Nov. 23, 2009 – Want to have fun and generate excitement while promoting flowers? Pick Ontario shows how its done with its high energy presentation, led by renowned floral designer Albert Graves of Bloemen Decor, at the National Women’s Show in Toronto earlier this month.

RCC commends code of conduct for payment cards

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) commends the Government of Canada for the introduction of a Code of Conduct to govern the Canadian debit and credit card markets.
Nov. 16, 2009 - Do you use latin floral names on your signage or when interacting with your customers? Why or why not? Have your say by commenting below.

Reusable bag program for garden centres
CNLA's Garden Centres Canada (GCC) committee has been working on the development of a Reusable Bag Program for garden centre members across Canada.

Tips for a great holiday window display

An attractive Christmas window display can be a real customer draw, luring customers into your store who might not have stopped otherwise. 
Nov. 9, 2009 - In August I led a tour of garden centre owners to the U.S.A. to search out the best of the best garden centres and to find what we could learn that could be used in other countries.

Lessons from a few good garden centres
In August, John Stanley led a tour of garden centre owners to the U.S. to search out the best of the best garden centres.

Retailers face repeat of 2008 holiday season

This holiday season will be a challenge as recession-sapped consumers are unlikely to open their wallets too widely, too quickly.
Oct. 27, 2009 - Retailing is about converting lookers into buyers, and horticultural retailing is no different.

Converting lookers
into buyers

Retailing is about converting lookers into buyers, and horticultural retailing is no different.

Holiday spending forecast weakens
The National Retail Federation in the U.S. has already warned of lower sales this holiday season, and other analysts are also forecasting downward.

Brock Road Nursery shares business tips
The National Post recently profiled Brock Road Nursery of Guelph, Ont. and asked owner Tania Marthaler to share her tips on how to run a successful, seasonal retail operation.

Flowers in a waffle cone = cool treat

A new idea puts a whole new twist on coneflowers. Waffle cones are great for selling broken stems, as a grab and go party gift, for children or as a great add-on.
Why do we shop? Retail guru Paco Underhill first answered that question ten years ago in his aptly titled book “Why We Buy.” The book has now been updated and revised to include even more information on shopping habits and what tempts us to pick up a product and bring it home. In my review, I’ve compiled 28 tips from the book that explain how shoppers act, how to effectively merchandise and how to get products moving in your garden centre.
Unlike spring sales, the Christmas season is never a sure thing for those garden centres that choose to stay open through winter. Consequently, some nurseries stock minimally in order to mitigate potential losses but this minimalist approach often leads to dissatisfied customers, who have become accustomed to elaborate seasonal displays in malls and box stores. So, here are nine tips to help you improve your pre- and post-Christmas season.

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