MICHELLE SIMAKIS

Houston garden center tour slide show

In October, Garden Center magazine visited five different IGCs in the Houston, Texas, area as part of the Garden Center Group’s annual Fall Event. Each stop on the tour offered a unique perspective on merchandising and customer service, with each location displaying its own niches and specialties. A photo slide show of the garden centers on the tour can be viewed on the Garden Center Facebook page at the link below.

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What’s trending on Facebook

Following the release of Garden Center magazine’s September 2016 Top 100 IGCs issue, we shared the profiles that spotlighted 20 of the Top 100 retailers from across the U.S. with our Facebook followers. The story of Armstrong Garden Centers and Pike Nurseries; “Two names, same service,” was shared on our Facebook page on Oct. 10, gaining the most impressions of the month, and was shared by 40 visitors.

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5 stories in brief

Top industry news from our website

1. End of IGC East

The Eastern Show for IGCs is cancelled due to lack of support, according to organizers Jeff and Cheryl Morey. bit.ly/2dPW1EV

2. Around Houston

We toured five distinct garden centers throughout the Houston area and shared highlights with readers. bit.ly/2dnG4VT

3. Supply research

A study by the Horticulture Research Institute produced an infographic depicting the U.S. regions with the highest out-of-state plant sales. bit.ly/2e5oGVh

4. Press awards

Editorial and design staff of Garden Center magazine were recognized with awards from ASBPE and The Press Club. bit.ly/2fIH498

5. Bayer acquisition

SBM finalizes acquisition of Bayer Garden and Bayer Advanced, which will be grouped into a new unit called SBM Life Science. bit.ly/2fgPOTt