April 2022
Leveraging Technology to Fertilize Growth

Running a garden retail business in today’s unpredictable environment can be daunting, but the right software tools can make growing your business a simpler and surer path. Small business owners often have many roles; the... more »

April 2022
The Pandemic Gardening Boom Is Just the Beginning…

It’s no secret — plants are “in.” Plants are [finally] getting a portion of the spotlight they deserve in a world where screens and plastic dominate life. The disruption of the collective everyday routine gave... more »

April 2022
Bringing the Inside out

People want their backyards to be relaxing extensions of their interior living spaces. So it’s no surprise that one movement that continues to gain ground is creating outdoor spaces that look like the extension of... more »
5 Minutes With Ben Polzin

April 2022
5 Minutes With … Benjamin J. Polzin

Benjamin J. Polzin is owner of Down to Earth Garden Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. What brought you to the garden center world? I started the company with my father when I was 12 years... more »
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March 2022
Trends in Pots and Planters

What’s new in a product category that’s thousands of years old? A lot! I recently connected with four pots and planters suppliers on what’s currently trending, what they’re working on, and what garden centers can... more »
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March 2022
5 Minutes With … Christine Fortman and Melinda Walton

Christine Fortman and Melinda Walton are the third generation to own and operate Berridge Nurseries in Phoenix, Arizona. You grew up in the industry and are third-generation owners-operators of Berridge Nursery; how do we encourage... more »

March 2022
Growing an Interest in Vegetables

“Eat your vegetables” is something most kids probably don’t like to hear. Heck, even a lot of grownups don’t want to be reminded to get their “5 a Day” servings of fruits and vegetables. And... more »

March 2022
Darwinism Versus 2022

One of the philosophies that the noted English naturalist Charles Darwin was known for was “the survival of the fittest.” Most people are familiar with this notion as it applies to natural evolution; the strongest... more »
Water Garden Photos courtesy of Edward’s Garden Center.

March 2022
Just Add Water

Social distancing and increased outdoor entertaining due to covid has led to significant investment in improving home outdoor living spaces, including water feature installations. According to a study from the Freedonia Group, homeowners were inspired to add... more »
Bauer 2022 Is the Year of the Salad Greens

March 2022
2022 Is the Year of the Salad Greens

According to a 2021 survey commissioned by Fresh Express and conducted by OnePoll, 73% of consumers are dedicating themselves to a healthier diet after gaining what has been dubbed “The Quarantine 15,” meaning the 15 pounds they gained... more »
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March 2022
What’s New in Edibles

Cucumber ‘Mexican Sour Gherkin’ Fruits look like miniature watermelons and taste like cucumbers with tangy citrus overtones. A crunchy addition to salad! Vines grow 4-7 feet long (perfect for a trellis) and the flowers attract... more »

March 2022
Fresh Food Finds in the Garden Center

Does your garden center offer fresh produce by way of a farmers’ market or community supported agriculture (CSA) program, or are you considering offering one? We reached out to our readers to see if they... more »


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