June 19, 2017
IGC Show Features Talks on How to Cash in on the Buy Local Trend, Managing High-Stress Situations, and More
This year’s event, which takes place Aug. 15-17 in Chicago, also includes a free workshop on what you might do when starting your business over from scratch.
May 11, 2017
Former SEAL Team Six Leader to Address Attendees at IGC Show in Chicago
Robert O’Neill is a highly decorated combat veterans and the author of the just-published memoir, “The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior.”
April 24, 2017
Ian Baldwin Offers Examples From Grower-Retailers on Price Increase Strategies
In March, Baldwin wrote a blog advising grower-retailers to consider raising their prices this spring. The post inspired a number of creative suggestions.
March 31, 2017
Ian Baldwin: Aim High With Your Pricing This Spring
In his latest blog posting, the garden retail consultant says consumers are spending more today, which means it’s a good time to consider raising your prices.
March 23, 2017
Garden Centers of America Unveils Stops on Its Summer Tour in Virginia
Registration for the event, which includes visits to several garden centers each with their own unique highlights, is now open.
March 9, 2017
New Guide on Bee-Friendly Plants Available From Horticultural Research Institute
The guide is designed to help grower-retailers educate and motivate their customers to purchase and plant pollinator-friendly materials.
March 6, 2017
Cool Product Awards from Garden Retailers Announced at TPIE 2017
This year’s Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) once again served as a great spot for the Cool Product Awards, an annual collaboration between TPIE, Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, and The Garden Center Group.
February 21, 2017
Ian Baldwin: 2017 is Off to a Strong Start For Plant Retailers
Many garden retailers are telling garden retail consultant Ian Baldwin that sales and the consumer’s attitude toward spending have been very strong the last two months.
February 17, 2017
Proven Winners Makes Improvements to Its Retailer Certified Training Program for 2017
Understanding the challenges of training new and seasonal staff at independent garden centers, Proven Winners says it is working to equip managers with tools to prepare their employees to better handle customers’ questions and boost their confidence in selling plants this season.
February 14, 2017
Trendsetting Products and Ideas From TPIE 2017
If you're a trend watcher, the 2017 Tropical Plant Exhibition, held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on January 18-20, was a can't-miss event. In case you missed it, here are a few highlights of the cool products, trends, and ideas seen at the show.
February 6, 2017
Amazon is Coming to Plant Retail; Here’s What it Means for Growers
Plant e-commerce may finally take off soon. The question is, are you ready?
February 6, 2017
GrowIt! App Now Offers a Listing of Independent Garden Centers
The team behind GrowIt!, the app designed to help connect consumers with plants, has launched a new platform that allows independent garden centers to sign up to be a “Garden Shop,” helping new gardeners and community members find garden centers in their specific areas.
December 20, 2016
Top 10 Things I’ve Learned From The Garden Retail Industry
After covering this industry for close to 20 years, I've picked up a few life lessons along the way.