Your Turn

Each month, we’ll ask readers a different question about your retail operations, inviting you to answer via email or social media. You can send your answers to assistant editor Conner Howard at choward@gie.net. Questions will be published here and answers will be shared on another page.

This month's question:

“Is your IGC adding a new product category this year? If so, what and why?”
Answers to this question will be published in the March 2017 issue of Garden Center.

Multimedia | Podcast

2017 TPIE: HISTORY AND HIGHLIGHTS 

During the 2017 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition in January, we caught up with Linda Adams, COO of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, and Jennifer Nelis, director of communications and PR for FNGLA, who shared some of their favorite aspects of TPIE and the history of the show. Look for more TPIE coverage on gardencentermag.com
Listen here: bit.ly/2jxHtxC

What's trending on Instagram

While visiting TPIE in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., opportunities for memorable photos were everywhere — from the breathtaking booths on the show floor and gatherings of industry figures to the hundreds of innovative new plants and products entering the market. One product display in particular caught our eye, as well as the eyes of our Instagram followers. Delray Plants Co., based in Venus, Fla., built this display using signage based on the company’s research into why people buy plants. The display reminds garden center retailers of the good that they do each day by helping to bring greenery, life and wellness into people’s homes.
Find it here: bit.ly/2kRURJf

5 stories in brief

Top Industry news from our website

1. EuroAmerican Propagators

John Rader, COO of EuroAmerican Propagators, discusses the company’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing.
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2. Cool products

At the 2017 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition in Florida, judges recognized a series of some of the most innovative and impressive plants and products at the event.
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3. Office fire

An office building at Spring Meadow Nursery in Michigan caught fire in mid-January, causing an estimated $1 million in damages.
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4. Top stories

We compiled a list of the most-read Garden Center magazine articles of 2016, which ran the gamut from retail profiles to industry updates.
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5. Bee-friendly habits

The Horticultural Research Institute released a series of Best Management Practices for growers hoping to minimize environmental impacts on pollinators.
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