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Harvey’s Farm & Garden Center, Westborough, Massachusetts

May 2021
Why You Should Consider a CSA Program

L&GR: When and why did you decide to set up a CSA? Emily L. Harvey, manager, Harvey’s Farm & Garden Center, Westborough, Massachusetts: We started offering our CSA program in 2014 after realizing there was... more »
5 Minutes With Dustyn Miller

May 2021
5 Minutes With … Dustyn Miller

Dustyn Miller is ornamental grower/retail greenhouse and nursery manager at Miller Plant Farm. Could you share a little about your background? I am a fifth generation “farmer,” so one could say growing plants is in... more »

April 2021
Springing Your Sales Forward

Spring is here! OK, technically it’s not actually here as I write this in February — it’s about 20° F outside here in western Pennsylvania and our friends to the south are still assessing the damage... more »
Rockledge Gardens’ owner Theresa Riley shares her thoughts on selling the family business and has advice for other IGCs considering their future.

April 2021
Making Plans for an Uncertain Future

Theresa Riley didn’t always aspire to own the family business. Her parents Harry and Mary Witte founded Rockledge Gardens in 1960, initially as a bulb-packing business. Through the ‘60s and ‘70s, it evolved into the... more »
4 Steps to Better Store Signage Now’s the time to improve your garden center’s signs before the spring rush.

April 2021
4 Steps to Better Store Signage

Whenever I talk about signs with a garden center retailer, the first thing I ask them to do is to take the 360° test: stand anywhere in your retail space and take a slow spin,... more »
Sandi Hillermann McDonald is owner of Hillermann Nursery and Florist in Washington, Missouri.

April 2021
5 Minutes with … Sandi Hillermann McDonald

Could you share a little about your background? I am a second-generation family owner and the oldest of six children. My youngest brother Scott and I run the company. We will celebrate 70 years on April 1 of... more »
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April 2021
What Is Your Secret Sauce?

As you are about to embark on the most challenging months of your spring selling season, I tried to come up with something motivating and inspiring that could help cheer you on and I stumbled... more »
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April 2021
PPP Loans and Your Garden Center

The program designed to provide financial relief to businesses during the pandemic caused confusion for many businesses during 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the CARES Act, is complex and the related tax... more »
stock fertile growing organic market

April 2021
A Fertile — and Growing — Market

Some 16 to 20 million new gardeners dug in the dirt in 2020, thanks to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders across the U.S. and an increased interest in the “grow your own” movement. As such, through 2024,... more »

April 2021
Streamlining the Supply Chain and Boosting Customer Engagement

Warren Patterson knew there had to be a better way. As owner of Barrie’s Garden Centre in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, his biggest challenge was finding the time to place and receive orders from the multiple... more »

March 2021
Sharing Valuable Information

Last summer, my vegetable garden produced more than my family of four could possibly consume. Sure, we ate what seemed like tons of tomatoes and peppers, and when we tired of tomato sauces and tomato... more »
Tina Bemis Fine foliage flowers pie

March 2021
5 Minutes With … Tina Bemis

What drew you to this industry? Like most others, I am simply fascinated by the magic of growing plants. I am forever taking pictures of when I plant something, then a few weeks later, then... more »

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