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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...
May 20, 2013
Even though this is a crazy time in the greenhouse, it's never too early to start thinking about 2013 OFA Short Course. Believe it or not, Short Course is just a little more than a month-and-a-half away. It will meet July 13 to 16 in the Columbus...
May 13, 2013
In the May issue of GPN we are introducing the Class of 2013 of our 40 Under 40. This is the second year now that GPN has recognized the horticulture industry’s “next wave!” The movers and shakers of today and tomorrow! This year’s class, much like...
May 07, 2013
Over the past few years, I've been noticing more and more unique colors being introduced in common crops like petunia and calibrachoa. More than ever there are numerous bicolors and tricolors, and wild color inconsistencies that really grab your...
May 06, 2013
It looks like the economic recovery is in full swing when it comes to Mother’s Day 2013. The reason I say this is because the National Retail Federation (NRF) is projecting that consumers will spend nearly $21 billion on Mom this weekend. That’s an...
April 29, 2013
Do you know someone who is truly making a lasting impression and a real difference in our industry? Someone whose contributions are helping to move the horticulture industry forward? If you know an individual that is paving the way for the...
April 23, 2013
I can't believe it's already been two weeks since the California Spring Trials came to an end. I'm still shuffling through thousands of photos and pages of notes. If you received my newsletters from the road, you had the chance to see some of the...
April 22, 2013
If you haven’t heard already, today is Earth Day. According to www.earthday.org, in 2013, more that 1 billion people in 192 countries will be celebrating Earth Day! This year marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day — reportedly “the largest secular...
April 15, 2013
Team GPN made it! We survived our annual trek to California Spring Trials and now it is back to our “day jobs” putting out the latest edition of GPN. During our weeklong journey, the weather was good and the new variety introductions were plentiful...
April 12, 2013
Our trek up the California Coast has finally come to an end. We've seen so many new introductions and learned about new programs; I can't wait to share it all with you in the June and July issues of GPN. But in the meantime, I'd like to show you...
April 10, 2013
Team GPN has officially crossed the halfway mark of the California Spring Trials, but before we complete the coastal trek, I'd like to share some of the new varieties we've seen with you. Day three began at Ball's facility in Santa Paula. Although...
April 08, 2013
It's been only two days, and we've already seen so much at this year's California Spring Trials. Our first stop was Plug Connection in Vista, which also played host to several breeding companies.The first new introduction to grab our attention was...