As things slowly returned to normal in late April and early May, Lawn & Garden Retailer ventured out to several different garden centers to see what retailers were showing off this spring.
We made stops at Wallace’s Garden Center in Bettendorf, Iowa; Village Green in Rockford, Illinois; and Quality Gardens in Valencia, Pennsylvania, to see what they had in store and in their stores for their customers in 2021.
Here are a few of the displays and products that caught our eye during our visits.
Living It up — Outdoor Style
Beginning with the 2020 stay-at-home orders, homeowners have continued to invest in their outdoor living spaces. Wallace’s has multiple vignettes set up for customers to see how they can re-imagine their outdoor spaces and enjoy the summer.
Gnome Sweet Gnome
Gnomes were running all around Village Green’s Riverside Boulevard store — from the “greeter” and mask reminder at the front door to whimsical statuary to the card catalog full of gnome-related products and ideas and more.
Wallace’s Garden Center really takes advantage of its wall space to show off its merchandise. There’s a glove to fit every hand on their glove wall and the wind chime wall plays a symphony of sounds for shoppers.
Quality Gardens grouped together its miniature gardening wares to provide a one-stop shop for those looking to fill a small space. Small statuary and art help add a pop of color to the display.
Tis the Season
Wallace’s greenhouses were stocked and ready to rock right before Mother’s Day. Wallace’s grows many of their own plants, including a wide selection of geraniums, hanging baskets, colorful annuals, and countless other crops (including nursery products and houseplants) that shoppers were loading onto their carts.