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May 29, 2012
Even though classes are out for most colleges students, they still have one more assignment if they plan on applying for the 2012 Syngenta Scholarship program. And their assignments are due this Friday, June 1. Earlier this spring, Syngenta...
May 22, 2012
In the past few years, I've noticed the perennial category growing in popularity among consumers. And after visiting with all the breeder companies at the 2012 California Spring Trials, it's obvious they're taking notice as well. The focus on...
May 18, 2012
Last Friday, Pete Mihalek and I spent our lunch hour at Pesche's garden center in the northwest Chicago suburb of Des Plaines. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the upper 70s so we figured it might be a little bit busy. It wasn't a...
May 13, 2012
…the Future of the Horticulture Industry. Last week, the May issue of GPN hit the streets with our inaugural 40 Under 40 list. As I mentioned in the issue, looking at the Class of 2012 is kind of like taking a peek into the horticulture industry’s...
May 08, 2012
While many breeders prefer to stick to the industry standards and improve their existing pink petunias, purple pansies and red geraniums, many breeders are branching out and finding ways to differentiate themselves from others. I think they're also...
May 04, 2012
Do you know someone in the horticulture business who is always looking out for the industry to make it better? Is this person like Ken Altman or the late Jack Williams and is truly making a lasting impression and a real difference in and on our...
April 27, 2012
Last week, the color experts at Pantone added 336 new colors to its Pantone Plus series -- the series now has a total of 1,677 colors! That's a lot of colors. I didn't think there were more than 350 colors when in actuality there are 1,677. It kind...
April 24, 2012
If there's anything that I learned from attending the 2012 Spring Trials, it's that breeders are making a statement with color. And judging by the abundance of fiery orange hues we saw along the California coast, Pantone — the global authority on...
April 22, 2012
Yesterday was the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day! Earth Day was created back in 1970 to help increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment. According to news reports, more than 1 billion people around the globe...
April 13, 2012
Are you looking for fresh, new ways to present and sell your products at retail? Would you like to learn about innovative methods to help increase your sales? If you answered "Yes" to either of these questions, then be sure to check out  GPN's...
April 10, 2012
Now that the California Spring Trials are over, I'll be rummaging through my notes and thousands of photos and reading through piles of catalogs over the next few months so I can share with you all the new and exciting things breeders and suppliers...
April 06, 2012
The early arrival of spring in most parts of the country has really given a shot in the arm to many growers and retailers as consumers have been consumed with early spring fever. In the Chicago area, we have already had a stretch of days where the...
April 02, 2012
It's hard to believe but the 2012 edition of California Spring Trials is already starting to fade in the rear view mirror. It was an incredibly busy week as we made our way up to coast but it was great to see all of our friends at the various stops...
March 30, 2012
I can't believe the week is already over! I've seen so many new varieties and learned so much about new breeding programs. I can't wait to share it all with you over the next few months in GPN magazine and in this newsletter. But for now, I'd just...
March 28, 2012
Today, Team GPN is embarking on the final leg of our California Spring Trials coastal journey. But I wanted to share with you some of the new varieties and programs I've seen over the past couple of days, from Oxnard to San Luis Obispo. Our first...
March 26, 2012
It's now Day 3 of the California Spring Trials, and I feel like I've already seen so much! Days 1 and 2 were busy with color, and I've got some pictures below to show you. Our first stop on Saturday was Suntory, which was set up at Plug Connection...
March 22, 2012
We are on Day 3 of our California Spring Trials adventure. We started at Plug Connection in Vista on Saturday visiting with the folks at Suntory, Benary and Cultivaris. From there, we headed off to Ecke Ranch to see their new introductions including...
March 20, 2012
Happy first day of spring! Here in Chicago, it feels more like the first day of summer...but I'm not complaining! I never thought I'd see the day when it's almost 30 degrees warmer in Chicago than in Southern California, especially in mid March!...
March 16, 2012
It's finally here! California Spring Trials, here we come. Starting on Saturday morning, the GPN Team will be starting in Vista and hitting all the stops throughout California finishing in Gilroy at the end of next week. We'll be posting photos of...
March 09, 2012
Developing new flowers or improving existing varieties can be a slow and arduous task, as most plant breeders pour their heart and soul into the development of a new product. They spend countless hours in the greenhouse (or out in the field)...
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