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March 19, 2004
Connecticut Legislature’s Environment Committee demanded immediate bans of plants that are worth an estimated $18.7 million to the state’s nurseries, garden centers and landscapers. The committee raised two bills, the first banning all forms of...
March 19, 2004
Sakata Ornamentals Europe has acquired the osteospermum Cape Daisy Breeding program from Ecke Europe, as of March 12, 2004. The cooperation between the Paul Ecke Ranch and Sakata is a continuation of over five years of marketing and breeding...
March 19, 2004
Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) has announced a new slogan. "Oregon Grown" will replace the old slogan, "Oregon … the Nursery State," in order to build on the company’s marketing initiative. In 2003, OAN sponsored a national survey, in...
March 19, 2004
The Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that as of March 10, 2004, it will no longer accept H-2B petitions containing requests to start work prior to October 1, 2004. It has already met...
March 12, 2004
FIRST announces this year that it will be offering 25 scholarships geared towards supporting students who have career goals in specific areas of the floriculture industry, including production, research, business, marketing and public gardens....
March 12, 2004
Chinese steel producers have been scouring the world for scrap steel, causing scrap prices in the United States, the world’s largest supplier, to rise by as much as 80 percent. Chinese steel producers have been scouring the world for scrap steel,...
March 12, 2004
Three Louisiana women have filed a federal lawsuit with the Louisiana Horticulture Commission against the 65-year-old florist licensing law for anti-competitive, unconstitutional infringement on their right to earn a living. Louisiana is the only...
March 12, 2004
Members of the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), the Society of American Florists (SAF) and OFA have met to examine the issue of the industry’s compliance with existing weights and measures regulations. Members met in response to...
March 12, 2004
The deadline for the 2004 America in Bloom (AIB) contest is March 31. AIB, the independent, non-profit organization that encourages nationwide beautification programs through the promotion of personal and community involvement and educational...
March 05, 2004
Fischer and Goldsmith Seeds, Inc. has announced a partnership, making Fischer the exclusive production, distribution, marketing and sales channel for all Goldsmith vegetative varieties in North America, Europe and Asia. Goldsmith has licensed...
March 05, 2004
Over the past few years, the California cut-flower industry has been struggling, due to foreign competition and subsequent dwindling family-operated businesses. Domestic growers have been facing increasing costs for labor, energy and water, along...
March 05, 2004
The winner of the American Ivy Society award Ivy of the Year 2005 is Hedera helix ‘Misty.’ Misty is a variegated, miniature, Bird’s Foot ivy in the Pierot Classification system. It was found as a mutation of H.h. ‘Needlepoint’ in the late 1970s....
March 05, 2004
USDA Sentinel Survey inspectors collected samples from infected hibiscus plants at four residences in St. Petersburg’s Greater Pinellas Point, Fla. The samples were shipped to the division of plant industry headquarters in Gainesville, where they...
March 05, 2004
The Ball Horticultural Company trial and display gardens, located on six acres at the company’s headquarters in West Chicago, Ill., will undergo a transformation to be unveiled for its centennial celebration. The next generation of the Ball trial...
March 05, 2004
The USDA has funded a program to created the National Plant Diagnostic Network as part of Homeland Security’s effort to enhance national agricultural security by quickly detecting introduced pests and pathogens. The program creates a nationwide...
February 27, 2004
Many in the horticulture industry will greatly miss Bob Mangum, Gary Mangum’s father, who passed away Monday, February 23, after a short battle with cancer. "Virtually everything we do in business originated with him," stated Gary, current owner of...
February 27, 2004
Downy mildew on impatiens has been reported in Michigan for the first time, based on studies at the University of Michigan. Downy mildew is a pathogen caused by a fungal-like microscopic organism called Plasmopara obducens. It has been reported in...
February 27, 2004
Two varieties of the Suntory Flower, Ltd. Million Bells Series, marketed in the U.S. by Jackson & Perkins Wholesale, Inc., have been awarded the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) for Trial of Calibrachoa 2003 by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS....
February 27, 2004
Poppelmann Plastics has announced that a new manufacturing site will be in the United States within the next couple of weeks. While a specific location has not been announced, general sales manager Jack Shelton says a location in the Southeast is...
February 19, 2004
During the last few shipping days before Valentine’s Day, E.G. Hill Company and Hills Floral Group, the largest floral distributors in the United States, working with the Department of Homeland Security, announced the seizure of counterfeit roses...