Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever — here's how Moss Greenhouses finds capable individuals to do the job and show up every day.

March 2023
Navigating workforce issues between generations

As a 1985 baby, I fall into two categories: millennial and Generation X. This didn’t seem like much of a concern as I was entering the workforce. I recall being grouped as “entitled and lazy”... 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 »
Salwitz Dirty Secrets A Training Map for Uncharted Territory

March 2023
Tips for identifying your staff’s top talents

A few years ago, I worked with a garden center owner on a strategic repositioning and, since it was their fiscal year end, they were in the process of giving annual performance reviews to their... more »

February 2023
Steps for Improving Your Business

Winters get pretty dang cold in my home state of Minnesota. Whether you’re a transplant to the state as I am, or you're native born, the winters are long, and you have to make a... more »

January 4, 2023
New Nonprofit to Provide Grants and Resources to Independent Retailers

Heart on Main Street is a newly formed non-profit organization focused on four main pillars to help independent retailers thrive: financial grants, education, mentorships, and partnerships.  “Independent retailers are the heart and soul of our... more »

January 2023
What’s Trending With Home Gardeners

Garden Media Group owner Katie Dubow had been actively avoiding one of the trends featured in her company’s latest Garden Trends Report — but she encourages garden centers not to do so. “The TikTok trend... more »

January 2023
Preventing Theft in Your Garden Center

When a customer comes into your garden center, they most likely look at, touch, feel, and sometimes smell or taste the products. With customers getting so up close and personal with your merchandise, how do... more »

January 2023
Trust Makes the World Go Round …

It’s recent enough that I can still see (and hear) very clearly in my rearview mirror the campaigns for the midterm elections that took place on the federal, state, and local levels during one of... more »
Understanding Millennials from the Millennial Perspective

November/December 2022
Tips for Educating Your Garden Center Customers

Imagine your garden center on a busy weekend next spring. It’s buzzing with life again as gardeners — new or experienced — are anxious to get their hands back into the soil after a drab... more »
cart green goods Family Tree Nursery Shawnee Kansas

November/December 2022
Engaging Plant Purchasers

Plant customers are changing. Years ago, when I first started my graduate work, it was immediately after the Great Recession, and horticulture customers indicated that plants were luxury goods. Given the economic environment, this is... more »
Suburban Lawn and Garden Kansas Cityy shopping green goods

November/December 2022
Don’t Let Commodities Ruin Your Season

As I write this in mid-September, the economic climate is tense and uncertain and, as a result, retailers are having trouble planning for the fall/winter 2022 holiday and spring 2023 seasons. As Wayne Gretzky would... more »

American Home & Garden Case Study
American Home & Garden Case Study

{Sponsored} American Home & Garden is an Ace Hardware retailer offering hardware and garden products to residents in Manitowoc, Little Chute and Green Bay, Wisconsin. This family-owned... more »