Management

Learning from the Marines
Learning from the Marines

There's a lot to learn from Marines' leadership and management training and practices, things that you can adopt and use in your personal and professional development.It's often said management skills can be taught, but leadership... more »

The Good News
The Good News

Extra, extra! Out with the old, in with the new: 2009 is over, and you have a fresh opportunity to keep current customers coming back and attract new shoppers for 2010. Here are a few... more »

Twitter and Facebook and iPhones…Oh, My!
Twitter and Facebook and iPhones…Oh, My!

After nearly 80 years in business, Pemberton Farms & Garden Center has really taken a leap in to the 21st century and added a heavy social media element to its marketing and promotion efforts. Adding... more »

Making Dreams a Reality
Making Dreams a Reality

Ideas are swirling around the industry to collaborate on a nationwide grassroots marketing campaign — instead of competing against one another for business.Dreams that have conviction and passion behind them have a chance to become... more »

July 2009
Strategic Shopping

Gift shops are serious business for many garden centers, and after the peak spring selling season — especially around the holidays — it's even more important to carry an array of unique products to keep... more »

July 2009
Back in the Game

Expectations and conjectures about what was headed our way this spring were all over the map. Going into 2009, we all wanted to be optimistic that signs of an economic turnaround would begin showing at... more »

June 2009
Room to Grow

Early this spring, the White House announced a $15-billion, multipronged plan to help ease the credit crunch affecting so many lawn and garden retailers. One program earmarks extra funding for loans and technical assistance by... more »

June 2009
Feeding the Senses

Flowers and food are powerful triggers, evoking memories of life's happy events and those we've loved. Baked goods can remind you of childhood birthday parties and lovingly prepared after-school snacks. At the sight of a... more »

May 2009
The Rules of Engagement

A tumultuous economic climate, droughts and other forces of nature can make it difficult to make a profit. Add to this identifying, hiring and leading a multigenerational workforce, and there's a lot to think about.... more »

April 2009
The Two Faces of Leadership

Back in the first century B.C., Publilius Syrus, a Latin writer and philosopher, said, "Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm." But when the seas have 30-foot waves threatening to capsize the... more »

April 2009
Reach Out and Touch Someone

Ed Bemis' garden center was full of poinsettias with no place to go. After an ice storm in December, he had leftovers to give away but no customers to take them. So he sent out... more »

March 2009
Viva Las Vegas

In today's high-stakes economy, taking even a few days outside your garden center for trade shows or industry bus tours — or, God forbid, vacation? — might seem like a gamble you can scarcely afford.... more »