Weather or Not You Realized It — Winter is Over By Tim Hodson

Even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog's Day this year and predicted six more weeks of winter, meteorological winter actually concluded at the end of February. Suddenly, according to the meteorologists, spring is already here even if the calendar (and Phil) says it doesn't start until March 20.

While this winter hasn't been the warmest on record it has been one of the mildest in recent memory. As this issue went to press in late February, in Chicago, record keepers told us this has been the 10th warmest winter ever, while Washington, D.C., was experiencing its fifth warmest winter.

It will be interesting to see how the warmer temperatures and lack of precipitation will impact gardeners this spring. Will it get them outdoors a little sooner? I know in my backyard, the warm temps have tricked many plants into peeking out earlier than normal this year and I have already been able to already do some spring cleanup before President's Day!

How did the warmer winter impact your business? How were your heating costs impacted? Were you able to do things this winter that you couldn't normally do during previous winters?

Drop me a line at and let me know how Old Man Winter treated you this year.

Are You California Bound?

Are you headed to California Spring Trials this month? If you are, be on the lookout for Team GPN as we make our way up the coast. We'll be starting down south on Saturday, March 24.

If you can't make it to Spring Trials this year, be sure to follow us on

Each day, we will be posting photos and commentary on the new introductions, displays and marketing/merchandising programs that we see at all of our stops.

And be sure to tune in to Hort TV next month to check out videos from many of the breeders and exhibiting companies.

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