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As the owner of a flourishing garden centre, I’m sure you’re always looking for ways to improve your business.  One-way of attracting more attention to your business is by creating a company web site or reevaluating your existing one.
A passion for lilies plus hard work, cooperation and innovative marketing have been the keys to success for Earth Bound Perennials and Garden in Red Bay, north of Sauble Beach and Wiarton on Ontario’s Lake Huron.
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited announced the construction of a 1.5 million square foot distribution centre in Coteau du Lac, Quebec, beginning in the Fall of 2006 to support Canadian Tire Retail’s continued growth and expansion in Eastern Canada.
Festive Holiday TrendsThe blooms of the annuals and perennials in the garden have been spent and pumpkins, vibrant mums, and whimsical scarecrows are replacing them on doorsteps across Canada.
Home Depot Donates More Than 18,000 Hours of Community ServiceThe Home Depot marked the start of its fourth annual month of service this past September. The Home Depot led 3,500 volunteers in donating 18,000 hours to community projects across Canada.
Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery magazine is adding something new this year.
When it’s time to bulk up for spring sales, one of our most precious resources are people.  In the garden centre world, we all rely on a number of avenues to attract both part-time and full-time help for the spring rush. 
Seven Keys to Running a Successful BusinessSuccess does not happen by itself; it’s up to us to make it happen. Successful people claim to be in control, knowing what goes on around them. Success is being prepared for opportunity when it presents itself.
Two years ago, Blondie’s Gift & Gardens celebrated its grand opening, and has since grown into a successful full-service garden centre.  Located just east of Medicine Hat, in Dunmore, Alberta, Blondie’s Gifts & Gardens prides itself on offering customers an intimate shopping experience.
In the short time that I have been sitting in the editor’s chair I have noticed some strong trends in the garden centre industry as well as some possible concerns that may appear in the near future.
Canadian Tire Launches Payment Chip Card Pilot
I must admit, unlike the many who came before me at this magazine, I wouldn’t label myself an expert when it comes to gardening. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve spent many days, knee deep in dirt, looking for the perfect plant to fill out the patch around the patio.
Celebrating the New in New Year
The agriculture sector is faced with a great number of uncertainties and yet, is still evolving, growing and performing well, though not at record levels.
If it were a stock listed on the exchange, Flowers Canada (Ontario) would be one of the hottest properties available. People would be lining up to invest. It’s a leader in R&D, has excellent relations with governments at all levels, and has earned the respect of regulatory departments on both sides of the border. It has helped develop forward-thinking human resources strategies, and has a number of market development initiatives to its credit. What it needs are more ‘investors.’

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