Major industry updates were widely read by the Garden Center audience in the month of April, including the Justice Department's approval of Bayer's purchase of Monsanto, a new website from Sakata Seed America and the unfortunate passing of Molbak's Garden + Home founder Laina Molbak, among others. Keep reading for the nine most popular posts on gardencentermag.com throughout the past month, as ranked by total page views.
1. Laina Molbak, co-founder of Molbak’s Garden + Home, dies at 92 - Molbak, who was also a registered nurse and passionate supporter of social causes, passed away March 30.
2. Colonial Gardens celebrates grand reopening after two years of renovations - The remodeled garden center includes event and workshop space, inspirational landscaping and a cafe that will open later this month.
3. Join Garden Center magazine's 2018 Top 100 Independent Garden Centers List - Complete the form by June 4, 2018, to be considered for this honor.
4. Fire reported at Martin’s Garden Center - Emergency crews responded to a blaze at the Tyrone, Pa., retailer on Tuesday, April 10.
5. Floralife 'Flowers Love Food Too!”' campaign launches in Europe - New multi-platform marketing campaign promotes expanded Floralife Express Technology product line in Europe.
6. Retail Product Showcase: Procidic [video] - Sponsored: Procidic from the Sarasota Green Group is an organic, 2-in-1, all-natural broad-spectrum bactericide and fungicide that can be used by professionals and home gardeners.
7. Zinfin Doll hydrangea crowned Shrub Madness champion - The hydrangea was voted the winner of the 2018 bracket competition.
8. Justice Department allows Bayer to acquire Monsanto - The $60 billion deal is expected to go through after the companies agreed to sell additional assets, sources told the Wall Street Journal.
9. Sakata Seed America launches new mobile-friendly vegetables website - Coupled with a new interface, the website allows for easy, responsive access from a phone, tablet or desktop.
Photo courtesy of Flintoft's Funeral Home, provided by the Molbak family.