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June 23, 2014
Gardeners in Toronto appear to have a "growing" problem and it has nothing to do with their plants' health. It seems that thieves are sneaking into homeowners' yards and gardens and stealing their plants right out of the ground. According to news...
June 17, 2014
While hydroponics — along with other forms of controlled culture — is somewhat novel within ornamental horticulture, consumers are already catching on to these new styles of gardening and are eager to learn more about recent innovations. One easy...
June 10, 2014
Do you remember a couple of years ago when "true black" was all the rage in the breeding world? Everyone wanted to get their hands on a black petunia! Now it seems like "true orange" might be taking over in 2014-15. As I go through the hundreds —...
June 09, 2014
Believe it or not, the inaugural edition of Cultivate'14 will take place in less than a month in Columbus, Ohio. Cultivate'14, formerly known as OFA Short Course, will convene in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, July 12 to 15. Like Short...
May 30, 2014
For many people, gardening can be a far out experience. Well, if everything goes according to plan, some researchers at NASA plan to make it an out of this world mission. That's because scientists at the space agency are hoping to put a greenhouse...
May 23, 2014
... for college students to turn in their applications for the 2014 Syngenta Flowers Scholarship Program. Actually, next Wednesday (June 4) is the deadline, but why not get a head start? Just to refresh your memory, Syngenta Flowers is offering not...
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...