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Jul 10, 2018
Cultivate’18 BoundAbby Kleckler

In just a few days I'll be heading to Columbus, Ohio, with many of you I bet. If Cultivate'18 is already on your agenda — or if you live nearby and are still on the fence — you won't want to miss ... more

Jun 26, 2018
Hydroponic HappeningsAbby Kleckler

This week I'm in the Seattle, Washington, area on the Garden Centers of America (GCA) Summer Tour. This is my first time in Seattle and day one did not disappoint. I'll be sharing a lot of business... more

Jun 18, 2018
Spotlight on Spring TrialsJasmina Dolce

Each spring, breeding companies and various industry suppliers come together in California to showcase their latest and greatest offerings for the upcoming season. There is so much to take in at the C... more

Jun 12, 2018
10 Days LeftAbby Kleckler

Do you have any creative displays or a standout group of displays in your store? Then what are you waiting for? The deadline to enter Lawn & Garden Retailer's Merchandiser of the Year competiti... more

May 22, 2018
On the RoadAbby Kleckler

I'm currently learning my New York state geography as I'm driving around to garden centers in Central and Western New York and the Finger Lakes — at least looking at a map I think that encompasses t... more

May 14, 2018
Perennials with Season-Long ImpactJasmina Dolce

The perennial category continues to gain steam at the consumer level. Homeowners want "permanent" landscape fixtures. They also want low maintenance and season-long color. Vaughn Fletcher, a regula... more

May 8, 2018
Hort for All AgesAbby Kleckler

Three things came across my desk this past week, all focused on specific age groups and all things I want to share with you. The first is a campaign led by Seed Your Future aimed to educate "young ... more

Apr 24, 2018
Home Sweet HomeAbby Kleckler

We're back from California Spring Trials, and the trip went great. We saw tons of new introductions and great merchandising ideas. It's hard to believe more than 60 companies were present at the trial... more

Apr 20, 2018
The Last StopsAbby Kleckler

We have officially finished our California Spring Trials journey down the coast. At the close of the last e-newsletter, I left you in the middle of Day 4 when we were heading to Ball Horticultural Co.... more

Apr 18, 2018
Down the CoastAbby Kleckler

Days 3 and 4 of California Spring Trials have come and gone, and we haven't been disappointed with many more new varieties and stellar displays. We started off Day 3 at American Takii followed by Saka... more

Apr 17, 2018
An Ultra Violet GardenJasmina Dolce

As you're probably well aware by now, Pantone declared Ultra Violet the 2018 Color of the Year. But I wanted to take this opportunity, as peak gardening season is about to begin, to discuss how you an... more

Apr 16, 2018
The First Two DaysAbby Kleckler

California Spring Trials is here! Each year around this time we look forward to hitting the road in search of the latest in breeding innovation, introductions and, of course, display ideas. Team La... more


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