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 »

Youth Appeal

A garden center trying too hard to project a certain image can feel much like interacting with a person trying too hard to fit a certain style: extremely uncomfortable. "If something is not authentic, people... more »

Go for Gold

What an exciting and inspiring summer we had, watching outstanding athletes compete in the summer Olympics. Who didn't cheer at the top of their lungs as Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal and made... more »

Selling Nature

After allowing space for traffic flow, every other square foot of your sales floor is valuable — so it's important to use it wisely. Great numbers of varied merchandise spur sales; customers will slow down... more »

Educate to Decorate

Everyone knows the educated consumer buys more. And as a retailer, you need to do everything in your power to teach customers what to do with the products you display and sell. Since we started... more »

Leaders of the Pack

The response to our call for nominations for the second annual Merchandiser of the Year competition was overwhelming! Entries were coming in right down to the wire, and each nominee brought a unique perspective on... more »

Help Customers Find the Perfect Plants

No, I am not looking for a date! But I do have an idea for you that could be both profitable and fun. We all know that our customers (and potential customers) are busy, busy,... more »

Selling the Halloween Story

Halloween, with its widespread appeal and wonderfully wacky nature, presents a lucrative opportunity for garden center retailers willing to inspire — and frighten — fun-loving customers. People of all ages celebrate this holiday, and consumers... more »

Trendspotting at Pack Trials

The Lawn & Garden Retailer staff's trip to the 2008 Pack Trials, which began in Encinitas and wrapped up a week later in Gilroy, was a fantastic opportunity to preview all the breeders' newest introductions... more »

Explore the Great Outdoors

Having outdoor spaces to merchandise at your garden center can be a blessing and a curse. Wind, rain, wildlife, shoplifters and sprinklers can take their toll on your displays, which also must be designed to... more »


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