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May 17, 2022
Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses Celebrates 60 Years

Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses, a long-standing establishment in the heart of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, recently announced it is celebrating its 60th spring in business. This independent garden center is a local favorite with loyal customers and... more »

May 5, 2022
Cornelius Nursery Opens New Location

Cornelius Nursery, a leading gardening and landscaping destination for Houston-area homeowners, is opening its fifth Houston-metro location in Spring on May 6. The new, 87,000-square-foot nursery will have a captivating selection of begonias, vinca, boxwoods, hydrangeas, abelias and more spring... more »
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May 2022
Signs of Spring in the Garden Center

Spring came earlier than usual this year on Long Island, New York, when Hicks Nurseries hosted its 32nd annual Flower & Garden Show March 10-27. Built from scratch each year in a 20,000-square-foot greenhouse, the event... more »
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May 2022
Sharing the Local Love

Supporting local businesses is more than a buzzword in the garden center world — as small businesses themselves, IGCs are reliant on many other family-owned businesses for sourcing product and for community support. Here, two independent... more »

May 2022
Digital Payments on the Rise

The use of digital payments started a few years before 2020, but once the COVID pandemic came along, these touchless payment options became a must-have option for any retailer doing business online, in person or... more »
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May 2022
5 Minutes With … Peter Mezitt

Peter Mezitt is owner of Weston Nurseries, a trio of garden centers in the Boston area. What do you love about your job? Seeing people become successful.  I have seen many people want to turn... more »

May 2022
Working Together

I love the synergy that I see at so many garden centers. I’ve written in the past about how collaborative the green industry is, and it’s especially true when it comes to supporting other small... more »

April 20, 2022
Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers Road Map Now Available

The newest edition of the popular Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers Road Map is out, and available to order for FREE online. The folding highway map, just like the kind service stations used to give... more »
5 Minutes With Ben Polzin

April 2022
5 Minutes With … Benjamin J. Polzin

Benjamin J. Polzin is owner of Down to Earth Garden Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. What brought you to the garden center world? I started the company with my father when I was 12 years... more »
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March 21, 2022
Groovy Plants Ranch Announces Expansion Plans

Groovy Plants Ranch recently announced the purchase of 11 additional acres, allowing it to multiply its plant offerings and host more events including plant workshops, a Succulent Solstice festival, its first crafts fair and plenty... more »

March 15, 2022
Master Nursery Garden Centers Recognizes Top Vendors

Member-owned cooperative Master Nursery Garden Centers (MNGC) recently recognized top vendors at its Annual Owners’ Meeting in Sacramento, California. Reportedly the nation’s largest independent buying group, MNGC has 140 vendors providing products and services to... more »
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March 2022
5 Minutes With … Christine Fortman and Melinda Walton

Christine Fortman and Melinda Walton are the third generation to own and operate Berridge Nurseries in Phoenix, Arizona. You grew up in the industry and are third-generation owners-operators of Berridge Nursery; how do we encourage... more »


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