Revolutionary 100 – Southeast Region

Southeast Region

Click on each company to read more about why each is revolutionary.

Company Name
City, State
Locations Acres Years Revolutionary Concept or Idea
Southeast Regional Winner:
Flamingo Road Nursery
Davie, FL
1 5 13 Currently in the process of developing a café and an urban U-Pick operation for increased traffic, Flamingo Road Nursery uses its fresh produce market to successfully attract new customers who lack plant interest until they stop in for a tomato and leave with a plant.
Anderson’s Home & Garden Showplace
Newport News, VA
1 6 55 With a busy and profitable café, Anderson’s uses a vibrating paging system that allows patrons to shop while they wait for a table to open up.  New high-definition printer provides fresh and consistent in-house signage.
Apenberry’s Gardens
Orlando, FL
1 1.5 14 Currently in the process of merging two stores into one, this merge will give customers a well-rounded offering that places a premium on outdoor living retail. Apenberry’s has also hired the services of a professional garden center designer.
Boulevard Flower Gardens
Colonial Heights, VA
1 6 54 Works with Starbucks to promote recycling. Cross-trains sales staff in all departments to cut down on the need for seasonal help. Also has a newly-acquired wine license in the gift area, and features a new line of organic wines.
Countryside Gardens
Hampton, VA
1 1 7 September brings the “Hot Diggity Dog” tent sale. Free hot dogs and lemonade are given to shoppers and prices are cut drastically on merchandise. If it doesn’t go at 75 percent off, it goes to charity, which helps make room for Christmas and other additional new stock.
DeWayne’s Home & Garden Showplace
Selma, NC
1 8 18 A major asset to DeWayne’s is its ability to print custom-designed overhead signs promoting products in-house. Also, staff tracks customer spending through a point-of-sale system, which has “blossomed” into a successful preferred customer program.
Enchanted Forest Nursery & Stone
Chesapeake, VA
1 3.2 10 Identifies buying trends of top customers and then sends item-specific coupons to them via eMail. Understands its niche is natural stone, and caters to homeowners by not setting restrictions on stone orders.
The Good Earth Garden Center & Nurseries
Little Rock, AR
1 4 35 Showcases display gardens to show customers how plants would look in their home landscapes.Featured on local news site with a weekly how-to video show and an interactive question and answer feature.
Homewood Nursery & Garden Center
Raleigh, NC
1 8 42 In a down economy, Homewood has recognized an emerging trend and has chosen to aggressively position itself as the place to go for outdoor furniture and accessories in the local market. Also contribute articles regularly to the Home & Garden section of the local newspaper.
Johnson Nursery & Garden Center
Cookeville, TN
1 5 40 Advertises on three main highway billboards. Also, refocused a majority of its advertising to a retirement community 45 miles away, which has proven to be successful. Johnson’s also makes checking out easier with the use of a wireless point-of-sale system.
L.A. Reynolds Garden Showcase
Winston-Salem, NC
1 5 32 Department managers use POS system to generate reports on inventory management for better familiarity. L.A. Reynolds also implements professional profitivity employee training, along with matching employee uniforms and name tags made out of the store’s gift cards.
McDonald Garden Center
Virginia Beach, VA
3 3.5 28 At each location, visual merchandisers work closely with marketing, buyers and store managers to set the store’s tone for each season. McDonald’s has also worked on improving local landscape awareness with an exclusive, invitation-only rewards event called “Contain Your Enthusiasm.”
Nobles Greenhouse & Nursery
Live Oak, FL
1 2.7 33 Canceled billboard advertising and added more radio spots on the station that’s most popular with its clientele. Nobles also increased newspaper ads to run year round, which have noticeably decreased summer and winter slumps.
Out of Eden Garden Center
Maryville, TN
1 7 10 Appealing to the young gardeners, Out of Eden invites approximately 200 kindergarten and early elementary school students to the garden center for multiple tours and learning stations.
Springhouse Gardens
Nicholasville, KY
1 6.5 14 Water conservation is a main priority at Springhouse. Water management techniques, such as pervious paving blocks, a rain garden, rain chains and water barrels, show customers how to  incorporate these ideas into their daily lives.
Verdego, Inc.
Bunnell, FL
1 3 9 The design team uses the latest technology to offer clients CAD designs that allow them to better visualize the landscape possibilities. The “We Plan, You Plant” program gives do-it-yourselfers the chance to get involved with the guidance of Verdego’s design services.
Wallitsch Garden Center
Louisville, KY
1 2 63 By serving on the boards and committees of multiple trade and local horticulture organizations, the Wallitsches have been able to keep up with the latest retail innovations and trends.
White’s Old Mill Garden Center
Chesapeake, VA
1 1.2 24 Improved customer traffic and sales by implementing ideas generated from a focus group White’s held in the spring. This research has helped reorganize special events and improve customer-requested inventory.

<– Midwest Region | Southwest Region –>

Leave a Reply

More From Revolutionary 100...

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.

Read More
EMV Card J Lombardi

May 22, 2015

Retailers Taking Steps To Deal With EMV As Deadline Looms

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.

Read More

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.

Read More
Latest Stories

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.

Read More
EMV Card J Lombardi

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More
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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More
Moana nursery end cap

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.

Read More
GrowIt Senetti Logo

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.

Read More
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.

Read More

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.

Read More
Summerfest overview

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

April 24, 2015

New Web Site Helps Consumers Find Plants And Retailers …

Plant Select, a Colorado-based plant supplier that provides plants designed to thrive in high plains and intermountain regions, has launched a new website that allows visitors to search for plants and where to buy them.

Read More