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  • ‘Baskets and Brunch:’ A Brilliant Concept from a Valued Employee

    ‘Baskets and Brunch:’ A Brilliant Concept from a Valued Employee
    Hiring the right person is an ongoing challenge for many garden centers. One school advocates for plant knowledge; another advocates for sales ability. I come down hard on the side of sales ability. With that said, let me introduce you to Erica Reinmiller from Good Harvest Farms in Strasburg, PA....READ MORE
     
  • Repackaged Pots Are Moving Millennials to Purchase

    Repackaged Pots Are Moving Millennials to Purchase
    The role of the plant pot at garden centres is changing with the emergence of the Millennial customer. This was evident at the recent IPM Essen Show in Germany, where it was seen that many suppliers had revised and reinvented their pots as a wrap that inspires and informs the consumer....READ MORE
     
  • Ebert’s Gets Customers Excited to Shop with Pre-Spring Tour

    Ebert’s Gets Customers Excited to Shop with Pre-Spring Tour
    Ebert’s annual pre-spring “behind-the-scenes” tour of its production facilities taps local residents’ pent-up desires to garden and jump-starts sales when the store officially opens a few weeks later. Now in its fifth year, the tour brought in about 75 customers eager for spring to begin on March 18....READ MORE
     
  • The ‘Wow’ Factor

    The ‘Wow’ Factor
    Village Green Home & Garden’s flagship store, one of two in the Rockford, IL, area, is loved by its customers as a resource that helps them uniquely beautify their homes, inside and out....READ MORE
     
  • Never Miss a Single 'May I Help You' Moment or You Could Miss that Purchase!

    Never Miss a Single 'May I Help You' Moment or You Could Miss that Purchase!
    Half of shoppers don't know exactly what they want when they enter a store, and 93 percent can’t find the right store associate to help them find an item - but 85 percent will buy more from your garden center when they're helped by a knowledgeable sales associate, according to research from TimeTrade....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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