How one garden center customer took his hobby and sprouted it into an urban gardening movement your store might want to get behind. East Coast Garden Center in rural Delaware and Greensgrow in urban Philadelphia have great ideas for reaching new customers who are embracing the local food movement. There are many ways garden centers can take advantage of the growing interest in edibles. Terms like sustainability and energy efficiency are making their way into conversations more frequently. Home improvement store TreeHouse is making these terms staples for homeowners. Getting hundreds of people into the garden center while supporting a good cause seems like a win-win. Here are snapshots of three successful campaigns.
May 04, 2016
Syngenta has appointed J. Erik Fyrwald as CEO effective June 1. He succeeds John Ramsay who has been ad interim CEO since November 2015. Fyrwald is currently president and... more
May 04, 2016
Fall Creek Farm and Nursery, Inc. and Star Roses and Plants have announced the planned purchase by Star Roses and Plants of Fall Creek’s BrazelBerries program. The two... more
May 03, 2016
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has approved more than $296,000 in floriculture/horticulture research project funding for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.   The funding... more
May 03, 2016
This year's 2016 Wild Bird Expo, in conjunction with the 3rd annual Heart of America Gift Show, has been scheduled for Sep. 27-29 and will again be held in Mexico, Missouri.... more
April 30, 2016
Our world seems a lot greener these days, and not just in terms of landscapes and products your garden center offers. Terms like sustainability and energy efficiency... more
April 30, 2016
As a (albeit “old”) student of business and in working with retailers of all sizes, from corporate big box to locally owned garden centers in my consultancy, I’m... more
April 30, 2016
For many people, living a clean and healthy lifestyle can be infectious. What starts out with exercise, a healthy diet and routine yoga classes eventually snowballs into... more
April 30, 2016
When it comes to choosing pesticides to fill your shelves, you have many options. You also have many types of customers for whom you stock the appropriate products. For... more
April 30, 2016
This song by the legendary Rolling Stones is a reminder to think spring! Spring is here. Easter is behind us now and Mother’s Day is hot on its heels. Customers are... more

The new cherry- sized tomato ‘Chocolate Sprinkles’ from PanAmerican Seed has a unique look and full-bodied tomato flavor. In trial locations across the country, feedback is positive on many levels: looks, taste and plant performance. The fruit’s red color with dark green overlay/striping gives... more

  • The new cherry- sized tomato ‘Chocolate Sprinkles’ from PanAmerican Seed has a unique look and full-bodied tomato flavor. In trial locations across the country, feedback is positive on many levels:...
  • This easy-to-read and functional rain gauge is a cool twist on a classic device. The blue polycarbonate measurement tube floats up as water fills the collection flute. Shown in copper but also...
  • he Music Match system is for use with National Tree Co. trees pre-lit with low voltage LED lights. The system allows music to be streamed from a Bluetooth capable device causing the...
  • Easily stake plants, bunch herbs or wrap rustic gifts. The String on a Stand is crafted in England from sustainably sourced oak. There is a built-in blade on the top for safe and easy...
  • Mighty Fine Gardens is introducing a patio size, extreme waterwise “5 Minutes-A-Week Garden.” It utilizes a patented vertical nano- -drip system that was developed for growing green leafy...
  • Skillfully hand-carved in Peru, this garden-themed gourd birdhouse incorporates the tradition of an ancient art form with the beauty of contemporary craft. This birdhouse is sized ...
  • Bali Garden is a line of high-quality metal garden decorations featuring extraordinarily cheerful designs. Each piece is handcrafted by skilled artisans in Bali, Indonesia, and painted...
  • Old is new again with these beautiful and simple water-saving irrigation vessels. An ancient form of localized plant irrigation, Oyas are planted in the garden to save a ton of water and make growing...
  • Flame Engineering introduces the Mini Dragon Jr. The Ultimate Fire Starter, when connected to a standard 1-pound cylinder, provides a portable flame for lighting charcoals, chimineas, fire...
  • Echo Valley’s new Twinkle Solar Lanterns capture the night sky and encapsulate it in a colorful array of mason jars that are sure to enliven any outdoor or indoor setting. Each lantern...
It's one of my favorite times of the year. Homeowners, businesses and anyone with a landscape bed are getting... more
My very first trip to California Spring Trials is behind me, and my goodness was there so much to take in. I’... more
Day 4 and Day 5 of California Spring Trials have been jam-packed with great stops. Since last we met, we... more
  There comes a time in your life when you realize that you’re not that smart or creative; there are... more
  I’m sure that, like me, you leave educational events and trade shows, such as the OFA Short Course,... more
    Let’s see… while I have one daughter who isn’t yet engaged, I do have a son and a daughter who... more