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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...
April 16, 2004
California is the latest state to approve Piccolo, the new high-purity paclobutrazol growth regulator from Fine Agrochemicals. Fine Agrochemicals is a specialist producer of plant growth regulators for use in fruit and flower crops, and currently...
April 16, 2004
An intergovernmental meeting of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer has granted limited "critical-use exemptions" to 11 countries facing a year-end deadline for phasing out methyl bromide. The 11 countries that have...
April 09, 2004
The American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) is now offering a Seasonal Worker Healthcare Assistance Plan for green industry businesses that employ seasonal workers. The plan, with American Planstman and Fundamental Care providers, is...
April 09, 2004
Wal-Mart spent more than $1 million to persuade voters in Inglewood, Calif., to approve a ballot initiative to build a supercenter that would cover the size of 17 football fields. On Tuesday, April 6, 2004, voters rejected ballot 0-4A, the...
April 09, 2004
In an effort to increase sales and enhance customer service, Home Depot is providing nursery certification classes for all its workers. "This is all about sales and the customer," said Bob Jacobson, Home Depot’s senior director for live goods, in a...