D.S. Cole Growers invites growers to its annual open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at its Loudon, N.H., headquarters. D.S. Cole will have a trials set up to show the habit of many of the Million Bells, Minifamous, Callie and other calibrachoa varieties. This is a good time to see both established and new varieties. Find out what plants are available, including the new tropical collection. Please RSVP to Lynne at 603.783.9561 or firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information, visit www.dscolegrowers.com .
BFG Supply Co. recently announced that Jim Broderick had been named sales manager of its BFG Plant Connection. Broderick, former treasurer and interim CEO of OFA — an Association of Horticulture Professionals — has more than 30 years' experience working in Ohio greenhouse and garden center businesses. He and his wife also own TFI Inc., a Westerville, Ohio–based company that provides interiorscaping, landscaping, wholesaling, and limited grounds and property maintenance. For more information, visit www.bfgsupply.com  or call Scott Schlaker at 440.834.1883.
FlorExpo, McGregor Plant Sales and McHutchison Horicultural have announced that Fred C. Gloeckner & Co., Inc. has joined the "family" of the companies for the 2010-11 season. Fred C. Gloeckner & Co. shares the same values that have guided FlorExpo’s work. According to a press release, the FlorExpo team looks forward to working with them and continuing to serve the market with high standards. For more information, visit www.mcgregorplantsales.com .
Growers using Configure now have a resource available that provides optimal use rates and application timings for the product. Fine Americas Inc. recently announced the publication of a 44-page guide, “Configure Product Information and University Trial Results.” Growers interested in receiving a free copy of the new Configure guide should e-mail Fine Americas  or call 888.474.3463.