May 16, 2016

What Garden Retailers Will Want To Check Out At Cultivate’16

Planning on attending Cultivate'16 in July? We've tracked down the things you'll want to do, from catching a screening of the documentary "Gangster Gardener" to checking out the new cultivars at The Ohio State University's trial gardens.

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May 10, 2016

Spring 2016 Has Seen Big Sales Increases Despite A Wet April and Early May

Cool, wet conditions followed an early spring across much of North America. But customers didn't seem to care as much, and year-over-year sales are enjoying a significant boost, retailers are reporting.

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May 10, 2016

An Internet-Based, Employee-Scheduling Tool Is A Hit At Knupper

Owner John Heaton talks about how the scheduling tool has made life easier for managers and employees.

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May 9, 2016

2015 Garden Sales Jumped 26% Over 2014

The National Gardening Survey is out, and 2015 was a big year in garden sales.

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May 9, 2016

9 Practical Tips To Turn New Gardener Panic To Confidence

Consultant Ian Baldwin has noticed panicked looks on millennial faces while they shop for plants. They have bought into the concept of outdoor fun with the kids or healthy home-grown food, but matching the dream with reality is another matter.

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May 3, 2016

SNA’s Summer Tradeshow Is Revamped As SEGreen

SNA is hosting a new summer show, SE Green, in Athens, GA. It mixes a conference for Southeast-based landscapers, growers, and retailers, with exhibitors.

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May 2, 2016

A Fire At A New Hampshire Garden Center Challenges Spring Sales

Petal Pushers Farm in Laconia, NH, suffered a two-alarm fire two weeks prior to Mother's Day Weekend. It is already back up and running, but is scrambling to replace its losses.

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May 2, 2016

Surprise Customers With Over-The-Top Service On Busy Weekends

Customers coming to your store this weekend expect long lines, crowded aisles, and other annoyances. If you step up and wow them this weekend with great service, you'll have a winning formula: low expectations + high traffic + amazing service = lots of new and repeat customers.

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PMA Floral Anaheim

May 1, 2016

Produce Marketing Association Plans Floral Supply Chain Networking Events In Anaheim And Miami This Summer

The PMA Fresh Connections: Floral events will unveil new market research and trends, while offering insights into the changing landscape of floral retailing.

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April 29, 2016

Do Customers Really Care How Plants Are Grown?

The consumer uprising against neonicotinoids has roiled the industry over the past couple of years. In June 2013, someone applied pesticide to a tree in full bloom, using the product in an off-label manner. That misapplication killed tens of thousands of bees, capturing the attention of activists. A short three years later, that activism has led to policy changes for big chains like The Home Depot and Lowe’s. Several cities and towns across the country have banned the sale of neonicotinoids, as has the state of Maryland. All of this made me curious. How was all the publicity affecting consumer attitudes at local garden stores? Traditionally, customers have shown little interest in how flowering plants are grown, other than they like the idea that they are from a local source. They have been much more particular about food plants than they have ornamentals. So I sent questions out to a […]

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April 26, 2016

How To Host A Spectacular Farm Dinner

Farm-to-table dinners are a great way to connect your customers with a love for nature and growing things. These three green industry companies have had a lot of success with their farm dinners. Find out what it takes to pull one of these dinners off successfully. Advice from Tangletown Garden’s Dean Englemann: You have to be certain you’re matching the ticket price to the experience, make sure you’re exceeding expectations. It can’t just be about the food. You have to deliver the experience. For us, we want to make sure there’s a lasting experience of connecting our food to families and dining. For lack of a better comparison, we want sitting in a field, eating food we grew and created, to be a religious experience. There’s almost a ceremonial aspect to these dinners. We’ve always thought that the shortest distance between the earth and people is the distance between the hand and the […]

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April 26, 2016

Fun Display Ideas From California Spring Trials

In a year that was light on new introductions, plant breeders ramped up their display creativity. Garden retailers can find a lot of inspiration for their own stores here!  

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