January 2015
Shelf-Ready Sustainability

Eco-friendly and sustainable are commonplace terms, and that is nothing new. Especially in the lawn and garden industry, these terms define a more environmentally conscious consumer.Water responsibly. Grow your own vegetables. Use compost. Create a... more »

January 2015
5 Miniature Gardening Must-Dos

Miniature gardening is here to stay, and many retailers have been amping up their products in this category. Whether you haven't given miniatures much thought, or have fully embraced the offerings, Clark Hermanson, garden center... more »

December 4, 2014
Pantone Marsala is 2015’s Color of the Year

Pantone chose PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as its color of the year for 2015. "While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and... more »

November/December 2014
IGC Merchandising – Summer Snapshots in San Fran

This layout is loaded with inspiring retail photography. To fully enjoy it, please click the PDF link below. An eclectic San Francisco played host to this summer's GCA tour. Here are a few highlights. more »

July 2014
Expect Frequent Stops

*This merchandising layout features a bunch of inspiring photos. Please click on the PDF link below to get inspired. Travel up Ohio State Route 306 just east of Cleveland to visit the "auto mall" of... more »

June 2014
Retail’s in the Details

This layout features cutting edge merchandising techniques from this year's California Spring Trials. To view this inspiring, photo-loaded layout, please click the PDF link below. While California Spring Trials 2014 was all about the new... more »

May 2014
Retail-Ready Plots

Last summer, as a housewarming gift, my wife and I gave our friends Julia and Gord a book. But it wasn't just any book. It was Amy Stewart's popular "The Drunken Botanist," which is packed... more »

May 2014
An Edible Agenda

This layout is overflowing with photos of new products and merchandising ideas. Click the PDF link below to see the entire layout. Check out this hearty helping of edible gardening ideas from this year's California... more »

April 2014
Southern Style

This layout is packed to the brim with great merchandising photos from our visits to locally-owned garden centers in Dallas, Austin and New Orlenas. Click on the PDF link below to get inspired. Great retail... more »

April 2014
The Zoom Effect

Imagine a photograph of a Monarch butterfly. When you see the photograph you can immediately recognize it from its black-orange-white wing pattern. If you zoom in with camera and photograph a portion of the wing,... more »

March 2014
Increase Your Shelf Esteem

Shopping today is all about the experience — shoppers can buy what you sell in any number of places, so you have to be right. And ready. Your sales floor and displays require constant reinvention... more »

November 8, 2013
Short Course to Remain in Columbus Through 2018

AmericanHort has announced that Columbus, Ohio, has been selected to host both the 2017 and the 2018 Short Course - North America's largest horticulture trade show.This announcement comes shortly after the recent announcement that AmericanHort,... more »


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