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November 19, 2004
All-America Selections (AAS) has chosen its 2005 winners, all of which were tested across North America and were found to be superior to existing varieties. These cultivars meet gardeners’ preferences for plants that are easy to grow and maintain...
November 19, 2004
Kmart Holding Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co. have signed a definitive merger agreement that will combine Sears and Kmart into a major new retail company named Sears Holdings Corporation. Sears Holdings will be the nation's third largest...
November 12, 2004
UPI Acquires Ag Value United Phosphorus, Inc. (UPI) has purchased Ag Value, Inc., a supplier and registrant of crop-protection products located in Visalia, Calif. The sale includes all stock and related entities, including the company’s assets,...
November 12, 2004
The National Gardening Association (NGA) will present National Garden Month in April 2005 for the third consecutive year. This month-long action plan to increase gardening invites everyone to get out and plant. NGA hopes that educational activities...
November 12, 2004
The president has signed law H.R. 4520, legislation that will phase out various American tax subsidies ruled illegal under international trade rules. According to a statement by the White House Press Secretary on www.whitehouse.gov, “H.R. 4520, the...
November 12, 2004
In an effort to strengthen and enhance management and reduce costs, the American Floral Endowment has changed management structures. Effective Oct. 22, 2004, Hortica Insurance was retained to manage all administrative functions of the organization...
November 12, 2004
In a November 11 letter to preferred suppliers, Home Depot announced its intentions to institute pay-by-scan and invited representatives from approximately 100 companies to attend a “Partners Council Forum” on November 17 in Atlanta. The letter,...
November 05, 2004
Griffin Buys Page Seed’s Grower Division Griffin Greenhouse & Nursery Supplies has recently announced the purchase of The Page Seed Company’s Grower Division as of Oct. 20, 2004. Griffin has been working with growers since 1947 to provide...
November 05, 2004
Even after two Chapter 11 filings in almost two years, a CEO that has only been with the company since July of 2004 and stores closing all over the country, Franks Nursery is saying that if some executives stay at the company until December, they...
November 05, 2004
Early last week USDA confirmed the presence of Chrysanthemum White Rust (CWR) in nurseries and some residences in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New York, according to the USDA’s Phytosanitary Alert System.   The Pennsylvania Department of...
November 05, 2004
The San Diego County Flower and Plant Association has recently announced a new addition to the Plant Showcase event during the 2005 Plant Tour Days. For the first time in its history, the Plant Showcase will feature seminars geared toward educating...
November 05, 2004
After weeks of speculation and industry confusion, the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) division of the USDA has announced that the initially identified outbreak “of what was thought to be Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 in geranium...
October 29, 2004
Palram Acquires SPS As part of a worldwide effort to streamline, strengthen and broaden Palram's sales and marketing efforts, Palram has acquired SPS. With the exception of Carl Schultz, current SPS employees will begin operating within the newly...
October 29, 2004
Back by popular demand the “Point-of-Purchase and Brand Building Equity Study, Increasing the Value of Retail Real Estate,” Phase II is now out after the success of part 1 last year (look for last year’s results in GPN December 2003, January and...
October 29, 2004
Bulb growers in the United States may be in for a rude awakening soon if a recent proposed tariff on select bulbs comes through. According to the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Dateline Newsletter bulb growers may have to pay up to 10 percent...
October 29, 2004
The Mid-Am Horticultural Trade Show has made some additions and improvements for its event held January 19-21, 2005 in Chicago’s Lakeside Center at McCormick Place. New hours, components and features have been added to the program to make...
October 29, 2004
“One of our biggest accomplishments this year is introducing more than 90 new perennial varieties, in addition to our already-popular lines,” notes Henry Huntington, president of PVG. “Each of the new varieties in our collection is already...
October 29, 2004
Dean Chaloupka, president of Floral Plant Growers, LLC (FPG), Denmark, Wis., announced last week that the company’s senior management team has joined with Blue Point Capital Partners in a recapitalization of the company. Prior to the transaction...
October 22, 2004
Ever since the United States has been receiving cut flowers from Central and South America, consumers have had the disappointment of them having a short vase life because it takes so long to get them here. Since the prices coming from Central and...
October 22, 2004
After a year or more of hard work and community dedication, American In Bloom (AIB) found itself with eight new winners for 2004. The winners in the eight different population categories were announced at the Third Annual America in Bloom Symposium...