In September, Garden Center magazine released its Top 100 IGCs of 2017 issue, a ranking of the most successful garden retailers in North America. Readers and visitors to gardencentermag.com took interest in several of the profiles on the featured garden centers.
Beyond the garden center profile stories featured in the issue, readers also gravitated toward Top 100 IGCs list materials such as the commemorative poster and the Top 100 map, as well as Editor Michelle Simakis' Top 100-themed editor's note. Last month also brought with it the annual IGC Show trade event at Navy Pier in Chicago. Noteworthy products and other takeaways from the event were also popular with site visitors in September.
Take a look at the nine most popular stories, posts, multimedia, news and other posts on gardencentermag.com from the month of September, as ranked by total page views, below:
1. C. Raker & Sons acquired by Roberta's Unique Gardens - The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.
2. Read the 2017 Top 100 Independent Garden Centers issue online - The September issue, which includes profiles of some of the companies on Garden Center magazine’s Top 100 list, is now live.
3. 2017 Commemorative Poster - Meet the 2017 Top 100 Independent Garden Centers.
4. Top 100 Map - 19 businesses from the 2017 Top 100 Independent Garden Centers List shared their stories and most innovative ideas as part of the September issue. Here's where they hail from.
5. 18 products discovered at the 2017 IGC Show - The 11th annual edition of the Chicago show featured about 500 exhibitors on the show floor and in the New Vendor Zone.
6. The experience is essential - Retailers are giving customers more reasons to visit than just products and plants.
7. Retail Product Showcase: The Perfect Plant [video] - Sponsored: The Perfect Plant is a revolutionary plant and pest guide that promotes plants and products your garden center carries, allowing staff to be more effective and connect with customers.
8. Fresh name, fresh look - A behind-the-scenes look at the rebranding and updating process at Stein’s Garden & Home.
9. A reason and a reminder - Editor's note
Photo courtesy of C. Raker & Sons