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July 10, 2012
By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

July 10, 2012, Milton, ON — The mild winter and warm spring have sparked increased interest in lawn and gardening products, setting the stage for a strong season in Ontario’s landscape and nursery industry.

Building material and garden equipment and supply dealers reported a 1.8 per cent increase in sales in March, according to the Statistics Canada Retail Sales Report. This marks the second consecutive month of increased sales – a trend that bodes well for landscapers to build their business and introduce the latest products that help customers beautify and enjoy their living spaces.

“It is certainly encouraging to see more people looking to their yards and understanding what they can do to enhance their curb appeal, or create that perfect living space outdoors,” said Heather MacRae, director of events and trade shows at Landscape Ontario. “For those in our industry, it is a perfect opportunity to begin marketing themselves and opening their businesses to new markets and opportunities.”

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Industry stakeholders will no doubt discuss those markets and opportunities during Landscape Ontario’s Expo, Oct. 17 and 18. More than 2,500 people involved in the garden, floral and nursery industries will gather at the Toronto Congress Centre to learn new ways to capitalize on recent market growth and carry it over into 2013.

Booth space at the show is selling quickly. Industry suppliers looking to introduce products and capture new customers should contact show management immediately to secure one of the remaining locations.

Landscape Ontario is also seeking entries for the New Product Showcase, where all the emerging trends for the coming season are in the spotlight.

“Expo strives to be better than it has ever been before, just like the industry it is here to benefit,” said MacRae. “Our top-notch exhibitors, innovative new products and a show floor packed with all the products, plants and services help garden and floral retailers make their stores interesting destinations for their customers.”


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