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.