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.
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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.’

The earlier the problems are addressed, the better the chance of a successful turnaround. A contingency plan should be put in place in order to prepare for “what if” strategies and exit plans, if necessary.
As the end of the year quickly approaches, it is time to once again reflect on your financial position, and what you can do to improve your situation by reducing taxes payable, whether you are an individual taxpayer or an owner of an incorporated greenhouse operation.
Growers well appreciate the investment they have that continually posts the greatest dividends. Good employees are worth their weight in gold, or in today’s prices, premium unleaded.

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