Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Last week we attended the New England Grows show in Boston, Massachusetts, only about an hour and ten minutes from Logee’s. We go every year to keep our finger on the pulse of the gardening industry. We are especially interested in the latest trends so we can keep up with what’s new and learn how to satisfy the requests of our consumers. This year over 1400 booths displayed their wares. Sham Elshahks, our business manager, Amy Miller, our retail supervisor, Tiffany DeBruycker, one of our retail salesperson and I attended. We were told over the next three days that 13,000 green industry professionals like ourselves would walk the floors of the Boston Convention and Expostion Center. The first exhibitor that caught our eye with a lucious “Green Wall” was Quansett Nurseries from South Dartmouth MA. They built a steel frame and grew the ferns and grasses for their green wall. We learned this is an upcoming trend in home gardening, especially on a deck or patio. Next, we visited with Rimol Greenhouses, from Hookset, New Hampshire. They are in the running as the supplier for our new four-bay production greenhouse that we plan to build this spring.
The latest trend in gardening is growing succulents in your home garden. We grow sansevierias at Logee's that have become very popular. They are easy to care for, generally don’t need a lot of attention, yet their unusual form and compact nature make them great candidates for the windowsill gardener. Sunny Borders from
Kensington, CT had beautiful succulent gardens in various sized saucers on display. As did Shady Oaks from Waseca, MN . They displayed their succulents in clear juice glasses so we could easily see the healthy root system.
Amy and Tiffany at the end of the day still smiling as they pose by an impressive planter.