August 2022
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 »

July 2022
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 »

July 2022
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 »
Merchandising Accent and Décor Items Studio M Mini ArtPole Planter

May 2022
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 »

April 2022
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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March 2022
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 »
Tonkadale local pottery

January 2022
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.

January 2022
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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January 2022
Beyond Holidays: Holiday Décor for Year-Round Sales

When many people picture the holidays, they imagine Christmas trees with ornaments, houses filled with décor, and home exteriors adorned in lights. These decorations are synonymous with the holiday season. Many people are teased by... more »
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan Halloween

August 2021
Finding Holiday Inspiration

Established in 1945, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland is open 361 days a year and features more than 50,000 products for all seasons. It’s size and variety have made the store a must-see destination for customers in... more »

August 2021
Garden Pharmacy 101

To the consumer, garden centers are the epicenter of their gardening world. For most of them, it’s where they find the plants they need, the soil to fill their pots, and even sometimes the new... more »