This issue features something you’re sure to be talking about around the garden center — 15 varieties that have earned recognition from notable industry associations.

Do you talk to your plants? If you do, you’re not alone — according to a survey from Trees.com, 48% of people reported talking to their trees and/or plants. What’s more, of the 1,250 people surveyed to learn more about their plant-talking habits, one in five said they speak to their plants every day, and (TMI, anyone?) nearly one in four even said they have kissed their plants.

So why do we talk to our plants? Perhaps we think of them as our babies, à la plant parents? But it’s not just houseplants we talk to — although they are evidently the most conversational; 80% of respondents said they talk to their houseplants, while 62% talk to outdoor plants and 37% talk to trees.

But back to the question of why: 65% of respondents believed it helps them to grow, 62% said it helps their own mental health to talk to plants, and 24% think of their houseplants as pets.

Do you talk to your plants? Maybe we all should be!

In This Issue

This issue features something you’re sure to be talking about around the garden center — 15 varieties that have earned recognition from notable industry associations for their strong performance, bold colors and resilience. Every organization has a slightly different method of choosing its standout performers, but one thing all these varieties have in common is success in numerous trials. Click here for all the details.

Outdoor living is a product category that soared during the pandemic and continues to dominate. In this issue, organizers from the international spoga+gafa trade show share some of the latest developments in outdoor furniture and accessories, garden tools and outdoor kitchens.

Your IGC is much more than just a place to buy plants and mulch; it can serve as a key source of information. “Knowledgeable and trained staff, targeted communication strategies matched to your store’s demographics, and effective use of technology to provide accurate landscape management information are means by which you can establish your garden center as the destination for landscape answers,” writes author Tim Dungan. “While sometimes the competition can beat you on price, don’t let them beat you when it comes to preparation and knowledge.” Click here for more insights.

So, spill it: do you talk to your plants? Let me know at [email protected].

Teresa McPherson

Teresa McPherson is the managing editor of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Contact her at [email protected]




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