OK, so after getting harangued for an hour by a pushy supposed pro-garden designer I need to rant and see what other nurseries do for "Professional Discounts."
We are a small specialty nursery that focuses of cacti, succulents and xeric plants. We grow about 95% of our own stock and buy in what we don't have room to grow. We offer a "Professional Courtesy Discount" to landscapers and garden designers, as well as wholesale on some of the plants we grow.
After feeling that we were getting taken advantage by a few people with computer printed business cards... we decided that we would ask for professional credentials and then issue a discount card that they could show to our cashiers to receive their discount. Our minimum requirement was either a C-27 or for garden designers a business license.
I don't think that is too much to ask for, but I just had a "Landscape Designer" harass me that "she had been in business for twenty years and that I had to give her a discount... because she would spend a lot of money with me..." but she does not have a business license or any other credentials other than a business card. The only credential she offered was for me to Google her name and see an article in a local shoppers paper about her.
Am I expecting too much that if you are a legitimate garden designer that you at least get a business license and pay your taxes just like every other small business owner? She was so pushy and annoying that I don't feel I have to offer a discount, but I am curious what other independent nurseries require if they offer a professional discount.