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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....
July 14, 2013
The 2013 edition of OFA Short Course kicked off over the weekend at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The educational program began on Saturday and the trade show started yesterday morning. While we haven't heard any official...
July 09, 2013
In my last newsletter, I discussed my visit at the Gardens at Ball in West Chicago, Ill., for Darwin Perennial Day. Perennials are really making a statement in the industry, and there are so many new varieties being introduced to the market. Based...
July 08, 2013
It's almost here, are you ready? This weekend it will be SHOWTIME as the 85th edition of OFA Short Course kicks off in Columbus, Ohio.  Over the next couple of days, everyone at GPN and Lawn & Garden Retailer will be scurrying around...
July 01, 2013
Do you know a garden center that has been doing something really different or totally unique when it comes to retail merchandising? Perhaps it is your own retail operation or maybe it is one of your customers. Either way, if you know someone that...
June 25, 2013
Last Wednesday, I visited the Gardens at Ball in West Chicago, Ill., for the company's annual Darwin Perennials Day. Attendees were able to check out all the new Darwin Perennials introductions for 2014, first-year flowering and overwinter...
June 24, 2013
Before you know it, OFA Short Course will be here. In fact, one deadline for Short Course is already here. Today is the last day to take advantage of early registration discounts for OFA Short Course. If you are an OFA member, you can save $55...
June 17, 2013
Last week, I was in southern California to attend EuroAmerican Propagators' June Bloom Symposium. The two-day event took place at the Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens in Fallbrook, Calif. The Grand Tradition was recently named a Proven...
June 11, 2013
Four years ago, we were introduced to the breakthrough breeding of Calliope, Syngenta's interspecific geranium. Growers were instantly amazed and the popularity of interspecific geraniums has been growing ever since. What's not to love about these...
June 10, 2013
Even though it is only June, the polls are now open! While 2013 may not be a major election year for politicians, this year (actually every year) is an election year for the American Garden Award. The American Garden Award is a popularity contest...
June 03, 2013
In the pages of the May issue of GPN we introduced you to the Class of 2013 of our 40 Under 40. Well, at OFA Short Course, I'd like to introduce you to some of the members of this year's class in person! On July 14, there will be a special "Mix 'N...
May 28, 2013
Last week, I read an article about a company who is leasing space in the greenhouses at the former Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, Calif., to grow kale, spinach and lettuce using hydroponic growing techniques. The company, Go Green Agriculture, is kind of...
May 21, 2013
Over the past few years, I’ve been noticing more and more foliage varieties being introduced. And that trend was definitely made apparent at this year's California Spring Trials. As much as gardeners love flowers, foliage plants can make just as...