HRI Leadership Academy

November 27, 2023
HRI opens Leadership Academy applications

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is now accepting applications for the HRI Leadership Academy Class of 2025. The one-year program is designed for professionals at all levels who aspire to take on greater leadership roles.... more »

November 8, 2023
2 horticulture companies sign agreements with PivotPoint Business Solutions

PivotPoint Business Solutions has partnered with Hathaway & Lane Direct (HLD) and Advanced Grower Solutions (AGS). "Together our organizations will collaborate and share our expertise with business owners in the horticulture industry to accelerate growth... more »

What will give you the most juice for the squeeze?

You’ve heard this before, but it’s even more critical in today’s hyper-competitive world: If you’re not changing, you’re losing ground, especially as your competitors (including both the IGCs and non-GCs in your market) are fighting... more »

October 3, 2023
Register now to learn from the most innovative garden centers

Join L&GR editors and some of the industry’s most innovative garden center owners and operators for a first-of-its-kind roundtable, scheduled to take place online at 2 p.m. on Nov. 2. Register here. During this engaging... more »
Garden Center Group announces 2024 dates.

September 29, 2023
Garden Center Group announces 2024 dates

Danny Summers, managing director of The Garden Center Group, recently announced dates and location of its 2024 Fall Event. The event is scheduled to take place Sept. 23-26, 2024, in Dallas, Texas. The annual event... more »
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Taking third place: Making your IGC a community gathering space

What do two plant sellers have in common with a sprawling indoor/outdoor shopping complex and a vintage reseller? They all focus on being a “third place” in their community — a place outside of home... more »
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Headwinds or tailwinds as 2024 approaches

It never ceases to amaze me that any three people in our industry can view the same data and situation and interpret this information differently, each of the three arriving at different conclusions and plans... more »
BEST Human Capital and PivotPoint’s Chris Cimaglio shares tips to prepare for your exit and the transition of your garden center — and the best time for succession planning

Success strategies for succession planning

“By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.” This familiar quote from Benjamin Franklin is especially true when it comes to succession and exit planning for your business, says Chris Cimaglio, certified exit plan advisor (CEPA),... more »
Staff training on safety procedures is essential for worker safety, as well as the safety of customers.

Staff training: Making safety a top priority in the garden center

A number of considerations should be examined when creating or updating a workplace safety program for the garden center. Here, Zach Bruce, safety services manager for Hortica, shares why it’s important to have a program in place... more »
Expert tips for setting customer expectations

6 expert tips for setting customer expectations

Consumers have almost unlimited choices on where and when they can spend their money. Brick and mortar and online, products and services, necessities and experiential (things like travel and entertainment) are all viable options for... more »

The importance of treating garden center customers as guests

A few fundamental questions for you to ponder: Are you selling plants or providing solutions and fulfilling the needs and expectations of your customers? Are you in a transactional mindset, selling one plant at a... more »

Bring on the dragons

You may not realize it, but the story of your business — of any small business — is an epic one. It is a story about taking magnificent risks for elusive rewards, about shouldering burdens,... more »