If your garden center, nursery or greenhouse and grower operation is considered an essential business, it’s important to keep your employees and customers safe. Thanks to the folks at Orora Visual Horticulture, you can download these free, ready-to-print signs sharing best-practice methods to curb the spread of COVID-19. These available in both English and Spanish. Find the signs below:
The National Hardware Show (NHS) has sent out an industry-wide announcement sharing its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The news comes after its March 16 announcement, wherein the NHS shared that its 75thanniversary event will now take place on September 1-3, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the organization’s most recent announcement, below:
“With the constantly changing COVID-19 situation around the world, we want you to know that we are thinking of you and how your families and businesses are being impacted. We know now is a time to focus on family, safety and your community.
At the same time, it is more important than ever to connect with people who share our passion for the hardware and home improvement industry. During these challenging times, we want our social channels and any of our limited email communication to serve as a place for normalcy, inspiration, and engagement. We will continue to provide a platform where we can unite, encourage and support the industry.
We’re thankful to be a part of this wonderful community. We know each of you have unique challenges in your businesses as many of you are deemed essential in this environment, and personally, and our thoughts are with you. Please let us know how we can assist during this time or if you have any uplifting stories we can highlight via social media. We’re always here to lend an ear and help however we can.
As we navigate the latest on COVID-19, please use our website as a resource for the latest and most up to date information regarding the rescheduled 2020 National Hardware Show. Learn more here.
Thank you for your continued support and we hope everyone remains healthy and safe. We’re all in this together.”
Chicago tech startup, GrowIt!, has announced it will give away 1,000 plants in 30 days. GrowIt! members can enter daily through April 18. Winners can select a plant to be shipped to their door or they can opt to receive a gift certificate to their favorite local garden shop.
Entering is simple. People can download the GrowIt! app on their phones and answer the daily “Spring is NOT Cancelled” question posted by GrowIt! At the end of each day, winners will be selected at random from the responses.
“This is more than an opportunity for free plants. With everything going on and many people feeling isolated, plants are a proven way to bring health and wellness into the home,” said GrowIt! co-founder, Seth Reed. “We found ourselves in a unique situation where we could not only support the horticulture industry but supply our members with something to brighten their day,” said Reed.
GrowIt! is a mobile community for people searching for plant and gardening information. The community has helped hundreds of thousands of people identify plants, have questions answered and find plants that will work in their specific locations. By joining the “Spring is NOT Cancelled” initiative. GrowIt! hopes to encourage people to be active in its mobile growing community and find ways to unwind with gardening.
“There is scientific research that shows that plants reduce stress and anxiety while increasing our learning capacity and creativity — we all need a bit of that right now,” said Reed.
The giveaway is already taking place and will continue through April 18. Winners will be notified via email. To learn more visit https://www.growitmobile.com/blog/spring-is-not-cancelled-1k-plant-giveaway-faq.
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Spring has sprung in Southwest Louisiana, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for those looking to do a little social distancing in their front yards.
For Dever Nursery in Sulphur (750 Houston River Rd), the biggest sales of the year are from March through May. So, when the stay-at-home order was announced, co-owner Cathy Dever wasn’t even sure they’d be open.
“We consulted with everyone and they said because we sell vegetable plants and fruit trees, we’re considered essential,” Dever said.
Sales haven’t been a problem for the locally owned and operated nursery.
Oster and Associates, a full-service marketing agency with clients in industries such as horticulture, luxury lifestyle, cannabis and produce, is now the agency of record for the North American operations of Dümmen Orange, who has its North American headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. (Global operations for Dümmen Orange are headquartered in De Lier, Netherlands).
Oster will manage public relations (PR) efforts to build brand awareness throughout North America for Dümmen Orange in the business-to-business (B2B) sector. Those efforts will also include planning, marketing strategy, writing, media relations, creating social media content and providing communications support among other things.
“As an agency that understands our industry, Oster has a strong tradition of working in horticulture to build brands worldwide,” said Chris Berg, director of marketing for Dümmen Orange North America. “They are great at telling a company’s story to targeted audiences that really help produce consistent results.”
Strong professional relationships are a two-way street and the one formed between both companies is no exception.
“We are excited to be working with an international horticultural leader like Dümmen Orange,” said Bev Oster, Oster and Associates president. “Our company cultures match up very well and we can’t wait to enhance their brand in North America and beyond.”