It's a new year and the perfect time to look back on what made the news in the retail garden center industry in 2017. You can revisit all of our cover stories from the past year below:
Protect your profits - Garden center owners share their stories of recovery and new strategies after thefts and break-ins. J.R. Pandy, a retailer in Ohio, explains how he’s continuing to fight for his business.
Spring Survival Guide: Paths to a successful spring - How retailers can navigate wages, employee satisfaction, brand visibility and customer service to get the most out of the season.
Bet the farm - The owners of Tangletown Gardens expanded beyond their retail garden center and successfully launched a CSA, a restaurant, a farm and more by evolving and embracing change at just the right time.
Grow up with gardening: Cultivate the kid connection - By making your independent garden center kid-friendly, you can build today’s business while investing in the future.
Find your flavor - Garden center café and restaurant business models may vary, but a local focus and attention to trends are common ingredients for success.
A century of Chalet - Three generations from family-owned Chalet Landscape, Nursery and Garden Center reflect on the company’s 100-year anniversary, what each has brought to the business and share their plans for the future.
The 2017 Grower-Retailer Report: Working hard, working together - For Oregon-based grower-retailer Al’s Garden & Home, survival depends on keeping the connection between growing operations and retail stores healthy and cohesive.
Verdant venues - Garden centers find success providing beautiful backdrops for couples on their wedding days.
The Top 100 Garden Centers of 2017: Experiments and experiences - The 66-year-old Hillermann Nursery & Florist may have a long history, but the company is constantly adapting and trying new departments to ensure it has a prosperous future.
How Texas and Florida garden centers braved hurricanes Harvey and Irma - Retailers in the affected areas discuss preparations, recovery and hardships in the face of the two major storms.
The 2017 State of the Industry Report - Examining the independent garden center industry and housing market a decade after the Great Recession.
Husband-and-wife teams on what it takes to run a garden center - Three couples explain how to be a strong team at work and at home.
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