June 2016

Outside the Vines: Comic Relief for Every Customer

For your customers to get involved in a new hobby or interest, it can be intimidating. Taking that first step and going to their local resource or garden center can sometimes be the hardest part. L... more

The IKEA Effect

Ever since I’ve owned a home, I’ve always had a home office. For many years it was used for personal/ family stuff and a quiet place to do work I brought home from the office (when I worked for ot... more

Lead to Succeed

These five tips for stronger employee management can work for your full-time and seasonal staff members.

Exit Your Business Stage Right

Whether you’ve thought of selling the business or retiring now or in 50 years, part one of this two-part series has some thought-provoking ideas for crafting a strategy.

Binoculars on Birding

Many of you likely carry birding products in your store, but this parallel market is often overlooked when it comes to merchandising. Here are some ideas from fellow retailers who have found ways to create an eye-catching department that’s literally, and not figuratively, “for the birds.”

A Natural Solution for BATtling Mosquitoes

If your customers are coming to you looking for answers to a mosquito problem, it’s beneficial for you to market yourself as knowledgeable about one effective solution: bats.

Sell More Container Designs

There are many lessons throughout the retail garden center or nursery that can turn into inspiration for creating must-have products.

Designing Stand Out Displays

California Spring Trials always has plenty of new genetics or improved varieties, but this year many breeders placed an even stronger focus on merchandising than in the past.

A Handful of Trends

In April, I had my first chance to attend California Spring Trials. Team L&GR and Team GPN headed down the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles with lots of stops in between. To set the stag... more

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