Posted: 30/06/2013 at 23:45
I'm with fidget. A garden centre should sell stuff for the garden. Maybe other stuff at chrismas but thats it. I managed a nursery for 10 years. What customers really seemed to value was that you knew about the plants and could actually help them with choosing.
Try and offer unusual stuff. So many times garden centres are much of a muchness. Keep the place clean, weed free, plant examples of plants you sell. Let them see size form etc. Offer bargains. If a plant looks past its best reduce it drastically. customers love a bargain. Seems in this area...Hampshire...a dire shortage of alpines find out in your area what people cannot get hold of elsewhere and stock it.
And avoid dutch plants like the plague. Die more often than not, have little or no info on labels and customers want a refund!
Would love to open one too but can't see it happening