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  • Your Business Plan Will Serve You Well

    Your Business Plan Will Serve You Well
    The creation and usage of a written business plan are beneficial to any garden center owner at any stage of the business’s life. Although lenders frequently ask for a business plan when a potential owner comes to borrow money, the plan itself is for the owner, not the lender. When well-executed, it will help the owner avoid mistakes....READ MORE
     
  • Craig Harms, Co-owner Restoration Gardens, Kohler, WI

    Craig Harms, Co-owner Restoration Gardens, Kohler, WI
    What is a typical day like for you? I start by checking my e-mail and phone messages before meeting with Co-owner Brian Grimm and the landscape crew leaders to discuss the day’s jobs. After that, I talk with our garden center staff about the day’s overview, then spend time in the office with orders and paperwork....READ MORE
     
  • Honeybees Get Community Buzzing about Hahn Nursery

    Honeybees Get Community Buzzing about Hahn Nursery
    Two beehives and their resident honeymakers are giving customers at Hahn Nursery the idea to bring the sustainable lifestyle trend of beekeeping to their own backyards. The hives found a home behind the garden center’s fruit tree greenhouse after Manager Laurie Curl offered the space to the master beekeeper who taught a Penn State Extension class she attended. That beekeeper, Stephen Repasky, relocated two of his colonies to Hahn’s property in spring 2012....READ MORE
     
  • ‘Retail Therapy’ Gives Local-Loyal Customers Incentive to Shop

    ‘Retail Therapy’ Gives Local-Loyal Customers Incentive to Shop
    Retail Therapy Night at Caan Floral & Greenhouses brought in local vendors to show their offerings in booths across the garden center, giving customers a feel-good opportunity to support local business while shopping a variety of selections. “We wanted to position ourselves with the ‘shop local’ initiative and get people to realize we’re a local business, too,” says Caan’s Marketing Manager Justin Illig....READ MORE
     
  • Upscale Made Simple

    Upscale Made Simple
    When Dallas residents want to dress up their outdoor spaces, they know Jacksons Home and Garden will have the specialty plants they desire, not to mention the perfect pot for their flowers, barbecue grills, patio furniture, fountains and anything else needed to host their backyard party - all under one roof. Serving the affluent neighborhood of Highland Park, Jacksons started as a pottery business in 1983....READ MORE
     
 
News and Opinions
  • Big Things In Store

    August 17, 2012

    New ideas, new products, new excitement at IGC 2012 - you’ve never seen anything like it! Spring sprang - and sprang big. Now garden center owners, managers and staff are making big plans

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  • ‘It Was Awesome,’ Say IGCs of the Season that Broke Records

    July 20, 2012
    Spring’s early arrival across the country, along with consumers’ willingness to open their wallets, made for a sunny selling season for many this year. “Weather-wise, it was awesome; sales-wise, it was awesome,” says Peter Bowden, Garden Expert and Public Relations for Hewitt’s Garden Centers, NY, ranked No. 49 in IGC Retailer’s 100 report with $10.4 million in sales....

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