Expanding to Hemp/CBD in the Garden Center

Something new is growing at Pahl’s Market in Apple Valley, Minnesota. After the 2018 Farm Bill passed, Jack Pahl says they saw a new market open up for their family business and, at the beginning... more »
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Cutting Gardens in Vogue

We recently joined Bailey Nurseries for an action-packed media event in the heart of New York City. The main goal of the event was to meet the newest Endless Summer hydrangea, ‘Pop Star’, which will... more »
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How Long is a Customer’s Memory?

What’s the scientific response to the question of how long a customer’s memory is? It depends! And the answer will become more critically important as it’s forecasted that inflation, stagflation and recession will all play... more »

Holiday Musings and Tour Time

Working in magazine publishing means working months — and often a season or two — ahead. Take this issue, for example. I started reaching out for Christmas holiday content back in May, when I asked... more »
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IGCs Get Creative to Avoid Holiday Burnout

When the holiday season is in full swing it can be hard to take a moment and enjoy it. Here, four independent garden centers share their tips and advice for avoiding holiday burnout themselves and... more »
5 Minutes with Jake Scott

5 Minutes With … Jake Scott

Jake Scott is garden center manager at Piedmont Feed & Garden Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. What brought you to the garden center world? After graduating from North Carolina State University, I was a high... more »

Soaring Food Prices Inspire Home Grown Gardens

{Sponsored} Your customers want help to be free of high supermarket prices. They know that food prices are soaring with fuel costs rising. Food shortages are a reality for the first time for many Americans.... more »

Snapshots of Spring

Tour four garden centers without leaving your desk! Here, we take a peek of what spring looked like at four IGCs around the country. Weston Nurseries Melissa Frank from Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, shared... more »
Dianthus Best Friends Forever

Flowers to CAST Your Eyes Upon

“What is hip?!” funk band Tower of Power famously wondered in a song. It’s a good question. Everyone, from plant breeders on down to marketers and retailers, wants to know what’s hip. Whether it’s next... more »

Top Retail Trends of 2022

The pandemic changed not only how customers shop — and how you sell to them — but has also brought forth innovative changes in retail. Financial services and digital payments company Block Inc. (formerly Square Inc.) partnered... more »
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Marketing a Cause: Dümmen Orange Supports Yellowstone Park with Petunia

Social responsibility in business has gone from important to essential. Customers are increasingly scrutinizing the companies they buy from — and want to know that their values align. Studies have found that 72% of Americans... more »

Change Is the Only Constant

Did you know there’s such a thing as “change exhaustion?” (And apparently it’s not being sick of all the loose change rattling around at the bottom of your purse.) According to a 2020 scientific study,... more »


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