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 […]

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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.

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September 27, 2016

Kitchen Counter Gardening Leads Garden Media Group’s Annual Trends List

This year's list includes several items around healthy living and eating, from gardening indoors year-round, to "forest bathing."

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September 27, 2016

Bruce Butterfield, National Garden Survey Researcher, Dies

The man who headed up the National Gardening Survey for the past 35 years, Bruce Butterfield, has died. He was 67 years old. Butterfield’s work with the National Gardening Survey gave the green industry a reliable tool to understand consumer gardening practices and spending. Bruce Butterfield started his career as the Market Research Director at the National Gardening Association in 1978 and continued that same work until his death on September 5 as the Research Director at GardenResearch.com. “These many years of experience doing market research about gardeners and gardening trends gives him a unique understanding of who gardeners are, what they need and want, why they buy the products they do, where they shop, how gardening trends have changed in the past, and where they are headed in the future,” his bio on GardenResearch.com reads.       Butterfield was also behind What Gardeners’ Think and the Environmental Lawn […]

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September 26, 2016

How Even An Overworked Plant Retailer Can Predict Consumer Trends

Years ago, I read an article about Pottery Barn and the women who were making it a success. It was eye-opening to realize that a glossy, national chain like Pottery Barn used to buy products in a similar way garden retailers do. There was one section of that article that really caught my imagination. It was the profile of Celia Tejada, the woman who moved Pottery Barn from buying products from outside vendors to designing their own products. It was eye-opening to realize that a glossy, national chain like Pottery Barn used to buy products in a similar way garden retailers do. When Tejada joined Pottery Barn, she instructed her entire staff to begin keeping an eye out for things they liked, no matter how minor. So if they were at a restaurant with friends, or walking along a street and something caught their eye, they were to either buy it or […]

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September 26, 2016

Terrain’s Parent Company Breaks Impass For Waterloo Gardens Project

There’s been a development in the stalled plans for a new Terrain garden store from Urban Outfitters on the former Waterloo Gardens location. In a letter to Easton Township, PA, officials, Urban Outfitters’ Chief Development Officer J. David Ziel says the company is removing a key element that had met strong resistance from the community around Devon Yards, its term for the development plan on the former Waterloo Gardens site. Devon Yards will no longer include a four-story apartment building in its “lifestyle center” project, Ziel wrote. But it will still include its third Terrain store, a large format Anthropologie, and several eateries. The planned apartment building had created friction with local residents, Mainline Media News reported back in April. While residents welcomed the retail aspects of the plan, they felt a large apartment building would change the character of the community. The developer who will work on the project, […]

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September 19, 2016

Garden Centers Of America Names 2016 Best Bathroom Award Winners

Every year, a panel judges the entries on the bathroom’s creativity and comfort to the customer’s overall shopping experience.

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September 19, 2016

Garden Center Group Dishes Out Retail Awards At SEGreen 2016

The Garden Center Group presented another round of Retailers’ Choice Awards at the Southern Nursery Association’s new SEGreen 2016 conference. Check out this year’s winners.

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September 19, 2016

What You Should Do At The Griffin Expos, Pennsylvania Edition

The second of the fall Griffin Expos takes place this week in Lancaster, PA, on September 21-22. If you're heading to this distributor show, make sure you check out these highlights.

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September 9, 2016

It’s Official. Trees Are A Miracle Drug.

Recent studies show that trees are an outrageously powerful good for humankind. Luckily, tree sales are already on the increase. If your customers are aware of these kind studies, those sales may continue to soar.

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September 8, 2016

Garden Retailers ID Their Favorite Findings At Farwest

The Retailers’ Choice Awards, once again coordinated by The Garden Center Group, were presented to nine exhibiting companies at the 2016 Farwest Show.

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September 7, 2016

How Chalet Nursery Hits The Perceived-Value Sweet Spot

Steve Bailey says the sweet spot in pricing, that proverbial ideal price for your center, is tricky. Price it too high, and the units sold may drop. Price it too low, and you might not sell any more units than at a higher price.

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