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January 16, 2015
The clock is ticking rather loudly right about now if you want to nominate someone for the Class of 2015 of GPN's 40 Under 40. That's because the deadline for nominations is THIS Friday (1/23). If you know someone under the age of 40 who you think...
January 15, 2015
Have you registered for the 2015 Big Grower Executive Summit yet? If you have, congratulations! The big event will be here before you know it — Feb. 8-10, in Orlando, Florida. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? You have less than a week to...
January 13, 2015
In my last blog, Jim Barrett of University of Florida shared some of the top performers and trends he observed during the UF poinsettia trials. Today, I'd like to head northeast to Zionsville, Pennsylvania, where Dan Schantz Farm conducts one of the...
January 09, 2015
Attention all college students studying horticulture — Syngenta Flowers has moved up the dates for its 2015 Goldsmith Scholarship program. The company will again be awarding two $7,500 scholarships to college students who have shown high...
January 05, 2015
Welcome to Week 1 of 2015! In the past few days, Father Time bowed out, Baby New Year debuted and Mother Nature made her presence known! She finally decided to start 2015 with a big bang as Winter Storm Gorgon is now pounding us here in...
December 23, 2014
With Christmas just around the corner, poinsettia season will soon see its end. With so many new introductions each year, I know it can be tasking to figure out which varieties to grow, plus growing poinsettias in general has its own set of unique...
December 22, 2014
The Christmas holiday is just days away. Are you ready? In the past, we have covered poinsettia trivia in this column so this year I thought I might spread a little holiday cheer and talk about another holiday “plant” — the Christmas tree. While the...
December 17, 2014
Urban Cultivator is a company with a goal — to take hydroponic growing where no company has gone before. Based in British Columbia, Canada, they believe local is the way to go, and so their mission is to provide for each and every family access to...
December 15, 2014
I'm back from my trip to the University of Florida's poinsettia trials field day last week in Gainesville. It's always nice to escape Chicago's "winter" weather and see what things are like in the Southeast this time of year. However, the...
December 09, 2014
Last month, All-American Selections announced its winners for the 2015 season. In my last blog, I shared the winners in the flower category, which included for the first time two vegetatively propagated varieties. However, All-American Selections is...
December 05, 2014
It's that time of the year! Christmas is just two-and-a-half weeks away so I am headed down to Gainesville this morning to check out the University of Florida's 2014 poinsettia trials. Tomorrow is the university's Industry Poinsettia Trial...
December 04, 2014
Yesterday, the color experts at the Pantone Institute announced its choice for the Color of the Year for 2015. And the designated color is … drum roll please … Marsala (Pantone 18-1438), “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” Each year, color...
December 01, 2014
Happy Cyber Monday! Welcome back from the Thanksgiving weekend and into December and the onslaught of the holiday shopping season. As you probably already know, today is Cyber Monday — the busiest online shopping day of the year. According to the...
November 24, 2014
Earlier this month, All-America Selections announced its winners for the 2015 season. After more than 80 years trialing only seed-propagated varieties, AAS began trialing vegetatively propagated varieties early this year. Along with the ten seed...
November 24, 2014
Did you know that Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving for nearly 400 years?  While some historians still argue when the very first Thanksgiving celebration took place, it has been generally accepted that the first Thanksgiving was...
November 19, 2014
While hydroponic growing seems to be the next big expansion for many greenhouse growers, some are still hesitant to make that leap. It can be a costly endeavor, but the return on investment can be huge. In the October issue of GPN, Maxwell Salinger...
November 17, 2014
Last week, All-America Selections announced its 2014 winners. Twelve varieties were designated as AAS Winners including, for the first time in 80 years of AAS trialing, two vegetatively propagated varieties. All-America Selections is an independent...
November 11, 2014
Winter is just around the corner and once your holiday plants are out the door it'll be time to begin production for spring 2015! It'll be here before you know it! You may rely on trial data to decide which plants to add to or subtract from your...
November 10, 2014
Keeping up with the latest consumer trends can be a challenge for anyone in this industry. It's hard enough just keeping up with the plants in the greenhouse. Especially when the trends change so fast from year to year. That's why the Garden Media...
October 31, 2014
It's election week this week in many states and local municipalities, but here at GPN it's nomination time — time to nominate someone for the Class of 2015 of GPN's 40 Under 40! This is the fourth year that we have recognized those young men and...
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