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.
This editorial is brought to you by… some celery sticks and mini-cucumbers.
It takes a lot of long training hours to develop a staff member who knows the ins and outs of your garden centre

Veggie gardens encourage healthy eating habits
Researchers have found that older people who garden eat more vegetables.
For some it’s a celebration; for others it’s a sad commentary on the state of current farming revenues in Canada.

What's new for you this year?
A new year brings a chance to reflect on what works in your business and what doesn't. Are you introducing a great new promotion or making changes to your garden centre? Tell us about it!

Consumers want more guidance, less choice
Consumer choice is a constant source of debate in the retail world. One popular myth is that customers want lots of choices, and the ability to customize. In reality, shoppers actually want fewer and better choices and the chance to personalize.

Gardening trends for 2011

Garden coaches, community gardens, and landscape services for an aging population are just a few of the upcoming trends cited in this 2011 forecast.

Hunger for chocolate
on the rise

In a recent article in the Vancouver Sun, Scott Simpson talked to area businesses who are cashing in on chocolate. Scott reports that more people are seeking out unique and authentic chocolates from local shops.

Honeysuckle: Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2011
Pantone, the global authority on colour, has declared Honeysuckle, a vibrant, energetic hue, as the colour of the year for 2011.

Shoppers favour debit
and credit over cash

Consumers have more ways to pay than ever before, but how are they paying for their purchases? A new study by Ipsos Reid shows consumers heavily favour debit and credit cards over cash.

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