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April 8, 2021
Hydrangea Crowned Shrub Madness Winner

Proven Winners ColorChoice has crowned 'Wee Bit Grumpy' bigleaf hydrangea as the 2020 Shrub Madness winner. Based on the NCAA basketball playoffs, the contest is populated with a wide variety of Proven Winners ColorChoice shrubs, which compete... more »
Tilly, Agway Cape Cod Launch Design Partnership

April 5, 2021
Tilly, Agway Cape Cod Launch Design Partnership

Online landscape design company Tilly and Agway of Cape Cod, a third-generation lawn, garden, and pet supply business, have announced a strategic design partnership in time for the busy spring gardening season. Tilly, whose remote... more »
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April 2021
A Fertile — and Growing — Market

Some 16 to 20 million new gardeners dug in the dirt in 2020, thanks to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders across the U.S. and an increased interest in the “grow your own” movement. As such, through 2024,... more »

March 24, 2021
NGB to Introduce “Ask the Experts” Consumer Webinar Series

National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening in North America on behalf of the horticulture industry and its members, has announced a free webinar series for consumers. The new “Ask the Experts” series is designed... more »
Martin's Home and Garden

March 22, 2021
SAF’s Great Big Plant Event Helps Retailers Capitalize on Houseplant Craze

The Society of American Florists' Great Big Plant Event is in full swing teaching retailers how to take advantage of the rising popularity of houseplants. This all-virtual event, which launched on March 1, teaches best practices, resources and turnkey solutions... more »
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March 2021
5 Outdoor Living Design Trends for 2021

Don’t call it a comeback — outdoor living has been a big category in lawn and garden for years. But the pandemic — and subsequent stay-at-home mandates we’ve all endured — have sent it into new levels... more »
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March 2021
Ecommerce: Lessons from Listening to IGCs

By now, everyone has had conversations about ecommerce with industry leaders, providers or businesses who have implemented an ecommerce solution this past year. I would like to share what I have learned from working with... more »

February 24, 2021
Retail Sales to Exceed $4.33 Trillion in 2021 as Vaccine Rollout Expands

The National Retail Federation recently issued its annual forecast, anticipating that retail sales will grow between 6.5 and 8.2% to more than $4.33 trillion in 2021 as more individuals get vaccinated and the economy reopens.... more »
U.S. Tulip Growers Join Month-Long Celebration in Honor of International Women’s Day

February 23, 2021
U.S. Tulip Growers Join Month-Long Celebration in Honor of International Women’s Day

Together with their European suppliers of the flower bulbs, tulip growers in the United States have organized the annual Tulip Festival to celebrate International Women’s Day for years. Tens of thousands have received bouquets of... more »
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February 23, 2021
Proven Winners’ Shrub Madness Continues for Eighth Year

Celebrate the start of spring with Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrub Madness, the only bracket competition that pits shrub against shrub in a no-holds-barred battle for the title of National Champion. Think March's college basketball tournament, but your... more »

February 17, 2021
Retail Sales Grew Sharply in January

Retail sales grew sharply in January as government stimulus checks provided a boost and momentum from 2020’s record holiday season carried over into the new year, the National Retail Federation recently announced. “January’s retail sales... more »
new gardening series the Great Grow Along

February 5, 2021
New Virtual Consumer Garden Festival Begins March 19

The Great Grow Along is a new, three-day online event taking place March 19-21 designed to connect with the 16 million new gardeners in 2020 and ensure they become lifelong gardeners. Lifestyle tastemakers, plant gurus, and cutting-edge designers... more »


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