GREEN PROFIT - August 2018 Issue (Vol. 82 No. 4)
Buzz Worthy
Midsummer Musings
Ellen C. Wells
When does some other type of business become a garden center?
Cover Story
Seattle: Sophistication in All Sizes
Jennifer Polanz
This year’s GCA Summer Tour provided display and merchandising inspiration through retailers ranging from small, urban locations up to sprawling destinations.
Features
Grab n’ Go Just Got Easier
Ellen C. Wells
The Twist & Trade Tropical Combos make swapping out simple.
Features
Hydration for Healthy Plants
Diana Stoll
Tips for training employees to water effectively, keeping plants looking their best on the bench.
Features
Making Relevant Consumer Connections
Bisser Georgiev
In Part 2 of this series on The Moment of Relevance, we explore how vital community is, and ways to meet the needs and wants of the customer.
Features
Your In-Store Fixer-Upper
John Johnston
From benching to carts, the actual structure and even your overall vibe, here we take a look at all the moving parts that can impact your “wow” factor.
First
Putting Out the Vibe
Jennifer Polanz
There’re lots of subtle ways to impact a customer’s shopping experience and their feelings toward your store.
Friel World
Hashing It Out
John Friel
Online and offline aren't discrete entities. They’re inseparable structural members of reality’s whole.
Front Lines
Beauty in the Bluegrass
Jennifer Polanz
Head to the top of the South for this year’s America In Bloom Symposium & Awards Celebration in Lexington, Kentucky.
Front Lines
Farwest Show: Retail Details
Ellen C. Wells
Farwest Show is offering a retail tour again this year and it has a theme, too: “Building Your Independent Garden Center’s Brand Within Your Community.”
Front Lines
Fig Fanfare
Ellen C. Wells
Fresh figs are tasty, trendy and tropical. But let’s get back to the “trendy” part.
Front Lines
Home Depot’s Home Décor
Jennifer Polanz
Home Depot just recently purchased a “high-end linen e-tailer” called The Company Store and HD is indicating it will be a player in furniture, bedding and bath, wall décor, tabletop and home accents.
Front Lines
Hort Couture and Ball Seed
Ellen C. Wells
News coming out of Hort Couture is that Ball Seed will be the exclusive distributor of the Culinary Couture Seed lines beginning this fall.
Front Lines
Melons Are AAS Winners
Ellen C. Wells
All-America Selections has chosen two melon varieties for their first crop of 2019 AAS Winners.
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Sheridan Nurseries CEO Retires
Jennifer Polanz
Longtime Sheridan Nurseries CEO Karl Stensson announced in July he will step down as CEO and President of the organization.
Front Lines
Star Roses’ Winners
Jennifer Polanz
Star Roses and Plants recently won seven out of 11 awards from The American Rose Trials for Sustainability (ARTS) program.
Front Lines
Travel to Asia with Glenhaven
Jennifer Polanz
Glenhaven is a direct import company that helps garden center buyers source high-quality holiday and garden products directly from Asian suppliers.
Guest Column
The Case for Flower Shows
Mason Day
Think flower shows are old-fashioned, tired and a waste of time? Think again.
Kiss My Aster
Supercharged Bat-tery
Amanda Thomsen
As we know, education is what turns a casual customer into a lifelong addict.
Profit
People Quit Bosses—Not Jobs
Bill McCurry
In hundreds of interviews for articles and books, I’ve never been told the worst job paid the least. Money’s not the motivator.
THE GOODS
All Purpose Organic Potting Mix
Lambert Peat Moss Inc.
THE GOODS
Amazel Basil
Proven Winners LLC
THE GOODS
Assorted Centerpiece Shipper Display
The Hiawatha Corporation
THE GOODS
Aster Doormat
Entryways
THE GOODS
Begonia Canary Wings
Ball Ingenuity
THE GOODS
Best Yet Insect Repellant
Neptune’s Harvest
THE GOODS
Ellipse Bird Homes
Byer of Maine
THE GOODS
Garden Cube
Anamese Garden & Home
THE GOODS
I’Conia Portofino Series
Dümmen Orange
THE GOODS
Juliet Cleyera Ternstroemia gymnanthera Broody
Southern Living Plant Collection
THE GOODS
Microgreen Trays
SunBlaster Holdings ULC
THE GOODS
Poppy Solar Garden Light
Desert Steel
THE GOODS
Pumice Gravel
Featherock Inc.
THE GOODS
QAV Shut-Off
Dramm Corporation
THE GOODS
Rosa Dynamite BAM!
Concept Plants
THE GOODS
Snail Racing Plaque
Carruth Studio
THE GOODS
Sun Parasol Giant Marbled Crimson Mandevilla
Suntory Flowers Ltd.
THE GOODS
Verbena Firehouse
Ball FloraPlant
THE GOODS
Vintage Solar Watering Can Stake
Echo Valley
THE GOODS
Vintage Swirl Jar LED String Light Set
Midwest-CBK
THE GOODS
Wings of Whimsy Collection
Studio M
THE GOODS
Zinfin Doll Panicle Hydrangea
Spring Meadow Nursery Inc.