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  • Get Your Advertising Back on Track - and Your Registers Ringing

    Get Your Advertising Back on Track - and Your Registers Ringing
    How do you get the most out of your advertising without spending a lot of money? First, you have to establish your garden center’s advertising goals. Are you trying to entice customers to shop you for the very first time, or are you reminding them to come back for a second or third time?...READ MORE
     
  • These Store Updates Contributed to a $160K Sales Gain

    These Store Updates Contributed to a $160K Sales Gain
    I love working with the next generation of garden center owners. These young people are revolutionizing the independent channel with products and services designed to sell the garden - not as a time-consuming process, but as a satisfying product....READ MORE
     
  • Tell Your Customers ‘What’s New’ Today

    Tell Your Customers ‘What’s New’ Today
    Trend reports are highlighting a change in consumer attitudes toward spending, pointing to an opportunity for IGC retailers to grow sales. People are starting to spend more on “guilt-free” status symbols at the right price point. They want to start indulging again....READ MORE
     
  • Get Your IGC Show Buying Plan in Order - Here’s How

    Get Your IGC Show Buying Plan in Order - Here’s How
    When my father decided it was time for me to begin attending trade shows in his place, he handed me a new pen before my first run. “This pen is full of ink,” he said. “Take it with you, and use it to write orders. When you come back, it should not be full of ink. I’m sending you to write orders, not just look around. We only make money when you order product and we sell it.”...READ MORE
     
  • Beth Gulley, Purchasing & Program Manager, Gulley Greenhouse & Garden Center, Fort Collins, CO

    Beth Gulley, Purchasing & Program Manager, Gulley Greenhouse & Garden Center, Fort Collins, CO
    What is a typical day like for you? I love going to the greenhouse early in the morning and doing a walk-through before most people are there. There is something so peaceful about it. After that, I head to the office, check in with our sales staff and look over orders for the day....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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