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Monday, September 16, 2014
Reading this short letter could change your life.
I wrote this, from my laptop, while sitting in the barn at my nursery. Some of my best thinking comes to me while when I’m out there working and today is no different.
Here it is…
The Backyard Growers Business Center is a private, members only website that we seldom talk about. This site is not open to the general public and we only accept new members a few times each year.
And it’s pricey.
When we do open up membership we allow prospective members to test drive the members area for 30 days for only $7.00. It has to be a good fit for you. The $7.00 test drive has to be the most valuable opportunity for plant lovers in the world. The amount of information exchanged on a daily basis is priceless and it’s all archived. So for the token price of just $7.00 you have 30 days to plow through all of that information.
This isn’t your normal, everyday gardening forum. This is a group of people who are passionate, experienced and very knowledgeable about growing and selling plants. This is the private area where I and others pull back the curtains and share exactly how we go about selling tens of thousands of dollars worth of small plants. We have people all over the country completely hitting it out of the park with their plant sales and they only tell you how they do it.
This is a place where lifetime friendships are made.
These growers actually invite other members to come visit them at their homes, in local areas all over the country and even Canada. We are a group of people who all have the exact same interest and the same “dog with a bone” intensity about growing and selling plants from home. And we share it all. What we do, why we do it, how we do it and when we do it.
The daily discussions are timely.
In September we are talking about selling plants in the fall, in October we are discussing how to get our plants ready for winter. In January we are sharing the techniques that we are using to do hardwood cuttings.
In February and March we are unpacking boxes and boxes of beautiful, extremely rare plants like Beni Shichihenge Japanese Maple (Oh how I love this tree!) and Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud trees, and all of these plants with spectacular fall color.
Not only do we buy and sell all of these beautiful plants inside the Backyard Growers Business Center, we know where to find them all at the absolute lowest wholesale prices in the country. Usually in the $7 to $14 for the rarest of the rare and beautiful plants in the world.
Beautiful Plants on a Daily Basis
from 50 cents to to $1.75.
This is the beauty of the Backyard Growers Business Center. Plants priced from 50 cents to $1.75 are sold day in and day out. As a member you can buy at these super low wholesale prices in small quantities, or if you have plants to sell you can offer them for sale to the other members. I personally have bought somewhere between $7,000 and $10,000 worth of plants from my own customers inside the Business Center.
Spring Discussions Center Around Selling Thousands
and Thousands of Dollars worth of Plants from Home.
We have members all over the country so people in the warmer states are selling in late February and early March while those of us in the colder states start selling around the end of April. We share, share, share whats working to sell the most plants with the least amount of effort. Keep in mind, all of these discussions are archived so you can dig into them anytime you want.
Come June it’s Time to Make Baby Plants!
All of us, not some of us, but all of us starting making cuttings by the tens of thousands in June and don’t quit until fall. Where in the world can you possibly learn more about the art of plant propagation from those who do it day in and day out. Just about everybody in the group uses this method because it’s what I taught them and it works! If you walk outside at 8:00 am and your cuttings don’t look good, just log in to the members area and tell us what’s going on and almost instantly, you’ll get answers, suggestions and ideas. These discussions take place hourly!
July and August are more cuttings, more cuttings
then the Big Shindig at Mike’s Nursery.
As a group we are making baby plants year round, right through the winter. Every successful plant propagation technique imaginable is explained in great detail in the members area. Come August, many of us take a little break and we do some really fun and interesting things. Each August for years now I have invited all of the members to my nursery for our Annual Backyard Growers Shindig! But I schedule this around a local nursery event that takes place in Lake County Ohio each year and many of us take an all day bus tour of local wholesale nurseries. These tours are amazing and it’s a great way to spend an entire day talking growing and selling plants.
Then usually the next day we all gather at My Place for Food, Fun, Information and Plant Swapping! I only invite members of the Backyard Growers Business Center to these events because we can only accommodate a limited number of people at one time. But they are a hoot and we try and do more than one each year.
The Members Only Library of Exclusive Content.
Inside of the members area there are tabs at the top of the pages that take you to the library of exclusive content that we never share with anybody who is not a member. These articles and videos are all about the art of growing and selling plants for profit. You will not find this information anywhere else on the planet and get this; If you want me to write an article or do a video about a specific topic related to the growing and selling of plants, just ask.
We are constantly creating additional content for the library that our members ask us to create.
Hang with Mike McGroarty on a Daily Basis.
This is the true story. I am not in the office, I don’t have a desk, even a chair in the office. I “stop by” the office once or twice a week to drop off paychecks or talk to Duston or Sharon and I never stay long. I never see incoming Email, I never answer the phone and I don’t return phone calls. I’m at the nursery making baby plants with Pam and Cathy, and Hanging Out with the Miniature Donkeys. Pam often catches me under the shade tree chatting up Finnegan and Fergus when I’m supposed to be working!
However, I spend a crazy amount of time at the end of the day or early in the morning Inside the Backyard Growers Business Center offering help and advice to our members. That is something that I am deeply committed to. As I mentioned earlier, this membership is pricey and therefore, I am there, making sure that members get true value every single day.
I communicate with our members on an almost daily basis. If Pam and I take a vacation I don’t visit the members area that week because that’s time that I’ve committed to spend with Pam, but other than that, I am there. Answering questions, offering advice and sharing my expertise on a daily basis.
But I am by no means the only expert in our group. We have the most exclusive, most talented, most knowledgeable members in the industry who are more than willing to share their secrets and their knowledge on a daily basis. I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of that group. They are by far the most awesome plant people you will ever meet. That I promise!
Need a Wholesale Source of Supplies?
I promise you, these folks know where to find anything that you need and they know who has it at the best price. And our members get a discount with one of the top nursery supply companies in the nation. Inside of the members area we have our own “Directory of Secret Wholesale Suppliers” but the members are always turning up new sources. It’s an amazing thing to experience.
Interested in buying wholesale fruit trees? Just ask. Bingo, you’ll be connected to the best suppliers in the industry. Rare Japanese maples at wholesale prices? We have suppliers. Many of our own members offer rare Japanese maples in the buy/sell area.
Selling Plants Inside the Business Center.
There are always ads for plants for sale in the Buy/Sell area of the business center and they sell out and change quickly. But few people actually realize how well this works. We have members that have sold well over $50,000 worth of plants just by advertising their plants in our buy/sell area. That’s why we charge what we do for a membership, and to be perfectly honest? We’re giving away the farm.
One gal from Washington advertised some ferns and sold $1,300 worth with one ad. She couldn’t believe it and Emailed me to tell me how excited she was. Later that year she posted some Pink Dogwoods for sale and sold $1,200 worth in 20 minutes and sold out. Another guy from Pennsylvania posted an ad and sold $3,200 worth of plants in one weekend.
Then there’s the gal from Georgia. Probably our top seller because she does an awesome job and the members love her and her plants. The last time she mentioned how much business she has done in the Buy/Sell area it was well over $50,000 and that was several years ago.
How much can you make? That’s up to you, your plants and your customer service. I will not promise you anything as you can expect. But I know that our Buy/Sell area has been a life changing opportunity for many.
So there you have it.
A peek inside the very private and exclusive
Backyard Growers Business Center.
The trial memberships are a full 30 days. I highly suggest that you jump on it because we are considering doing away with these $7.00 trials.
Then 9 Monthly Payments of $67