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Retail Workshop:

The Sheridan Nurseries' Retail Way to Success 

 This session is approved by the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 3.0 CEUs

  • Art Vanden Enden, Vice President, Garden Centre Operations, Sheridan Nurseries Limited



Workshop will include:

      Hiring Right and Training

  • Topics include:
    • What is your brand?
    • Hiring steps and processes
    • Interviewing and questions
    • On-boarding
    • Training cards
    • Store Standards
    • Sales Training Programs

      Merchandising for Retail Success

  • Topics include:
    • Purpose Merchandising
    • Race tracks and layout rules
    • Hot and Cool Zones
    • Feature areas
    • With plenty of example photos

      Plus lots of time for questions and discussion!

About the speaker: Art was appointed vice-president of garden centre operations in 2010. His direct responsibility is over 8 retail garden centres, as well as 3 landscape supply yards and the landscape design division. Art started his retail career in 1978 at Weall And Cullen Nurseries. He is now celebrating his 40th year in the business. Art studied environmental horticulture at Durham College and is a graduate of the popular Garden Center University program through the ANLA. Retail Gardening remains Art’s passion with a strong interest in developing and coaching the next generation of leaders in our industry.


Design Workshop:

Perennial Garden Design with Affection and Planting Through Self Discovery

This session is approved by the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 3.0 CEUs

  • Roy Diblik, Northwind Perennial Farm



Simply choosing plants from character reference lists, plant catalogs and books; then basing their relationships on flower color, bloom time and the awareness of simple site conditions can only produce plantings that favor the moment, the ribbon cutting. Their future becomes cloudy, their care and nurturing is business based and their decline inevitable. Roy would like to share on the importance of affection and the beauty of self-discovery in coming to know plants, creating intimate plant communities and the joy of caring for perennial plantings.

  • Topics include:
    • Roy will discuss 16 plants and the value of coming to know them. Understanding their growth rate, growth habits and other characteristics that contribute to their placement together and relating to their seasonal and yearly developmental associations with each other.
    • Roy will layout patterns and evaluate them based on their stewardship needs from the first year to the fifth year, considering the gardener's inputs based on the gardens selected plant patterns within the overall plant community and their evolving relationships from year to year
    • Discussion of gardening practices over landscaping practices. Having the possibilities of health and beauty over neat and tidy.
    • Discussion of the transformational time we are in within the Horticultural industry, having the opportunity to become a plant driven culture, raising the level of beauty, the health of soil, the thoughtful use of water, food and home for small creatures and managing time and money. 

About the speaker: Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author. Combining his 35 years of knowledge growing traditional and Midwest native perennials, he specializes in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons, while reducing maintenance through design. He believes that gardens should be thoughtful, ecologically directed, emotionally outreaching and yet very personal.


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