Judy Sharpton is a garden center design and renovation specialist. Judy has 20 years’ experience in advertising and promotion and she is the owner of Growing Places Marketing.

Growing Places specialty is in-store design, renovation and branding programs exclusively for independent retail garden centers and farm markets with a special focus on small and medium market stores.

Judy is a garden center favorite presenter. She presents programs on store design and renovation issues to a wide range of industry trade associations, product suppliers and distributor groups. Judy has contributed articles on store design including case studies from her work with clients to industry publications including Birding Business, the OFA Bulletin, Lawn and Garden Retailer, and Garden Center Magazine.

Judy partners with Ball Publishing and Green Profit and contributes to a monthly column on store development titled Retail Ready. She also writes a monthly publication for Proven Winners called “What’s in Store” and publishes her own electronic newsletter titled “The Retail Hat!” Judy is the founder of the Store School, a collection of programs focusing on consumer-based store development.

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