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April 20, 2015

Armstrong Growers Acquires Santa Paula, Calif.-Based Do Right’s Plant Growers

Both Armstrong and Do Right’s work closely with garden center retailers in the Southwest U.S. The move will help Armstrong build this retailer connection while expanding its own growing operations.

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Syringa vulgaris ‘Elsdancer Tiny Dancer’ (Plants Nouveau)

April 14, 2015

12 Eye-Catching Landscape Shrubs For 2015 [Slideshow]

From heat-tolerant varieties to eye-popping foliage, the nation’s top shrub breeders offer some of the new selections they are most excited about this spring.

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Barberry ‘Toscana’ (Bailey Nurseries)

April 13, 2015

14 New Landscape Plants To Help Beat The Drought

Drought conditions and water restrictions in some regions of the country have made drought-tolerant varieties more important than ever. Here’s a look at some of the latest landscape offerings from leading breeders.

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April 7, 2015

Retailer’s React: California’s First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Restrictions

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced April 1 that, for the first time in state history, action will be taken to implement mandatory water restrictions, with the ultimate goal of reducing water usage by 25 percent. As Californians are pushed to conserve more, garden center retailers take on the role of educating consumers about responsible watering.

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April 2, 2015

Tips To Conquer The Spring Rush

The spring season means it’s full steam ahead. As Kathryn Dager points out, it also means you and your staff must be prepared to manage your time effectively.

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March 30, 2015

Register For A Webinar On EMV Regulations

Retail technology consultant J. Lombardi, National Sales Manager at Soft Intelligence, walks you through the steps you need to take to meet the October 1 deadline for PCI Compliance.

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Coreopsis ‘Solanna Glow’ (Danziger)

March 24, 2015

How To Turn Individual Varieties Into Great Combos [Slideshow]

More breeders are using their understanding of how varieties interact together and creating combo gardens that retailers can buy in and sell. From multi-liners to vegetative mixes, here are some of the most notable variety introduction for 2015.

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May 25, 2015

Pandy’s Garden Center Hit By Sophisticated Thieve…

Pandy’s Garden Center in Elyria, Ohio, was hit by three thieves who stole inventory and property amounting to tens of thousands of dollars in the peak season between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. The thieves were caught on camera (which was replayed on a local news station) but wore white jumpsuits that disguised their figures and face masks. They also redirected the camera to point to the sky before getting to work on taking inventory. Trees, plants and other inventory was stolen, as were tools and the store’s Econoline van, which police speculate was used to cart off much of the stolen inventory.  What To Do If Your Store Is Robbed Reporting and recording are the first steps you should take to insure you are reimbursed through your business insurance and with the IRS, the Houston Chronicle says. Police reports go a long way to validating that you loss inventory and/or […]

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May 22, 2015

AccuWeather Summer Forecast: Expect A Range Of Extremes

A continued drought in the West, higher moisture in the Southeast and above-normal temperatures in the North could have an effect on what your customers are buying.

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May 22, 2015

Retailers Taking Steps To Deal With EMV As Deadline Loo…

The Oct. 1 deadline looms for retailers to be ready to accept chip-enabled Europay MasterCard Visa credit cards. According to the National Retail Federation, the costs of the new technology, coupled with banks’ plans to stick with signatures instead of switching to more secure PINs, have many merchants hesitant to make the move.

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May 21, 2015

How To Hold A Successful In-Store Promotional Event

A successful event attracts customers and motivates employees. While boosting your business, it builds your reputation and sets you apart from other garden centers.

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May 19, 2015

Shemin Nursery And Landscape Supply Patriarch And WWI V…

Nearly 100 years after Sgt. William Shemin pulled wounded comrades to safety on a World War I battlefield, his heroism has finally earned him the nation’s highest service medal.

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May 18, 2015

Mother’s Day Was Strong For Many Garden Centers This Ye…

Despite threats (or true blasts) of inclement weather in some areas, Mother’s Day weekend set records in several areas. Check out what retailers across the country are reporting in terms of traffic, weather and how they are seeking to improve efficiency.

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Bob Warhurst

May 18, 2015

Merrifield Garden Center Co-Founder Robert Warhurst Pas…

Warhurst and his good friend Buddy Williams started Merrifield Garden Center in Northern Virginia in 1971, eventually growing it into one of the largest independent garden centers in the country.

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May 18, 2015

Today’s Garden Center’s 2015 State Of The Industry Surv…

Input from garden center retailers about how your garden center is faring will be used to compare previous years’ health to our industry’s current performance.

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May 15, 2015

How Millennials Are Shaping Shopping Trends

The National Retail Federation and others are looking at how millennial homebuyers and homeowners are influencing shopping trends, and how major retailers are adapting to meet this trend.

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May 12, 2015

How Moana Nursery Thrives In The High Desert [Slideshow…

By focusing on the rewards of gardening in arid Reno, Nevada, Moana Nursery weathered one of the worst-hit areas in the country during the recession.

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May 11, 2015

Suntory And GrowIt! Garden Socially Partner On A New Se…

Three different contests will run from May through early August. Garden center retailers can upload their own photos or encourage their customers to enter and win.

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Ingenico EMV

May 8, 2015

National Retail Federation Addresses Concerns About EMV…

In a short video, NRF senior vice president Mallory Duncan weighs in on the status of new EMV chips in credit cards, what retailers need to know and whether the new cards are truly as safe as intended.

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May 8, 2015

Martha Stewart Tops List Of Keynote Speakers At This Su…

An interview between Martha Stewart and IGC Show founder Jeff Morey will kick off the IGC East show in Baltimore, with a full slate of engaging speakers to follow at both IGC events.

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May 5, 2015

Fun Things You Can Do Before Or After The GCA Tour

There's a lot you can add to your GCA calendar. From Summerfest, a huge music festival (think performances from a wide range of bands, like the Rolling Stones, Jane's Addiction, Zac Brown Band and Phillip Phillips) to a more relaxed Wisconsin Cheesemakers' And Wine Train, there are dozens of festivals and activities happening in Milwaukee in late June.

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May 5, 2015

How You Can Survive “Mobilegeddon”

Late last year, Google announced a change in the way websites will be ranked in search results on mobile phones. If your website isn’t mobile-friendly, it will appear lower in search results.

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May 4, 2015

Scotts-MiracleGro Partners With Meijer To Open New In-S…

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.

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May 4, 2015

Six Ways To Boost Sales Over Mother’s Day Weekend

Whether it’s by extending hours, offering giveaways or holding events, there are a number of ways to boost sales over Mother’s Day weekend. Here’s what a few garden centers are doing.

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April 28, 2015

Urban Garden Center Excels At Adapting To Its Community…

Located in New York City's Spanish Harlem, Urban Garden Center's customers need a store that reflects the needs of the neighborhood. This unusual garden retailers finds many ways to do just that.

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