Management

April 8, 2020
NICH Creates Resources to Promote Horticulture

The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) has created a series of engaging memes to inspire consumers while maintaining safe social distance. The organization's Social Media Committee and the Health and Community Committee created the series... more »

April 8, 2020
IGCs, Nurseries and Flower Shops Provide Safe Way to Celebrate Spring Holidays

People are being asked to hunker down even further this week and traditional springtime gatherings are all on hold. During this uncertain time, California nurseries, garden centers and flower shops are adapting, staying open and... more »

April 6, 2020
Proven Winners Creates Facebook Group to Help IGCs Meet Today’s Challenges

Proven Winners has created a new Facebook group to help independent garden centers meet some of the challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Facebook group, Proven Winners IGC Connect, is set up... more »

April 6, 2020
New Website Created for Retailers Offering Contactless Plant Pickup

On March 27, SBI Software debuted a new nationwide website to help grower-retailers let consumers know they can purchase plants at locations offering no contact plant pick up services during the COVID-19 situation. The new website, www.nocontactplantpickup.com, is... more »

April 2020
The Two Roads of Succession: Built to List or Build to Last

As with any good road trip that you are planning, there is wisdom in always “starting with why.” And when embarking on the journey of succession planning, the very same holds true: Why? Let’s start... more »
Making Data Driven Plant Decisions

July 2019
Making Data Driven Plant Decisions

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google (FAANG as they’re referred to by Silicon Valley dwellers). We look at most of these companies and think what sets them apart is their products. They operate in technology; we... more »
Are you planning for the future? RIchardson LGR July 2019

July 2019
Are You Planning for the Future?

One thing that makes us unique as humans is we think about the future — our personal future. We dream. We fantasize. And we plan (or we should). While this next-step thinking may be pretty... more »
Tools for seasonal hiring training and customer service

June 2019
Tools for Seasonal Hiring, Training and Customer Service

We’re in the food business at Zingerman’s, ranging from specialty foods and amazing sandwiches at the Deli, artisan breads and pastries at the Bakehouse, small batch cheese and gelato at the Creamery, to any of... more »

April 5, 2019
Dümmen Orange Names North American President

Keith Cable has assumed leadership of the North American region for Dümmen Orange, as the breeding company continues to expand its product portfolio and explore new opportunities to engage with a wider range of growers... more »

April 2019
Growing the Youth Gardening Movement

KidsGardening's mission is to create opportunities for kids to play, learn and grow through gardening, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder. Many garden centers share in this same mission. Asheville, North Carolina, garden center B.B.... more »

March 11, 2019
Home & Garden Fulfillment Inc. Launches E-Commerce Services for IGCs

Home & Garden Fulfillment Inc. has announced a new program designed to help retail garden center stores expand into e-commerce sales. Using the services provided by Home & Garden Fulfillment makes it possible for independent... more »

March 2019
What Do Your Customers Think of You?

Normally the answer to this question is "We really don’t know” or “I’m not really sure.” A garden center can certainly study sales and product movement. We can get into transaction counts, average sale, and... more »