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May 26, 2015
Have you registered for Cultivate'15 yet? If you have, congratulations and get ready to learn! If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Cultivate'15 is just around the corner. It is the largest horticultural industry event in North America,...
May 21, 2015
The list is out! Have you seen it yet? I’m talking about the Class of 2015 of GPN’s 40 Under 40. If you haven’t had a chance yet, turn to page 12 of your May issue of GPN to read about 25 men and 15 women who make up this year’s class.  This...
May 18, 2015
Last week, Lawn & Garden Retailer's managing editor, Abby Kleckler, and I spent three days in Michigan visiting seven garden centers across the state.  Since it was the week after Mother's Day, we figured everyone would have had a couple of...
May 11, 2015
As you are most likely aware by now, the National Garden Bureau designated 2015 as Year of the Coleus. Well, breeders must have gotten the memo because they introduced a ton of gorgeous new coleus varieties this year at the 2015 California Spring...
May 11, 2015
If the May issue of GPN hasn't landed on your desk yet, it should arrive any day now. In it you will meet the Class of 2015 of GPN's 40 Under 40. These 25 men and 15 women range in age from 26 to 39, represent 20 different states and two countries...
May 06, 2015
The housing market’s continued resurgence is being driven by Millennials — individuals born between 1980 and 2000. According to the National Association of Realtors, 31 percent of homebuyers in the United States in 2014 were Millennials. And in 2015...
May 04, 2015
As I’m sure you are well aware, Mother’s Day is this Sunday. It has been 101 years since President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day — and greenhouses, garden centers and floral shops have been hopping ever since....
April 28, 2015
Now that I'm fully (ok, somewhat) recovered from our annual trek down the California coast for the 2015 Spring Trials, I have finally had some time to sit down and rummage through the thousands of photos taken and dozens of pages of notes written....
April 27, 2015
The Home Depot is looking to increase its spring sales by duplicating and expanding on the success of its post-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales. Six years ago, the home improvement retailer introduced its own “Spring Black Friday” as a one-day in-...
April 23, 2015
Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day is always a good day to reflect on the many different environmental initiatives that are taking place around the country. Since ours is the original “green industry,” it’s especially nice...
April 20, 2015
Team GPN returned to Chicagoland Friday night after a whirlwind week at 2015 California Spring Trials. We spent the previous Saturday morning through Thursday afternoon making our way from Santa Cruz down to Oxnard to check out the latest new...
April 16, 2015
We have finally reached the end of our Spring Trials tour down the California coast. It's been a long and busy six days, but we got to see so many cool plants along the way. It's also been exciting learning about all the new packaging and...
April 16, 2015
We've reached the home stretch, only one more day and two more stops to go! Day 5 began in Ventura where we explored the Ventura Botanical Gardens. EuroAmerican Propagators and Suntory set up beautiful displays of their new and best varieties, and...
April 15, 2015
So we've survived the first half of Spring Trials and are continuing on down the coast. Day 4 began in San Luis Obispo where Dümmen displayed their new Red Fox varieties and introduced new marketing concepts for their Confetti Garden...
April 14, 2015
We had quite the trek Day 3, as our tour took us from Moss Landing to Salinas and finally to a new location in Paso Robles. Our day started at Golden State Bulb Growers, which is always such a pleasure to tour with greenhouses full of calla lilies...
April 13, 2015
It was another jam-packed day for the GPN crew, from Watsonville to Salinas. This time we weren't so lucky to arrive at our destinations on time, but it was only because it was so hard to leave each one. These trial exhibitors know how to have a...
April 11, 2015
The 2015 California Spring Trials are officially underway! Team GPN traveled to four exhibits on Day 1, and we managed to make all our appointments on time... which is no easy feat. We're already seeing lots of new colors and exciting trends...
April 10, 2015
It's now Day 3 of California Spring Trials! Team GPN began our journey on Saturday morning at the Proven Winners location in Santa Cruz and then headed to Syngenta Flowers in Gilroy. While we were there Syngenta Flowers announced the winners of the...
April 06, 2015
Last night I attended the first Major League Baseball game of the season at Wrigley Field in Chicago. As a lifelong, die-hard Chicago Cubs fan I am always waiting until next year — and now it’s a new year, albeit with the same old result as the St....
April 02, 2015
Are you heading west to California Spring Trials at the end of next week? Are you ready to see the latest and greatest new varieties that the breeder companies will be introducing this year? Do you have your trip mapped out yet? Do you know where...
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