Independent garden center

March 21, 2023
Master Nursery Garden Centers recognizes top vendors

Member-owned cooperative Master Nursery Garden Centers (MNGC) recently recognized top vendors at the recent Annual Owners’ Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the nation’s largest independent garden center buying group, MNGC has 140 vendors providing... more »

March 3, 2023
Hicks Nurseries celebrates 170 years

Hicks Nurseries, Long Island’s largest garden center, marks 170 years of serving the local community this year. This sixth-generation family owned and operated business was established in 1853 by Isaac Hicks and has reportedly helped... more »
Innovator Awards Featured

March 1, 2023
Innovator Awards program recognizes outstanding garden centers

How innovative is your garden center? Share your story now for the 2023 Lawn & Garden Retailer Innovator Awards. These awards will recognize garden centers for excellence in categories such as: Community Involvement, Classes and... more »

Petitti supports eco-friendly products and practices

Whether it’s reducing waste, implementing recycling programs or finding new efficiencies, garden centers are constantly striving to perform in a more eco-friendly manner. Noelle Clark Akin, manager of training and education at Petitti Garden Centers... more »
Chalet Nursery Laying the Technology Foundation for Future Growth

Laying the technology foundation for future growth

As a smaller company, it’s difficult to keep up with technology, especially since delivering these experiences seems to require spending big. However, by partnering with the right technology companies and being creative with implementing them... more »
5 Minutes With ... Laura Girbach

5 Minutes With … Laura Girbach

This month, we catch up with Laura Girbach, general manager of KBK Garden Center in Saline, Michigan. What brought you to the garden center business? As a child, my mom was a huge influence in... more »
Plant Vault plant boutique rare plants Karli Heineman TPIE

Tropical trendspotting: A boutique houseplant shop focuses on rare and unique plants

A background in fashion might not be commonplace in the plant retail world, but for Karli Heineman, it’s turned out to be a real advantage. Before moving to San Diego from Los Angeles five years... more »
Groovy Plants Ranch food truck 1

Going Mobile: Considerations for Incorporating a Food Truck at Your IGC

You have a store full of customers — how can you get them to stay longer? Feed them of course. Two garden centers share the different roads they followed to having food trucks on their property and... more »
Natureworks entrance

Focused on Organic Gardening

Nancy DuBrule-Clemente isn’t afraid of a challenge. She founded the landscape company and destination garden center Natureworks in southern Connecticut in 1983 as a woman-led, organically focused company at a time when gardening was chemical... more »
5 Minutes With … Sonya Harrison

5 Minutes With … Sonya Harrison

Sonya Harrison is executive garden girl and a certified landscape designer at My Secret Garden in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. How did you get involved in horticulture? My grandmother. She was a gardener and shared her... more »
Calloway's Nursery Inc. Jennifer Hatalski vice president of marketing

January 16, 2023
Calloway’s Nursery Promotes Hatalski to Vice President of Marketing

Calloway's Nursery Inc. has promoted Jennifer Hatalski to vice president of marketing. She was previously director of marketing. In her new role, Hatalski will oversee marketing strategy for all aspects of Calloway's Nursery, which includes... more »
Pleasant View Gardens 2023 Guide

January 10, 2023
Pleasant View Gardens Releases Retailer Guide for 2023

Pleasant View Gardens (PVG) has released its new Retailer/Landscaper Guide for the 2023 growing season, which is in addition to the already launched Grower Resource Guide. With 120 pages of flowering plants, the new guide... more »


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