Today’s Garden Center recently released The Revolutionary 100 Garden Center List. The program, which began in 2006, surveys garden center owners and managers, throughout the country, on how they manage their businesses. The competition, open to all local garden centers, is on financial performance, management styles, merchandising, marketing, and any other areas that determine if a garden store thrives.
SNA members Johnson Nursery and Garden Center, Cookeville, TN and Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., Ooltewah,TN made the list of revolutionary garden centers in the Southeast.
Johnson Nursery and Garden Center has been in business for 44 years, has one location with 5 acres in retail and 3 acres in growing. They were chosen because, "We are always trying to find the newest plants from the breeders. "We usually are one or two years ahead of mass production of new plants, and this gives us time to grow some for trial. We can give our customers a better recommendation on the new plants after we see how well it performs in our climate zone." For more information on Johnson Nursery and Garden Center visit their website.
Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Company has been in business 26 years, has one location with 8 acres in retail and 1/2 acre in growing. They were chosen for their hanging garden built and installed at the front of the new 2,500 square foot flower pavilion (a 2012 building project). The garden is designed to frame and beautify the portico and draw attention with vertical wow factor. For more details on this project CLICK HERE. Or visit their website.
White's Nursery & Greenhouses has been in business 28 years with one location, 25,000 square feet of retail space and 40 acres of growing. They were chosen for their fresh, high-quality product and excellent customer service. "We are unique in that we have 40 acres of product growing here on our farm that supports our retail store. Being able to provide fresh, high-quality product at a value is definitely a customer draw. Mr. White is always trialing new products and we are able to get it out to our customers through our retail for them to have a “one of a kind” plant!" In addition, they increased their center's profitability by going up in prices to obtain a 55 percent margin average on sales. They purchased a few new displays and built some new structures in our nursery (tree, shrub and perennial) division to enhance traffic flow and displays.
For more information on Today's Garden Center Revolutionary 100 Garden Center and a complete list of the 2015 winners CLICK HERE.