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May 14, 2004
FloraStar announces Oglevee's kalanchoe 'Midi Twilight' as the most recent FloraStar winner. To receive the FloraStar Award, plants must pass a trialing period evaluated by the FloraStar Board of Directors. Midi Twilight has three colors of...
May 14, 2004
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has adopted the Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Rule, a comprehensive national program aimed at reducing emissions from nonroad diesel engines. It is the latest in a series of Clean Diesel actions...
May 14, 2004
Bob Mikulas, president of the National Lawn & Garden Show/Marketing Conferences (NLGS), has agreed to back an industry-wide "Unification Campaign." Mikulas says, "It's time I say thank you and give back to an industry that has been so loyal to...
May 07, 2004
Riverview Flower Farm, Home Depot's largest supplier of 1-gal. premium annuals and perennials in Florida, has decided to expand their company in an effort to fulfill Home Depot's need for product. They have purchased Florida Azalea Specialists' 43...
May 07, 2004
About 16,000 agricultural workers are admitted into the country each year under the H-2A program, and about 87,000 seasonal workers are given H-2B visas. However, The U.S.-Mexico Binational Council has indicated that the H-2A and H-2B temporary...
May 07, 2004
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its regulations to establish a long-awaited certification program for imported plants. The newly established program requires registration and certification of any sites that...
May 07, 2004
Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, has acquired a majority interest in Pike Family Nurseries, the largest independent lawn and garden center in the Southeast and the third largest in the United States. Pike is Roark Capital'...
May 07, 2004
In an effort to provide worldwide assistance to breeders, Perennial Plant Products, trading as Blooms of Bressingham North America, has purchased Blooms of Bressingham Plant Varieties, Ltd. Management of both the United Kingdom and North American...
April 30, 2004
Jim Barrett of the University of Florida and GPN’s consulting editor has been selected for this year’s Southeast Greenhouse Conference (SGC) Horticulture Initiative Award. The award is presented annually to an individual recognized for their...
April 30, 2004
Armstrong Garden Centers, Bachman’s Floral Gift and Garden Centers and Welby Nurseries, three industry-leading growers/retailers, have joined The Flower Fields in offering P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Collection, bringing the total number of...
April 30, 2004
On April 22, 2004, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued an order restricting the movement of nursery stock from California nurseries, amended from an order issued April 9, following extensive negotiations between federal...
April 30, 2004
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), emergency rooms treat more than 400,000 outdoor garden-tool-related injuries each year. Now, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is warning gardeners to take the proper...
April 23, 2004
The Athens Select Marketing Association has announced two new additions to its group of licensed propagators: Center Greenhouse, Denver, Colo. and Meadow View Growers, New Carlisle, Ohio makes eleven members in the group. The new members are...
April 23, 2004
Smith Gardens, Inc. has appointed Eric Smith as the new president of Smith Gardens and its subsidiary company Pacific Plug & Liner. Eric held the position of vice president of development since 1997 and has served as general manager of the...
April 23, 2004
On April 20, 2004, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced the final regulations governing overtime eligibility for white-collar workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The department’s new FairPay rule will take effect in late August...
April 23, 2004
More than 120 floral-industry members, including 12 first-time attendees, visited Washington, D.C., for SAF’s 24th Annual Congressional Action Days, March 15 and 16. Twenty-seven state delegations visited more than 170 congressional offices to...
April 16, 2004
Since the announcement of the 2004 Sudden Oak Death (SOD) outbreak in California, there has been new information flowing in every week about the disease and what is going on throughout the country. Despite the fact that, to date, the only reported...
April 16, 2004
Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens announce the Plant Select Choices for 2004. Plant Select is a program that finds and distributes the best plants to be used in Colorado gardens. The seven chosen plants are ideal for the current...
April 16, 2004
DRAMM Corporation and OFA are sponsoring the 5th annual 5K Relay at the OFA Short Course, in July, with proceeds benefiting the Floriculture Industry for Research, Scholarships and Trusts (FIRST). This year's race, themed "FIRST-AID," will raise...
April 16, 2004
Bailey Nurseries has announced an alliance with Ball Seed Company to offer a new resource to independent garden centers. This resource, New Growth Marketing, based in St. Paul, Minn., was launched nationwide in January 2004. New Growth Marketing...