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August 4, 2015

Plant Questions Are Answered With #HowToNature Online Community

Former Today’s Garden Center Senior Online Editor Sara Tambascio has launched an online community designed to give those new to growing plants and creating gardens the answers they need to succeed. How To Nature aims to answer a challenge widely acknowledged in the garden industry: how to help Gen Y and Millennials get over the intimidation factor with plants. So Tambascio’s wants to reach those who own plants for the first time in the hope that a supportive community can give enough help to new plant owners to make their experiences worth repeating. Below, Tambascio explains how she plans to reach her audience and how garden experts can jump in if they wish. 1.      What do you call your effort, which includes a blog and social media – an initiative, a project…? I’m thinking about this as a brand represented through the website and the social media platforms. I was planning to start a general lifestyle […]

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August 3, 2015

10 Things Garden Stores Can Learn From A Grocery Store

Today's grocery stores bear little resemblance to grocery stores of our youth. They've evolved from florescent lights, dingy linoleum floors and long lines at the check out into a food wonderland. Here are 10 ideas from a Columbus-based Market District you can use in your own store.

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July 31, 2015

SHS Griffin Releases 2016 Catalog In Print And Expanded Digital Formats

SHS Griffin has announced the release of its annual seed and plant catalog for the 2015-16 season. Available in both print and digital formats, the 2016 catalog features more than 400 new and improved varieties from the industry’s leading breeders. The 262-page print catalog covers the company’s full seed portfolio — more than 3,400 cultivars of annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, herbs and vegetables. From the SHS Griffin vegetative offering, the complete spring-annual assortment from Syngenta Flowers is featured, alongside new introductions and top sellers from nine top suppliers such as Proven Winners, Dümmen Orange and Suntory. More than 120 vegetative perennials from Syngenta Flowers are also included, including several SHS Griffin exclusives. The SHS Griffin 2016 digital catalog includes all of the product information and photography from the print edition, and more. For the first time, SHS Griffin has added a range of digital-only bonus content: detailed crop culture, quick […]

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August 4, 2015

Plant Questions Are Answered With #HowToNature Online C…

Former Today’s Garden Center Senior Online Editor Sara Tambascio has launched an online community designed to give those new to growing plants and creating gardens the answers they need to succeed. How To Nature aims to answer a challenge widely acknowledged in the garden industry: how to help Gen Y and Millennials get over the intimidation factor with plants. So Tambascio’s wants to reach those who own plants for the first time in the hope that a supportive community can give enough help to new plant owners to make their experiences worth repeating. Below, Tambascio explains how she plans to reach her audience and how garden experts can jump in if they wish. 1.      What do you call your effort, which includes a blog and social media – an initiative, a project…? I’m thinking about this as a brand represented through the website and the social media platforms. I was planning to start a general lifestyle […]

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Retail Tour- feature image

August 3, 2015

10 Things Garden Stores Can Learn From A Grocery Store

Today's grocery stores bear little resemblance to grocery stores of our youth. They've evolved from florescent lights, dingy linoleum floors and long lines at the check out into a food wonderland. Here are 10 ideas from a Columbus-based Market District you can use in your own store.

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2016 SHSG covers.indd

July 31, 2015

SHS Griffin Releases 2016 Catalog In Print And Expanded…

SHS Griffin has announced the release of its annual seed and plant catalog for the 2015-16 season. Available in both print and digital formats, the 2016 catalog features more than 400 new and improved varieties from the industry’s leading breeders. The 262-page print catalog covers the company’s full seed portfolio — more than 3,400 cultivars of annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, herbs and vegetables. From the SHS Griffin vegetative offering, the complete spring-annual assortment from Syngenta Flowers is featured, alongside new introductions and top sellers from nine top suppliers such as Proven Winners, Dümmen Orange and Suntory. More than 120 vegetative perennials from Syngenta Flowers are also included, including several SHS Griffin exclusives. The SHS Griffin 2016 digital catalog includes all of the product information and photography from the print edition, and more. For the first time, SHS Griffin has added a range of digital-only bonus content: detailed crop culture, quick […]

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Marvel Mahonia (Plant Development Services)

July 31, 2015

Retailers’ Choice Awards For Best New Products Presente…

A team of independent garden center retailers, along with the Garden Center Group’s Sid Raisch, walked the SNA show floor in search of their favorite new products.

