June 2021
Is Zookeeper Part of Your Job Description?

I had a sign that read, “My Office is Not a Zoo!” mounted by the entrance to my office when I worked for many years in retail buying, merchandising and marketing. Most people thought this... more »
rutgers arts weekend

June 2021
A Nursery Celebrates Art and Nature

For one weekend in late 2020, Rutgers Landscape & Nursery in Ringoes, New Jersey, transformed into an arts haven. The event was organized by Rutgers Landscape & Nursery’s Jeff Dallesander and Catherine Schurdak, who say... more »

June 2021
Merchandising Tips to Sell More Pollinator-Friendly Goods

More than a buzz word or a passing fad, pollinators and the important role they play in our ecosystems and food web have finally reached critical relevance. While significant focus has been placed on bee... more »

June 2021
Growing an Integrated Marketing Plan on a Budget

Anyone working in the horticulture industry today knows that profit margins can be extremely tight, making it crucial to watch budgets closely. Marketing can be a major factor in the overall business equation that will... more »

June 2021
Bringing People Together

As this issue was going to press, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that just over 44 percent of people in the U.S. have received one dose of the COVID vaccine, and 32... more »
Columbus to Welcome Cultivate’21

June 2021
Columbus to Welcome Cultivate’21

Attendees can visit more than 650 trade show exhibitors and attend the industry’s most comprehensive professional development programming, including more than 100 education sessions, workshops, and tours conducted by leading industry experts, educators, and researchers.... more »
Cactus & Tropicals Draper

June 2021
The Art of Simple and Creative Displays

Displays are not just something we, as retailers, create to sell our products — they are our silent salespeople, telling customers our stories. We have less than three seconds to grab their attention and convince... more »

June 2021
5 Minutes With … JD Boone

JD Boone is the owner of Dothan Nurseries in Dothan, Alabama. Could you share a little about your background? I grew up in this business; my parents have a landscaping business. I didn't really care... more »
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May 2021
New Edible Varieties for 2021

Pepper ‘Armageddon’ Burpee ‘Armageddon’ is the world’s first F1 hybrid super-hot chili pepper. It is two weeks earlier than comparable varieties, with a higher number of peppers as well. In addition, it offers improved plant... more »

May 2021
It’s More Than Just Semantics…

In my 26 years of working in senior positions in retail for both big box and smaller entrepreneurial companies, and then 25 years of helping advise companies and organizations as a consultant (yes, I really... more »

May 2021
Edible Landscape Insights

It may not seem surprising to people in the horticulture industry (because we’re already major plant lovers), but one of the few positive outcomes of the stay-at-home orders of 2020 has been the renewed and... more »

May 2021
Here We Go!

The above is not only a common phrase here in Steeler Nation, a.k.a., the Pittsburgh area, but also very fitting for these first few weeks of the spring season. As gardeners new and old are... more »


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