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Dr. Charlie Hall, professor at Texas A&M University, is the new America in Bloom (AIB) president. The new vice president is Katy Moss Warner. Each will serve a two-year term. Hall, a native of North Carolina, has served on the AIB board since... more
Home & Garden Showplace and the Garden Center Group Co-Op of Canada have partnered together to bring additional efficiencies to Canadian garden centers while helping the independent garden center compete more effectively in the marketplace. The... more
Costa Farms announced today that it has acquired the business, assets, and brands of Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses, Inc. of Apopka, Florida, one of the country’s premier small-foliage growers. Under the visionary direction of the Engelmann family,... more
Over a three-week period - starting Tuesday, April 1 - AmericanHort is looking to help prepare your team for a successful spring by offering three free 15-minute sales webinars. Led by retail and customer experience expert Doug Fleener, these 15-... more
National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, has been increasing the use of Social Media in the past two years and has recently surpassed 47,500 repins on Pinterest. Pinterest is a... more
OASIS Grower Solutions (OGS) has named Suzanne Di Staulo as the company's new product/marketing manager. In her new position, Di Staulo will be responsible for expanding the marketing efforts for OASIS Grower Solutions globally.  OGS plans to... more
Global Harvest Foods, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of wild and caged bird food and small critter feed, and the producer of the Audubon Park brand, announced today that it reached an agreement to acquire the U.S. wild bird food business from... more
New England Grows has announced a call for speakers for its 2015 event. It will take place Feb. 4 to 6, in Boston. Organizers are interested in hearing from qualified speakers with information to share on timely green industry/business topics.... more
The Kentucky Governor’s Mansion was recently announced as a Proven Winners Signature Garden. One of only six prestigious designations, Kentucky’s Governor’s Mansion joins Mackinac Island’s Hotel Iroquois, Charlotte’s Duke Mansion, The Grand... more
On February 5 - 7, 2014 New England Grows gathered commercial horticulture professionals for an industry-wide conference in Boston, MA.  More than 11,000 guests experienced the event and thousands participated in cutting-edge... more
Looking for authentic local entertainment? Date night somewhere besides Applebees? A neighborhood hardware dealer who can give you advice on a DIY project? The national small business movement Independent We Stand is introducing the best... more
HGTV and Victory Gardens star, Jamie Durie, is touring select IGCs between March 23rd and June 15th.  And, your garden center can be one of the places he visits.  Best of all, Proven Winners will pick up most of the costs for his... more
This August, Don Felder of the Eagles and Eddie Money are set to take the stage at the IGC Show with free concerts, open exclusively to audiences at IGC East and IGC Chicago. "When we started the IGC Show eight years ago, in addition to the industry... more
Urban Earth in Midtown, Tenn., is a new 6,212-square-foot retail garden center that opened its doors this week, according to a Memphis Business Journal article. Owners Greg and Carla Touliatos also own the nearby landscape design firm Greg Touliatos... more
Urban Garden Center in East Harlem, N.Y., was destroyed after a two-building gas-line explosion in the surrounding area on March 12. The building sent flying debris into the business, and the owners must now get creative about finding ways to re-... more
Home improvement retailers such as Lowe’s and Home Depot have embraced spring sales for years, but now Wal-Mart is really pushing its lawn goods, according to an article in The New York Times. Wal-Mart will begin its “Black-Friday-like prices” on... more
Twin brothers Jack and Jeff George, who together started J&J Landscaping, have purchased the old Team Nursery in Raritan Township, N.J. They have been renovating the property for the past year and plan to open J&J Landscaping and Garden... more
Plans have been put on hold for Urban Outfitters’ lifestyle village, which would have included a Terrain Garden Center, according to Racked Philly. Urban Outfitters leased all 6.5 acres of the former Waterloo Gardens site and intended to build Devon... more
Armstrong Garden Centers, the largest independent, Southern California, employee-owned retail nursery, is celebrating 125 years of business, according to an article in Pasadena Living. The business started in 1889 as a small fruit tree nursery in... more
The Dallas Arboretum has introduced its new plant trials website at The new website contains such useful information as a plant and photo library with complete historical information; articles published by the... more
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