The 2018 California Spring Trials kick off Saturday, April 14, and multiple plant breeders will be showcasing new varieties, from the latest annuals and perennials to vegetables and succulents. Prepare for your trip to the West Coast with our 2018 Spring Trials Guide, which includes highlights from each of the stops and a sneak peek of the plants companies will be showcasing. You can read our preview in Garden Center’s March 2018 issue or follow the links below for details.
In March, Garden Center readers showed interest in articles from our 2018 Spring Survival Guide, updates from Proven Winners, unfortunate news of IGCs shutting down, statistics from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture and a variety of other content. Listed below are the top nine most-read posts on gardencentermag.com from the previous month, as ranked by total page views.
1. Must-read hiring tips for garden centers - Our 2018 Spring Survival Guide provides ideas for finding, recruiting, training and retaining quality staff, plus ideas for new sources of talent.
2. Calloway's Nursery to open 19th location this spring - The Top 100 IGC's newest store will resemble a classic Texas farmhouse with a wraparound porch.
3. Penfield, N.Y., garden center closes - According to auction documents, the entire inventory of Grossmans Home and Garden will be sold off.
4. Wambach's Garden Center closing its doors - The Irondequoit, N.Y., store is holding a garage sale to offload remaining inventory.
5. Three Village Nurseries landscape centers acquired by SiteOne - TreeTown USA sold three of the California landscape centers to the Georgia-based landscape giant.
6. Proven Winners launches Coral Creations succulents line - The new line of Chris Hansen-developed succulents is designed with grower and consumer success in mind.
7. Proven Winners partners with four major consumer flower shows - The company is promoting its National Plants of the Year and new varieties at the Philadelphia, Chicago, Grand Rapids and Toronto flower shows.
8. Ernest Wertheim joins 2018 GCA Summer Tour as featured commentator - The 98-year-old veteran of garden center store design will take part in the June 24-27 tour of 15 Seattle-area retailers.
9. Infographic: Plants can reduce hospital stays, encourage overall health - The third in a series of infographics from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture visualizes the wellness benefits of plants.
Pictured above: Students at Parkside High School grow 10,000 pansies each year from late summer to fall. Photo by Jerry Kelley.
From the Los Alamos Daily Post:
Petree Garden Center is opening just in time for spring. Located in the former De Colores Restaurant at 2470 East Road, the Garden Center will hold its grand opening 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7.
“We’re now bringing in trees and cold hard plants,” General manager Laurel Hardin says. “For the opening, we’ll have pansies and dianthis flowers that can take some cold weather.”
Hardin is a co-owner of the Los Alamos location. She is partnering with Petree Greenhouse and Nursery in Taos, which was founded in 1988 and has 10 greenhouses and 40 acres of growing space.
“We’ve been doing this for a long time and we know what works,” Hardin says. “We are a grower and that’s what sets apart. We grow and select our plants for high elevation. If you chose it from us, it’s going to grow here.”
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Edwardsville, Ill. - Edwardsville-based Joe’s Market Basket has announced the addition of a new garden center location in St. Peters, Mo. This will be their first Missouri location and the fifth Joe’s Market Basket store since opening their doors in 1971. Family-owned and operated, Joe’s Market Basket has been operating in the Metro-east for over 45 years.
The latest Joe’s Market Basket location will be located at 5130 Mexico Road in St. Peters, inhabiting a space once occupied by Koening’s Nursery. “When the location became available, it seemed like an ideal opportunity to expand our reach into a new community, sharing our company philosophy and comprehensive line of landscaping and nursery products,” said Jason Stevens, co-owner of Joe’s Market Basket. “My dad, Joe, started the garden center in Edwardsville because he saw a need for quality garden products and services and he worked hard to always put the customer first. We continue that tradition today.”
Stevens anticipates the new store will be ready for the upcoming spring planting season, with a grand opening planned for Saturday, May 5th. The storefront will have a fresh new look, offering customers over 1 acre of nursery items to choose from. The existing space is approximately 8,000-square-foot with a greenhouse as well as a wide-variety of landscaping material. Delivery will also be available at the St. Peters location.
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The UK export federation Gardenex is organizing the British pavilion at the 2018 National Hardware Show (NHS) in Las Vegas from 8 to 10 May 2018. It is the 22nd occasion that the federation has organized a group of British exhibitors at the major North American trade show.
The UK companies will be exhibiting in the Lawn and Garden section (North Hall) and all of the exhibitors will be showing products that are new to the North American market.
In addition to supporting the product suppliers at the show, Gardenex will be offering a free-of-charge UK garden product sourcing service for the benefit of overseas buyers.
