So off I go to the Independent Garden Center show in Chicago, where I’ll be wandering the exhibit halls and talking to garden center owners and staffers about organics and sustainability.
As I’m assembling my notes, how about some last-minute polling? One of the topics I’ll be speaking on is the availability of–and importance of–organic plants. Does it matter to you how the plants you buy at the garden center were grown? Here’s a poll, and feel free to elaborate in the comments:
OK, how about this one? Garden centers are all trying to figure out exactly how "green" they can get. It’s one thing to sell organic fertilizer, it’s another thing to put in a composting toilet for the customers to try out. So garden centers are asking themselves: Do we just need to put organic fertilizers and pesticides on the shelves, or should we go into green freak-out mode, transforming into a complete eco-lifestyle-demonstration center, complete with organic hemp aprons for the staff and cash registers made of recycled irrigation tubing? Or something in the middle?