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Let's Get Inspired @ The Garden Center Show

Running a business is hard work. There aren't enough hours in the day or days in the week to get everything done. While the Garden Center Show staff can't pull on gloves and help you in the store, we can write and search for quality articles to help you grow your business. That's what we're sharing here. We hope these articles help inspire and energize you.

Supercharge Your Business:  Education, News & Updates Designed for Garden Centers

What Inflation Means for Independent Garden Centers
Inflation soared to a 30-year high in November, offsetting gains in employment rates and wages. Let’s take a look at how businesses large and small have navigated past inflationary periods.

Making Curbside Pickup a Smooth and Satisfying Customer Experience
Curbside pickup is here to stay, even as the pandemic winds down. What can your business do to make it operationally efficient while giving customers a great experience? Read on to find suggestions from our retail experts, and turn curbside services into a brand differentiator for your store.

2022 Trends to Watch Out For: Sustainable Gardening
The pandemic has brought millions of new gardeners to the hobby—over 18 million, in fact—and independent garden centers are keen on keeping interest in gardening alive.

Sharing the Joy of Gardening this Holiday Season
The holidays are a great time to introduce someone to a hobby that will bring them joy for years to come. While some of the items listed above might not be ideal for the more experienced gardener, they certainly make the idea of gardening fun, simple, and exciting for the newcomer.

Getting the Most Out of Your Social Media Accounts
We all know a social media presence is necessary for any business, but there’s more to it than just having a profile on Facebook or Instagram that you update when you remember it’s there. Getting started on social media, gaining a following, and reaping the rewards seems like a daunting, time-consuming task, but with a little forethought and dedication, it can be a rewarding experience.

2022 Trends to Watch Out For: Outdoor Spaces
Though the front and back yard trends of 2022 take a variety of forms, they all have one thing in common: using available outdoor space as more than an expanse of grass to tend to. Whether turning a porch or patio into another “room” or placing bird feeders and planting wild gardens to bring nature closer to home, garden centers can provide examples of these new outdoor trends and inspiration for consumers.

7 Tips for Supporting Employees’ Mental Health
The pandemic has led many working-class Americans to reconsider what they value in life, and now more than ever they are turning their backs on jobs that drain their mental health and give little in return. A myopic focus on short-term results and productivity could lead managers to ignore employees’ mental health, which will end up reducing productivity in the long run. To avoid becoming another casualty of the Great Resignation, and to attract applicants to long-vacant positions, its imperative that small business owners and managers make it clear that they are interested in protecting their employees’ mental health.

30 Days of Content by Amanda Thomsen
Suffering from social media block? This graphic will give you 30 great content ideas you can use over the next month. Don't worry about next month - this calendar is so good you can just rinse & repeat!

Amanda Thomsen "Into the Unknown" Replay
Did you miss it? Don't worry! Here's the video replay for Amanda Thomsen's presentation, "Into the Unknown." She spoke at Milaeger's Garden Center in Racine, Wisconsin on November 17, 2021 to an audience of independent garden center owners and professionals.

2021 Holiday Season Overview
Experts are predicting the strongest holiday in memory, and consumers are expected to head into stores to avoid late-shipment woes. Make sure you're stocking deep to offset the risks of supply chain problems.