Top 10 Lawn & Garden Retailer News Stories of 2022
These garden retail news items were the top 10 most viewed news stories in 2022.
1. Bailey Reveals New Endless Summer Hydrangea
Bailey is kicking off 2022 by introducing ‘Pop Star’ hydrangea, the newest variety in the Endless Summer Hydrangeas collection, introduced by the company’s breeding arm, Bailey Innovations.
2. TPIE 2022 Cool Product Awards Announced
The Garden Center Group recently reported it had its largest group ever of garden retailers as judges for TPIE 2022 this year, all helping to find great products to present the Cool Product Awards.
3. Xeriscaping Pioneer David Salman Dies at 65
David Salman — a pioneer of waterwise gardening, passionate plant explorer, and charismatic storyteller — passed away on Sunday, June 5. His commitment to cultivating a palette of beautiful waterwise plants transformed gardening in the American West.
4. Ball Seed Customer Days Scheduled for July
Ball Seed will welcome visitors once again to The Gardens at Ball in West Chicago, Illinois, during Ball Seed Customer Days, Thursday, July 28, and Friday, July 29. Registered guests will spend a full day engaging with Ball team members on ideas to optimize their production for next season, and stroll The Gardens filled with hundreds of new introductions for 2023 from across the industry, representing over 77 breeding companies.
5. Gardeners to Spend Same or More Money in 2023
Despite extreme spring weather and growing economic concerns in 2022, gardeners have a positive outlook for 2023. Axiom’s newly released Gardening Insights Survey found homeowners in several age groups and experience levels are looking forward to spending more time and money next year.
6. Retailers’ Choice Awards Handed out at Cultivate’22
At Cultivate’22, Garden Center Group Managing Director Danny Summers announced the recipients of this year’s Retailers’ Choice Awards. Sponsored by the Garden Retailers Group and AmericanHort, the peer-determined awards intend to recognize unique and innovative products that have the potential to be best sellers in garden center retail stores.
7. Beekenkamp Names New Heads of Commercial Operations
Sirekit Mol and Marja Vonk Noordegraaf have been named the head of commercial operations for Beekenkamp Plants. Marja Vonk Noordegraaf holds the position of head of commercial operations – Europe, while Sirekit Mol is head of commercial operations North America & RoW.
8. Groovy Plants Ranch Announces Expansion Plans
Groovy Plants Ranch recently announced the purchase of 11 additional acres, allowing it to multiply its plant offerings and host more events including plant workshops, a Succulent Solstice festival, its first crafts fair and plenty of weekend food trucks.
9. 2023 Perennial Plant of the Year Announced
The Perennial Plant Association has named rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’ as the 2023 Perennial Plant of the Year. ‘American Gold Rush’ is a stunning addition to any garden. At the height of summer, it turns up the volume for a long season of dazzling color right up to autumnal frosts.
10. Millennial Homeownership Continues to Drive Gardening Purchases
Currently, millennials are the largest home-buying group in the county, accounting for 38% of all home purchases. This group is changing the process of homeownership, from the way they purchase to the way they update and live in the home. They also are taking a different approach to gardening too.