At best, it was a fair season for most growers; but just as importantly, how did gardeners fare?

Customers in control online
On the World Wide Web, consumers are now in the driver's seat as they have the ability to rant or rave about your retail services on their blog, through a social networking site or via video postings. 

New eco-group of consumers: precyclers

There's a new green group of consumers emerging. "Precyclers" are consumers who aren't content with just throwing cans and bottles in the recycling bin. Instead this group is looking to avoid excess packaging and waste so they will have less to recycle in the first place. 

A look at home decor trends for 2009

Popular interior design retailer IKEA recently released its new 2009 catalogue, which showcases what styles, textures and colours will be popular in the upcoming year.

Vacation worry free!
Small business owners are notorious for not taking vacations. In fact, according to a survey on vacation time commissioned by Sam's Club, nearly 50 per cent of small business owners take only major holidays off or nothing at all.
The dog days of summer will soon come to an end and Canada’s consumer gardening magazines are letting gardeners know how they can get the most out of the plots in the coming months, as well as what they can look forward to in 2009.
Peas next to Petunias; this is what we can expect in the future garden centre.  Well, they may not be located on the same shelf, but they could be located in the same building.

What topics would you like to read more about?
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?

Vertical wall trend on the rise in Metro Vancouver
Vancouver is in the middle of a green wall revolution. A record number of these environmentally friendly sustainable "living walls" - also called vertical gardens - are being built in the city. 

'Grow it yourself' garden trend for 2009
From blueberries to houseplants ‘grow it yourself’ – of GIY – is the new mantra for gardeners as people turn back to the future to simplify their lives while gardening for the greener good.
The summer issues of Canada’s popular gardening magazines are already out on stands and are filled with information to let gardeners know how to deal with problem areas and ways they can make their gardens thrive. Here’s a look at some of the topics gardeners are reading about and the varieties they’ll be looking for at your centre.

Consumer watch:
must-have shrubs and water-loving plants

Many of your customers have already digested the summer issues of Canada’s popular gardening magazines. Here’s a look at some of the topics gardeners are reading about and the varieties they’ll be looking for at your centre.
As potential leaders in the world of green, individually our garden centre industry has yet to play a key role in going green. We all do bits and pieces but as an overall industry we are being overtaken by the likes of Wal-Mart going organic and Home Depot becoming a chemical pesticide-free company. 
June 17, 2008, Columbus, OH — OFA, an Association of Floriculture Professionals will host its annual OFA Short Course from July 12-15, in Columbus, Ohio. Some 130 educational sessions have been scheduled.
June 16, 2008 - An online survey commissioned by Elle magazine discovers that eight per cent of female shoppers in the U.S. are recession-proof. Brandweek reports. | READ MORE

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