January 2020

Spring Survival Guide

Keep track to keep up

Three independent garden centers share their approaches to inventory management before, during and after spring rush.

Ready for action

Use these tips to prepare your team to provide top-notch customer service this year.

Staff up ... or else

Most IGCs need extra manpower to survive the spring rush, but it can be tough to find.

Springing into action

We caught up with two IGCs and asked for their biggest tips and tricks regarding promotions during the biggest time of the year. Here’s what they had to say.

Fulfilling expectations

Take the time to create, or update, a plant warranty policy to protect your IGC as well as your customers.



Radio star

Hosting a local radio show can boost your brand awareness and drive traffic to your garden center — but only if you’re willing to commit the time to share your expertise on air.

Special Section: Spring Profit Centers


The keys to boost your profits with hardgoods


Epicor powers independent garden center retailers

Walters Gardens

‘Denim ‘n Lace’ Russian Sage, the 2020 National Perennial of the Year™

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