August 2016
Big Departments, Miniature Inventory

Behnke Nurseries Beltsville, Maryland Behnke Nurseries has its miniature gardening nook close to the entrance of the garden center. One-of-a-kind, yet very basic, shelving units are the perfect size for the various figurines. They make... more »

July 2016
Minnesota Marvels

For this photo-heavy look at Minnesota garden centers, see the PDF below. Tonkadale Greenhouse Minnetonka, Minnesota 1. The first thing customers see when they walk into the greenhouse at Tonkadale is what’s called the “seasonal... more »

June 2, 2016
Study Finds ‘Pollinator Friendly’ Label Attracts Consumers

Purchasing decisions by consumers browsing for plants in a garden center are more likely to be influenced by labels such as “pollinator friendly,”  according to a recent study by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural... more »

June 2016
Binoculars on Birding

For this photo-heavy look at eye-catching birding displays, see the PDF below. Rock Valley Garden Center Rockford, Illinois To say that Rock Valley Garden Center excels with birding is an understatement — 37 to 50... more »

June 2016
Designing Stand Out Displays

For this photo-heavy look at Spring Trials displays, see the PDF below. Succulents with Flair 1. A great way to add some additional color to succulents is by creating combos with kalanchoe (Dümmen Orange). 2.... more »

May 19, 2016
Become Lawn & Garden Retailer’s 2016 Merchandiser of the Year — Deadline Extended to June 17

Grab your camera! Give us your best shot! Join some elite company and participate in this year’s Merchandiser of the Year competition. Here’s what you need to know … WHO’S ELIGIBLE? To be considered for... more »

May 2016
Start Me Up

This song by the legendary Rolling Stones is a reminder to think spring! Spring is here. Easter is behind us now and Mother’s Day is hot on its heels. Customers are beginning to work outside... more »

April 2016
The Power of Pink

Pink Days in Bloom, Newfoundland, Canada It's rare that we take a trip across the border, but Pink Days in Bloom has become a mainstay on the small Canadian island of Newfoundland, thanks to avid... more »

April 2016
The Anatomy of a Great Display

It's no secret that attention spans are growing shorter. In all likelihood, you will only have 30 seconds of attention from a customer at any one of your displays. As the marketplace is flooded with... more »

April 2016
Fresh Perspectives: Creating the Hype

Businesses can change a lot in 35 years. What started as a single greenhouse growing produce has turned into a 15 greenhouse operation that grows 90 percent of the plants in its retail store. Baker's... more »

March 2016
Fresh Perspectives: A Silo Above the Rest

The Barn Nursery may no longer have an old barn on its property, but its history still runs deep. One example is garden center manager Heather Moister who has been a staple at this Cary,... more »

January 2016
Holiday Wrap-Up

For this photo-heavy look at North Carolina garden centers, see the PDF below. more »


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