In this issue, we take a look at different employee ownership models and systems used by garden center businesses across the country. Whether it's the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) at Gardener's Supply Company and Armstrong Garden Centers/Pike Nurseries or the co-op model employed by Urban Roots Garden Center, these retailers have succession plans in place while also empowering their staffs to step up to ownership roles.
Keep reading for an update of the wildfire situation in California, tips for selling edibles for ethnic cuisine, Kellee (Magee) O’Reilly's open letter to the horticulture industry on sexual harassment, an examination of 3D-printing technology in horticulture and more.
Also, be sure to check out Jean Seawright's ideas for improving recruitment at your business, how YouTube can boost a garden center's marketing reach, Leslie Halleck's guide to using carts to make shopping more convenient for customers and C.L. Fornari's take on complimentary growing advice.
Front row: Gardener’s Supply Company staff and leaders Becca Lindenmeyr, Jim Feinson, Meredith White, Pat Pearsall; Back Row: Todd Fisher, Ellen Bortner, Cindy Turcot, Mark Johnson; photographed by Oliver Parini in December.