California Spring Trials

Plant nerds speak up

During our coverage of the California Spring Trials, we sat down with five women in different sectors of the horticulture industry to hear about their first experiences at Spring Trials as part of the National Garden Bureau group tour. You can see the rest of our Spring Trials videos at www.gardencentermag.com/videos.

Watch more of our Spring Trials video coverage: www.gardencentermag.com/videos

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In a stand-out example of green design, a living wall in the Hingetown neighborhood of Cleveland features a dozen different types of plants including sedum, lamb’s ear and creeping thyme. Rainwater is capture captured and used to irrigate the green wall.

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Top industry news from our website

End of an Era

Patmore Garden Center in Manitoba, Canada is closing after 133 years of business, citing a tough consumer market and changing times.

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‘Bittersweet’ Goodbye

After announcing their plans to retire, owners of Hanover Home & Garden in Hanover, Pa., saw an influx of business and support in response.

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State Neonic Ban

A statewide ban on consumer neonicotinoid use in Maryland is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

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Keeping your Regulars

Retailers are often concerned with attracting new customers, but business strategists stress the importance of return customers as well.

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Doctor’s Orders

Medical experts are beginning to recognize the health benefits of gardening for patients with cancer, dementia and other conditions.

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Get on the list!

The search is on for the Top 100 Independent Garden Centers of 2016. To be considered for our list, which ranks North American IGCs by annual sales volume, please fill out the survey located here by July 31:

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Industry talk from Twitter

Cathy Testa

@CtestaCathy

Nice feature of Windsor Locks Farmers Market to offer FREE yoga. Watching them is making me feel healthy. I will have to join in when I can!

Hicks Nurseries

@hicksnurseries

If you could only eat one vegetable for the rest of your life - what would it be? #question#longisland #vegetable

Breezy Hill Nursery

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Tip: Be sure that trees get enough water. Landscape trees often have no protection over roots and are in competition with grass for water.