This issue is focused on service - whether it's a little touch such as helping customers carry their purchases out of the store or it's a full-scale department like a dog grooming salon or a customized landscapes department. We took a look at the various kinds of services that independent garden centers nationwide offer to set themselves apart from their competition, as well as strategies to determine which services are right for your company.
We also examined the rising prominence of landscape departments at retail garden centers, as well as the nuances of demand for "do-it-for-me" service among consumers. Read on for the latest trends in plant containers and cut flower garden ideas to inspire your customers.
Be sure to check out our 2018 Trade Show Guide for a sneak peek of the biggest industry events of the year, a look at using aerial drones for online marketing and an infographic of data from the National Retail Federation's 2018 Big Show.
Cover photo by Mary Grace H. Pingoy