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Get Growing in Kids Garden Month!

Posted by Becky Paxton on Thu, Apr 22, 2021 @ 9:47 AM

Sunny days, big smiles, and messy hands… If that’s what springtime means to your child, then it’s time to get outside and get growing! April is national Kids Garden Month, an initiative spearheaded by the youth-focused nonprofit KidsGardening to inspire and encourage kids to get into gardening.

Gardening benefits children in countless ways. From hands-on learning about science and biology to physical fitness and creative play with colors and textures, home gardening helps children steward our natural world while learning – plus it’s a “screen-free” activity!

If you’re stumped on how to get started, never fear! We’ve got three tips for getting your kids excited and inspired to garden!
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Topics: gardening, question and answer, vacation, health and wellness, kids and family

Holiday 2020: Garden Insiders Tell All

Posted by Becky Paxton on Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 3:37 PM
I n a year of  unpredictable challenges and incredible growth for the garden industry, early signs are  indicating that – as we suspected – it’s going to be a holiday season like no other.  And with holiday shopping well underw ay, major changes in consumer shopping habits are playing out in real time.
 
We spoke to garden businesses on the front lines – from garden centers to manufacturing – to gain insight into “the new garden consumer” and how they’re shopping this holiday season.

Read on for the four surprising finds of the 2020 holiday season.

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Topics: garden marketing, branding, marketing communications, gardening, Marketing to Millennials, garden business, marketing, decision-making

The Best Gardening Podcasts (2019)

Posted by Katie Dubow on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 2:43 PM

Here at Garden Media we are huge fans of podcasts. From How I Built This, by Guy Raz, to the true crime genre, we are hooked.

In fact, we've written a post about our favorite blogs of 2018, why you should start podcasting, and we've created a list of our favorite PR and marketing podcasts.

But today, we are going to dive into our favorite gardening podcasts. And, we want to hear from you, too! What are your favorites podcasts? What are your favorite episodes? Let's hear it!

Read on for our eight favorite gardening podcasts of 2019.

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Topics: gardening, podcasts

Make A Splash – Featuring Water

Posted by Megan O'Connell on Tue, May 1, 2018 @ 8:35 AM

Make a Splash is the next segment of Nature’s Rx for Mental Wellness, the theme for the 2018 Garden Trends Report, we are diving deeper into.

If you missed the other deep dives, here are Breathing Rooms, Social Network and Climate Controlled

There’s tremendous support for water as a decorative feature and environmental tactic. Preparing the garden to embrace storms and excess rainfall will not only help save water but also help to control storm water runoff.

The growing trend of filtering water with plants helps with healthy water management, while still keeping beauty in the garden.

So, where do we begin?

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Topics: trends, gardening, Garden Media, health and wellness

Breathing Rooms - Unplug and Unwind

Posted by Megan O'Connell on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

Nature’s Rx for Mental Wellness, the theme for the 2018 Garden Trends Report, is all about taking a break from being connected 24/7 and getting back in the real world.

The World Health Organization predicts anxiety will be the #1 health issue, outranking obesity by 2020.

That’s right around the corner. If we don’t try to stop that now, we are going to be in major trouble.

Thankfully, there is more talk of wellness in the world more than ever.

Celebrities and Royals are talking about their mental wellness goals, which is helping demystify mental health.

The bottom line is: Happy mind = Happy body.

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Topics: trends, gardening, Garden Media

Trending Thursday Throwback Trends: Safe Gardening

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 9:25 AM

In this week’s Trending Thursday post, we’re reflecting a decade into the past when people started to recognize – and then alter – "reckless” habits.   

As the country started to embrace holistic, natural options when it came to products and food, people started to pay attention to what was happening below the surface of their garden.

Consumers realized that the path to healthy plants started in the ground.

Reckless gardening was out and safe gardening was in.

Continue reading to learn more about the Safe Gardening trend.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, gardening, Garden Trends, Garden Media

Trending Thursday: Dogscaping creates safe paws

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 @ 9:30 AM

For today's Trending Thursday post, highlighting the dogscaping trend from our 2016 Garden Trends Report. 

Pets run through the lawn, roll in it, dig in it and often eat it so it’s no wonder that pet owners are thinking more and more about how to make their gardens pet friendly and pet safe.

Dogscaping is creating a safe place for pets to roll, run and roam outside.

Learn more about Dogscaping from our latest YouTube video.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, gardening, Garden Trends, Youtube, marketing

Trending Thursday: How to Create a Layered Landscape

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 10:32 AM

Last year, we sat down with Dr. Doug Tallamy to talk biodiversity and native plants. Tallamy, professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware said that yards that truly thrive support ecosystems.    

We cited layered landscapes as a top 2016 garden trend. The trend of choosing plants with a purpose will continue to spread to the backyard and beyond. (Layered Landscape concepts can even apply to the PR industry!)

Here are some tips on how to create your own layered landscape.

Continue reading to learn how to create a layered landscape in your backyard.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, gardening, garden business, Garden Trends, Garden Media

How to Attract Millennials to Your Trade Show Booth

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 8:07 AM

The Garden Media team attended IGC East earlier this month, and with half of the team being Millennials, we looked at the show with a different perspective. We definitely ran into certain booths that caught our attention.

Many companies are shifting their focus onto the new garden consumer: Millennials, and with good reason. Millennials make up nearly 
25 percent of the US population and are the most influential consumers.

One trait of Millennials is that we love to be engaged - not of the marrying kind, not yet - but of the stimulant kind. Give us something to do or something to watch. And be approachable... without being creepy. Be nice, be calm and be welcoming.  

Continue reading to see what booths stood out in the Millennial mind and why.

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Topics: trade show public relations, gardening, Marketing to Millennials, garden business, Garden Media

Martha Stewart Shares Secrets to Success at IGC East (Part I)

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 9:21 AM

Garden Media Group had the opportunity to see Martha Stewart as the keynote speaker on the first day of IGC East.

In her talk, Martha opened up to the audience about her home in Maine, her grandchildren, her new Chow Chow puppy and all the new things Martha Stewart Living is up to.

In the first post of a two-part series, we introduce Martha’s secrets to success.

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Topics: trends, garden trade show marketing, gardening, horticultural marketing communications, Garden Trends

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