Numerous new products and enhancements to its comprehensive range of garden tools are to be shown by Spear & Jackson (Booth 10432). New items for 2018 include fixed blade pruning saws, soft feel mini snips, precision snips, an ‘every day essentials’ three-piece scissors set and mini hand tools for indoor plant care. There are also cutting axes with fibreglass handles, innovative new style stainless steel hoes and new ergonomic stainless steel garden hand tools. A number of new items for the sprayer sector comprise a 5 liter wood stain pump action pressure sprayer, a 15 liter backpack style pump action pressure sprayer and a 7-in-1 multi-function spray gun with brass connector.
VegTrug (Booth 10329) has chosen the National Hardware Show to launch additions to its growing accessories. To complement its original self-contained raised planter, VegTrug is introducing a nursery four-tier greenhouse, Windsor ‘choose & use’ plant supports, towers and grow panels and a tomato greenhouse. There is also a new Bee Bar that is designed to fit within the leg structure of the VegTrug. This will attract bees which will help to pollinate the produce grown in the VegTrug. Several other VegTrug products will be available in a new Gray Wash for the 2018-19 season. These include small and medium VegTrugs, a herb garden, cold frames, tapered square planters, a nursery 4-tier greenhouse, a mini greenhouse with cold frame and a deluxe potting table.
Garden decor company, Home2Garden (Booth 10335), is showing a range of new designs with the focus on solar lighting and 3D solar lights. These items are brand new to the US market and have already received a highly positive welcome across Europe. The company’s hand-blown glass range that has been increasingly popular in the US market over the past 10 years has also been expanded. Home2Garden has also introduced a larger range of its French collection of metal garden ornaments, incorporating stainless steel and rust-effect designs aligning with the ever-changing garden environment. Designs across various ranges include an LED globe solar stake, stainless steel windmills, a silver gazing ball stake, a hanging butterfly solar light and an LED peacock water feature.
Gardenex (Booth 10333), is the UK Federation of British Garden & Leisure Manufacturers. The federation is representing the UK garden and leisure industry with its British information stand at the show. The Gardenex team will be assisting the British exhibitors on site and offering a free-of-charge UK garden and leisure product sourcing service to overseas buyers. Since its formation 56 years ago, the Federation has been pleased to build close contacts within the North American market and looks forward to meeting established contacts as well as meeting new potential buyers of British gardening and leisure products. The booth will also have information on Glee 2018, the leading UK trade exhibition for the garden and leisure industry. The International Buyers’ Centre at Glee, which takes place this year from 10-12 September in Birmingham, is organised and manned by Gardenex.
Hangout Pod (Booth 10337) is showing its newly released Hangout Pod circular hammock. Conical in shape once hung, the open design allows its user to enjoy comfortably all of the surroundings while experiencing the relaxing sensation of floating just above the ground. Unlike traditional hammocks, the Hangout Pod can be used by more than one person and has sufficient room for everyone to find comfort when either sitting or lying. Set up simply within ten minutes, the Hangout Pod can be used with the Hangout Stand or detached and hung directly from a tree, beam or alternative structure. The hammock is transportable, lightweight and able to support 200kgs.
STV Pest Control (Booth 10434) is showing its Fresh Baited Rat Trap that has proven to be extremely effective in catching rats. It has a powerful spring mechanism, a sleeved block for easy cleaning and is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Refill fresh bait is available. The Big Cheese range of products from STV is tested and proven, assuring the user that they are receiving the most effective solution to their pest problems. Customer satisfaction with The Big Cheese products consistently brings back users to store and drives repeat purchases.
Another British company exhibiting at the show, The Firepod Ltd (Booth 10136), is showing its ultra-portable, retro stone-baked pizza oven that is perfect for use at home, on the beach or when camping or boating. At the show, The Firepod will be demonstrating that outdoor cooking is all about the fun of creating dishes to eat with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere.
Haxnicks International is exhibiting on the booth of its distributor TDI Brands (Booth 10129) and is displaying its new Haxnicks Easy Table Garden that is designed to make growing vegetables and herbs both simple and enjoyable. The raised, table-top height troughs have a built-in reservoir that holds 5 litres of water, to which liquid/soluble plant food can be added to feed plants automatically for up to several weeks at a time. The table has a frame and polycover that protects the plants from harsh weather and pests and encourages faster growth. The planting troughs are made from Haxnicks Vigoroot fabric which air-prunes the roots of plants, stimulating extra growth and producing larger, healthier plants and crops in a small volume of compost. Table Garden is ideal for patios, balconies and small gardens.