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) McGarry

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) McGarry

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) McGarry

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) McGarry

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) McGarry

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

Apr 10, 2018
Let’s CreateAbby (Kleckler) McGarry

April is upon us, meaning we've opened the entry period for you to become Lawn & Garden Retailer's 2018 Merchandiser of the Year. You have until June 22 to submit up to five high-resolution pho... more

Mar 27, 2018
Plants and AnimalsAbby (Kleckler) McGarry

First and foremost, happy spring! The last two weeks have been busy with a trip to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, a week in the warmth of Costa Rica and a change of seasons (at least according to... more

Mar 19, 2018
A Spring Trials PreviewJasmina Dolce

The 2018 California Spring Trials is just 25 days away! With more than 60 exhibitors along 15 locations, the Spring Trials experience can seem overwhelming. That's why we've created the 2018 Californi... more

Mar 13, 2018
Houseplants … One More TimeAbby (Kleckler) McGarry

We talked houseplants in the last e-newsletter, and I’m going to bring them up yet again because I’d love to hear from you. Last time we saw the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture�... more

Feb 27, 2018
Bring on the BenefitsAbby (Kleckler) McGarry

The brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text. I remember hearing this some time ago, and, to me, it makes sense. We're inundated with so many emails, articles and social media posts tha... more