Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association
Business Resources Services & Perks Northern Green Expo Services & Perks Northern Green Expo
Click here to search MNLA.biz
MNLA eNews
Landscape & Hardscape Install & Design  
Garden Centers  
Growers: Nursery & Greenhouse  
Irrigation & Water Management  
Arborists & Tree Care Services  
Garden Services & Landscape Management  
MNLA Government Affairs  
 
Print This Page
  Garden Centers  
 
Which Brand Really Won the Super Bowl?
Were the top Super Bowl ads worth what they cost? One company performed an analysis of 50 ads that aired during the Super Bowl in order to see which brands actually engaged their audiences. They classified online conversations by the type of language used, looking only for....


MDA Says 'Nonhardy' Labeling Requirement to be Enforced in 2014
Minnesota’s Nursery Law was modified in 2012 to require the labeling of “nonhardy” nursery stock.  Enforcement of this new law by MDA’s nursery inspection staff has been primarily through education for the last two growing seasons.  Begin....


Consumers have reached the wellness 'tipping point'
The Think Report was commissioned by Clarity Coverdale Fury, the Minneapolis advertising and marketing agency, to determine the attitudes of Americans on lifestyle decisions, including health and wellness issues. Conducted by Mintel, the $30,000 study determined that Ameri....


Get out your party hats
It may be cold and snowy in much of the country, but happily the days are growing longer and we are headed toward the busiest time of the year. Besides spring, seasonal holidays are the most critical events in our retail world. They naturally should be a catalyst for incre....


An Emotionally Intelligent Staff
“Our simple definition of emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and assess the emotions in oneself and others and being able to act accordingly,” says Michael Labun, Facilitator at Emotional Intelligence in the WorkPlace, Achieve Training Centre, Wi....


The Disconnect Dilemma
There’s a disconnect between what the consumer wants to buy and what we’re currently selling, and only you have the power to connect the real benefits of trees, plants and flowers and the solutions they provide.....


2014 Garden Trends Infographic
To make the 2014 Garden Trends even easier to share and love, Garden Media unveiled a beautiful infographic.....


How do you POP UP?
With a satellite location the nicest, freshest stuff can be put out to the customer immediately.” The satellite stores are mostly within 100 miles of the production facility, giving them the ability to service them all each day if needed.....


Consumers Want Solution-Based Content
Today’s consumers, and more of tomorrow’s consumers, aren't looking for information on how to plant and care for an individual plant. They are looking for information on how that plant works together with other plants that you sell.....


Plant It Up
Effective ideas for displaying your wares from Reynolds Garden Shop in Manahawkin, New Jersey.....


Winter Gardening
“Christmas” decorating has become “winter gardening” and with that trend change comes tremendous opportunity.....


Take a Survey and Win an iPad Mini!
University of Minnesota Extension would like feedback through the month of December to help direct future tree and shrub educational programs. Please take a 10-15 minute survey and you will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini. Find the survey here. If you have qu....


Countering Transaction Count Decline
There’s an invisible ceiling over your business preventing its growth. You can’t see it or reach out and touch it, but you can raise it if you know the factors that keep it in place. One of those factors is gaining new customers.....


ACA Posting Requirements
Effective October 1, businesses are required to post notices about Healthcare options. If the company does/will be offering a health plan, they should post this document: http://www.mnla.biz/Files/eNews/ACA-EE-Notice-with-plan.pdf . If the company does not offer a health p....


ANLA and OFA Form New National Horticultural Trade Association
Members of OFA — The Association of Horticulture Professionals and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) have voted in overwhelming support of the consolidation of the two organizations into a new, national trade association to serve the entire hortic....


Organics 101
What exactly does “organic” mean these days? How do we and our customers sift through all the latest terms and products to make sure our choices are “really” organic? It can be a bit confusing, what with terms like organic, sustainable, natural, eco....


Surprising Garden Center Models That Work
A common discussion among garden center owners at tradeshows this year is whether the industry needs to redefine how it meets the needs of customers in the coming years. Some have asked if the traditional garden center model will change at a fundamental level. Today’....


2014 Garden Trends Report
Garden Media Group has released its annual consumer trends report, identifying several major shifts in the marketplace and twelve trends that will impact gardening habits in 2014 and beyond. According to the report, consumers are spending more leisure time outdoors and not....


Engage All Five Senses at Retail
Looking at sight, touch, sound, smell and taste, consider how you can better support your customers in all five areas of their senses.....


Think outside the (big) box
Differentiate your garden center by getting to know your customers and focusing on customer service. Garden Center Magazine teamed up with Trone Brand Energy and surveyed 785 gardeners from across the country to find out what they're interested in.....


Obama Administration Launches One-Stop-Shop Website to Educate Business Owners About the Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today launched Business.USA.gov/healthcare, a one-stop-shop Website which will provide employers of all sizes educational materials on how the Affordable Care Act may affect businesses and help them compete. The site includes a ....


Prevent heat stress
As the mercury rises it becomes vital to watch out for heat stress in your crews.....


If Customers Don't Come To You, You Need To Go To Them
How do you get the attention of customers who do not have you on their radar? Today's Garden Center's consumer researchers have two ideas that put what you have to offer deep inside the lifestyles of the younger generations.....


Autumn Edibles — An Untapped Market
Most home gardeners and garden centers associate vegetable gardening with the spring. There is a great opportunity to extend vegetable gardening into the summer and fall.....


5 Brilliant Marketing Tricks
Give your online marketing strategy a boost--without spending hours on social media. Check out these five tactics you've probably never tried. ....


What Naturally Urban Means at Linder’s
Naturally Urban is a makeshift apartment centrally located in Linder’s under-cover retail space and is merchandised to inspire shoppers facing limited gardening space. One week after Mother’s Day, Lawn & Garden Retailer caught up with a busy Anna Linder to ....