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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
The Spring Houzz Landscaping Survey included more than 4,500 Houzz users who were in the midst of, or planning, a landscape update. The survey found a majority of homeowners making eco-friendly choices for their yard. Native plants have become... more
Syngenta Flowers is once again be offering two $7,500 scholarships to college students who have shown high potential in the fields of plant breeding and ornamental horticulture through scholastic excellence and experience. The Glenn Goldsmith... more
Home Depot will launch a customer education initiative later in April to help customers save water, according to an article in Retailing Today. The efforts kick off Saturday, April 26 at Home Depot's 1,977 U.S. stores with  “Water Conservation... more
Warp 9, provider of eCommerce solutions for midsize online sellers, has launched a new business-to-business eCommerce website for Prince Corp. along with fully managed cloud hosting services for its wholesale platform. Prince Corp., headquartered... more
Syngenta has opened the application period for the second year of its Grow More Vegetables Seed Grant Program, which provides assistance to schools and community organizations interested in establishing or enhancing garden programs. Syngenta awards... more
Proven Winners recently announced the designation of its first Proven Winners Botanical Trail. Kentucky’s Rockcastle River Trading Company received the designation as the first such property in the nation. A designated Proven Winners Botanical Trail... more
Summit Chemical Company donated 10,000 Mosquito Dunks to Philippines Shell Foundation (PSFI) to assist with relief efforts after Typhoon Haiyan displaced an estimated four million people in the Philippines in November 2013. Typhoon Haiyan displaced... more
The Dramm Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high quality watering tools, is “Springing for Hope”. Each May, the Dramm Corporation will choose a non-profit organization and will donate financially to the organization. This year efforts will... more
The Nursery & Landscape Association Executives of North American (NLAE) announced at its April 17 annual membership meeting in Savannah, Georgia, the election of its president, president-elect, and vice president as well as the selection of new... more
Willie Degel, renowned restaurateur and star of Food Network's popular TV series Restaurant Stakeout, is ready to give IGC retailers a customer service wake-up call during his high-energy keynote, "Willie's Secrets to Stellar Customer... more
Grab your camera! Give us your best shot! Join some elite company and participate in this year's Merchandiser of the Year competition. Here's what you need to know... THE WINNER RECEIVES... In addition to the prestigious title of ... more
Forty years ago, Larry DeWitt worked as a landscaper during his senior year in college. What he didn't know at the time was how he would pioneer the use of landscape fabric and change the future of the industry forever. After graduating with a... more
Along today’s fine line between profit and loss are pricing “sweet spots” — positions that attract cost-conscious consumers and generate more money. Retail trainer Jim Dion will help florists find those points during a double-header opening session... more
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