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Mairet’s Garden Center in Muscatine, Iowa, previously added a greenhouse to its operations, but its newest expansion is even more outside the box: Sweet Treats, an ice cream shop in the building set to open June 14. In addition to serving up 20... more
Ball Seed Field Day and Landscape Day will take place July 25, 2014. Customers of Ball Seed, growers, retailers and landscape businesses can visit The Gardens at Ball in West Chicago, Illinois, for a full day of activities and see more than 150,000... more
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has launched its new website atwww.endowment.org to serve as the hub of its activities. The newly designed website makes use of the latest technology and is completely mobile-friendly. The streamlined site... more
Producers of the International Floriculture Expo (IFE) have announced plans to combine forces in 2015 and 2016 with the United Fresh Produce Association’s United Fresh, starting in Chicago June 9 -11, 2015, at McCormick Place. The floral and produce... more
Industry consultants John Stanley and Sid Raisch have joined forces for two, two-day New Vision Forums aimed at presenting global ideas and developments to help independent retailers. The 2014 forums will take place August 20-21, in Portland, Oregon... more
Terra Nova Nurseries’ Dan Heims, will be present three seminars during Cultivate ’14, July 12 to 15, 2014, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  On July 12, at 1:00 p.m., Heims will speak on “New Perennials from Around... more
Clark and Kelli Plihal are testing a new concept with a flower-in-a-pot shop in Crete, Nebraska, run not by people but by computers and cameras. The couple wanted a way to sell its Bump Up Pots, headquartered in Shelton, Nebraska, in a new area... more
Residents complaining about operations at JR Custom Landscaping and Garden Center in Jackson, N.J., disrupting their lives has led to a cease-and-desist order. Municipal officials have ordered the business to end “any and all operations of sifters,... more
Sixteen of North America’s largest growers are being honored for their green efforts and environmentally conscious practices. The Million Bottle Club, organized by McConkey’s rEarth plastic water bottle recycling program, recognizes growers who have... more
AmericanHort has selected six students to serve as the year’s HortScholars. This rigorous competitive application process identifies some of the industry’s brightest young professionals and helps to launch their careers in horticulture by providing... more
Early bird savings for this summer's GCA Summer Tour end next Saturday, May 31. From urban chic to suburban cool, the garden centers featured on this year's tour, June 22-25, are set to give tour-goers key insights and inspiration... more
The Garden Center Group has announced it will host its Retailers’ Choice Awards at three leading trade shows this summer: Cultivate’14 in Columbus, OH, SNA 2014 in Atlanta, GA, and 2014 Farwest Trade Show in Portland, OR.   All retailers... more
On May 14, Metro CareRing  broke ground on a new 16,000-square-foot Hunger Relief Center at the corner of 18th Avenue & Downing Street in Denver. The center, which will be completed in February 2015, will provide fresh food access and self-... more
Garden Centers of America's (GCA) Best Garden Center Bathroom Awards, now in their fourth year, recognize IGC retailers whose restrooms contribute to the store's favorable shopping experience. Convenient and clean restrooms rank high in women's... more
Sorry, this voting won’t impact your tax rate, or improve your healthcare, or cause a family rift. But it will cause a moment of joy when you look at four stunning flower varieties and choose your favorite! American Garden Award is very pleased to... more
Stephen’s Landscaping, also known as Stephen’s Garden Center, in Long Branch, N.J., is accused of charging “exorbitant prices” for generators before and after Superstorm Sandy. That claim is according to a lawsuit by N.J. Acting Attorney General... more
Van Wilgen’s Garden Center in North Bradford, Connecticut, has installed an electric car charging station in its parking lot meant for environmentally friendly vehicles. Garden center owner, Ryan Van Wilgen, told the New Haven Register this is part... more
Linton’s Enchanted Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana, has taken customer suggestions to heart, adding a place to eat and entertainment. The new 60-seat Garden Cafe serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week, perfect for tour groups and... more
Terra Nova Nurseries' 2014-2015  interactive catalog is now available for garden centers and growers. The virtual catalog is an online tool that offers real-time, clickable access to a variety of photos that link to full plant profiles. The 158... more
Lowe’s employees will now direct customers to Seattle-based Porch.com when shoppers are looking for a professional to work on a home improvement project. An article in Fortune describes this as a gamble for such a large company, which has placed... more
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