Trends
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More people choosing a DIY garden
The National Gardening Association (NGA) in the U.S. recently released a report that finds one in five households spent more time caring for their lawn and gardens last year and 16 per cent less money than in previous years, opting for do-it-yourself methods.
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Garden Centres Canada reveals survey results
The CNLA and Garden Centres Canada have compiled the results of the organization’s annual survey of garden centre members. Here's a look at what they found:
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Canadians prefer status quo on shopping hours
Store hours in Canada are regulated by each province with restrictions on both hours and days of operation. But in an ever increasing 24/7 society, are store-hour restrictions still desirable? 
It may seem a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but the fall buying shows are quickly approaching and the holiday season will soon be upon us. While you can never go wrong with the traditional green and red, each year holiday trends change and it’s up to you to present shoppers with the latest and greatest.
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Savvy gardeners put two trends in the same pot
Two of the hottest trends in gardening are containers and cultivating fresh food, and many savvy families are beginning to combine the two. They're growing their vegetables in pots.
May 10, 2010 — Have you ever been driving farm equipment on a county highway and had passing motorists angrily beep their horns in displeasure at being slowed down?
It may seem like a retailer’s dream – the phone is ringing off the hook and your parking lot is at full capacity.
March 25, 2010 - Garden Guru Mark Cullen has revealed his predictions for the top trends of 2010.
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.
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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.
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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.

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