Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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July 2020
Product and Merchandising Trends in a Post-Pandemic World

The COVID-19 virus has not only transformed the way we live, but its lingering effects could forever change how consumers shop for goods and services and what they deem valuable. While the transition from shopping... more »
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July 2020
Garden Centers’ Response to COVID Outbreak

Wellington Gardens’ spacious property and posted signs helped with customer and employee safety. “We have the advantage of plenty of room to spread our customers out, says Christine Wellington, owner of Wellington Gardens in Brentwood,... more »
July 2020 Dirty Secrets stock Two Sales Trends on the Rise in the Age of Coronavirus

July 2020
Two Sales Trends on the Rise in the Age of Coronavirus

In these crazy Tiger King, grandmas on Zoom, masks as a fashion statement new world we find ourselves in today, change is coming at a dizzying pace, despite our population never being more physically distant.... more »
The Garden Center Group Reschedules 2020 Fall Event

June 22, 2020
The Garden Center Group Reschedules Fall Event

The Garden Center Group has announced that The Fall Event, originally scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Wilmington, Delaware, has been rescheduled with the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington and will take place Aug. 30-Sept. 2,... more »

June 12, 2020
M&M Wintergreens Introduces American Hope Wreath

M&M Wintergreens Inc. recently introduced The American Hope Wreath, a signature wreath symbolizing the American fight against Covid-19. The wreath is designed so that the components represent various aspects of the American fight against Covid-19.... more »

June 8, 2020
Summer Atlanta Market Makes Changes for Covid-19

Atlanta Market kicks off an unprecedented summer market season with new dates and a modified format that will allow retailers and designers to source needed new product during their recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The... more »

June 2020
A Training Map for Uncharted Territory

Up is down, out is in, and gray is the new black and white in our unique business. Obviously, I’m not saying something you’re not already feeling. We’re all trying to read “Moby Dick” during... more »

June 2020
Bringing out the Best in Us All

Let’s forget about the doom and gloom that’s dominating the headlines lately, and instead look at some of the good news — the garden centers, greenhouses and individuals who are reaching out and giving back... more »
Garden Centers Honor First Responders and Healthcare Heroes

May 13, 2020
Garden Centers Honor First Responders and Healthcare Heroes

Garden centers across the country honored mothers on the front line this Mother’s Day by giving away Pink Splendor Hydrangeas. More than 700 Monrovia garden center customers across the country honored mothers in their local... more »

April 13, 2020
Industry Leaders Provide Coronavirus Messaging for IGCs

The greatest opportunity in the horticulture industry may be upon us in response to COVID-19, to immediately increase awareness of the benefits of plants and to mobilize consumers to be vigilant and prepared to promote... more »
hanging pots in greenhouse

April 10, 2020
Michigan Governor Expands Restrictions, Says No to Opening Garden Centers

Despite receiving more than 18,300 messages from retailers, grower, farmers and Michigan residents asking Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to allow the retail sale of garden and bedding plants, the administration doubled-down and instead went the opposite... more »

April 6, 2020
New Website Created for Retailers Offering Contactless Plant Pickup

On March 27, SBI Software debuted a new nationwide website to help grower-retailers let consumers know they can purchase plants at locations offering no contact plant pick up services during the COVID-19 situation. The new website,, is... more »


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