Independent garden center

May 2023
5 Minutes With … Stephanie Fleming

Stephanie Fleming, granddaughter of Behnke’s Nurseries founders Albert and Rose Behnke, was vice president of the business when it closed in 2019. She continued to keep the weekly newsletter going and rebranded the business Beyond... more »
Pottery displayed in a color wave at Sunnypoint Gardens in Wisconsin.

April 2023
IGCs share successful merchandising strategies

Anyone in retail knows that merchandising isn’t a one-and-done procedure; it’s a never-ending process of refreshing and rearranging to make sure merchandise is seen. After all, if your customers can’t see it, they can’t buy... more »
The Growing Good program helps schools and other organizations cultivate a love of gardening.

April 2023
Connecting kids to gardening

For most gardeners, a big part of gardening is sharing with others. For Coast of Maine Organic Products, it’s about sharing the love of gardening with the next generation. The company created its Growing Good... more »

March 27, 2023
Gardener’s Supply Co. acquires Rolling Green Nursery

Gardener’s Supply Co. is acquiring its fifth garden center, Rolling Green Nursery based in Greenland, New Hampshire. Rolling Green Nursery has provided plant material and horticultural advice throughout southern New Hampshire for more than 45... more »
5 Minutes With … Liz Lark-Riley

April 2023
5 Minutes With … Liz Lark-Riley

Liz Lark-Riley is senior customer relationship manager at Mahoney’s Garden Centers, a family-run home and garden business with seven retail locations in the Boston area. What is the most rewarding part of garden center life... more »

April 2023
Should your garden center have a text club?

Kate Terrell, president and general manager at Wallace's Garden Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, can tell when a text offer has gone out to Wallace’s text club, at least anecdotally speaking, because she says cars immediately... more »

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
Deadline extended for garden center innovator awards

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 »

March 2023
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

March 2023
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

March 2023
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 »