Trends
Very cold December weather put a damper on poinsettia sales in western Canada this past Christmas season. Growers such as Kelvin Vanderveen (Vanderveen’s Greenhouses, in Carman in southern Manitoba), Priscilla Mah (Central Botanical Gardens in Saskatoon) and Jim Hole (Hole’s Greenhouse and Gardens Ltd. in St. Albert, a suburb of Edmonton) all report that their poinsettia sales were a little down from last year.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT

A slide show of the GMG's 2010 Trends
Suzi McCoy of the Garden Media Group recently spoke about the group's 2010 Garden Trends Report at the ANLA Management Clinic in Louisville, Ky.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT

Vegetable gardening trend
to continue in 2010

According to the 2009 Edibles Gardening Trends Research Report conducted by the Garden Writers Association Foundation (GWAF) in November, over 41 million U.S. households (38 per cent) grew a vegetable garden in 2009, a trend that's likely to continue.
Feb. 12, 2010 - A new year with new opportunities for the garden industry. Last year may have been a tough year and 2010 could well be another rough year for those retailers who are not prepared to move forward and experiment with the new ways of marketing their business.
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Opportunities to jump on
Last year may have been a tough year and 2010 could well be another rough year for those retailers who are not prepared to move forward and experiment with the new ways of marketing their business.
We’re at the start of a brand new decade. If the last one was any indication, the next ten years will likely be full of just as many twists and turns. When trying to sum up the last ten years the word “sustainable” comes to mind.
You can give your customers a great place to shop and offer them the highest quality products you can find but if you can’t keep traffic flowing to your garden centre, your efforts are wasted. Marketing is crucial when it comes to running a business – it lets customers know what products they can find at your garden centre and gives them a reason to make a visit.
Jan. 8, 2010, Vineland, Ont. – With major support from OMAFRA’s New Directions Research Program, Dr. Isabelle Lesschaeve, a globally recognized researcher in consumer insights and product innovation at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, is leading a study on consumer response to local, sustainable and organic food claims.
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What are your predictions for 2010?

With 2009 now a thing of the past, it's time to look ahead at the coming year. What are your predictions for 2010? What trends are you planning to buy for?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT

The top eight gardening trends for 2010
Each new calendar year brings its own changes, some of which are more conspicuous than others. Here's a look at what a consumer gardening magazine is predicting.
Jan. 4, 2010 - I recently spoke at the New Zealand Nursery Conference and mentioned we need to be seen as the garden experts, a source of knowledge, trust and credibility. At the same time we need to address the needs and wants of each target group in our community.
EDITOR'S BLOG

The business of 'sustainability'

The issue of sustainability is continuing to evolve, and the greenhouse industry will be challenged to keep up with consumer expectations.
The issue of sustainability is continuing to evolve, and the greenhouse industry will be challenged to keep up with consumer expectations.
Nov. 18, 2009 –  The 2009 edition of Garden & Floral Expo in Toronto took place Oct. 20-21, 2009. The show featured a ‘Green for Life Stage’ where seminars and presentations took place during the event.
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Rodger Tschanz on vegetable garden movement
The 2009 edition of Garden & Floral Expo in Toronto took place Oct. 20-21, 2009. The show featured a "Green for Life Stage" where seminars and presentations took place during the event.

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