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December 17, 2003
Suntory Ltd. has decided to purchase Australian bioventure Florigene in order to develop blue carnations. The company is buying 97.1 percent of Florigene from its parent company Nufarm Ltd. in hopes to boost its research capabilities. In 1995,...
December 17, 2003
Since the announcement of the new venture between Ball Seed Company and Royal Van Zanten, LLC for Ball to have the exclusive rights to all CBA- and Cleangro-bred chrysanthemum varieties formerly produced by Royal Van Zanten in North America, there...
December 17, 2003
Frank’s Nursery has announced plans to expand into the wholesale nursery business. In February 2004, Frank’s will start servicing professional landscapers in two markets in the Northeast. To aid in this expansion, Frank’s has entered a vendor...
December 10, 2003
Ball Seed Company has reached an agreement with Royal Van Zanten, LLC to be the exclusive licensee of all CBA and Cleangro-bred chrysanthemum varieties formerly produced by Royal Van Zanten in North America. Ball Seed will assume all...
December 10, 2003
                  The Perennial Plant Association has named Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’ as the 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year.
December 10, 2003
Clarity Connect, Inc. (CCI) recently announced that it has entered into an agreement to develop a new, interactive Web site for MasterTag, Inc.   Clarity Connect, Inc. (CCI) recently announced that it has entered into an agreement to develop a...
December 10, 2003
In an effort to help add resources and effective alternatives to the current energy, the, Bush administration recently announced that it was considering a number of options for ending the current congressional dispute over a controversial gasoline...
December 10, 2003
A four-alarm fire destroyed a floral warehouse in Nicetown, Pa., on December 3, ruining everything in the building and causing a commuter rail line to shut down for a while. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the fire broke out a little after 1...
December 10, 2003
Two of the industry's leading advocates have joined forces to offer independent garden centers the unique opportunity to view new plant materials and be in the forefront of bringing these new products to the consumer. "The Inaugural Lawn &...
December 05, 2003
Gary Mangum from Bell Nursery, Burtonville, Princess Anne and Suderville, Md., has been invited to participate in a chat with President George W. Bush while he is visiting the Baltimore area about the economy and how it is effecting our industry....
December 05, 2003
In an effort to land at its home airport in Los Angeles, Calif., one of the Goodyear Blimps crashed into MB Nursery in Carson, Calif. The blimp was carrying the pilot and cameraman when it crashed and landed 300 yards from its destination point...
December 05, 2003
At a recent planning meeting held in West Chicago, Ill., the FloraStar Board of Directors made the decision to expand the board to 15 directors. The five newest members of the Board of Directors are as follows: Dr. Jim Barrett, Professor with the...
December 05, 2003
A study conducted by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) shows that a functional agricultural guest worker program that enjoys wide use among employers benefits the entire nation through a significant reduction in illegal immigration...
December 05, 2003
“Understanding the Consumer: Is Floriculture Relevant?” is the topic of discussion for the 2004 Seeley Conference, held June 26-29, 2004, at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Over the two and a half days of wide ranging discussion, this year’s...
December 05, 2003
The previously announced brand launch from Dutch perennials exporter Darwin Plants, “Distinctly-Different,” has now been re-named Darwin PlantSpotters. Due to hit retail stores in Spring 2004, the Darwin PlantSpotters label will appear on up to 15...
December 05, 2003
Halbert “Hal” Scranton Gillette, 81, chairman of the board and CEO of Scranton Gillette Communications, parent company of GPN, died November 22, 2003, at his home in Lake Forest, Ill. after a long battle with prostate cancer. Born in Chicago,...
November 19, 2003
Debate continues on attempts to ban the agricultural practice of hand weeding in California. Agricultural labor groups filed a petition with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) to ban the practice, and as a result...
November 19, 2003
Growers interested in implementing programs that promote environmental quality along with agricultural production may apply to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for financial and technical help. EQIP, a program of the U.S....
November 19, 2003
It’s time again for The National Poinsettia Trials, sponsored by the poinsettia breeders (Ecke Ranch, Oglevee Ltd., Fischer USA, Selecta First Class and Dummen USA). The trial dates are December 2, 2003, at Purdue University; December 4, 2003, at...
November 19, 2003
Workers’ ability to generate ideas, work creatively and solve problems is higher in workplaces with plants and flowers, according to a study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University and released by the Society of American Florists (SAF...