rain on flowers weather FEATURE

May 16, 2016

Industry Consultants Say Early Sales Are Bolstering Poor May Weather

It's been a roller coaster of a spring. Three garden retail consultants, who remain in close touch with more than a hundred garden stores collectively, report on what their clients are experiencing.

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One symptom of Botrytis blight is gray, fuzzy sporulation on foliage and flowers, similar to that shown on the flower of this hibiscus

May 16, 2016

In-Store Plant Care Tips To Teach Your Staff

With the spring season still fresh on our minds, now is the time to reflect on some common disease and pest problems that occur in the garden center, recognize which problems touched your store, and identify solutions to quickly treat and control these problems in the future. Ideal solutions for the retail environment will be fast and effective with a short REI, have labels including edibles and ornamentals, present no or minimal odor and residue, bring no risk of burn or other phyto, and will not present a residual bee hazard. It’s a tall order, but we have solutions that fit the bill for some of the most common diseases and pests. The main foliar disease encountered in garden centers is Botrytis. This ubiquitous disease requires humid/moist conditions and can attack both dying and healthy foliage and floral tissue, producing characteristic gray, fluffy sporulation. Botrytis attacks healthy tissue with as […]

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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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Natureworks Monarch life cycle caterpillar FEATURE

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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