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March 2016
Taking Notes from the Tarheel State By Abby Kleckler

Looking for some fresh ideas for your garden center this spring? Here's what we found on a trip to North Carolina.

Do It Yourself @ Fifth Season

Fifth Season Gardening Co. in Carrboro, North Carolina, started by offering everything the customer needs for hydroponic and organic gardening and has since expanded its products for the urban DIYer.

Some of the most recent trends for this category of shoppers are homebrewing and winemaking, food fermenting, composting, indoor gardening and beekeeping.

Staying Local @ For Garden’s Sake

At For Garden’s Sake in Durham, North Carolina, everything from its plants to its giftitems are from the area.

Chalkboard signage quickly and boldly tells customers where in North Carolina items come from: the soap is from Raleigh, the jam is from Cashiers, the honey is from Durham and the green goods are grown throughout the state.

Community @ Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop

Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, has a unique history as a converted railroad station. The depot diner became the Seaboard Café, a restaurant perfect for the local book club to discuss their latest read or for shoppers to grab a bite to eat.

Old ticket windows were converted to sheds out in the sales yard, and historic signs remain, adding character to the garden center.

Logan’s is very active with Plant a Row for the Hungry, a community program that facilitates fresh produce donations from personal and community gardens for people in need. Shoppers can’t miss the pledges of other customers and organizations with large signs on the walls.

Signage @ Piedmont Feed

Sometimes even the most basic things can make the biggest statement, and that’s the case at Piedmont Feed & Garden Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Primarily black and white signs with large pops of color really stand out, provide a cohesiveness for the store, and let customers know exactly where to find what they’re looking for.

Miniature Gardening @ Garden Supply Co.

Inspirational miniature gardens are key at Garden Supply Co. in Cary, North Carolina, like this one created inside a shopping cart. A table full of accessories and containers gives plenty of options for creating a unique design.

Customers can even sneak a peek of the trend while using the restroom, decorated completely with items for sale.

What’s Going On @ Fairview Garden Center

Fairview Garden Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, has more than 1,000 downloads of its mobile app. A­frame signs throughout the store and information near the registers remind customers that a quick trip to the app store can get them earning points and redeeming coupons.

Any anniversary is a reason to celebrate. Banners and events get people talking about the 40 years Fairview has been in business.

Man’s best friend has a special place at this garden center with donation drives for local pets around the holidays and this adorable succulent­adorned doghouse that’s too cute not to share.

Abby Kleckler

Abby is the managing editor of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Contact her at [email protected]


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