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  • Seven Best Practices of Successful Family Garden Centers

    Seven Best Practices of Successful Family Garden Centers
    In a recent issue of Forbes, the cover story spotlighted “America’s Richest Families.” I was not surprised to find of the 185 families that were worth over $1 billion, more than 90 percent were family businesses, including Mars, S.C. Johnson, Du Pont, Gallo and more. Many articles profiling family businesses try to find a particular aspect of the family biz dynamic that made them successful and dive deep into it....READ MORE
     
  • Garden Crossings Sells Top Quality Online & In-Store

    Garden Crossings Sells Top Quality Online & In-Store
    You can’t miss Garden Crossings. Even drivers speeding by at 65 mph turn their heads as the garden center’s magnificent color-filled landscape catches their eye. It is the creative inspiration of Owners Rod and Heidi Grasman. “We’re in the country, about 2 miles outside of Zeeland, MI, but on a well-traveled road,” Heidi says. “We knew it would take something big, bold and bright to make an impression on all those potential customers. And it works.”...READ MORE
     
  • Is the ‘Customer Journey’ at Your Store a Seamless One?

    Is the ‘Customer Journey’ at Your Store a Seamless One?
    Over the past two and a half years, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time reviewing, analyzing, writing and presenting content that deals directly with business trends, ones that are changing the way all businesses - including your garden center - are communicating with customers....READ MORE
     
  • Thinking About a Store Remodel? Research Touts the ROI of a Revamp

    Thinking About a Store Remodel? Research Touts the ROI of a Revamp
    Happy New Year! This may be the time for that garden center remodel you’ve been dreaming about doing....READ MORE
     
  • Selling with Humour: It’s Serious Business for Your Garden Centre

    Selling with Humour: It’s Serious Business for Your Garden Centre
    No one has ever crafted a unified theory of hilarity. A clown with a red nose may have some people in stitches, a cream pie in the face may have others doubled over. Today, humour has a high value. In personality traits, we seek it out over others. And if we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we are proud to claim humour as a desirable personal attribute....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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