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School grounds go 'natural'
June 30, 2011 - A Vancouver school's grounds are slated to undergo a "natural" makeover in July. Plans will bring rolling hills, boulders, logs, large trees, shrubs and pathways to the schoolyard, providing children with an experience that "engages their senses." The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
Six tips for a great e-newsletter campaign
June 28, 2011 - To get you started on the path to e-mail newsletter creation, here are six tips to help you create e-newsletters that get opened, enjoyed, and most importantly, acted upon. OpenForum.com reports. | READ MORE
Summer vacation eludes many entrepreneurs
June 24, 2011 - As summer vacation season kicks into gear, many of those in business for themselves will only dream of beaches and docks, for delayed, abbreviated or missed time off is one of the prices many entrepreneurs pay for owning a business. Here's a few tips to change that. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
A perspective from the new gardening generation
June 21, 2011 - One of the myths of modern gardening is that young people don’t want to get their hands dirty. This isn't necessarily true, according to a 33-year old garden centre co-owner. The Edmonton Journal reports. | READ MORE
Partners share resources for recycling event
June 17, 2011 - Garden retail members of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association have come out in force to support the second annual National Plastics Recycling Event, scheduled to take place from June 24 to July 5.
Canadian small business owners go it alone
June 16, 2011 - According to the quarterly American Express Small Business Monitor, entrepreneurs recognize planning, hiring, and marketing as key business functions but admit to spending a big part of their day on tasks such as office administration, cleaning and repairs.
A green thumbs-up for succulents
June 15, 2011 - They're the toast of the growing season. Dramatic and architectural in shape, fleshy and often prickly to the touch, succulents and cacti are suddenly in the spotlight and for several sound reasons, gardening experts say. The Edmonton Journal reports. | READ MORE
National Home Show and Canada Blooms team up
June 14, 2011 - Organizers of The National Home Show and Canada Blooms: The Flower and Garden Festival, have signed an agreement that will see the two events take place side by side beginning next year at the Direct Energy Centre, creating the single largest home and garden experience in North America.
Bad customer service irks most shoppers
June 10, 2011 - Shoppers are fed up with bad customer service, with 64 percent walking out of stores due to poor assistance and 67 percent hanging up on a call before their problems are even addressed, according to a new U.S. survey. Reuters.com reports. | READ MORE
Three horticulture brands working together
June 9, 2011 - Bailey Nurseries, The Conard-Pyle Co., and Plant Development Services Inc. are working together in a groundbreaking joint brand coalition to enhance communication with growers, collaborate on marketing ideas and reduce material costs that help growers in the increasingly competitive economy.