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Can't grow veggies?
Call in the garden coach!

For five years straight, Patti Tinhold has tried to grow vegetables in her shady Toronto backyard and each time she's failed to harvest a bounty. This year, she's employed a garden coach to help her achieve success.
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Temporary garden shop helps draw in business
Johnston's Greenhouse and Garden Centre in Peterborough, Ont., is setting up a temporary downtown garden shop to appeal to in-town shoppers.
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Big boxes educate
with bar codes

Garden plants sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s have bar codes on each plant tag that enable customers with smartphone scanners to check out whether, for example, the plant grows in low light or needs frequent watering.
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Retail Inspection Program helps you be your best

It’s spring, or at least that’s what the calendar says. This season’s countrywide cold spell (with intermittent flurries) has a lot of retailers pondering how they can make up sales when the sun comes out. Enter Eve Tigwell, Europe’s best-known garden centre inspector.
April 26, 2011 — It’s spring, or at least that’s what the calendar says. This season’s countrywide cold spell (with intermittent flurries) has a lot of retailers pondering how they can make up sales when the sun comes out.
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On the right track to retail success?

It’s spring, or at least that’s what the calendar says. This season’s countrywide cold spell (with intermittent flurries) has a lot of retailers pondering how they can make up sales when the sun comes out.
April 14, 2011 - Pick up a local newspaper, switch on the TV or radio and there is a retailer promoting a special on something. It's part of a pricing game to lure people in - are you playing the game?
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The key to the pricing game

Pick up a local newspaper, switch on the TV or radio and there is a retailer promoting a special on something. It's part of a pricing game to lure people in – are you playing the game?

Easter spending
expected to increase

Not since 1943 have we seen an Easter fall this late in the calendar, but it seems the delayed holiday won’t impact consumers’ eagerness to spend on décor, food and even new spring apparel.
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The 10 most common gardening mistakes
A lack of soil preparation, overplanting and improper watering techniques are just a few common mistakes that people make in their garden. Here's a good article to share with your customers.
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Customer complaints: Turn cranks into champions

Woe is the company that underplays a customer’s concerns, especially in this age of virtual venting. 
These are rather tenuous times in regards to retail sales, with even regular clients tightening their purse strings in response to the ever-present negative economic news.
There are basically four generations living and purchasing in Canadian society today.
Outdoor rooms have been a red-hot trend driving garden centre sales for several years now.
The average garden centre in Canada is located in a rural setting, measures about 16 acres in total size, brings in annual sales that fall between the $1 million and $2,999,999 mark and is run by one owner who puts in more than 50 hours a week during the peak season.
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