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August 20, 2004
Floriculture professionals from around the world were in attendance at the 2004 OFA Short Course to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of OFA and the OFA Short Course. For 75 years, the OFA Short Course has been a great place for floriculture...
August 20, 2004
Pen & Petal, Inc., a green industry marketing communication companies, recently announced it has added two new services. Pen & Petal now offers the development and implementation of a crisis communication plan — a vital component of any...
August 20, 2004
With just about four months to go on the FCC’s January 1, 2005 deadline of the Junk Fax law, Colorado beat them to the punch and set a statewide ban of its own. Effective August 5, 2004, all business owners must obtain written consent from all...
August 13, 2004
Sakata Seed America has recently decided to team up with Franks Nursery for the addition of a new element to the Franks’ Jack Frost Program. Beginning in fall 2004, the Jack Frost program will offer consumers Sakata pansy and viola genetics with...
August 13, 2004
Due to the number of terrorist threats in the United States since 9/11, and most recently with the level orange terrorism alert on the East Coast, florists in Connecticut have been experiencing a number of problems with deliveries. When federal...
August 13, 2004
OFA — an Association of Floriculture Professionals is bringing education to the industry by partnering with several organizations this fall to offer informational learning opportunities for growers and their staffs. The following is a list of the...
August 13, 2004
Kmart Holding Corporation made an announcement last week stating that the agreement between Kmart and The Home Depot has changed. The original announcement said that Kmart was going to sell 24 of its stores to the home improvement chain for the...
August 13, 2004
The Scotts Company announced last week it is planning to acquire Smith & Hawken, Ltd., one of the nation’s leading brands in the fast-growing garden lifestyle category. According to Michelle Farabaugh, senior vice-president of marketing at Smith...
August 06, 2004
The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) announced the findings of a recently completed survey, ALCA’s Report on Landscape Industry Growth: Trends and Buying Practices in the Consumer Market, 2004, that was conducted that tracked...
August 06, 2004
Earlier this year Speedling, Incorporated made a decision to begin its five-year modernization plan, as announced by Mike Samilian, Speedling vice president. This summer, the initial phase of a greenhouse renovation project at its Sun City, Fla.,...
August 06, 2004
In an effort to end the recent suit filed by the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) regarding the ban on nursery stock from California to Kentucky, Kentucky recently reached a settlement with CANGC allowing locally grown...
August 06, 2004
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund has created the $30,000 Silver Circle Level — Ed and Betty Rosenthal Florikan Endowment Fund. The Rosenthals have established this fund as a way to “give back” to the industry they...
August 06, 2004
Yoder Brothers has reached a tentative agreement to acquire four of the five potted plant crops from Earl J. Small Growers, Pinellas Park, Fla. Under terms of the agreement, Yoder will acquire all of Small's seed inventory and genetic materials...
July 30, 2004
The Suntory Collection, marketed in the United States by Jackson & Perkins Wholesale, Inc. (JPW), will now be offering unrooted cuttings to eight select brokers.  The cuttings will come from Plant Source International in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and...
July 30, 2004
First Step Greenhouses recently announced its spring 2005 vegetative liner program. The program offers 127 varieties, including Celebration calibrachoas, Cascadia petunias, Harmony New Guinea impatiens and many others. For the 2004/2005 growing...
July 30, 2004
For the past five years, Dramm Corp., Manitowoc, Wis., with OFA, has organized and sponsored the 5K Relay for Floriculture. Athletes competed on Saturday July 10 during the OFA Short Course at Goodale Park in Columbus, Ohio. In the early hours of...
July 30, 2004
The Paul Ecke Ranch, Encinitas, Calif., has recently announced the completion of The Ecke Poinsettia Manual, published by Ball Publishing. Paul Ecke III, Ecke CEO said, “Growers around the country continue to look to the [Ecke] Ranch for...
July 23, 2004
Pleasant View Gardens (PVG) is hosting three poinsettia workshops during the 2004 season. The goal of these workshops is to aid growers with cultural issues, variety selection and offer an independent Northeast trial of poinsettia varieties from...
July 23, 2004
Western flower thrips are the pest that is causing an economical downfall (a loss of about one half-million dollars a day) for a number of Dutch cut flower companies within the last few weeks. According to the Associated Press (AP), Russia put a...
July 23, 2004
Cornell University has recently developed a new Web site with photos and growth characteristics of more than 150 herbaceous perennial plants. The database is fully searchable by plant name (common or scientific), height, bloom time, color and many...