20 of the top retailers in the country share their stories, strategies and ideas.
Profiles of top garden centers from No. 1 to 99 and from across the country
Click on the image to view Garden Center's 2016 Commemorative Poster, which includes the list of the Top 100 Independent Garden Centers in North America.
Armstrong Garden Centers and Pike Nurseries are committed to elevating customer service, not just in their retail stores, but throughout the industry.
The Good Earth Garden Center has spent 40 years connecting with the surrounding Little Rock, Ark., community via philanthropy and experiential learning. Owner Gregg Curtis says giving back is easy considering the success the region’s long-time patronage has brought to his business.
From landscape supply to pet grooming to CSAs, Rich Christakes, CEO of Alsip Home & Nursery, says he’s growing the business by providing a wide range of services to give customers many reasons to visit.
Owner Ralph Esposito explains how he refreshed and revitalized his garden center with a front-to-back makeover.
Ruibal’s Plants of Texas bought Rosemeade Market in 2011 without grocery experience, but five years later, the owners are glad they made the leap.
CEO Nola Wagner explains how Wagner Greenhouses Inc. and Wagners Garden Center keep the family tradition alive and juggle retail and wholesale businesses.
Employee satisfaction and offering unique services, like a plant pharmacy, are keys to content customers and success at Osuna Nursery.
Chuck Hafner’s Garden Center & Farmers Market has never abandoned its produce roots, but plants and “the basics” have provided the most profit for the business.
Jim Jenkins Lawn & Garden Center stays relevant in fall by carrying unique pumpkins not found anywhere else and by successfully marketing their other product offerings to customers. Co-owner Jim Jenkins talks about this and other successes, plus labor challenges at the business.
High expectations for plant quality, store appearance and customer service have contributed to Rolling Green Nursery’s success.
Red Barn Garden Center has had to move and rebuild their customer base as Austin grows, but they’ve met that challenge.
Managing a collection of tree farms, retail nurseries, gift shops and a full events calendar is daunting, but Oakland Nurseries president Paul Reiner says it’s worth it.
Opening four new stores this past spring was seamless, thanks to the staff of Sloat Garden Center.
FarWest Landscape and Garden Center owner Dennis Fix explains how the business thrives on cross-promotion between robust landscaping and retail departments.
Dave Scott, president of Laurel Oak Garden Center in Marlton, N.J., discusses how he and his team developed guidelines and processes for everything from updating store signage to giving back to the local community.
Responding to plant requests and welcoming families to the store has kept Wallace’s Garden Center successful and relevant for more than three decades.
Gethsemane Garden Center has seen 40 fruitful years in Chicago thanks to local ties to the community and strong relationships with suppliers.
By investing in its people and becoming an authority on vegetable gardening, Morrison’s Home & Garden overcomes a rough weather season. Owner Walter Morrison explains his strategies.
Willow Ridge Garden Center and Landscaping empowers staff through routine training, while empowering customers to realize their gardening goals.
Shelly’s Garden Country establishes customer relationships with education and by carrying the right plants for Denver’s challenging conditions.
Two incidents prompted Mahoney’s Garden Center to review their safety policies more rigorously and seek help from their insurance partner Hortica.