Greater Columbus Convention Center was buzzing in July, as thousands of professionals from every aspect of the horticulture industry came together for the 2012 OFA Short Course.
This past spring was one of the best seasons in several years for plant sales.
Always thinking of the spring retail market, consultant John Caney delivered his powerful presentation plus tips on marketing prowess to the large crowd attending his seminar at the Toronto Gift Show in January.
When deciding where to shop, today’s consumers care about more than just value for money, the range of products available, and the overall shopping experience.
Overcoming customer objections is probably the biggest obstacle to sales that we face today. In my opinion, far too many people are talking themselves out of enjoying their own gardens.
Do you guarantee your plants?
Fifty years ago, something special took root along a quiet country road running through southwestern Ontario.
When it comes to botanical retailing, sectors have traditionally been separated much like church and state.
Driven by an impulse to diversify, seek out new sources of revenue, and tap into a growing interest amongst Canadian consumers to eat local
After some challenging years characterized by economic uncertainty and cutbacks in consumer spending, things are starting to look up for the garden centre and nursery industry.
Steveston, B.C., a neighbourhood of Richmond, by all accounts has a rich naval history.
For those of us who buy décor and accessories for resale, Christmas comes in the spring.
Spirit Airlines recently flew into a big public relations disaster.
Sandra MacAvelia is the Indiana Jones of the horticultural world.
“Do they have garden centres in Japan?” That was a comment a garden centre owner made to me during a meeting when I mentioned I had been invited to Japan to work with the industry.

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