MARCH/APRIL 2018               e-edition


COVER STORY...


Bucks Country Gardens

The bold vision and outside-the-box business decisions of Owner Tom Hebel has propelled Bucks Country Gardens' sales to $6.26 million with 20 other garden centers and six big box stores within a 10-mile radius of his store...   Read More

INSPIRATIONS...



Rustic Farm Vibe

Mixing rustic repurposed vintage items and lush plant material, this store's merchandisers use different textures and heights, while pairing complementary items together, drawing in those who want to de-stress and shop....   Read More



Draw Crowds In Droves In July

Wells Medina Nursery's container garden contest inspires customers to go above and beyond with their own combinations and designs. "We get a lot of people and a lot of sales from it, and it promotes foot traffic...   Read More


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Business


That's All Folks!  by Robert Hendrickson

Known and respected for challenging convention and stretching people to think outside the box, Robert Hendrickson says goodbye to the industry...  Read More

There's Still Time For These Improvements Before Spring Peaks  by Judy Sharpton

In case you missed the memo, March 20 is the first day of spring. If you're still trying to decide which store renovation project is most worthwhile, here are two suggestions that are still doable, before the peak season hits...  Read More

Dare To Be Different & Make It Memorable For Shoppers  by John Stanley

Part of Brisbane-based Mappins Nursery + Aquarium's bold and daring energy includes graffiti-style murals of musical legends Prince, David Bowie, Jim Morrison, Keith Richards and others by a local artist to generate an eclectic, trendy vibe...  Read More

When It's The Customer Harrassing  igc inbox reader letters

In response to the open letter by Kellee Magee O'Reilly, we need to look at it from behind the counter, too, when it's the customer making a comment to the cashier...  Read More

'Creepy' Behavior Gets 'Creepier'  igc inbox reader letters

As a woman who owns our garden center, my main concern for my employees is their well-being and safety. I never dreamed that anything like have 'creepy' employees would happen... Sherry Mistretta, Owner, Heartland Nursery & Garden Center, Kansas City, MO, speaks up...  Read More

Centre Ridge Garden Center Selected As Favorite In Newark, NJ  by the Secret Shopper




Industry Events


national & regional 

April 14-19 California Spring Trials

California


May 8-10 National Hardware Show

Las Vegas, NV


June 12-13 National Lawn & Garden Show

St. Louis, MO


June 24-27 Garden Centers of America

Summer Tour Seattle

Seattle area, WA


July 14-17 Cultivate '18

Columbus, OH


July 28  Ball Seed Field Day &

Landscape Day

West Chicago, IL


July 30-Aug 3 Perennial Plant Symposium

Raleigh, NC


August 14-16 IGC Show

Navy Pier, Chicago, IL


August 13-16 GWA: The Association of 

Garden Communicators 70th

Annual Conference & Expo

@ IGC Show

Chicago, IL


August 16-18 Nursery/Landscape Expo

San Antonio, TX


Sept 27-29 America in Bloom Symposium

& Awards Celebration

Lexington, KY


Nov 28-30 New England Grows

Boston, MA


2019


January 9-11    Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade

  Show

Baltimore, MD

January 16-18 Tropical Plant International

  Expo

Ft. Lauderdale, FL



markets

June 20-26 Dallas Total Home & Gift

Market

Dallas, TX


July 10-16  The Atlanta International Gift

& Home Furnishings Market

Atlanta, GA


July 29-Aug 2 Summer Las Vegas Market

Las Vegas, NV


August 12-15  NY NOW

New York, NY


September 6-8 Dallas Total Home & Gift

Market

Dallas, TX



distributor shows

July 31-Aug 1 BFG Supply Co. Expo

Minneapolis, MN


August 28-29 Griffin Expo

Worchester, MA


August 29-30 V-G Supply Company

Rosemont, IL


Sept 6-7 Foster's Spring Market 2019

Rochester, MN


Sept 10-12 BWI Expo

Nashville, TN


Sept 16-18  Arett Sales Open House

Atlantic City, NJ


Sept 19-20 BFG Supply Co. Expo

Cleveland, OH


Sept 19-20 Gard'N-Wise Distributors

Denver, CO


Sept 26-27 Griffin Expo

Lancaster, PA


October 3-4 L&L Marketplace Retailer

Show

Reno, NV



international

May 22-26 Royal Horticultural Society

Chelsea Flower Show

London, England


Sept 10-12 GLEE

Birmingham, England


Sept 16-21 International Garden Centre

  Association Congress

Prague, Czech Republic


2019


January 22-25 IPM Essen

Essen, Germany


January 25-29   Christmasworld

Frankfurt, Germany


January 25-29  Floradecora

Frankfurt, Germany


February 13-14   The Garden Retail Experience

(TREX)

Nieuwegein, The Netherlands


February 8-12  Ambiente

Frankfurt, Germany


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