Dirty Secrets

January 2019
Truck Driving Designers Call to Action

As a garden and container designer of many years, I keep my eyes and ears open for design trends as keenly as possible; it’s a big part of my job. My clients are the types... more »

November/December 2018
Deciphering the Color Code for More Sales

It’s the one decision you keep putting off — what color to paint the walls?! Some people live with a patchwork of paint samples on their walls for years ... unable to choose. Others “play... more »

August 2018
When Serendipity Meets Strategy

Many of us have heard the old quote, “Success is when preparation meets opportunity.” But, so many people struggle in our industry as they are investing in either being busy without a real strategy or... more »

July 2018
Is It Possible to Charm and Satisfy Every Customer? Would You Really Want To?

We've all been there, we've all experienced it if you have ever worked retail, or in a restaurant, or in any service situation for that matter: There’s simply no pleasing certain people. We all know... more »

June 2018
Patio Personality Plus

Trends for 2018 patio décor are a mashup that may hold some unexpected surprises. We’ve seen the trend of the Old World, Euro-style and ornate on the way out for some time with buyers opting... more »

April 2018
Divine Design Strategy: Finding the ‘Pain Points’ that Make Higher Quality Sales

When spring begins to burst in earnest and sprouts begin to shoot up, you can feel the energy in the garden center change each day that trucks start rolling in with new product. From the... more »

March 2018
Leading Upward

When I was coming up in retail through high school and college, I was trained at Nordstrom (when I thought I would go into fashion) that it was important to them that I not rely... more »

February 2018
7 Ways to Sell the Ultimate Gift

What would you say if I told you that you already possess the one small item in your store that any employee can sell easily with zero knowledge of eco-friendly matters multiple times daily and... more »

January 2018
Style Awakenings in 2018

On a recent morning as I was waking up, I turned on the radio to catch the headlines, and I heard that according to the Bloomberg Market Report (November 2017), residential construction starts are up... more »


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