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The days of heading out to the mall for an afternoon of shopping may someday be a thing of the past. A recent article written by David Friend for The Canadian Press reveals that both the shopping mall and outdoor strip mall are declining in favour of the all-in-one customer experience.
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Nationwide post-consumer hort plastics recycling program in the works
Landscape Ontario is working to create the first nationwide post-consumer horticultural plastics recycling program in the world.
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Dirt isn't 'dirt-cheap' anymore
In the U.S., the price of soil has increased at many garden centres, costing on average at least a dollar more than this time last year.
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Garden art: the trickle down effect
If you think that a sprinkler is just a device for getting water onto your grass with a minimum of fuss, you haven’t seen the latest trend in garden art.
Aug. 6, 2008 - This summer Loblaw’s became one of the first major retailers to recycle pots and flats in Canada. What are you doing to recycle all that plastic that passes through your centre? Share your ideas and suggestions (or frustrations!) by commenting on our blog.
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How are you recycling those pots and flats?
This summer Loblaws became one of the first major retailers to recycle pots and flats in Canada. What are you doing to recycle all that plastic that passes through your centre? Share your ideas and suggestions (or frustrations!) by commenting on our blog.
The days of heading out to the mall for an afternoon of shopping may someday be a thing of the past. A recent article written by David Friend for The Canadian Press reveals that both the shopping mall and outdoor strip mall are declining in favour of the all-in-one customer experience.
Henry Ford is famous for saying of his Model T, “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.” His purchasing department must have had lots of time for gin rummy games.
The spring sales season is no longer the reliable moneymaker it once was. Erratic weather across Canada in the form of late frosts, prolonged rains and low temperatures (into early summer) have held many gardeners back from their traditional April to June purchases, and subsequently those crucial profits are falling.
It’s safe to say that the green movement is here to stay. More and more people are asking about how products are made and are taking the time to consider how their actions will affect the environment.
By November containers and pots have been away for the year, awaiting the arrival of spring once more. The same can be said of many garden centres; they go into a state of dormancy until the warm weather rolls around next April.
Perhaps one of the most focused, inward looking scans of the floriculture industry takes place each year at the Seeley Conference held at Cornell University in New York. It’s a small conference of up to 100 industry leaders and academics who analyze the industry based on economic performance.
Although we've just passed the halfway mark of 2008, we here at Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery are already looking ahead to 2009. We'd like to hear what you think of the magazine. What topics have you enjoyed reading about in the past year?
June 25, 2008 - This year's Garden & Florist Expo, which runs from Oct. 21-22 in Toronto, is combining last year's show favourites as well as some new initiatives for 2008.
Here at Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery we’ve made some exciting changes since you received the last issue in your mailbox. I’m happy to announce the launch of our brand new website www.canadiangardencentre.ca.

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