November 1, 2016
How Can We Make Indoor Gardening More Popular?
Living in smaller spaces has been a trend for several years, with urban centers growing, Baby Boomers downsizing, and young families opting for smaller homes (and smaller mortgages). So why isn't the industry expanding what it means to grow indoors?
October 25, 2016
10 Creative Holiday Display Ideas Spied On Pinterest
Looking for fresh display ideas? Take a look at these easy-to-implement ideas we found on Pinterest.
October 18, 2016
The Best Garden Products Retailers Found At This Year’s Shows
We reached out to dozens of plant retailers, asking them to name their favorite products from the summer trade shows. Here’s a slideshow of their non-greengoods picks.
October 17, 2016
How To Make Your Plant Yard Easier To Shop
Garden retail consultant Robert Hendrickson once observed that merchandisers at garden centers seem to have a bungee cord attached to their belts. They can work freely indoors, but the moment they reach the doors to the outdoor plant sales yard, they’re yanked back inside. That problem doesn’t seem to exist in Europe, as any American plant retailer who has toured their peers overseas can attest. Luckily, a European visual merchandiser who understands how to boost plants sales with effective displays, has written a book designed for non-merchandisers. Antje Verstl’s ‘Eagle & Frog’ is packed with tips and illustrating photos, so readers can clearly understand her advice. After reading her book, I asked Verstl a few questions about her views on plant merchandising and what kind of advice she’d give to American garden retailers. Q. Good visual merchandising can be expensive (labor-wise, and sometimes in materials) and time-consuming. Many retailers feel their staff is too […]
October 17, 2016
11 Award Winning Annuals You’ll Want On Your Benches Next Spring
All America Selections tests plants in gardens across the country for performance and health. Here are 11 that have made the cut over the past couple of years.
October 4, 2016
GMG’s Katie Dubow Wins Garden Writers’ Emergent Communicator Award
Katie Dubow, creative director of Garden Media Group, was awared with the Emergent Communicator Honor at The Association of Garden Communicators (GWA) Annual Conference and Expo 2016 in Atlanta. The Emergent Communicator Honor recognizes a professional under the age of 40 who shows exceptional skills, professional ethics and dedication to the GWA mission and values. Dubow will be one of five to receive GWA Honors at its annual awards banquet. “I am humbled to be the first to receive the Emergent Communicator Honor by my friends and colleagues at GWA,” says Dubow. “I am fortunate to work with innovative clients and creative garden writers and to be part of a great legacy and dedicated team at Garden Media.” At Garden Media Group, Dubow works with some of the most-respected companies in the home and garden industry, manages marketing campaigns for a variety of national clients and continues to build new business […]
October 3, 2016
What Teal Pumpkins Mean To Parents
If you sell pumpkins this fall, make sure you include a display that reflects a new Halloween trend, one that allows kids with food allergies to safely trick-or-treat. Teal pumpkins in front of a house indicates non-food treats are being handed out, from toys to glow sticks. According to FoodAllergies.org, it’s easy for families to take part: Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available. Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin. There are a number of downloadable items available for participating parents, as are T-shirts with the tongue-in-cheek phrase, “Teal is the new orange.” At this point, there does not appear to be POP materials for pumpkin retailers and pumpkin patch operators, however. “We do have a pin-up program that retailers who are supportive of […]
October 3, 2016
The Coolest Products For Grower-Retailers From The 2016 Landscape Show
After walking the show floor at the 2016 Landscape Show, The Garden Center Group members recognized 19 products that stood out to them.