June 2004
It’s Pack Trial time again. Hard to believe, but the breeders/marketers are already tempting us with their new offerings for next spring. So if you’re still feeling overwhelmed from sorting through spring 2004, we do have...
The numbers are rising. People are investing more and more money and time in their gardens and backyards. According to The National Gardening Association, lawn and garden sales increased from $30.2 billion in 1998 to $38.4...
Can you imagine anything more fun than riding around California with a busload of garden center owners during the beginning of their spring rush? We couldn’t either, so with a lot of planning, a little convincing and cell...
Most small companies, and especially small greenhouses, are unable to invest in a full-time human resources (HR) expert as part of their staff. And while it makes sense to allocate tight resources where they are most needed...
I wonder how many times an author has written a sentence of his own volition, while continuing to read about the issue and comes across the exact same words written by someone else long ago. That just happened to me, and it...
Growers are challenged to keep 4- and 5-inch annuals with trailing, spreading growth habits sufficiently compact. It is of great interest to growers to find plant growth regulators (PGR) that stimulate lateral bud...
New plants, new trends, new looks for the garden. It’s that quest for “new” that motivates many consumers. Since “new” can often translate into profits, plant producers have joined the hunt, ever on the lookout for new and...
Media Myths Myth #1 — Garden editors are horticulturists. Most garden editors are or become gardeners, but the vast majority of them, especially in newspapers, are trained as journalists not horticulturists. They can write...
P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Collection Expands Armstrong Garden Centers, Bachman’s Floral Gift and Garden Centers and Welby Gardens have joined The Flower Fields in offering P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Collection,...
The 2004 Pack Trials was a great experience this year. A lot of fantastic plant material, some killer new plant materials and some companies that really hit their stride and made some big advances in trials and displays....
Dianthus ‘Eastern Star’ bears numerous red-flowers with raisin-red centers above glaucous blue-green foliage. The flowers measure 1-inch across and have a velvety appearance, highlighted by subtle soft pink margins. It forms...
Garden mums have been grown and marketed for decades. Over the last decade, strides have been made in two main areas that affect garden mum production: new genetics and advanced cultural techniques. With some useful...
Some may find the trip to the lumberyard or home center to purchase pressure-treated lumber more difficult due to new standards and alternatives. Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA), the standard material for treated lumber, has...
One of the biggest topics I have been discussing with my clients for the past few years is the subject of light. Not just light for plant growth, but how long and how much light is needed for timing the flowering of various...
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