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May 21, 2014
Vegetable producers, health-minded consumers and many inventive chefs have realized the advantages of microgreens — tiny leaves of vegetable plants less than 14 days old. Microgreens, which are smaller than "baby greens" and harvested later than...
May 20, 2014
As I sit here and rummage through the hundreds of photos my colleagues captured while at the California Spring Trials this year, I'm definitely noticing some trends among all the new introductions. One trend, in particular, that I'd like to discuss...
May 16, 2014
How's your spring season going so far? Have you had a spring season yet or are you still waiting for it? First, we survived the crazy winter and now Mother Nature is being incredibly fickle this spring.  And to top things off, we have an...
May 09, 2014
Have you seen the May issue of GPN yet? Have you turned to page 12 in the issue yet? Once you get your issue and you turn to page 12, then I'd like you to meet the Class of 2014 of GPN's 40 Under 40! These 23 men and 17 women hold the keys to the...
May 05, 2014
In the last edition of the Culture Connection, I told you how many of the breeding companies at California Spring Trials had embraced the National Garden Bureau's Year of the Petunia and showed you a sampling of the new petunia introductions we saw...
May 05, 2014
Do you have a personal hero in the horticulture industry? Is there one person who you think really has made a difference over the years and continues to push the envelope and propel our industry into the future? If you do, then we want to hear about...
April 25, 2014
Don't forget, tomorrow (April 29) GPN will be offering a FREE webinar on how you can inspire and refresh your workforce for the spring season. "What Spring Training Really Should Look Like" will be presented by Dr. Bridget K. Behe, Ph.D.,...
April 21, 2014
Last year, the National Garden Bureau designated 2014 as the Year of the Petunia. Well it seemed like it was just that during California Spring Trials this year. Even though the new varieties that were on display during Spring Trials are scheduled...
April 20, 2014
Have you heard the news? Syngenta Flowers will once again be offering two $7,500 scholarships to college students who have shown high potential in the fields of plant breeding and ornamental horticulture through scholastic excellence and experience...
April 15, 2014
Earlier this month, Urban Organics unveiled its new USDA-certified organic aquaponics farm inside an old Hamm’s Brewery in St. Paul, Minn. The facility grows fresh organic vegetables that are sold to local grocery stores as well as tilapia for a...
April 14, 2014
Today is my first day back in the office after a great week at 2014 California Spring Trials. It's kind of hard to get back to "normal" (whatever that is) after California Spring Trials because there is no other week like Spring Trials week. You log...
April 11, 2014
Well, you can now put 2014 California Spring Trials in the books. We finally wrapped up our tour yesterday afternoon and headed to the airport — tired and exhausted, but it was a good tired and exhausted. Here’s a brief recap of our final two days....
April 08, 2014
It's hard to believe that four days of California Spring Trals have already flown by. The weather so far this week has been just about perfect — the sun is shining brightly on the breeders’ new varieties. As we continued our trek south from northern...
April 06, 2014
Team GPN has survived the first two days of 2014 California Spring Trials. On Saturday, we started in the northern part of the state and will be making our way down the coast through Thursday. Our first stop on Saturday was at the Proven Winners...
April 03, 2014
Greetings from California! Team GPN is on its third day of our annual California Spring Trials trek. We started our adventure on Saturday at Proven Winners' site in Santa Cruz before moving on to Syngenta Flowers and Danziger "Dan" Flower Farm in...
March 28, 2014
As major league baseball season gets into the full swing of things this week (and March goes out like a lamb), it marks the end of spring training for professional ballplayers . But for growers and retailers, spring training is really just now...
March 24, 2014
Despite the fact that it was only 18 degrees this morning when I left my house in the Chicago suburbs, spring really did arrive last Thursday. And on Friday, Wal-Mart really got into the swing of spring by launching its first-ever Black Friday-like...
March 19, 2014
Researchers at  Harvard University, the University of California-Berkeley and the United States Treasury recently addressed the question, “Is the United States still a land of opportunity?” in the  National Bureau of Economic Research (...
March 18, 2014
Hydroponics and icebergs are not two words you hear together very often. But that could change in the future. Arctic Harvester, one of the entries in the 2013 Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition has proposed the...
March 14, 2014
Top o' the morning to you! And a Happy St. Paddy's Day to all of you and yours! Being of Irish heritage, St. Patrick's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays — for many different reasons. One of the main reasons, though, is that when...