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Gardening Trends Spotted at the IGC Show in Baltimore

The Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show in Baltimore has been the spot this week to find new and innovative products for expanding and diversifying garden center inventories.

The IGC Show also provided attendees with an outlook on incoming industry trends, and Hardware Retailing was out on the floor looking for what’s trending.

_DSC0098Colorful Planters
Purple and green pastel planters appeared on the show floor along with pots in contrasting vibrant yellows and reds. These pops of color, which stray from the traditional terra-cotta pots and beige planters, provide vibrance and uniqueness to outdoor areas.



_DSC0109Decorative Water Features
Many IGC Show vendors were showcasing water features that integrate elegant statues with flowing water and lighting in varying ways.




GreenWaterless Plants
Succulents and air plants grew in popularity in 2014 and the trend continues to gain momentum. Vendors at the IGC Show showcased multiple ways to display succulents such as in glass bulbs, mesh screens and creative frames.






_DSC0102Emphasis on Fun
Consumers continue to blend their indoor and outdoor living spaces, and decorative features such as colorful statuary and vase-like planters are making their way outdoors. Vendors at the show displayed orange, red and blue animal statues along with colorful mosaic planters reminiscent of Spanish pottery.






To read more Hardware Retailing coverage of the Independent Garden Center Show in Baltimore, click here.

About Sara Logel

As NRHA’s market research analyst, Sara conducts organic research and stays abreast of industry trends to help hardware retailers better run their business. Sara also contributes to editorial content in Hardware Retailing magazine. Sara received her B.S. in Marketing and Spanish from Butler University and, after graduation, began her career with NRHA. Sara enjoys traveling, being outdoors and exploring the city of Indianapolis.

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