September 12, 2017
Garden Media Group’s 2018 Trends Report Highlights Nature’s Contribution to Mental Wellness
This year’s Garden Trends report offers seven trends that you can use to inspire mental wellness. Take a look to see how many trends you’re already using to connect with your customers.
September 26, 2017
Gardening Industry Not Recovering as Much From Recent Recession as in Past
In his latest blog posting, garden retail industry consultant Ian Baldwin says changing consumer demographics mean that, unlike past indicators, the garden business hasn’t surged after a recession — and it’s not going to under the current model.
September 19, 2017
Grower-Retailers Pick Their Favorites From Farwest 2017
Members of The Garden Center Group once again named their top selections in both live and hard goods for the Retailers’ Choice Awards at Farwest 2017.
September 8, 2017
Garden Centers of America Announces Best Bathroom Award Winners
If you’re a grower-retailer, your restroom may end up being the most important part of your customers’ experience. Find out the big winners of this year’s Garden Centers of America’s Best Bathroom Awards.
August 29, 2017
7 Popular Retail Trends from the 2017 IGC Show
Almost every type of retail garden product imaginable filled the booths on the tradeshow floor at the 2017 IGC Show held in August in Chicago, from pots and containers to garden tools, patio furniture, and decorative items. Here are seven gardening and product trends that stood out at the show.
August 15, 2017
Griffin Becomes Newest Distributor for Master Nursery Garden Centers
The agreement allows Griffin to join Master Nursery’s network of more than 150 supplier partners, while giving Master Nursery access to new product and service options for member businesses in the Midwest, Rocky Mountain, and Pacific Northwest regions.
July 25, 2017
16 Products That Garden Retailers Loved at Cultivate’17
In what has become an annual tradition at Cultivate, a team of garden retailers presented awards for their picks as the best new products (both live goods and hard goods) from Cultivate’17.
July 11, 2017
Grower-Retailers Invited to Help Pick Their Favorite Products at Cultivate’17
The Garden Center Group is inviting grower-retailers to join them on their quest to highlight the best new retail products on display at Cultivate’17.
July 7, 2017
New Marketing and Retail Display Ideas to Boost Your Plant Sales
Innovative marketing displays and retail concepts at California Spring Trials 2017, inspired by popular consumer trends and the need to encourage consumer success, overflowed with exciting new ways to promote plants.
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.