Our Top Picks

AMS Point Of Sale
AMS Point of Sale
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Integrations

AMS Retail's POS system, NCR Counterpoint, includes rugged equipment that's designed to withstand the outdoor environment of most garden centers. The system features built-in management controls, secure credit card processing, and on-the-fly barcode scanning. Real-time, customizable reporting enables garden centers to better manage inventory and make good purchasing decisions. NCR Counterpoint allows garden center staff to quickly search for plants by size as well as common or botanical name. The POS touchscreen can be used to scan bulky items that are too large and heavy to bring to the checkout area, such as potted trees or bags of materials.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Off-line functionality
  • QuickBooks interfacing
  • Customer loyalty program feature

Cons

  • No free trial
  • No monthly billing option

Summary

AMS Point Of Sale
AMS Point of Sale
  • Starting Price
    • $1190/one-time/user
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Inventory Management
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Integrations
Argos Software For Agribusinesses
Argos Software for Agribusinesses
  • Deployment: Windows
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Billing/invoicing

Developed by Argos Software, ABECAS Insight is designed for the management of garden centers, wholesale nurseries, and farms. It features a modular design that comes fully integrated with financial and reporting capabilities. The software includes a variety of productivity tools, such as capacity planning and quick barcode scanning. Managers can plan their future inventory based on plant characteristics, growing process, and target unit size, as well as actual production and losses. Garden centers with employees can integrate the Insight Payroll module to track hours worked, benefit accruals, and employer contributions.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Modular system allows gradual expansion
  • Support for farms and wholesalers

Cons

  • Limited deployment options
  • Pricing unclear

Summary

Argos Software For Agribusinesses
Argos Software for Agribusinesses
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Qoute
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Inventory Management
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Billing/invoicing
Ganinimobile
Ganinimobile
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Purchase order management

Ganinimobile is an Android-based system that's designed for tracking labor, inventory, equipment usage, and many other aspects of a garden center business. Users can quickly track data wirelessly with a Bluetooth connection and no proprietary hardware required. The software includes tools for monitoring production, harvesting, packing, and processing throughout the supply chain. Garden centers can use the inspection functionality to monitor plant health, soil quality, and environmental conditions, and data can be stored in the mobile app or accessed via web reports. The location and coordinates of inspections are displayed in Google Maps, allowing users to easily find testing sites in the field.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • No proprietary hardware required
  • Free app

Cons

  • No iPhone deployment
  • No live support

Summary

Ganinimobile
Ganinimobile
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Qoute
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Inventory Management
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Purchase order management
GroundsKeeper Pro
GroundsKeeper Pro
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Reports

GroundsKeeper Pro is an all-in-one invoicing and business management system for lawn care and landscaping businesses. The software features an intuitive interface for scheduling, mapping job sites, and invoicing for commercial and residential clients. Users can customize invoices with their business logo and process credit, debit, or ACH bank payments from any mobile device. GroundsKeeper Pro supports tracking for labor and expenses, as well as materials used and services performed for each customer. The system comes with scheduling tools for one-time and recurring jobs. New jobs can be placed in the routing template and organized by location and distance for improved efficiency in the field.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Good tutorial videos
  • 30 days of Silver Support free with purchase

Cons

  • Extra charge for live support
  • No inventory or returns management

Summary

GroundsKeeper Pro
GroundsKeeper Pro
  • Starting Price
    • GroundsKeeper Lite v3.12.2: $279/month
    • GroundsKeeper Pro v8.0.2: $549/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Inventory Management
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Reports
MyPlantShop
MyPlantShop
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Purchase order management

MyPlantShop's nursery management software was built specifically with the needs of garden centers and plant growers in mind. The software features inventory control for multiple plant variants and the ability to change pricing and availability with just a few clicks. The customer management and accounting module lets users keep track of purchases and overdue payments, create invoices, and view important data at a glance in the centralized dashboard. Users have access to a variety of in-depth reports for tracking profits, expenses, sales commissions, and other vital metrics.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Customizable invoices
  • No contracts

Cons

  • No tutorials or knowledgebase
  • Limited support

Summary

MyPlantShop
MyPlantShop
  • Starting Price
    • $99/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Inventory Management
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Purchase order management

How We Chose the Best Garden Center Software

An abundance of beautiful plants is at the heart of every successful garden center. Managing so much inventory can be overwhelming, but garden center software lets you track products and labor with ease. We selected the best based on criteria important to most garden centers.

Business Management Features

We recommend software with ample features for managing the business aspects of a garden center, such as inventory tracking, invoicing, customer management, and payment processing.

Integrations

Good software should integrate with other tools and programs widely used by garden centers, including marketing platforms, accounting, and payroll systems.

Reports

Our top picks allow users to generate detailed reports for commissions, profits, expenses, and other invaluable data.