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June 16, 2015
Are you planning to attend Cultivate'15 in Columbus, Ohio, next month? Have you been entertaining the idea of introducing hydroponic or aquaponic production to your business? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you should add a...
June 12, 2015
Next month at Cultivate’15 in Columbus, Ohio, you will have a chance to come face to face with the future of the horticulture industry. On Monday, July 13, I will be hosting a Mix ‘n Mingle session where you will have an opportunity to meet many of...
June 12, 2015
Back in the late 1960s, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” was a novelty song that became a Top 20 hit. Well, Paul McCartney might just want to re-record the song because while he was on tour in the Netherlands last week, the former Beatle was presented...
June 08, 2015
By now, you are very well aware of the controversy surrounding the declining populations of pollinators. The issue has gotten a lot of media attention, and gardeners are reacting. In response to this growing concern, the National Pollinator Garden...
June 08, 2015
How would you like to meet the Class of 2015 of GPN's 40 Under 40 in person? You will have an opportunity to meet many of this year's honorees next month during a special Mix 'n Mingle session at Cultivate'15 in Columbus, Ohio. It will take...
June 04, 2015
The National Pollinator Garden Network made its debut yesterday. The network is made up of dozens of conservation and gardening organizations that have collaborated to launch a nationwide campaign — the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Designed...
June 01, 2015
It’s hard to believe it is already June 1. Especially since it was only 41 degrees as I drove to the office this morning in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Spring 2015 is flying by and it has not been without its weather challenges for growers and...
May 26, 2015
While traveling the California coast last month for the 2015 Spring Trials, we were able to check out a ton of new trends on the rise for next season. In my last two blogs, I focused specifically on trends in coleus and the color orange. Today, I...
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...
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