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As far as garden centre sales are concerned, fall is the new spring – and by that, I mean that autumn has as much potential for strong retail sales as those traditionally profitable months of March through June.
Ottawa (CP) – Canadian consumers spent $392.4 billion in retail stores last year, 6.4 per cent more than in 2005.
The sense of grandeur is a common theme in today’s architecture, says Frank Kershaw, recently retired director of policy and development for the City of Toronto, and recipient of the Garden Club of Toronto’s Award of Honour. This means Canada’s suburbia is replete with massive homes set back on the lot to give the appearance of a large front yard.
Home is where the heart is. Home is where you hang your hat.  Home is where they have to take you in when there’s nowhere else to go.  There’s no place like … well, you get the picture – home is one whopper of an emotional subject. 
For success in the garden, nothing beats asking the experts for their picks – and that’s just what Canadian consumer gardening magazines have done this season.  Canadian Gardening, May 2006, asked six Canadian rose experts to name some of their favourite award-winning roses that do well in their respective areas.
At a time when the activity of gardening is on the decline, it’s comforting to see the growth and popularity of outdoor rooms.  Nesting is here to stay in an outside world that’s getting a little crazy. 
Christmas giftware is all about adding value to the home experience!  Demographers indicate that boomers, Generation Jones’ and Generation Xer’s consistently purchase fewer but higher quality and higher value items.
A survey of some garden centre operators across Canada has revealed that poinsettia sales were flat this past Christmas season while demand for other seasonal items such as boughs and cut greens were up.
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