The Sound of an Extra Sale

The gentle chirp of a robin, light whistle of the wind, rustling of the trees...Are you relaxed yet? No? Well, I guess you would need to hear the actual sounds right? That's precisely what Intratuin,... more »

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National Wildlife Week

April 21-27 is National Wildlife Week (NWW). Begun in 1938 by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), this celebratory week encourages children and adults across the country to learn and experience nature, starting in their own... more »

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Color Stacy’s Perennially Successful

Garden center retailing has always been about more than just opening up the doors at a reasonable hour and waiting for customers to flock in with open checkbooks and a Martha Stewart recommendation. Marketing a... more »

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The 2002 Christmas Highs and Drastic Lows

It was reported that 2001 was the slowest shopping season in more than a decade, but then 2002 came and a whole new low came for retailers. For some reason, however, the negative numbers did... more »

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Structuring Your Business, Part 1

You might think that renovating your business or embarking on a new construction project is something for "other" garden centers; that it costs too much; that it might not yield all the benefits you hope... more »

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TV ADS: DO THEY REALLY WORK?

Catch phrases, jingles, beautiful and famous people, loud and annoying voices — do these TV advertising tactics really work? Do TV advertisements in general even work? Now, we aren't saying buy a $2 million spot... more »

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