Who We Are...

The core to the success of The Group rests on the people involved. We've pulled together an ever-growing list of experts (Service Providers) who assist our centers in solving operational challenges by providing insight, direction and one-to-one assistance when needed. With hundreds of years of combined experience, our team of experts will help you navigate the transformation of your business – providing the guidance you need to stay focused on your goals and grow your profitability.

When you join The Group you'll have access to some of the industry's leading experts on business management issues along with dozens of garden center owners from across the country; centers facing the same business concerns as you on a daily basis.

From marketing to merchandising...budgeting to employee concerns, The Group offers a way for you to develop your business while reducing the time and trials of doing it alone. The secret is knowing just what to do and when to do it, then pulling things together to make it all happen. This is what The Group is all about... helping you achieve your goals one garden center at a time.

Our network of professionals has specific talents that provide garden centers with the most innovative ideas and solutions in the industry... proven methods that take the guesswork out of important business decisions. We believe we're only as good as the good we do. All the facts and figures that point to our ability, diversity, and years of history, as notable and important as they may be, are secondary to the truest measure of The Garden Center Group – The impact we make on our Clients' businesses.

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Why Engage Our Service Providers/Consultants

Our Team of Service Providers

Administrative Staff

Danny Summers, Managing Director
Karen Summers, Administrative Director

Business Strategies

Sid Raisch, Horticultural Advantage
On-Site Consultation Available

Financial Management and Analysis

Tim Quebedeaux, RetailKPI Consulting
On-Site Consultation Available

Human Resources                                                                         

Jean Seawright, Seawright & Associates

Marketing & Branding

Tom Kegley, Tom Kegley Communications (Branding)
On-Site Consultation Available 

Steve Kendall, The DesignWorks (Integrated Digital Marketing)
On-Site Consultation Available

Gail Vanik, Seasoned Gardeners Consulting (Content Creation, E-Newsletters and Blog Articles, Direct Mailing Strategies)

Mary Gaskell, Gaskell Media (Media Placement)

Arlene Tannis, Arlene Tannis Voice & Production Services (Audio)

Property Development and Site Design                                        

Robert Hayter, LKC Engineering
On-Site Consultation Available

Team Building, Succession & More

John Kennedy, BoomerWrangle
On-Site Consultation Available

Mystery Shop Program, Employee Training, & Team Development 

Danny Summers, Customer 1st, Mystery Shop Program

Winter Produce for Profit Program

       Vic Vanik, Seasoned Gardeners Consulting
       On-Site Consultation Available

Greenhouse & Horticultural Specialist

Vic Vanik, Seasoned Gardeners Consulting
On-Site Consultation Available