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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,...
December 02, 2013
It’s kind of hard to believe that December is already here — but it is! I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend with your families, plenty of turkey and maybe even a little football. After you cleared the table, washed the dishes and...
November 25, 2013
Once again, Mother Nature is managing to drive everyone crazy — and it is not even spring!!! First we had last week’s devastating tornadoes in the Midwest, then an arctic blast pummeled the Southwest this weekend and now a nasty storm is supposed to...
November 19, 2013
As you've probably noticed by now, I've been concentrating on university trials the past month or so — and I'm going to continue the series today.  Are you familiar with Louisiana State University's Super Plant Program? According to LSU's Ag...
November 18, 2013
It's poinsettia time and I have a few pointed questions for you. First, are you growing poinsettias this year? If you answered "yes" to that question, then I have some more questions for you.  Are you growing more poinsettias in 2013 than...
November 12, 2013
I know many of you rely on university trials to plan for your upcoming season. So, following along with the trend I've been covering over the past several weeks, I'd like to share more top trial performers with you. Ohio State University recently...
November 11, 2013
After another year of thorough trialing, All-America Selections’ board of directors has announced its latest crop of winners. This is the first year that AAS is recognizing regional performance and granting an AAS Regional winner designation to five...
November 01, 2013
We are now taking nominations for the Class of 2014 of GPN’s 40 Under 40. This is the third year that GPN will recognize 40 individuals (under the age of 40) who are helping set the standard for the  horticulture industry. We want to identify...
October 28, 2013
Are you looking for innovative ways to advance your career and move your business to the next level? If you are, then be sure to mark Jan. 29-31, 2014 on your calendar and make plans now to be in the Big Easy. Those are the dates and New Orleans is...
October 22, 2013
In my last couple of blogs, I've reported on top-performing varieties at university trials. So far we've covered Colorado State University and Michigan State University — two varying climates. And today, I'd like to focus on Kansas State University...
October 21, 2013
For any hard working college students out there that didn't get their applications in for the 2014 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year scholarship, there's good news — they have been given a one-week reprieve. We have extended the deadline to next...
October 14, 2013
That is how long college students have to apply to be the 2014 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year. If you know a college student that participated in a college-sponsored internship program at a horticulture-related company in 2013, then let him or...
October 08, 2013
In my last blog, I shared some of the favorites from the 2013 Colorado State University plant trials. Many universities have been posting their trial results over the past few weeks, and there are many more to come. That said, this is a perfect time...
October 07, 2013
There has been a lot of talk about impatiens downy mildew in recent years. It has been a major topic of discussion for the industry and now researchers at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University and Michigan State University are conducting...
September 30, 2013
On Sept. 28, members of OFA — the Association of Horticulture Professionals and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) announced that their members voted overwhelmingly to consolidate into one national trade association (see news...
September 24, 2013
Now that the summer has come and gone and fall is officially here, many of the country's top trial gardens are coming to a close. With peak growing season just around the corner, now is probably a good time to evaluate many of the top performing...
September 23, 2013
If you do, then you might want to mark Nov. 5 and 6 on your calendar. Those are the dates that OFA's Grow & Sell for Profit Conference will take place at the Embassy Suites hotel in Raleigh, N.C. The Grow & Sell for Profit Conference will "...
September 16, 2013
The color experts at Pantone are at it again — they have released their latest report on fashion colors for 2014. The report, Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2014, is a comprehensive overview of designers’ use of color in their upcoming...
September 10, 2013
Although it may not seem like it in Chicago (it is currently 92 degrees and rising), fall is just around the corner and winter is not too far behind. Temperatures will soon drop, if they haven’t already in some parts of the country, and gardeners...
September 06, 2013
When I am surfing the the Internet and I see a headline that says "More Than 1 Million Cockroaches Escape," you know I have to click on that link because inquiring minds need to know more and that article definitely piqued my interest For most...