Williamsburg Tree Bed Makeover

Our garden team recently took to the streets of Williamsburg to revamp some of the tree beds on our block.
As you can see in this ‘before’ shot, the planters were overgrown and in desperate need of some TLC:

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First things first, the team needed to clear out all those unsightly weeds and replace the soil with some fresh bags from Fox Farm Organic. We also enlisted the help of one of our many kiddie pools to conveniently carry the soil out into the street.

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After preparing the soil, the team got to carefully placing the plants to create a beautiful garden landscape!

Thankfully, a little helper came by to give it the final touches…

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Now that’s more like it!

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Thank you to the Crest Garden Center Team for making this possible!

Spoga Gafa 2018 - Recap!

This month was very exciting and informative for the team at Crest Hardware. I was invited to participate in a discussion with several prominent home & garden bloggers at the Spoga Gafa tradeshow in Germany.

I initially met the folks from Spoga at the annual NRHA conference this past Spring, where I was invited to speak on a panel among other leading hardware retailing experts. After hitting it off over dinner and beers, I was invited to give a talk about my experience with garden retailing in an urban environment. Given that Crest is located in such a hyper-urban area, we carry a unique perspective on retailing. It was amazing to get to share some of the challenges we face and the opportunities that lie here with an entire new continent of people!

I’m excited for these gatherings and to share with the retailing community both nationally and world-wide. I’ll be heading out later this month to the True Value Reunion, so stay tuned for more!

-Joe


Thank you to all the bloggers who attended the meet & greet! Great talks with great people that are taking the garden industry to new heights.

Xenia - http://www.berlingarten.de/

Sandra - http://grüneliebe.de/

Anja - https://der-kleine-horror-garten.de/

Elke - https://guenstiggaertnern.blogspot.com/

Carina - http://wohngoldstueck.de/

G Train Service Suspended, Says MTA

A recent article via Brooklyn Paper details the MTA's planned suspension of G Train service for the next four weekends.

The subway system is long overdue for a revamp and repair of stations, tracks and technology. - Although we understand there is no better time than the present, this same sentiment could have been put into use throughout the many years that our mass transit system had been left to decay.  Unfortunately, the customers are the ones who will potentially suffer the consequences of neglect to the point of total despair.

 Click image for full article- via Brooklyn Paper

Click image for full article- via Brooklyn Paper