COLUMNIST

Amanda Thomsen Columnist, Blogger

Big, loud and fun, Amanda has been gardening since she could walk, and has worked in the garden and landscaping industry since just after that. She's been writing her blog - Kiss My Aster - for almost 12 years. She's curently a columnist for Green Profit magazine, which enables her to get to speak to people in the garden center and nursery industry and help them not get too fuddy-duddy, have fun at work and hurl themselves at Generations X,Y and Z.

She lives in Chicago with her family in a pup tent in the parking lot of the Chicago Botanic Garden and she does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

Recent Articles

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Dollars and Sensory
Amanda Thomsen
Stepping inside a Lush store is like a vibrant wake-up call after lumbering around the mall like a zombie.
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Make It Easy to be Green
Amanda Thomsen
So how do we act, while marketing ourselves, as more sustainable?
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Supercharged Bat-tery
Amanda Thomsen
As we know, education is what turns a casual customer into a lifelong addict.
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Some Like It Hot (But I Doubt They Meant THIS Hot)
Amanda Thomsen
I’d pay twice for a roaming vendor to hit me up (with a cool drink) when I’m cruising the scented geranium display.
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40 Open Questions to Ask Customers
Amanda Thomsen
You want to always ask questions that give you detailed information or that at least lead you closer to knowing what question you’ll ask next.
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I Don’t Work Here … Do You?
Amanda Thomsen
Many customers are there solely for the individual time and attention they receive.
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Farmed Snobbery
Amanda Thomsen
Keep the Latin to yourself until you’ve listened enough to know it’s okay to whip that scorching hot knowledge out.
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At Least 51 Ways to a Better 2018
Amanda Thomsen
Try pushing yourself a little harder by planning in sets of three.
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Get in Line
Amanda Thomsen
“Currently, we have our boxes scattered throughout the yard, so even the window can be optional!”—The Horticult
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Make Your IGC Approachable to Newbies
Amanda Thomsen
The important thing here, is to let people know that YOU HAVE WHAT THEY NEED.
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