It is the nature of the business. Being seasonal in orientation, garden centres largely employ younger, part-time staff on summer leave from school. The reasons are obvious: they represent a ready pool of available labour, and generally come cheaper than more mature staff.
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For a while this past winter it looked as though we would be putting in our gardens by February! Weather logs confirm that the 15 warmest years on record since 1867 have all happened since 1980 and statistically, that is no coincidence.

With the hectic Christmas season behind us, and spring rush still months away, January and February are the best time to ponder the past year with an eye towards change.
Meeting Your Needs.  It’s a new year, and here at Canadian Garden Centre and Nursery Magazine we find ourselves in the midst of change.
The famous mid-16th century proverb “April showers bring forth May flowers” has always been associated with the arrival of spring, but May is also the unofficial start to the Canadian wedding season.
P.J. Vermeer of Westbrook Floral Ltd. in Grimsby, Ontario, has been appointed to the Marketing Committee of the Wholesale Florist and Florist Supplier Association (WF&FSA). 
Sales at large retailers remained virtually unchanged in November 2005.  Previously sales declined in October, but otherwise had been generally rising throughout 2005.
The first thing you have to consider in a retail garden centre or nursery scenario is that your safety concerns are basically two-fold. Your customers are the greater variable, as you have little control over what they will wear or how they will act at your place of business. Employees, on the other hand, should be arriving on site properly trained and attired, and ready to safely complete a day of work.
Buying groups are a powerful force in today’s retail landscape, offering members the competetive advantage of bulk buying and marketing.
The cost at the pumps is more than just the cost of crude oil – remember that taxes are one of the largest components of Canadian retail pump prices.  In 2004, Canadians paid on average 31.9 cents tax on every litre of gasoline.  That represents almost $16 on a 50-litre fill.  Tax levels vary by province, often leading to regional differences in pump prices, but as we watch the cost of a tank of gas consistently rise across the country, it doesn’t matter where in Canada you live. 
The owners of Pine View Farm near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, say they were one of the first greenhouse operations in Atlantic Canada to take the concept of ‘just in time production’ and apply it to a living product.
In today’s highly competitive business environment it is critical to find ways to separate yourself from the other companies who sell the same – or similar – product and/or service. Here are several strategies that can help you accomplish this:

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