March 2022
To Market?

Thanks to Covid, farmers’ markets have been given a bit of a boost when disruptions in the food system occurred and pushed customers to find alternatives to their usual shopping outlets. According to a study... more »
petunia supertunia vista jazzberry

February 2022
Plant-Powered Packaging

After years of research, trialing and development with Minnesota-based sustainable materials manufacturer VistaTek, Proven Winners is debuting an Eco+ Grande fully compostable container for growers and grower-retailers. The plant-powered pot is made from starchy renewable... more »

February 2022
From Winter to Spring

As I write this, there are exactly 60 days until the first day of spring. While the days are (thankfully!) getting longer again, we’re still in the midst of winter here in western Pennsylvania. Nearly... more »
Pothos Manjula - Costa Farms

February 2022
Hot New (and Old!) Houseplants

Social media is laden with images of plant-packed living rooms, bedrooms and studio apartments … monstera, ficus, pothos, philodendrons and zamioculcas plants have followers that rival those of sports heroes or movie stars. So why... more »

February 2022
Increase Your Social Media Reach

When it comes to the ever-evolving algorithms of social media giants like Facebook and Instagram, keeping your store’s organic reach steady can be a challenge. Whether you’re starting from scratch with building your garden center’s... more »

February 2022
It Takes People, People!

I’ve mentioned in past columns that what has the biggest impact on your customers’ experience and your brand image isn’t your advertising and marketing, your product, your displays or your pricing; it’s the lowest-paid members... more »
Ryan Glove

February 2022
5 Minutes With … Ryan Glover

Ryan Glover is operations manager at Glover Nursery in West Jordan, Utah, and a GPN Magazine 40 Under 40 alum. You grew up in the industry, as your family started “Utah’s First Family Nursery” — how do... more »

February 2022
For the Birds

The pandemic has brought a flock of new birders; so how can you bring them into your store? Here are some ideas and suggestions from leading birding suppliers. Future-Focused Selling Tatsiana Thomson of Brome Bird Care Inc.... more »
Tonkadale local pottery

January 2022
IGCs Share Merchandising Tips to Boost Sales

Inspiration can come from many places — here, three garden centers share where they find ideas for merchandising and tips for other IGCs. Tonkadale Greenhouse Photos courtesy of Tonkadale Greenhouse L&GR: What do you plan to... more »
Selfie Spot. What do you do when you see the largest handmade live evergreen wreath in western Pennsylvania? Take a selfie! Customers can use the handy tripod stand set up to DIY their holiday photos.

January 2022
Merry & Bright

Here's a look at how four garden centers spruced up their retail space for the holiday season. Wallace’s Garden Center, Bettendorf, Iowa All Aboard! After taking last year off for COVID,... more »
Little Prince of Oregon Peperomia Photo

January 2022
2022: Year of the Peperomia

Each year, the National Garden Bureau designates specific crops to honor and promote at all levels of the industry. As part of its “Year of” program, the organization selects one annual, perennial, shrub, edible and... more »

January 2022
Growing on

Time and money — isn’t that something we can all use more of? As it turns out, it’s something homeowners plan to spend more of in the garden this year. According to the 2022 Gardening... more »


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