Using today’s technology is imperative if you want to attract project-oriented shoppers. FREE WEBINAR: Go Big With Miniature Gardening – Sign Up Now! Portland brewers concoct just the right mix of flavor and uniqueness to create a local business that's a mega hit. Clark Hermanson, garden center manager at Pesche’s Garden Center in Chicagoland, has five tips for scaling up your scaled-down offerings An eclectic San Francisco played host to this summer’s GCA tour. Here are a few highlights.
January 26, 2015
The Planter Pickers' 2015 design and photo contest is meant to promote the creative recycling, upcycling and reuse of everyday items as flower planters. Entering is easy:... more
January 21, 2015
Michigan-based Bloem, LLC has acquired the Wisconsin-based startup BloomBagz, which developed a series of patent-pending fabric planters made from a material consistent with... more
January 20, 2015
Costa Farms' website has a fresh, contemporary design and improved navigation. An innovative plant finder gives gardeners of all levels fast and easy access to all the plant... more
January 19, 2015
Summit Plastic Co.'s new line of 3-D Systems pots aims to help growers and retailers improve productivity, save space and reduce costs. The line of pots has been named 3-D... more
January 05, 2015
Miniature gardening is here to stay, and many retailers have been amping up their products in this category. Whether you haven’t given miniatures much thought, or have fully... more
January 05, 2015
Brian Wheat says he “never misses an opportunity to tell people who I am.”  Who he is is the CEO of Lafayette Florist, one of Colorado’s largest floral and garden... more
January 05, 2015
Reaching Millennials and selling to them is an ongoing challenge for garden centers. The new GrowIt! Garden Socially app targets Millennials between the ages of 28 and 32 –... more
January 05, 2015
At a recent conference the speaker ahead of me quoted a fascinating statistic: 80 percent of the climbing deaths on Mount Everest occur on the descent!  We all know that... more
January 05, 2015
As our industry returns to the new “normal,” the need to rebuild, renew and re-engage has never been more important. It appears America is roaring back, and we need to be... more

The Pond Log and Mini Pond Log bind together the excess phosphorous in a pond, thereby reducing the algae’s food source. The two can be installed on the steps of a waterfall, beneath a floating fountain, over an aerator in any pond or with any other mixing or circulation mechanism. The Pond Log... more

  • The Pond Log and Mini Pond Log bind together the excess phosphorous in a pond, thereby reducing the algae’s food source. The two can be installed on the steps of a waterfall, beneath a floating...
  • Home Grown Ponics has a new trade-dress design for their natural aquaponics/hydroponics care-product line. The product line’s labels have changed to a more organic design. The new green color palette...
  • The new TT-Series TidalWave3 Pumps are the next generation of ultra-high efficiency asynchronous pumps. Offering more water moved per watt than ever before, these pumps are also specifically designed...
  • Engineered with you in mind, the Apex Flexalloy hose features patented Flexalloy compound which provides outstanding flexibility at 40° F for unsurpassed maneuverability and handling. Reinforced...
  • This folding green and gray canvas tool bag and stool makes a great carry-all. Several pockets give you a place for all of your tools and equipment in one easy-access location, and the comfortable...
  • Perfect for planting bulbs at just the right depth, making elegant transplants from one container to another and setting seedlings into their new homes in pots and borders, the Joseph Bentley...
  • This simple, re­usable shield is made of high-impact Polystyrene and keeps the ground warm and moist. Water and nutrients flow towards the plant, so plants grow much faster. A few saved vegetables...
  • By popular demand, Novelty welcomes “Lucky” to its cast of character watering cans. With a comfortable handle and easy pouring features, this 1-gallon darling is sure to be a winner in 2015. Made in...
  • The Palace Pot is a stately urn, both elegant and generous in volume. The expansive mouth makes it versatile for showcasing flower arrangements. Also striking as a stand­alone urn, it will beautify...
  • The adjustable Smart Soil Separator takes the challenge out of container growing. This clever device forms a permanent air space to enhance proper root development and eliminate circling roots. It...
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