Preparation & Response to Natural Disasters

In September 2017, the nation watched as Hurricane Irma hurtled toward the Florida coast with Category 5 intensity. Most importantly, people were concerned about...

Singing the Praises of Bold & Beautiful Bulbs

With the increased interest in gardening instigated by the COVID-19 pandemic, introducing more people to growing plants from bulbs can increase sales and customer...

The Essential Nature of the Green Industry

According to the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH), consumer horticulture contributes $196 billion to the U.S. economy and creates more than two million...

Smart Plant Substitution Solutions for Popular Eastern Plants

Combing through spring plant catalogs is such delicious eye candy and a glorious spring ritual for gardeners coming out of winter hibernation. However, most...

Top 12 Waterwise and Colorful Annuals

With climate change happening, do we need a marketing change? After experiencing the driest April on record and years of various stages of drought,...

Horticulture Organizations – More Benefits Than I Ever Imagined

I have been involved with horticulture organizations since I was a young professional in my early 20s, and have benefited greatly. I received scholarships to travel...

Top Host Plants Preferred by Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles have many preferences. It’s harder to find plants they avoid. Cheryl Smith, CDA Division of Plant Industry, provided the following list of...

What Customers Need to Know before Plant Purchases

Providing the right information to customers has multiple benefits whether your business is wholesale or retail. While the typical retail customer may need the...

How to Prepare for the Christmas Tree Shortage

Relationships. Relationships. Relationships are the key to ensuring a more consistent supply of the trees that you need to meet customer demand. This is...

Is It Time to Move on from Your Business?

The best time to transfer the ownership of your business is BEFORE you walk into the office and have the feeling that “I don’t...
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