Fresh Perspectives

August 2019
Keeping an Eye on the Future

Every May for the last eight years, Lawn & Garden Retailer’s sister publication, GPN, has published its annual list of 40 young men and women who are really making a difference in the horticulture industry.... more »

March 2019
When ‘Wrong’ Works Well

Whenever I talk about our business, whether it’s with other folks in the industry or customers, the most common reaction I get is disbelief. How do we get away with what we’re doing? To be... more »

February 2019
From Roots to Garden Center

Roots are necessary for soil stabilization, proper nutrition and plant growth. Our personal roots influence our personalities, ideas and beliefs in life. My family, especially my grandmother Helen Lane, aided the growth of my roots... more »

August 2018
Top Trends from Overseas

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, each year. The show hosts the top horticulturalists from around the world. Each year the event showcases... more »

March 2018
From Wholesale to Retail

In 2001 I was 17 — but in no way was I a typical 17-year-old kid. I was starting my own business — a wholesale nursery! I remember how hard it was building this from... more »

January 2018
Embracing Passions Beyond Plants

Running is one of my passions. I haven’t always been a runner though. In fact, I didn’t start running until I was in graduate school. What prompted me to start? A friend was rehabbing a... more »

May 2017
Creating a Garden-Landscape Fusion

The “foodscape revolution” is all about making the most of the square footage you cultivate. From large traditional landscapes to lots with limits, every area of open mulch space is a chance to grow something... more »

February 2017
Green Beyond Christmas

A few quick Google searches will produce a plethora of articles on the trendiness of “green living” in home and garden design. In fact, maybe you are totally on this bandwagon when it comes to... more »

April 2016
Fresh Perspectives: Creating the Hype

Businesses can change a lot in 35 years. What started as a single greenhouse growing produce has turned into a 15 greenhouse operation that grows 90 percent of the plants in its retail store. Baker's... more »

March 2016
Fresh Perspectives: A Silo Above the Rest

The Barn Nursery may no longer have an old barn on its property, but its history still runs deep. One example is garden center manager Heather Moister who has been a staple at this Cary,... more »

February 2016
Fresh Perspectives: Making a Statement

A lot can change in a decade. Farmers at heart, Craig and Kathy Canoyer opened up a greenhouse next to their home near Griswold, Iowa, to sell some extra plants in 1986. Canoyer Garden Center... more »

July 2015
Fresh Perspectives: Gardening with Magic

Every gardener knows that plants are magical. The way a new leaf unfurls, the way a parched plant comes back to life with a bit of water, the way some flowers close at night to... more »


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