Date Night?

When it comes to new ideas, where do you look? It may be time to step outside of our industry to get inspired.Where is the first place you take someone who's visiting a big city... more »

Let Me Explain…

... what mannequin containers are and why they're an important part of our displays at A Proper Garden.The first time I'd ever heard the term "mannequin containers" in our industry was during a presentation given... more »

Getting Warmer

Think warm thoughts. Why? Because the Garden Centers of America (GCA) Holiday Tour in Minnesota is upon us, and depending on where you are in the country, warm spring weekends might feel light years away.... more »

Publishing Success

Today, garden centers can easily collect and send targeted educational materials to a publisher to generate highly customized print or digital content.This past year saw significant changes in the publishing world. And while large bookstores... more »

Hope for the Holidays

The coming of cold weather doesn't have to mean the going of steady sales. Here are some ideas on how to transition your store from spring blooms and summer doldrums to fall harvest and winter... more »

Together vs. Separate

When merchandising eco-friendly and more conventional products, how does your garden center go? Today's consumers have made "going green" part of their lifestyles, and considering their close relationship to the earth, sustainability is often of... more »

Cover New Ground

Embracing the newest trends in breeding, branding and merchandising groundcovers can help improve long-term sales as customers turn to this eco-friendly, robust option for problem landscape areas.Groundcovers are rising in popularity as plants with eco-friendly... more »

Just the Plants, Ma’am

Some garden centers try to be everything to every customer, with a variety of gifts, hard goods, tools and services. And for some garden centers, that works like a dream. But for Calloway's Nursery, it's... more »

Make a Big Splash in No Time

Great merchandising doesn't mean reinventing the wheel every time you have a new product. With just a few solid pieces to act as a backbone for your displays, you can have movable, creative merchandising in... more »

Custom Wreaths: Circular Satisfaction

A wreath, in its simplest form, is a ring of evergreen to hang on a door during the holidays. But a custom wreath? Think pinecone clusters, ribbons in every color, maybe even peacock feathers —... more »

Merchandise This!

Last month, Tim and I headed to Las Vegas to represent Lawn & Garden Retailer as the official publication sponsor of the National Hardware Show's Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living segment. It was a quick... more »

Relishing the Limelight

After more than 15 years in business, Beaver Bark Gift and Garden Center got a much-deserved 15 minutes of fame in the local media as one of three finalists for Lawn & Garden Retailer's Merchandiser... more »


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