March 2020

Features

Hard Goods

Patio party

With the right space, price points and attention to trends, patio furniture can be a lucrative offering.

DÉCOR

Function and design

As homeowners change the way they view their backyards, garden décor is becoming a bigger part of outdoor living design.

Hard Goods

Birding behaviors

It’s a bird … it’s a plane … actually, it is a bird. As birding season approaches, we spoke to IGCs about their birding business and trends ahead.

DÉCOR

Wind chime essentials

Don’t be fussy with your wind chime selection — stick with deep tones and brass materials to keep customers happy.

Events

Let the good times roll

The second annual Garden Center Executive Summit covered hot topics from building community to data tracking to millennial marketing in New Orleans.

Ask the Experts

Five questions with Sam Kirkland

Sam Kirkland, Strategic Relationship Manager at Epicor Software, explains how cloud offerings and mobile technology can improve everything from hiring and training to inventory management and customer service.

Five questions with Sara Eskew

Sara Eskew, president and CEO of Music of the Spheres®, Inc., explains how retailers can turn premium wind chimes into a top-selling high-value category.

Variety Guide