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February 25, 2013
As February winds down and March gets ready to enter like a lamb or a lion (we'll know this time next week), Team GPN has turned its sights on 2013 California Spring Trials. We booked our appointments weeks ago and bought our plane tickets, made our...
February 15, 2013
It looks like the Home Depot and Lowe's plan on having a good spring because the two retailers recently announced they will be hiring more than 130,000 employees in the coming weeks. The Home Depot announced plans to hire 80,000 workers for its...
February 12, 2013
With the 2013 California Spring Trials beginning in just less than two months, I figured now would be a good time to share some sneak peeks with you. Hopefully those of you who will be attending have all your travel plans in order. If you have yet...
February 11, 2013
That question is often used as an innocuous conversation starter. But if you were to ask that question to people across the country today, be prepared for a detailed weather report. Mother Nature has made her presence known over the past few days...
January 28, 2013
Last week and this week are what I call "planes, trains and automobiles" weeks. On Wednesday I flew down to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for the 2013 TPIE Show. I spent two days at the Broward County Convention Center checking out the latest products...
January 22, 2013
With growing interest in perennials among consumers, more universities and growers are conducting perennial trials to evaluate new cultivars' performance and appeal. Colorado State University recently announced its "top performers" from its...
January 18, 2013
...that today is the deadline for nominating someone to GPN's 40 Under 40 Class of 2013? I've been telling you this now for several weeks and today's is the day that nominations are due. Once again, we will be recognizing 40 men and women under the...
January 14, 2013
In last week's edition of GPN Weekly, I asked if you had made any resolutions for the new year. I heard from a few of you who have resolved to get 2013 off to a good start and some who were still procrastinating. The National Garden Bureau has...
January 08, 2013
In my last blog, I shared some of the new varieties that caught my eye during my recent visit to the Florexpo production facility in Costa Rica. I had the opporunity to participate in Florexpo Week, an event that brings together breeders, growers...
January 06, 2013
Happy New Year! The holidays and all but one football bowl game are now history and it is time to get back in to the "normal" routine -- whatever normal means to you. Even though 2013 is only a week old, how's it going so far? How are the next 51...
December 21, 2012
This is the last edition of GPN Weekly that you will be receiving in 2012. In the coming days, I hope that you are able to take a little time and reflect on everything that has happened this year. It was quite a year, wasn't it? I think many...
December 17, 2012
...to be making your trade show travel plans. Even though we are still in the holiday home stretch, there is another season right around the corner — the Trade Show Season. January is loaded with them. Check out the Calendar page on www.gpnmag.com...
December 11, 2012
Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Florexpo, a major unrooted cuttings supplier based in Paraiso, Costa Rica. I was invited to participate in the second annual Florexpo Week, which is an event that brings together breeders, growers and...
December 10, 2012
The color experts have spoken and the Color of the Year for 2013 is (drum roll please) ... EMERALD. Pantone LLC, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards, has selected Emerald (Pantone 17-5641) to succeed Tangerine...
November 30, 2012
Now that we are in December, we all know it's poinsettia time! For those growers that have had benches and greenhouses full of poinsettias for the past few months, you know what I am talking about. It's "go time" at retail and hopefully your racks...
November 26, 2012
Happy Cyber Monday and welcome back from the land of tryptophan. Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, I was notified that GPN and its sister publication, Lawn & Garden Retailer,  were both medalists in Folio magazine's Eddie Awards...
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...