Consumer Information

March 18, 2019
Modern Retailers Are Meeting Multichannel Consumer Demands, New Study Says

As more consumers embrace multichannel shopping, retailers are diversifying their investments online and offline to meet customers’ needs, according to the annual State of Retailing Online study released by the National Retail Federation and Forrester. “Retailers are... more »
Red Aglaonema Anyanmanee

March 2019
Must-Have Houseplants for Your Garden Center

Houseplants have steadily grown more popular over the last couple of years, particularly with millennials. It’s no surprise why — houseplants are inexpensive, readily available and easy to acquire. They’re beautiful home décor items, but... more »

March 2019
Young Customers and Physical Stores

Brick-and-mortar is back in vogue and young consumers are leading the charge in the resurrection of physical retail. According to the National Retail Federation, a hefty 98 percent of Gen Z customers make most of... more »

February 12, 2019
Pantone, PMA to Present Webinar on Color Trends

On March 28, the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and the color experts at Pantone LLC will present a free, hour-long webinar on “Color Trends for 2019/2020 That Can Grow Your Business.” The webinar will be presented... more »
Green Thumb Awards

February 5, 2019
Plants, Products Win 2019 Green Thumb Awards

The best new ornamental plants, garden products and edible plants have won the 2019 Green Thumb Award presented by the Direct Gardening Association. Honored in the Ornamental Seeds, Bulbs and Plants division were 'Illuminati Tiny... more »

February 2019
Gardening and Chickens Go Hand in Hand

Backyard chickens and gardening go hand in hand. Both play such an important role in being more self-sufficient and helping feed a family with what can be produced on someone's own land with their own... more »

January 22, 2019
Dubow, Norris Team Up for QVC

Cottage Farms has announced the addition of two new hosts for its long-running QVC appearances. Katie Dubow, creative director and trendspotter at Garden Media Group and Kelly Norris, author and director of horticulture at the Des Moines... more »

January 7, 2019 Provides Its 2018 Plant Trends Report, an online community of passionate gardeners and green industry companies, has released its 2018 Annual RightPlantz Report. is a resource for gardeners of all experience levels to research plants through a plant finder,... more »

January 2019
Rooted Together

The future for gardening looks joyful and holds a connection to Mother Nature that just may be the saving grace of the planet. This bold prediction comes from the 2019 Garden Trends Report: Rooted Together... more »
Collegiate Plant Initiative

January 2019
Attracting and Empowering New Customers

The Collegiate Plant Initiative (CPI) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to make people who love plants and find the plants people love. Made up of undergraduate students without backgrounds in plant science or... more »

December 6, 2018
Pantone Chooses 2019 Color of the Year

Each December for the past 20 years Pantone has picked a color that we can expect to see more of in the coming year. In 2017, Greenery reigned supreme; for 2018, it was Ultra Violet;... more »

December 5, 2018
Consumer Horticulture Proposal Reviewers Needed to Impact How Federal Research Dollars Are Spent

Want to influence how federal research dollars are spent on Consumer Horticulture? It’s simple. Volunteer to be a reviewer of Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) proposals. Anyone who works in any aspect of horticulture, from production... more »


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