California Spring Trials

SunPatiens celebrates 10 years

While on the road for the 2016 California Spring Trials, we talked with Mark Seguin of Sakata Seed America, who reflected on the challenges and rewards of launching the SunPatiens line of impatiens, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

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

What’s trending on Facebook

Good news tends to be the most welcome, and this story was no exception when it was shared on our Facebook page on May 18. This news on our website included findings by the National Gardening Survey that suggest the rising popularity of gardening. Even Millennials are getting interested in the hobby, according to the survey. When we shared this story with our Facebook followers, it had the biggest reaction of any post that month, garnering 39 reactions, comments and shares.

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5 stories in brief

Top industry news from our website

Surviving Spring

Independent garden centers across the country shared their reports from the 2016 season and the big Mother’s Day weekend.

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Avoiding the Worst

A four alarm fire at a NYC garden center damaged metro tracks but didn’t shut the business down.

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Gaining Popularity

According to the National Gardening Survey, more people are getting interested in gardening, even among the Millennial generation.

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Making the Sale

The Bayer Advanced and Bayer Garden brands were sold to European firm SBM Développement by Bayer.

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Lifetime Guarantee

Retail chain Kmart announced a lifetime guarantee on qualifying plants in garden supply departments of its stores.

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GIRL: DREAMSTIME.COM

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: www.gardencentermag.com/form/1/gc/top100/

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Industry talk from Twitter

Southern Living

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We’re thrilled to announce a new column with James Beard winner @VirginiaWillis that will start in our Sept. issue.

Hicks Nurseries

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Today we remember those who have served; those who continue to serve & their families. #MemorialDay2016#longisland

Spring Hill Nursery 

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Can you believe we made it to June? Gardening season is here!