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Houseplants increase in popularity thanks to millennials

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019

It is often said that the spending habits of millennials are deteriorating many industries across the United States. From beer, soda and cereal companies, to department stores, chain restaurants and even the game of golf. But it seems their influence might just be reviving an industry which has long been ignored – houseplants. According to…

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Artificial intelligence is taking over your backyard

Posted on: March 4th, 2019

The garden was probably the last place most of us would expect to see an infiltration of technology, but it’s becoming a reality with mowers, weed-pickers and sprinkler systems to name a few. Techopedia defines artificial intelligence (AI) as, “an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react…

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Large Pots Offer Homeowners and Businesses a Dramatic Look

Posted on: February 7th, 2019

It’s often difficult to find a manufacturer who produces large pots (in the 30-40-inch diameter range) for planting flowers and shrubs in backyards, front yards or throughout communities. Oftentimes, the designs are far too simplistic, and many times dated, while offering a limited selection of colors for customers to choose from. But beyond the size…

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Plants are not as touchy-feely as you think

Posted on: January 4th, 2019

Not everyone is a touchy-feely kind of person. From warm embraces to holding hands to a congratulatory pats-on-the-back – for some it triggers an immediate, internal defense. A new study recently published in The Plant Journal has discovered that many plants aren’t very touchy-feely either. “The lightest touch from a human, animal, insect or even plants touching…

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Loss of tree canopy in the US is dramatic

Posted on: November 4th, 2018

Joni Mitchell’s 1970s song Big Yellow Taxi is a catchy tune but listen to the lyrics and you’ll discover something more. Few fully understand the environmental meaning behind the song – especially regarding the beautiful view tree canopies create all across the nation. In an interview she did with the Los Angeles Times, Mitchell says, “I wrote Big Yellow…

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Saving the iconic trees of America

Posted on: November 4th, 2018

“Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.” – Munia Khan Greenhouses and nurseries play an essential role in the development of plants, trees and shrubs for homeowners, businesses and communities across the nation.…

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The worst kind of marketing is bad customer service

Posted on: October 4th, 2018

“Your customer doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Damon Richards We all hope the products (and even services) we purchase after a great deal of consideration will not lead to disappointment or inconvenience on our part. While companies can certainly strive for excellence, perfection is an impossibility.…

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Helping to protect the pollinator community

Posted on: May 4th, 2018

The week of June 18-24 is National Pollinator Week. The week is proudly sponsored by the Pollinator Partnership, whose mission is to promote the health of pollinators critical to food and ecosystems across the globe. Many don’t realize that pollinators provide pollination to over 180,000 plant species and more that 1,200 crops. That translates to one…

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Amazon Plant Store – what does it all mean?

Posted on: May 4th, 2018

In February 2018, retail giant Amazon surprised many industries – most notably the horticulture industry – when it officially launched the Amazon Plant Store – also called your new “online greenhouse”. There you can purchase plants in a multitude of categories and in various pot sizes to suit your needs from flowering plants, to shrubs, to succulents.…

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Plants, Trees and Shrubs are the Perfect Gift

Posted on: April 4th, 2018

In last month’s edition of The HC Companies e-newsletter, we discussed visual merchandising and how garden centers should leverage this tried-and-true retail technique to deliberately present their inventory to increase sales. One of the core principles of visual merchandising is recognizing that many consumers are undecided about what they’ll purchase when entering your store. That provides you with an…

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