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November 29, 2015
After getting hit with more than 19 inches of snow a week ago in the northern suburbs of Chicago, I'm really looking forward to heading down to Gainesville, Florida, next week for the University of Florida's Poinsettia Field Trials Day. ...
November 22, 2015
Over the past couple of months, I've been sharing various plant trial results with you. In my last newsletter, you learned about some of the top performers at the Raker trial gardens in Michigan. Today, I'm heading south to Lousiana State University...
November 20, 2015
Last week, astronauts on the International Space Station “activated” zinnia seeds so there should be flowers growing in outer space in the New Year. Astronaut Kjell Lindgren activated the Veggie plant growth system, developed by Orbital...
November 17, 2015
Earlier this month we began accepting nominations for the Class of 2016 of GPN’s 40 Under 40. Next May we will once again be recognizing the industry's up-and-coming rock stars in our annual 40 Under 40 issue. We want to shine the light on the the...
November 13, 2015
Even though Thanksgiving is still a week-and-a-half away, the holiday shopping season is already here. For some consumers, shopping for Christmas gifts is a marathon as they shop all year long, but for the last-minute shoppers it’s a sprint as they...
November 09, 2015
In my last newsletter, I shared some of the top performers from Kansas State University's 2015 trial. Today, we'll be traveling 800 miles northeast to Litchfield, Michigan. Each summer, C. Raker & Sons, one of Michigan's premiere plant suppliers...
November 06, 2015
It's time for poinsettia trials and open houses. The coming weeks are filled with events where growers and universities will be displaying their 2015 poinsettia crops.  This week Dan Schantz Greenhouse in Zionsville, Pennsylvania (Nov. 12...
November 04, 2015
If you are looking to expand your knowledge on growing poinsettias including the latest variety introductions, then you need to be at the University of Florida’s Poinsettia Field Trial Day in Gainesville on Dec. 8. The UF Poinsettia Field Trial Day...
October 29, 2015
Over the past four years, GPN has recognized 160 men and women under the age of 40 who are really making a difference in the horticulture industry.  Every May issue of GPN since 2012 has featured 40 individuals who are horticulture rock stars...
October 26, 2015
This may be my favorite time of the year. Aside from taking long walks through the beautiful fall foliage surrounding my home right now, I love reading about all the plant trials that have recently come to a close and learning about how all the new...
October 22, 2015
Last Wednesday night, my beloved Chicago Cubs were eliminated from going to the World Series — again! The season ended for me and 42,226 other baseball fans at Wrigley Field standing, yelling and praying for a miracle that didn’t happen. While it...
October 16, 2015
Sometimes it seems like our jobs are made up of nothing but schedules and deadlines. I feel like every time I turn around I am staring at another impending due date. Well, it's my turn to remind you about a couple of deadlines. One of them is today...
October 14, 2015
I wanted to remind you about a couple of important dates that are coming up next week. The early bird deadline to sign up for GPN’s Plant Health Management conference in Springfield, Massachusetts is next Monday, Oct. 19. The conference will take...
October 12, 2015
The National Garden Bureau recently announced its “Year of the” crops for 2016. In the annuals category, 2016 will be Year of the Begonia. Judging by all the exciting new begonia introductions this past year, I think the organization definitely went...
October 08, 2015
The deadline to apply for the 2016 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year scholarship is a little more than a week away. If you know a college student who participated in a horticulture-related internship program this year, and they would like to apply for...
October 02, 2015
I've been a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan for my entire life. I don't say that to get any pity (although my team does get to play in at least one post-season game this week) — I say it because I've been thinking about Mr. Cub, the late Ernie Banks....
September 28, 2015
GPN and Nexus Greenhouse Corp. have announced a call for applications for the 2016 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year competition. For the past 16 years, GPN and Nexus Greenhouse Corp. have been recognizing outstanding college students with the GPN/Nexus...
September 25, 2015
This week I am hitting the road and heading to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to attend the Griffin Grower & Retailer Expo. While I am there I will be moderating a panel discussion on “Success in the Modern Marketplace.” During this session, Dr....
September 25, 2015
Now that fall has officially commenced, most summer trial gardens across the country are coming to a close. Judges have submitted their results, and the outstanding trial performers will soon be announced if they haven’t already.   One of my...
September 23, 2015
Is your production personnel up to date on the latest disease identification, pest management and plant growth strategies? Does your team have the all of the know-how they need to help produce healthy and profitable plants for your business? If you...