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Touring the IGCs of KC

Here are some snapshots of what caught our eye at the Garden Center Group Fall Event tour of garden centers in and around Kansas City, Missouri. Family Tree Nursery Family Tree Nursery opened in Overland... more »
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Trending in Milwaukee

A day ahead of The Garden Center Show, which took place this past August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, pre-registered attendees spent the day exploring five area garden centers. The tour put on display fresh new ideas... more »
Cute and clever vignettes can be found throughout the Garden at Sheiyah Market.

Snapshots from Amish Country

In June, the Cutlivate’22 Garden Retail Tour visited several independent garden retailers north of Columbus, Ohio. Baker’s Acres Greenhouse and Garden Center Baker's Acres is located in Alexandria, Ohio, about 25 miles east of downtown... more »

Pennsylvania Perspectives: A Garden Center Tour

Find merchandising inspiration in displays from these central Pennsylvania garden centers. Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses A Welcoming Entrance: Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is marking its 60th anniversary this... more »

Snapshots of Spring

Tour four garden centers without leaving your desk! Here, we take a peek of what spring looked like at four IGCs around the country. Weston Nurseries Melissa Frank from Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, shared... more »

Top Retail Trends of 2022

The pandemic changed not only how customers shop — and how you sell to them — but has also brought forth innovative changes in retail. Financial services and digital payments company Block Inc. (formerly Square Inc.) partnered... more »
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Merchandising Accent and Décor Items

Today’s customers are looking beyond the big box stores for high-quality and unusual garden accent and decor pieces. Here, two suppliers share how independent garden centers can sell more of these items in their stores.... more »

10 Retail Merchandising Best Practices to Follow in Your Store

Retail merchandising can make or break the success of your garden center. When implemented correctly, visual merchandising can lead customers to the right products, entice them to buy, and create an excellent in-store experience. But... more »
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Trends in Pots and Planters

What’s new in a product category that’s thousands of years old? A lot! I recently connected with four pots and planters suppliers on what’s currently trending, what they’re working on, and what garden centers can... more »

February 2, 2022
As Seen at the Winter Atlanta Market

Consumers are still “growing” crazy for all things green and leafy, as evidenced at the winter Atlanta Market. Julie McCallum, editorial director for Gift Shop Plus, picked a few favorites from this year’s crop of... more »
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IGCs Share Merchandising Tips to Boost Sales

Inspiration can come from many places — here, three garden centers share where they find ideas for merchandising and tips for other IGCs. Tonkadale Greenhouse Photos courtesy of Tonkadale Greenhouse L&GR: What do you plan to... more »
Selfie Spot. What do you do when you see the largest handmade live evergreen wreath in western Pennsylvania? Take a selfie! Customers can use the handy tripod stand set up to DIY their holiday photos.

Merry & Bright

Here's a look at how four garden centers spruced up their retail space for the holiday season. Wallace’s Garden Center, Bettendorf, Iowa All Aboard! After taking last year off for COVID,... more »


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