Nov. 8, 2011 – Forget all those doomsday predictions about 2012. From the garden world’s perspective, life will continue to be good – with gardeners saving themselves water, hassles and misspent money. At least that’s according to several savvy garden experts and a leading garden trends survey.
You’re not going to trip over the next big thing in plants, but you might strain your neck checking it out.

Bidding farewell to cheques?
Changes to the way that Canadians make and accept payments for goods and services may have implications for small- and medium-sized businesses. Top among the concerns to entrepreneurs is the future of cheque writing.
Oct. 21, 2011 - In the Oct/Nov 2011 issue of Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery, columnist Brian Minter talked about ways you can wow your customers with exciting new winter containers, referencing great examples from Sheridan Nurseries. Here's a look at pictures of Sheridan's seasonal containers.

Canadian consumers spend $ 15.3B online last year
Canadian consumers spent approximately $ 15.3 billion in 2010 ordering goods or services for personal or household use, according to a survey released by Statistics Canada Wednesday.
Ready for a good workout? Sure, you can lace up your sneakers, slip on your track pants, put on your favourite sweatshirt, and fill your bottle with an energy drink.

An unsung marketing tool: business barter

Business barter: it’s not rocket science and it’s not new, but for many small and cash-strapped businesses, it can be a very effective part of the arsenal for growth. 
What a difference a year makes in terms of spring greenhouse sales. Saskatchewan growers were quite happy with this year’s results, especially considering what they had to deal with in 2010.

New trend for retailers? E-mailing receipts
An increasing number of retailers are offering to send receipts by e-mail, touting it as a convenient, environmentally friendly alternative to paper receipts.

Gardening's young blood
A new generation of horticultural professionals is taking over B.C.'s gardening industry and the Vancouver Sun recently spoke with the young leaders.

A perspective from the new gardening generation

One of the myths of modern gardening is that young people don’t want to get their hands dirty. This isn't necessarily true, according to a 33-year-old garden centre co-owner.
There are many strategies in building plant sales, whether through imaginative displays, product branding, specialty growing or niche marketing.

A green thumbs-up for succulents
They're the toast of the growing season. Dramatic and architectural in shape, fleshy and often prickly to the touch, succulents and cacti are suddenly in the spotlight and for several sound reasons, gardening experts say.
One of the best ways to spread the word about your garden centre is to create excitement and get people talking. Here are a few ideas to generate a positive buzz for your shop.
Despite a high dollar and its effect on exports, the Ontario greenhouse vegetable sector is more than holding its own. Some 60 acres were added last year, bringing the total acreage in the province to 1,919 acres.

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