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January 27, 2014
I know it's hard to believe with pretty crummy weather in many parts of the country but spring is just around the corner, and with that comes the 2014 California Spring Trials! With hundreds of new variety introductions from dozens of breeders on...
January 21, 2014
Hydroponics and controlled culture are on the rise in our industry, and we want to keep you informed on all the latest trends in this category. Last year, GPN conducted a reader survey to get a feel for the use of hydroponic methods in horticulture...
January 20, 2014
I think we all know that time is a precious commodity — and none of us probably have enough money to buy the amount of time we would like to buy.  Well, we are giving you some time — one more week to be exact — to nominate individuals for the...
January 14, 2014
I can't believe it — the California Spring Trials are just around the corner (April 5-10)! It seems like just last week Team GPN was trekking up the California coast for the 2013 trials. Time sure does fly!  You may have gotten numerous news...
January 13, 2014
Last week, temperatures dropped to nearly -20 degrees Fahrenheit in the Chicago area. And that Arctic plunge came AFTER we got 18 inches of snow during the first week of the year!  I know it was even colder in other areas and some places got...
January 06, 2014
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014! On Jan. 1, AmericanHort, the horticulture industry’s newest trade association, officially began operating. AmericanHort’s debut is the culmination of a two-year effort of the leaders at OFA and the American Nursery...
December 30, 2013
I hope you are enjoying the holidays. Hopefully, this is a quiet week for you to catch your breath -- and maybe a college bowl game or two. If it is a slow week and you've got a little spare time on your hands, why don't you take this opportunity to...
December 24, 2013
In my last newsletter, Jim Barrett of the University of Florida shared some insight with us about poinsettia trends he observed while traveling in Europe. With this season's poinsettia production nearing its end, this is a great time to review some...
December 16, 2013
As the holidays approach, it seems like everyone has a never-ending To Do list to make sure everything gets done. Shop, wrap, bake, mail, donate, carol and even shovel are just a few of the verbs that appear on many lists, but how about nominate?...
December 10, 2013
It's poinsettia time! And with all the new varieties introduced each year, I know it can be a challenge to figure out which poinsettias to add to (or subtract from) your production. Jim Barrett of the University of Florida has been my go-to...
December 09, 2013
Did you hear the news last week? The color experts at Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2014. Can I have a drum roll please? The Color of the Year for next year is — Radiant Orchid (Pantone 17-5641)! According to Leatrice Eiseman,...
December 02, 2013
It’s kind of hard to believe that December is already here — but it is! I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend with your families, plenty of turkey and maybe even a little football. After you cleared the table, washed the dishes and...
November 25, 2013
Once again, Mother Nature is managing to drive everyone crazy — and it is not even spring!!! First we had last week’s devastating tornadoes in the Midwest, then an arctic blast pummeled the Southwest this weekend and now a nasty storm is supposed to...
November 19, 2013
As you've probably noticed by now, I've been concentrating on university trials the past month or so — and I'm going to continue the series today.  Are you familiar with Louisiana State University's Super Plant Program? According to LSU's Ag...
November 18, 2013
It's poinsettia time and I have a few pointed questions for you. First, are you growing poinsettias this year? If you answered "yes" to that question, then I have some more questions for you.  Are you growing more poinsettias in 2013 than...
November 12, 2013
I know many of you rely on university trials to plan for your upcoming season. So, following along with the trend I've been covering over the past several weeks, I'd like to share more top trial performers with you. Ohio State University recently...
November 11, 2013
After another year of thorough trialing, All-America Selections’ board of directors has announced its latest crop of winners. This is the first year that AAS is recognizing regional performance and granting an AAS Regional winner designation to five...
November 01, 2013
We are now taking nominations for the Class of 2014 of GPN’s 40 Under 40. This is the third year that GPN will recognize 40 individuals (under the age of 40) who are helping set the standard for the  horticulture industry. We want to identify...
October 28, 2013
Are you looking for innovative ways to advance your career and move your business to the next level? If you are, then be sure to mark Jan. 29-31, 2014 on your calendar and make plans now to be in the Big Easy. Those are the dates and New Orleans is...
October 22, 2013
In my last couple of blogs, I've reported on top-performing varieties at university trials. So far we've covered Colorado State University and Michigan State University — two varying climates. And today, I'd like to focus on Kansas State University...