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March 2012
Four Season Sales

No longer just a spring thing, the owners of CopperTree Outdoor Lifestyles, Springfield, Ill., have transformed their custom containers into the talk of the town for all four seasons. In the last two to three... more »

February 2012
Let Me Explain… From Dumpsters to Displays

Believe it or not, worn out fixtures are in demand and can be the perfect pick-me-up to a boring display. The next time you walk by your dumpster — or any dumpster for that matter... more »

February 2012
Painting With Plants

While breathtaking and artistic, the concept of vertical gardening has yet to take off at many independent garden centers. Here are a few suggestions from the experts to help get your customers off the wall... more »

February 2012
The Pacific North(b)est

This past fall, I hopped on a plane west, picked up two hours in the process, rented a car and jockeyed time between two standout cities in the Pacific Northwest — Seattle, WA and Portland,... more »

January 2012
Get In Their Faces

Plants aren't going anywhere. Make plans to exploit them. They won't mind and neither will your customers. Take away your plants, bags of mulch and shelves of fertilizer — what you're left with might resemble... more »

January 2012
Let Me Explain: History in Black and White

Many independent garden centers have a rich family history that many of your customers may know little about. Why not show them? Time is on your side. Actually, history is on your side. As an... more »

January 2012
The 10-Year Trend

On the heels of its 10th anniversary, Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center, Seattle, has proven that miniature gardening is much more than a flash in the pan. Creating a business without a market is... more »

January 2012
Fine Italian Merchandising

The 53rd International Garden Centre Congress found itself in Northern Italy last September, giving its attendees a fresh look at Italy's garden center scene.This layout has a ton of great photos. To see all of... more »

January 2012
Take A Seat

What have you done to make shopping a little easier, more comfortable or even streamlined? The Chicago metropolitan area, aka Chicagoland, tops out around 9.5 million people, according to the 2010 Census. This staggering amount... more »

December 28, 2011
Hort Couture Offers Free Merchandising Support

Hort Couture is offering retailers free merchandising support on orders placed by the end of the year – December 31, 2011. Hort Couture is offering retailers free merchandising support on orders placed by the end... more »

December 14, 2011
Ball And AIB Team Up On Bench Card Signs

To help build plant value, and acclaim the advantages of gardening, Ball Horticultural Company and America in Bloom have collaborated to print some of these benefits on handy bench card signs.Flowers and plants are more... more »

September 27, 2011
Milaeger’s Wins World’s Easiest Display Promotion

Milaeger's employee, Lars Skoglund, is the winner of the Endless Summer Collection World's Easiest Display Promotion – turning a part time job into a full time ride by receiving a brand new Ford Fiesta as... more »


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