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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...
September 03, 2013
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED UNTIL 5 p.m. CHICAGO TIME ON OCT. 28, 2013. It is that time of year again! It is time for GPN and Nexus Corp. to find our Intern of the Year! For the past 14 years, GPN and Nexus Corp. have recognized one student...
August 27, 2013
Well, the summer growing season is nearing its end and hopefully you've had a chance to check out the 2013 American Garden Awards entries or even trial them yourself! The American Garden Award is a unique opportunity for the gardening public to vote...
August 23, 2013
Is the Chelsea Flower Show one of those things that has always been on your bucket list but you've always found a reason not to go? Well here's your opportunity to cross it off the list. Cornell University's Long Island Horticultural Research &...
August 19, 2013
Does your community participate in the America in Bloom program? Does your company? If you answered "No" to either of these questions, then I have another question for you, "Why not?" The mission of America in Bloom is to promote "nationwide...
August 13, 2013
Now that spring has come and gone and summer is over half way over, it's time to start thinking about the off-season. Just because temperatures will soon drop and gardeners' outdoor areas will start to shut down doesn't mean the gardening has to...
August 12, 2013
Last Tuesday I made a very last minute decision to head to Michigan to see a portion of the 2013 Michigan Garden Plant Tour. I didn't think I was going to be able to squeeze the Tour into my schedule this year, but I did it! Because impending...
August 05, 2013
Yesterday marked the beginning of National Farmers Market Week 2013. Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Farmers Market Directory, there are more than 8,000 farmers markets currently operating in the United...
July 29, 2013
Are you looking to improve the overall quality and health of the plants you grow? Do you have pest and/or disease issues in your greenhouses? Do you find it challenging trying to diagnose your production problems?  Would you like to learn more...
July 23, 2013
As you may have already heard, the National Garden Bureau recently announced the crops that will be featured in its 2014 "Year of the" program. For annuals, 2014 will be the year of the petunia; for vegetables, it will be the year of the cucumber;...
July 22, 2013
The 2013 edition of OFA Short Course is in the books. From everyone I have talked to so far, the trade show and conference was one of the best in recent years. The early and unofficial attendance numbers and buzz have all been extremely positive....