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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)...
March 06, 2012
Only 18 days away, the California Spring Trials will be here before we know it! If you plan on trekking along the California coast the final week in March, I hope you're making use of GPN's Spring Trials Companion. Flip through the digital edition...
March 02, 2012
Quick response (QR) codes are continuing to surge in the U.S advertising market. According to Competitrack, a company that monitors more than 30,000 national and regional advertisers, in January 2011, less than one percent of all print ads had a QR...
February 24, 2012
We’ve always known that gardening is a healthy hobby. Gardeners can get plenty of fresh air and exercise to help maintain their physical health while getting their hands dirty and beautifying their backyards. But gardening is also good for one’s...
February 21, 2012
With the California Spring Trials just over a month away, I figured I'd start a countdown and give you a sneak peek into some of the introductions attendees should expect to see throughout this one-week coastal journey. California Springs Trials...
February 19, 2012
You’ve probably heard of “yellow journalism,” -- newspaper writing and reporting that is designed to inflame or incite readers with incendiary jargon, screaming headlines and gratuitous photos. Well at the Boston Globe, if one company has its way...
February 12, 2012
Have you ever heard of Jack Mills? I hadn’t until last month when I ran across an article about him that appeared in a British newspaper. I think he’s the kind of guy everyone in our industry would like to know. Mills is an 88-year-old Englishman...
February 07, 2012
Welcome to GPN’s latest newsletter, Culture Connection! Each month in GPN, we feature all sorts of informative articles and coverage on new variety introductions, how to grow them, and how to be successful with them in GPN’s Culture Connection...
February 06, 2012
It looks like there are changes ahead for ANLA Management Clinic. The recently concluded 2012 Management Clinic has been a hot topic of discussion for attendees and non-attendees alike as people want to know what the future holds for the event. Last...
January 30, 2012
Two weeks ago, it was Ft. Lauderdale and a trip to TPIE. Last week, Pete Mihalek and I flew down to Louisville to attend ANLA Management Clinic. This week I’m in the office – for the entire week. During lunch with ANLA executive vice president Bob...
January 21, 2012
Last week, I escaped the single digit temperatures in Chicago for a 70-degree increase in the much warmer Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at the 2012 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE). It seemed like quite a few northern growers had the same idea as...
January 16, 2012
The deadline for nominations for GPN’s 40 Under 40 is just one week away!In our May issue we will be recognizing 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are going to help shape the future direction of the horticulture industry. We are looking for...
January 12, 2012
As we look around the industry and what has gone on the past six months, most reports from growers and their sales results at retail has been mostly positive. While no one will ever mistake the volume and sales of mums, poinsettias, Christmas trees...
January 12, 2012
Despite all of the negative news, market volatility, and the grim prognoses of the TV pundits, the U.S. economy is not likely to fall back into another recession. Yes, the U.S. economy slowed sharply last year, but slowing growth is not the same...
January 11, 2012
Welcome to 2012! Did you survive the holidays? Are you back into the swing of things yet, or are you still digging out from all of those "To Do" things that you put off during the holiday season? Once you get through that list, what's next on your...
January 11, 2012
Have you read about the latest gardening trends that the editors at Better Homes & Gardens are predicting for this year? If you haven't, then you better if you want to find out what is going to be hot in 2012. Click here to see what their...