Industry News

Metrolina Greenhouses, Huntersville, N.C., has announced it has entered into a purchase agreement to buy the assets of Stacy’s Greenhouses, Inc. pending U.S. bankruptcy court approval. Upon completion of the transaction, combining Stacy’s quality... more
Stacy’s Garden Center of York, S.C., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection before planning to sell the company, according to Don Worthington reporting for “The Slate.” Tim Brindley, president of Stacy’s Inc., told the newspaper that he has... more
Bobbo and Songbird have been working closely for the last three years toward a seamless transition. Bob Johnson the president of Bobbo said, "Songbird is a trusted friend that shares the same values as Bobbo. This isn't like an outsider coming in... more
Bloem Living, a Michigan-based manufacturer of indoor and outdoor planters, is pleased to announce the acquisition of two new planter lines. Beginning June 2013, Bloem Living will be offering the Saturn and the Tahoe planters as a part of their... more
New England Grows, a horticultural trade exposition and educational conference in the Northeast, is pleased to introduce a collection of new team members. Lead by their executive director, M. Virginia Wood, the expanding team is poised for a busy... more
Stauffers of Kissel Hill is closing its small satellite garden center that opened just last year in North Cornwall Township, the Lebanon Daily News reports. The Philadelphia-area supermarket and garden center says that the newest concept store was... more
Owners Drake and Lynn Snodgrass will close Drake’s 7 Dees east location in Portland, Ore., and lay off 12 employees by the end of June, reports Quinton Smith for The couple, however, will keep its headquarters on the 1.5 acres behind... more
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 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 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