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  • To Capture Millennials, Personal Connections are Key

    To Capture Millennials, Personal Connections are Key
    IGC retailers are watching closely as Millennial customers become more interested in gardening. Many are moving into apartments and houses, and they’re looking for inspiration to make their homes unique. More research is coming out on what the Millennial market is looking for....READ MORE
     
  • Cheers! Here’s to Profiting from the ‘Mixology’ Trend

    Cheers! Here’s to Profiting from the ‘Mixology’ Trend
    Mixology has grown into a huge market for flavorings and recipes that combine alcohol with fresh live plants. For garden centers, this in itself is a profitable link to green goods - but there are other ways to integrate mixology into your store to draw both die hard fans and rank beginners as well....READ MORE
     
  • Dead Inventory is Dead Weight! Don’t Let it Cost You

    Dead Inventory is Dead Weight! Don’t Let it Cost You
    How much is that doggie in the window? The one with the waggly tail. How much is that doggie in the window? I do hope that doggie is for sale. - Patti Page, “(How Much is) That Doggie in the Window” You don’t sell dogs, and Patti Page is not your customer....READ MORE
     
  • Wes King, General Manager, King’s Gardens Garden Center, Lexington, KY

    Wes King, General Manager, King’s Gardens Garden Center, Lexington, KY
    What is a typical day like for you? My typical day is doing whatever is necessary to keep us operating like a well-oiled machine. I check in with my team to see what they need and how I can help. We run a tight ship, so I may unload a truck one day and pre-book plant material the next. I’m not just the general manager but the general laborer and communicator....READ MORE
     
  • Family Night at Swansons Gets ‘Freshman Gardeners’ In-Store

    Family Night at Swansons Gets ‘Freshman Gardeners’ In-Store
    As the standard retail hours came to a close at 6 p.m., the fun and excitement got started at Swansons Nursery’s Family Night in mid-June. The sweet Seattle summer evening mixed with the backdrop of colorful plants, providing the perfect setting for the after-hours community fundraiser, which donated 10 percent of sales to gardening projects at the Ballard Boys and Girls Club....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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