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Thanks for all the great responses to our last blog! In just a few short hours, the May 2-4 weekend will be upon us. Let us know how the long weekend goes at your garden centre. Did the weather affect your opening? What were your biggest sellers? Visit our blog to comment.
Thanks for all the great responses to our last blog! In just a few short hours, the May 2-4 weekend will be upon us. Let us know how the long weekend goes at your garden centre. Did the weather affect your opening? What were your biggest sellers?

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April 15, 2008, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. - Adoption of a new payment card technology that provides enhanced security and convenience to merchants and consumers is gaining momentum in Kitchener-Waterloo.
For homeowners today, it is now “in” to be “out!”   Outside that is ... cooking, entertaining, reading, relaxing and even working in the great outdoors.
April 11, 2008, Ottawa - It was a good year for Canadian retailers, but 2008 will likely see sales soften according to the Retail Council of Canada. The Canadian Economic Press reports. | READ MORE
March 20, 2008 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will open its latest generation of energy-efficient test stores this week with a Las Vegas Supercenter that uses new cooling technology to cut overall energy use by up to 45 per cent. The Associated Press reports. | READ MORE
During the long winter months, there’s no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than to sit next to the fireplace with a good book. And with the all the extra snow that February brought us this year, I was able to make my way through a stack of good reads.
People are fascinated by hummingbirds. They love looking up at the sound of a high-pitched buzzing to see one of these pint-sized marvels zooming in to drink from a feeder, and are enthralled by the antics of males – doing figure-eights and loop-de-loops – as they attempt to impress potential mates. It seems that people can’t help but love their beauty and
hyperactive antics.
   
As another hot selling season nears the end, thoughts are beginning to turn to orders for next year. Gift sections in garden centres and nurseries are continuing to expand and it’s important to utilize every inch of space for maximum return.
Whether a garden centre is situated in Canada or in England, the main objective is the same – to offer customers quality products, excellent service, and a unique shopping experience that differs from the box stores and mass merchants. 
An editorial feature in a national Canadian gardening magazine this winter just re-enforced my thoughts about landscape architects and their dedication to their beloved ‘hard landscaping’ and their apparent lack of interest in plants!
My basic philosophy in regard to employee and customer theft is best expressed by the old adage, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’
Have the plants in your store seen more of the world than you have? Modern growing and logistical systems allow us to have Zen gardens, English gardens and even tropical gardens.

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