Greenhouse

One of the most unique operations one can find themselves in is in a greenhouse. That's no secret to you because every day the game changes. Whether it's weather-related, labor-related, or plant-related (always), you go through a million hats a day plus some. These resources offer the strategies and information you need, whenever the lightning -- er, challenge -- strikes.

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

By Debra Ringler

This summer I watched “America’s Got Talent.” As the contestants get closer to the finals, the judges often comment that they are looking for the WOW factor. What makes one act stand out from the rest?: What makes someone unique, different, and sets them apart as great? In today’s economy, we need to be mindful that we have to be giving our customers service that s...

AmericanHort Contributor June 11 2014

By Rita Randolph

Editor’s Note: Rita is the author of Taunton Press/ Fine Gardening’s CONTAINER GARDENING issue 2009. Portions of this article are reprinted with permission from that special issue.

Containers for Your Collection
There are all levels of gardeners – from the youngest child with novice dirty hands, to Master Gardeners, to p...

AmericanHort Contributor June 11 2014

Here’s some straight talk on problem employees. This bit of advice might not be easy to take, but believe me it can change your professional life!

Do you have a person (or two, or three) in you company who is making life miserable for you, negatively affecting the morale of your staff, and even giving bad customer service?  Maybe they have been working with you for years, maybe the...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

By Carol Miller

Editor’s Note: Reprinted with permission from the July 2011 issue of Today’s Garden Center.

Any retailer who has ever erected or made changes to a roadside sign for their business understands the biggest challenge often doesn’t involve choosing the right wording or colors. More likely, it’s dealing with your local zoning board. If zoning laws f...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014



Dan Mulhall
Omaha, Nebraska


Tell us a little bit of Mulhall's background and history. How did the company start, and where is it today?
Mulhall’s is a famil...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

If you want to capture the attention of your most loyal customers, here’s one thing that is critically important: Alter one visible part of your business that captures their attention. The critical point here is to correct and improve an area that impacts a customer’s first impressions of your business.

Here’s an obvious example, as shown in Figure 1. When I walked into this sporti...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

The busier a store gets the more important the checkout experience becomes. As a consumer, I've had many a great store experiences ruined in those last few feet. As a retailer, I've lost more than my fair share of customers or created unhappy ones.

Lineology, the art of delivering a great checkout experience during the busy retail season, uses most of the same skills and behaviors ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 01 2014

Author: Joseph Albano

The Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI) is a unique research partnership that provides a means for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to direct funds in a managed way to research emerging and long-term critical issues identified by the green industry like boxwood blight disease and water quality. The ...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

You rely on your employees to keep your retail business running profitably week after week, year after year. And having employees who can really SELL is your key to extraordinary profits.

Your first step is training your retail employees how to sell – it’s not an inborn skill, you have to teach the process. Your next big challe...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

To answer the question, yes. There is life for impatiens after impatiens downy mildew (IDM). Before we dive into why we think this, let’s go into a little history. Impatiens downy mildew, caused by Plasmopara obducens, is an old disease that for mysterious, unknown reasons is new again. Some of the first collections of IDM in Europe and North America are housed in the US National Fungu...

Glyphosate-based herbicides have provided efficient, safe and cost-effective weed control for more than 40 years, but recent reports and events have raised concerns over its safety. Come learn about the EPA’s position, the mountain of scientific evidence that supports its safety, and uses in the green industry, including the pro’s and con’s of glyphosate alternatives. Panelist...

Dick Kramp, Founder & CEO of AB Greenhouse Power Netherlands will be presenting on growing crops with the highest possible yield and quality by creating the optimal environment in your growing facility through cogeneration. Well-integrated cogeneration, supplying heat, electricity, and CO2, can help you to achieve these goals for the lowest possible price. 

Are you a greenhouse grower who ships to the Canadian market? If so, you should learn about the newly revised U.S. – Canada Greenhouse-Grown Plant Certification Program, or GCP for short. The GCP can make exporting easier for participating growers by allowing them to ship with a special sticker rather than having to get and pay for an inspection and phytosanitary certificate for each a...

The webinar addresses why you should use sanitation practices at plant production, mechanically transmitted plant diseases, common disinfectants and improved sanitation/hygiene practices through research results. 

Presenter: Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel is an assistant professor at the Tennessee State University Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, TN. Her rese...

The first webinar of our brand-new series: Quarterly Advocacy Brief - An Advocacy Update on Workforce Development and the ABC's of H2A featuring Chris Schulte, CJ-Lake LLC, and Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort

Part one of the webinar will provide a brief but comprehensive update on our advocacy for labor relief - H-2A visa reform, more ...

Andy Bruney of T. Load Specialties will give insights and advice on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. He'll be explaining how these new regulations are impacting the logistics industry while also taking a closer look at the impact they have on the horticulture industry. This webinar is aimed to help shippers and receivers be more prepared for the upcoming season as motor carri...

This FREE 15-minute webinar is for cashiers, delivery staff, and all other employees that engage with customers in a non-sales related position. Learn how to push customer service skills to the max in 15 minutes.

This FREE 15-minute webinar is created specifically for frontline staff. This training will provide tips and actions that each employee can use to increase sales while ensuring a great customer experience.

This FREE 15-minute webinar is geared to managers and other staff in a supervisory role. This training will provide simple and effective ideas for managers to elevate the store and staff performance this season.