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Independent Garden Center Show, Chicago 2008:
Shoppers at independent garden centers will have an added value service provided by Monrovia Growers, in-store boutiques that offer outdoor living and garden design ideas! Monrovia Growers, one of the world’s leading producers of container grown plants is setting up a “boutique within a store” display area in garden centers throughout the country.
Â Don’t expect to see this level of inspiration in your big box stores- Monrovia has a staff of visual merchandising experts and Â talented designers whose sole responsibility will be to keep the garden design ideas coming season after season. Monrovia does not sell their high quality plants in big box stores anyway and their stock is highly distinquished from their “anemic cousins” offered at discount outlets.
I got a preview of Monrovia’sÂ design prowess at the Independent Garden Center show I attended in Chicago a few weeks ago. Their autumn container garden display was “out of the box” with uncommon use of landscape plants like phormiums,Â carex, huecheras and cotoneasters anchoring vignettes for the porch along with their signature topiaries.
A sense of playfulness and humor was evident in the use of unconventional “pumpkin” planters and the use of contrasting texture and form combinations like yellow mums and toffee-colored carex.
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Â Check out my video interview with Monrovia visual merchandising guru, Aaron Shiver at the Independent Garden Center Show.
Monrovia plants have always been popular with design professionals and now the general consumer can enjoy the full benefit of their quality plants along with some great ideas for using them in the garden and other outdoor areas.
Monrovia’s whimsical holiday display opens our minds up to the different possibilities.
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