The Top Retail News And Other Miscellaneous Stories of 2016

The Top Retail News And Other Miscellaneous Stories of 2016

A great deal happened in 2015. Sadly, two popular industry figures died far too young. Another top story of the year was Today’s Garden Center closing and being replaced by Greenhouse Grower RETAILING. Informational stories about native bees and holiday plant toxicity were also popular.

Joe, Jen and Aiden Lutey

Joe, Jen and Aiden Lutey


Remembering Joe Lutey Of Wojo’s Greenhouses

Friends and colleagues mourned the death of Joe Lutey, 32, who died January 21, 2015. Lutey’s passion for both growing and garden retail had an impact on the industry. He participated on various industry advisory boards and brought fresh ideas that improved both Wojo’s Greenhouse and the industry as a whole.

Wayne Sawyer, Bennett’s Creek Nursery Owner And SNA Past President, Dies

Wayne Sawyer, 59, died on Saturday, May 30, 2015. He was CEO and president of Bennett’s Creek Nursery and was active in the green industry. Those who knew him shared memories and how he influenced their lives.

Why Today’s Garden Center Is Closing

Carol Miller explains why Meister Media Worldwide is launching two new retail brands, Greenhouse Grower RETAILING and American Farm Marketer, and, as a result, closing Today’s Garden Center.

Scotts-MiracleGro Partners With Meijer To Open New In-Store Garden Centers In The Midwest

As part of a pilot program, retailer Meijer has announced it is partnering with Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts-MiracleGro to open 27 garden centers in existing Meijer stores across the Midwest, including 11 in Michigan.

Holiday Plant Toxicity Myths: Help Customers Understand What’s True And What’s Hype

Dr. Leonard Perry, an Extension agent from the University of Vermont, equips you with the facts about how much of a threat different holiday plants really are (or aren’t) so you can answer customers’ questions.

Nine Native Bees You Should Know About

There are at least 17,000 other species of bees globally, and 4,000 native bee species in North America. Although honeybees get all the attention, native bees can be efficient and sometimes superior pollinators compared to honeybees. Here’s a quick run down on what you should know about native pollinators.