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November 20, 2012
After the completion of the 2012 trialing season, All-America Selections has announced its second batch of winners, rounding out the list of 2013 award winners. As a sign of the continuing edibles trend, three of the winners are from the vegetable...
November 16, 2012
Last week, I had a chance to attend a Networking Night event sponsored by the Horticulture Club at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. MSU horticulture students had an opportunity to talk to about 20 different professionals from...
November 12, 2012
...to start thinking about 2013 California Spring Trials. Even though it is only mid-November, the planning for 2013 Spring Trials is in full swing. California Spring Trials is the place to be April 6 to 11, 2013. It is an action packed week where...
November 06, 2012
"What's new?" I'm sure that is a question you — and your customers — hear often. Everyone wants the newest items on the market, the ones that have vast improvements and the ones with characteristics never seen before. That's why the National Garden...
November 05, 2012
The first full week of November looks like it is going to be a busy one. I know that for many of you on the East Coast, you are still feeling the after effects of Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy and are trying to get back to normal. I've heard from...
October 29, 2012
The dog ate my homework. My computer hard drive fried. I was preparing for Hurricane Sandy. Only one of these statements is a legitimate reason for not submitting your application on time for the 2013 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year scholarship. ...
October 23, 2012
Over the past few years, we've seen the trend toward homegrown edibles rise among consumers. That trend only continues to grow, and growers are reacting. More and more growers are adding edibles to their lineup. So in the October issue of GPN, we...
October 22, 2012
If you are looking for solutions both in the greenhouse and at retail, then you should plan to be in Huntersville, N.C., on Nov.8. That is when the OFA Grow & Sell for Profit Conference will be going on location to Metrolina Greenhouses – the...
October 09, 2012
While attending various plant trials this year, including the California Spring Trials and most recently the Colorado State University trials, I've noticed that mixed combinations are growing even more in popularity than before. I know you've heard...
October 08, 2012
Ron Wallace did it! A couple of weeks ago, I told you about his quest to grow the first-ever one-ton pumpkin. Well, the pumpkin grower from Rhode Island submitted his great pumpkin to the judges at the Topsfield Fair and it weighed 2,009 pounds...
October 01, 2012
The deadline to apply for the 2013 GPN/Nexus Intern of the year scholarship is just three weeks away. If you know a college student who has participated in a horticulture-related internship program and would like to receive a check for $3,000;...
September 25, 2012
Last week, I had the opportunity to travel throughout Colorado to visit with some growers and garden centers. While in Colorado, I decided to walk through the flower trials at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Coincidentally I visited the...
September 24, 2012
While the weather has been very challenging for most growers and gardeners this year, one grower in Rhode Island is having a year that could be one for the record books. He could possibly be growing the first-ever one ton pumpkin! According to an...
September 18, 2012
  By the time you see this article, Fall 2012 will be in full swing — hopefully a little cooler weather, more normal rainfall, football games and strong autumn sales for both growers and retailers.  Fall is also a great time to step back...
September 18, 2012
This year’s OFA Short Course (July 14 to 17, in Columbus, Ohio) was phenomenal.  As I have said before, it’s one of the few meetings where I learn every bit as much (or even more) as I am hopefully imparting on others. That is the beauty of...
September 17, 2012
As autumn approaches, and the leaves on the trees begin to change colors, it's hard to believe that it's already time to start thinking about the colors for next spring.  Earlier this month, the color gurus at Pantone released their "...
September 11, 2012
Do you know someone who likes to breed plants or collect sports and rare plants? Last week, I had the chance to catch up with Rick Schoellhorn of Proven Winners. And he was quite excited to share all the details about this year's Independent Plant...
September 06, 2012
It's back-to-school time and that means GPN and Nexus are looking for our 2013 Intern of the Year! The scholarship program, now in its 14th year, recognizes one outstanding college student who has participated in a horticulture-related internship...
September 04, 2012
If you haven't made plans to attend the 2012 OFA Perennial Production and Retail Conference next week in Michigan, you still have time.  The conference will take place Sept. 10 to 12, at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids. If you are already...
August 27, 2012
As of 7 a.m. CDT this morning, Isaac was still a tropical storm, but the weather experts expect it to reach hurricane status in the next day or so. It looks like Isaac has his sights set squarely on the Gulf States — Florida, Georgia, Louisiana,...