These varieties turned heads at the California Spring Trials. Here are some garden center inspirations from the Great Lake State. One tea shops finds a way to engage tea aficionados of all generations. Winners Circle: A list of award-winning varieties to help you find plants perfect for your lineup. View standout merchandising display ideas from the 2015 California Spring Trials. Consider the potential of mixed containers and packaged plant collections in a new and changing marketplace. 
July 28, 2015
IGC Show organizers announced the launch of new free apps for IGC East and IGC Chicago, available for download in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Now you can map your... more
July 28, 2015
The 2016 National Floriculture Forum (NFF) will take place Jan. 24-29, in the Netherlands and Germany.   Meeting objectives include: Addressing issues of importance to... more
July 28, 2015
Monrovia has partnered with "Home Free", a new reality competition show where deserving couples vie to win the keys to a fully landscaped, renovated residence. Hosted by... more
July 28, 2015
Retailers’ Choice Awards at SNA 2015 were presented to nine exhibiting companies during a presentation on the SNA Stage. The Garden Center Group’s Sid Raisch led the retailer... more
July 08, 2015
Adagio Teas does a lot of its business online, but at one of its stores in Naperville, Illinois, the company creates an experience any retailer can learn from.... more
July 08, 2015
Bob Dylan had the right idea in the song with the above title from 1963.  We can take some comfort in life and in business that there are some immutable principles or... more
July 08, 2015
What’s it take for independent garden centers to out-market, outmaneuver and outsmart box stores and other bigger competitors with deeper pockets? What’s it take to thrive as... more
July 08, 2015
Bordine's Nursery Grand Blanc  The eye immediately travels from the ceiling down to the benches with this colorful display that’s visible as soon as you walk into... more
July 08, 2015
If you’ve ever planned a vacation, you’re likely to understand that it takes time to really identify what you want to accomplish during your getaway. From what hotel to stay... more
Pro Grade Cutting Tools

Terra Verde’s new line of Pro Grade Cutting Tools feature pruners and loppers with titanium-coated blades, comfort grip handles and a lifetime warranty. Contact Arett Sales, the Premier distributor of Lawn & Garden, Holiday and Home Supplies, to find out more about the extensive line of... more

  • Pro Grade Cutting Tools
    Terra Verde’s new line of Pro Grade Cutting Tools feature pruners and loppers with titanium-coated blades, comfort grip handles and a lifetime warranty. Contact Arett Sales, the Premier distributor...
    Pro Grade Cutting Tools
  • Burl Texture Entry Doors
    Living Sculpture fuses an organic aesthetic with eco-friendly cementitious polymers that boast an unparalleled flexible, tensile strength with limitless design potential. The Burl Texture Entry Doors...
    Burl Texture Entry Doors
  • Steel Chimenea
    This modern design balanced with a rustic, raw finish blends perfectly in any outdoor room. Its unique shape looks cool while it keeps you warm. Made from heavy duty 16-gauge steel, this wood-...
    Steel Chimenea
  • Flopak
    Give your customers exactly what they are looking for with natural, gift-ready packaging and accessories from Flopak. Who can resist a well-wrapped gift? Whether you are dressing a mini rose or a mum...
    Flopak
  • Celosia
    New Dragon’s Breath celosia has been drawing some serious attention. An immediate hit at this year’s Spring Trials, its unique combination of green-red foliage and blazing-red, long-lasting flowers...
    Celosia
  • Blackwater Folk Art
    Blackwater Folk Art is all abuzz about mason bees and their contribution to gardening. These hard-working little pollinators deserve to have a functional and attractive habitat. The new bee home is...
    Blackwater Folk Art
  • Parasol
    This feeder includes three of Parasol’s popular Mini-Blossom vessels in the style of an elegant chandelier and adorned with sprinkle drops. It holds 12 ounces of hummingbird nectar. The frame...
    Parasol
  • Texas Butterflies
    These extremely colorful, high-quality and decorative Texas Butterflies can be used as landscape ornaments to brighten a fence, porch, patio, garden or tree in the yard. Made from thick, long-lasting...
    Texas Butterflies
  • Hand-blown Pumpkins
    New for 2015, celebrate the magic of a much loved fairy tale that has captivated hearts worldwide. Each piece is hand-blown at the studio located in Seattle, Washington. Available in four colors to...
    Hand-blown Pumpkins
  • The Garden Collection
    Midwest Design Imports introduces hand-blown glass accents as part of its extensive fairy garden line. The Garden Collection includes more than 500 unique fairy garden accessories. The glass...
    The Garden Collection
Cultivate’15 in Columbus, Ohio, wrapped up last week, and if you weren’t there, take my word for it: It was a... more
Hopefully a strong spring is behind you and you can get a little breathing room because it’s trade show... more
When this newsletter lands in your inbox, I’ll be on stop number 13 of the Garden Center’s of America (GCA)... 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

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