Detroit will host Garden Centers of America’s 2012 Summer Tour, June 25-28. Stops include Bordine’s, English Gardens, Ray Wiegand’s Nursery and more.
Retailers can register for the tour online. GCA members who register before June 15 qualify for the early-bird rate of $550 per person.
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L.A. Reynolds Garden Showcase is adding another green feature—a farmers market, according to a report in the Winston Salem Journal.
The L.A. Reynolds Farmers Market will open April 14, just outside the Perennials Pavilion area at the garden center on Styers Ferry Road, the same week that L.A. Reynolds will hold its spring open house.
The farmers market hours will be 9 a.m. to about noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays through late fall.
Read more here.
My Garden Nursery in Mill Creek, Wash., is among the finalists in the National Retail Federation’s “This is Retail” video contest.
The selection process will continue through April as the top 20 videos go head-to-head in a bracket-style tournament, each week being narrowed down to the top 10, five and finally the top three. Beginning April 3, anyone can cast a vote for their favorite videos through NRF’s Retail Means Jobs website, voting up to 10 times a day per matchup. The videos with the most votes before the end of each six-day period will move on to the next round.
The contest’s top three finalists will be announced on May 1, and will be flown to NRF’s Washington Leadership Conference for the announcement of the contest rankings on May 16. The first place winner will receive $25,000 with $15,000 for second place and $10,000 for third place.
Contest finalists were selected by a panel of retail executives from NRF member companies. The judges, who visited NRF’s office in Washington on March 27 to view the top 40 submissions, scored videos based on multiple categories including visual appeal and effectiveness of the use of the key video contest themes.
NRF’s “This is Retail” video contest is a part of the association’s multi-faceted Retail Means Jobs campaign. The contest, officially announced in January at Retail’s BIG Show, was designed to promote retail as a career and demonstrate the multitude of career choices available within the retail industry.
For the 12th year, Hicks Nurseries in Westbury, N.Y., is raising money for the Meghan’s Pansies Breast Cancer Fund. Throughout April, for each specially marked pansy six-pack that is sold, 15 cents will be donated to the fund, which is administered by the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program to educate young women and men about breast cancer.
Meghan’s Pansies is a special fund established in memory of Meghan Kenny Halloran, a Garden City, N.Y., resident who succumbed to breast cancer at age 31.
Hicks Nurseries has long been partial to philanthropy, and this venture has a meaningful local implication that resonates with residents in the Westbury region. It serves as both a branding element (customers and potential customers see Hicks Nurseries' staff's heart, which means is one of the best brands around) and a means to bond with people in the region on an important cause that has touched many of them.
This isn't Cha-ching! for Cha-ching!'s sake, so much as it is a garden center doing the right thing.
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Sickles Market in Little Silver, N.J., set a record for repeat wins in four categories in New Jersey Monthly’s readers’ online poll "2012 Jersey Choice: Best Of New Jersey." Winners in 80 categories were announced in the magazine’s April issue.
According to New Jersey Monthly, over 8,000 readers participated, and only one vote per e-mail or IP address was allowed. The ballots were tabulated by J.H. Cohn LLP, a Roseland-based accounting and consulting firm.
Sickles Market took home the blue ribbon in the following categories: Florist, Garden Center, Gift Shop, and Gourmet Shop, as well as runner up for Bread and Butcher!
The kudos are right on the tail of last year’s awards finale when Sickles Market won 2011 New Jersey Family Business Award by Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The popular, century-old market has come a long way since it morphed from a seasonal farm stand to a national award-winning year-round gourmet food market and garden center in 1999.
Below are quotes from New Jersey Monthly about the category winners:
GARDEN CENTER: When Bob Sickles’s parents operated a seasonal, open-air market, they realized that customers wanted to grow their own fruits and vegetables, so they started selling edible plants. That idea has grown along with Sickles Market in Little Silver. It is now a large outdoor garden center and greenhouse offering decorative and edible plants, as well as accessories like fountains and wind chimes.
GIFT SHOP: Not your typical gift shop, Sickles Market in Little Silver, in the words of Lisa Karasic, marketing manager for the 20,000-square-foot emporium, is “sort of an eclectic wonderland.” Products range from home decor accents like pillows and chandeliers to pampering treats like exfoliating products and body creams.
GOURMET SHOP: The gourmet grocery department of Sickles Market in Little Silver is special to owner Bob Sickles because it dates to when the business was seasonal and open-air, before the family built its 20,000-square-foot store. “It’s still a big part of the business,” he says. “I like to say we specialize in quality, freshness and range of product.”
To see the entire online article, here is the link. www.njmonthly.com Sickles Market mentions appear in the Shopping category and the Food category.