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Steve Bailey

July 30, 2015

How To Determine A Gross Margin Percentage Goal At Your…

One retailer asked this question: Is there a gross margin percentage that is considered a good goal for garden centers and their various product lines? Check out financial consultant Steve Bailey's advice.

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Chuck Hoover, Tagawa Gardens

July 29, 2015

Give Your Young Employees A Personal Stake In Your Comp…

One retailer asked the following question: What are the best techniques for recruiting new staff members to replace those who are due to retire in the next couple years?

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Petunia ‘Trilogy Red’ (American Takii)

July 29, 2015

Catch Your Customers’ Eyes With These Sun-Loving …

Now is the time to start planning for which annuals will be on display at your garden center in 2016. Check out this slideshow of breeders’ picks for their favorite new sun-loving annuals for the garden retail market in the coming year.

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July 29, 2015

Digital Technology Helps Crack The Millennial Code [Sta…

With a well-trained and knowledgeable staff, Kurt Fromherz says you can forge a deeper connection with your customers and with your community.

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Bauman Farms

July 28, 2015

Local Garden Centers To Visit During Farwest 2015

While you’re in Portland for the Farwest show, set aside some time to pay a visit to these local independent garden centers and check out some of the innovative things they’re doing.

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Farwest Seminars

July 28, 2015

What’s New And What To Do At Farwest 2015

Are you planning to attend the 2015 Farwest show? Here's a list of things to do, including new activities, at the event, which take place Aug. 27-29 in Portland, Ore.

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July 28, 2015

J.R. Peters’ Founder Dies At 97

Robert "Bob" Peters founded the garden fertilizer company that became JR Peters and has been an active supporter of the greenhouse and garden center industries since World War II.

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IGC Show App

July 27, 2015

Want A Guide To This Year’s IGC Shows? There̵…

IGC Show organizers have launched new free apps for IGC East and IGC Chicago, available for download in the Apple App Store and on Google Play, that offer information on conference sessions and special events.

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Impatiens Lollipop Series (Ernst Benary Of America)

July 27, 2015

18 New Annuals That Are Great For Either Sun Or Shade […

Now is the time to start planning for which annuals will be on display at your garden center in 2016. Check out this slideshow of breeders’ picks for their favorite new sun and shade varieties for the garden retail market in the coming year.  

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Ingenico EMV

July 27, 2015

Why PCI And EMV Compliance May Not Be Enough For Retail…

A report from the National Retail Federation indicates that while companies are becoming more compliant with PCI standards, it may not be enough to protect them from fraud. Note: Thanks for Epicor for sponsoring this EMV story.

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Ian Baldwin

July 27, 2015

Ian Baldwin: Validating Customer Complaints Can Pay Div…

In his latest blog posting, Ian Baldwin says when you deal with customer concerns in an empathetic fashion, you’re more likely to earn repeat business and future sales.

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Farwest Nursery Tour

July 24, 2015

Farwest 2015 Show Promises To Be Far From Ordinary

Farwest, which takes place Aug. 27-29 in Portland, Ore., is the show to discover new nursery and retail-focused products, equipment and services, find new, popular plant varieties, and network with thousands of top industry professionals.

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July 23, 2015

Lakeview Nurseries’ Michelle Harvey Appointed To Massac…

Following a passion for government policy, Harvey says she’s excited to be able to educate elected officials about issues important to the horticulture industry.

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July 22, 2015

Economic Growth Will Fuel Garden Demand [2015 State Of …

As the housing industry continues to rebound and the economy improves, economist Charlie Hall says consumers will unleash pent-up demand, which means good news for garden retailers.

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