Industry News

Last week, several hundred lawn, garden and pet vendors and key industry buyers met face to face and conducted over 6000 appointments in less than three days at the National Lawn & Garden Show. An exclusive industry buying event, the 19th Annual... more
Less than two weeks remain to take advantage of the biggest savings from the IGC Show's Early Bird Registration, including $200 off IGC Know2Grow Retail Conference Passports and discounted reserved spots on the Chicagoland Garden Center Tour. IGC... more
McIntosh Greenhouse & Garden Center of Goshen, Indiana, will close for good this September after 40 years of service, reports Justin Leighty of The Elkhart Truth. Owners Kim and Sue Wilfong recognize area competition - Lowes, Menard's and... more
It is with great sadness that Jonathan Cohen, President of Summit Chemical Co., announces the passing of Bill Hoffpauir, the company’s Vice President of Sales. Hoffpauir died in his sleep on June 7, 2013, after succumbing to cancer.   “We are... more
OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals has selected six students to serve as the year’s OFA Scholars. This rigorous competitive application process identifies some of the industry’s brightest young professionals and helps to launch... more
Arett Sales has signed an alliance with the IGC Show that positions it in the lead showroom of the Distributor Alley, a newly dedicated section of the IGC Show reserved exclusively for the nation's leading garden center distributors, located... more
The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan will host Proven Winners' First Annual Grand Garden Show Aug. 25-27. This is a three-day, hands-on event  is for gardeners of all levels. Guests will have an opportunity to step back in time as... more
Lawn & Garden Retailer's sister publication, GPN, recently announced its second annual 40 Under 40 honorees in the May issue. To see the Class of 2013 please  go to www.gpnmag.com/40-under-40. Nominated by their peers in the... more
Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) today announced the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, which will be held Sept. 17-20, 2013, at the Chicago Merchandise Mart, will host several innovative shopping areas, including the... more
Garden Centers of America's (GCA) Best Garden Center Bathroom Awards, now in their third year, recognize IGC retailers whose restrooms contribute to the store's favorable shopping experience. Convenient and clean restrooms rank high in women's... more
Wholesale grower Rocket Farms, Half Moon Bay, Calif., has launched a new website to support the brand's innovative approach that focuses on fun, creativity and interaction with the consumer. The new look www.rocketfarms.com offers a wide variety of... more
Breeding and young plant production companies Dümmen and Agribio Group recently announced they have successfully closed their intended merger. The new company will continue as from now under the name DNA Green Group and includes well-known brands... more
Costa Farms has hired Justin Hancock to fill the newly created position of consumer marketing and digital specialist. Hancock had been the digital content manager and garden editor at Better Homes and Gardens. According to Maria Costa- Smith,... more
The OFA Short Course, North America’s largest horticulture exhibition, is sold out and a waiting list has been established. The 7-acre trade show, with nearly 585 companies occupying over 1,500 exhibit spaces, will showcase products and services for... more
A new partnership between Myers Industries Lawn & Garden Group and Root Pouch Co. will allow Myers to carry and promote Root Pouch’s line of eco- and budget-friendly fabric containers. The lightweight containers are made from a geo-textile/... more
Arett Sales Corp. has purchased the Good Tidings brand from Commerce Corp. and plans to provide the same holiday merchandise and customer service to Good Tidings’ customers. Good Tidings, however, will get a new location for its 2014 Holiday... more
Dr. Lahey’s Garden Center is closing the doors of its Pittsfield, Mass., home. The landscaping and retail business has had a spot on South Street for 30 years, but owners Maureen and Joe Corcoran recently sold their 2.4-acre lot to entrepreneur... more
Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon, N.H., has hired Andy Huntington as the company's territory account manager for New England and New York. Huntington will be responsible for maintaining exisiting relationships and developing new ones with broker,... more
On June 15, Dramm will relocate the Soaker Hose production to its partner plant Metal Wear Corp. in Two Rivers, WI and will begin to produce and market the Soaker Hose line of products including: Pro Series Soaker Hose, Osmile Soaker Hose, Water... more
This year's expanded IGC Know2Grow Retail Conference debuts a newly added eighth track, "IGC Think Tank," the first of its kind to bring together the best minds in garden retail for a full series of panel discussions. Now with 48 sessions driven by... more