July 20, 2021
Retail Sales Increase as Recovery Continues

Retail sales saw solid growth during June, increasing in most categories on a monthly basis and across the board on a yearly basis as the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic continued, the National Retail Federation... more »
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July 19, 2021
PPA Organizes Summer Pop-Up Event Series

The Perennial Plant Association has announced that registration is open for the second part of its 2021 Hybrid National Symposium series, PPA Pop-Ups. The PPA Pop-Up event series will be hosted regionally in August and... more »

July 13, 2021
SAF Names New President

The Society of American Florists has announced that Oscar Fernandez, director of sales for Equiflor-Rio Roses in Miami, Florida, has been named next president-elect. “I am very excited to have been chosen to serve as... more »
Danny Summers Retailers Choice Awards Cultivate21

July 12, 2021
Retailers’ Choice Awards Announced at Cutivate’21

Danny Summers, managing director of The Garden Center Group, has announced the winners of this year's Retailer's Choice Awards. Sponsored by the Garden Retailers Group and AmericanHort, the awards recognize the most unique and innovative products... more »

July 7, 2021
NGB Relaunches Green Thumb Award

National Garden Bureau has announced it is continuing the popular Green Thumb Award that was a program developed and managed by the former Direct Gardening Association. “We are very glad to see that National Garden Bureau... more »
GCA Summer Tour 2022

July 6, 2021
Registration Now Open for 2022 GCA Summer Tour

Garden Centers of America recently announced that registration is now open for the GCA Summer Tour, taking place June 20-23, 2022, in Boston. Known for its famous baked beans, Fenway Park, The Boston Marathon and,... more »

June 30, 2021
Children & Youth Garden Symposium Announced

The American Horticultural Society and KidsGardening are partnering for the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, taking place July 7-9. This virtual event brings together people who work to engage children with gardens. In addition,... more »

June 28, 2021
Retail Sales Continue to Surge

Retail sales are growing at unprecedented rates, according to. The National Retail Federation (NRF). Earlier this month, NRF upwardly revised its retail sales forecast to grow between 10.5% and 13.5% in 2021, reportedly the highest growth rate it has ever forecast. May retail sales were... more »

July 2021
Raising the Bar

While we may have thought the growth seen in 2020 was an anomaly, indications so far point to continued growth for 2021. With more Garden Center Group members reporting in our weekly department review (WDR),... more »
AAS Winners 2022 Eggplant Icicle F1

June 18, 2021
Five New Varieties Named AAS Winners

All-America Selections recently announced the first group of AAS Winners for 2022. All AAS Winners are trialed throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges who grow new, never-before-sold entries next to comparisons that are considered... more »

June 15, 2021
May Retail Sales Reach Near-Record Level Despite Supply Chain Constraints

Retail sales remained at elevated levels in May despite month-to-month fluctuations that masked near-record performance, the National Retail Federation recently announced. “While May retail sales were down slightly, largely due to supply chain constraints, the... more »

June 15, 2021
AmericanHort Updates Health and Safety Guidelines for Cultivate’21

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine rescinded all health restrictions related to COVID-19 that required the wearing of facial coverings at indoor and outdoor gatherings, and for retail and business compliance, effective June 2. In addition, Franklin... more »


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