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March 02, 2014
Well, it looks like March 2014 came in like a lion. For most of the country, Mother Nature had a hard time taming the beast over the past few days. Some parts of California got more rain this weekend than they received all of last year creating new...
February 23, 2014
If you plan to grow your business this year and for years to come, you need to continually cultivate ALL of your resources. For 85 years, the horticulture industry has relied on OFA Short Course as the place to do that. Well, that is going to...
February 19, 2014
The 2014 California Spring Trials are almost here! Just a week and a half until the big event begins. Over the past several weeks, I've been sending you sneak peeks into some of the new varieties that will debut at the trials and today will be the...
February 18, 2014
And the countdown continues! Only 25 more days until the 2014 California Spring Trials begin. If you're attending, have you finalized your travel plans? If not, be sure to check out GPN's Spring Trials Companion to help set up your appointments and...
February 14, 2014
Even though Mother Nature has been brutal to pretty much every part of the country this winter, spring is still going to arrive in 2014 — eventually. Hopefully, the record cold and snow that has been bestowed upon us this winter will lead to a lot...
February 10, 2014
Nowadays, everyone knows there is a menagerie of animals that feast on flowers. Hungry deer, rabbits, squirrels, moles are just a few of the critters that gardeners do battle with each spring. But how would you like to deal with a wooly mammoth in...
February 06, 2014
The countdown to the 2014 California Spring Trials continues with only 38 days left until the week-long event commences! Many of the breeders that will be participating in the trials this year have been kind enough to share some of their newest...
February 06, 2014
In my last e-newsletter, I shared some sneak peeks from the breeders that will be on display this year at the California Spring Trials. Today, I'm going to continue the sneak peeks. If you're planning on attending the trials, be on the lookout for...
February 03, 2014
While the actual Super Bowl game turned out to be not so super (especially if you are a Broncos fan), there still were some entertaining moments that took place during yesterday’s game — the commercials. Companies were shelling out a reported $4...
January 27, 2014
I know it's hard to believe with pretty crummy weather in many parts of the country but spring is just around the corner, and with that comes the 2014 California Spring Trials! With hundreds of new variety introductions from dozens of breeders on...
January 21, 2014
Hydroponics and controlled culture are on the rise in our industry, and we want to keep you informed on all the latest trends in this category. Last year, GPN conducted a reader survey to get a feel for the use of hydroponic methods in horticulture...
January 20, 2014
I think we all know that time is a precious commodity — and none of us probably have enough money to buy the amount of time we would like to buy.  Well, we are giving you some time — one more week to be exact — to nominate individuals for the...
January 14, 2014
I can't believe it — the California Spring Trials are just around the corner (April 5-10)! It seems like just last week Team GPN was trekking up the California coast for the 2013 trials. Time sure does fly!  You may have gotten numerous news...
January 13, 2014
Last week, temperatures dropped to nearly -20 degrees Fahrenheit in the Chicago area. And that Arctic plunge came AFTER we got 18 inches of snow during the first week of the year!  I know it was even colder in other areas and some places got...
January 06, 2014
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014! On Jan. 1, AmericanHort, the horticulture industry’s newest trade association, officially began operating. AmericanHort’s debut is the culmination of a two-year effort of the leaders at OFA and the American Nursery...
December 30, 2013
I hope you are enjoying the holidays. Hopefully, this is a quiet week for you to catch your breath -- and maybe a college bowl game or two. If it is a slow week and you've got a little spare time on your hands, why don't you take this opportunity to...
December 24, 2013
In my last newsletter, Jim Barrett of the University of Florida shared some insight with us about poinsettia trends he observed while traveling in Europe. With this season's poinsettia production nearing its end, this is a great time to review some...
December 16, 2013
As the holidays approach, it seems like everyone has a never-ending To Do list to make sure everything gets done. Shop, wrap, bake, mail, donate, carol and even shovel are just a few of the verbs that appear on many lists, but how about nominate?...
December 10, 2013
It's poinsettia time! And with all the new varieties introduced each year, I know it can be a challenge to figure out which poinsettias to add to (or subtract from) your production. Jim Barrett of the University of Florida has been my go-to...
December 09, 2013
Did you hear the news last week? The color experts at Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2014. Can I have a drum roll please? The Color of the Year for next year is — Radiant Orchid (Pantone 17-5641)! According to Leatrice Eiseman,...