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July 23, 2012
As the dog days of summer approach, it's time to take a walk in the gardens and check out how this year's new varieties are performing. For those of you in the Midwest, we have a couple of fantastic opportunities in the next couple of weeks to visit...
July 15, 2012
Wow! It's really been a busy weekend in Columbus at OFA Short Course! On Saturday afternoon, the boards of directors of OFA -- the Association of Horticulture Professionals and the American Nursery & Landscape Association said they would begin "...
July 11, 2012
Many of you are probably packing and getting ready to head over to Columbus, Ohio, for the 2012 OFA Short Course. Some of you may be there already getting a head start on the big event. Either way, the event will surely be a success — More than 500...
July 09, 2012
OFA Short Course is just five days away -- but did you know the folks at OFA are already planning another great conference that will take place in two months? In September, the OFA Perennial and Retail Conference will convene in Grand Rapids,...
July 05, 2012
  Before you turn the page and ignore this column take a couple of seconds to consider the following questions:  Where would your business be today if you did not have soilless mixes to use for growing purposes? Or better yet, you did...
July 05, 2012
One of my favorite meetings each year to attend (and speak at) is the Big Grower Executive Summit (BGES) and this year’s meeting in San Diego was no exception.  Besides the critical information provided by the noted speakers, the...
July 02, 2012
Welcome to July! Summer is finally here as the mercury continues to climb in the Chicago area. We have already hit the 100 degree mark once this year and are expecting near triple digit temperatures again this week. Things will be sizzling in...
June 26, 2012
With hundreds of new variety introductions on display each year at the California Spring Trials, it can be hard to tell them apart and choose which ones would be best suited for your business. That's why Team GPN treks along the coast and takes a...
June 22, 2012
Dr. Jim Barrett, GPN's consulting editor, is "retiring" from the University of Florida at the end of this month. There's a reason why I used quotation marks around the word "retiring," because for those of you who know Dr. Barrett, you already know...
June 17, 2012
Now that Father's Day has come and gone and the spring rush is starting to slow down a bit, it's time for the farmers market season to start blooming. The popularity of farmers markets continues to skyrocket as consumers seek out locally grown...
June 12, 2012
For many people, roses serve one purpose: Valentine's Day gift. Once in a while, those same people may branch out and use roses for a birthday or Mother's Day or the popular "apology" bouquet. But lately, I've been noticing the popularity of roses...
June 10, 2012
If you were around in the late 1970s you might remember Earth shoes —those thick-soled shoes that made you walk funny. They were quite the fad in my high school at the time. Well, I just heard about a new kind of earth shoe trend that really has...
June 01, 2012
It's hard to believe but OFA Short Course is only 40 days away. This year OFA Short Course will take place July 14 to 17, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Have you made your reservations to get to Columbus yet? More...
May 29, 2012
Even though classes are out for most colleges students, they still have one more assignment if they plan on applying for the 2012 Syngenta Scholarship program. And their assignments are due this Friday, June 1. Earlier this spring, Syngenta...
May 22, 2012
In the past few years, I've noticed the perennial category growing in popularity among consumers. And after visiting with all the breeder companies at the 2012 California Spring Trials, it's obvious they're taking notice as well. The focus on...
May 18, 2012
Last Friday, Pete Mihalek and I spent our lunch hour at Pesche's garden center in the northwest Chicago suburb of Des Plaines. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the upper 70s so we figured it might be a little bit busy. It wasn't a...
May 13, 2012
…the Future of the Horticulture Industry. Last week, the May issue of GPN hit the streets with our inaugural 40 Under 40 list. As I mentioned in the issue, looking at the Class of 2012 is kind of like taking a peek into the horticulture industry’s...
May 08, 2012
While many breeders prefer to stick to the industry standards and improve their existing pink petunias, purple pansies and red geraniums, many breeders are branching out and finding ways to differentiate themselves from others. I think they're also...
May 04, 2012
Do you know someone in the horticulture business who is always looking out for the industry to make it better? Is this person like Ken Altman or the late Jack Williams and is truly making a lasting impression and a real difference in and on our...
April 27, 2012
Last week, the color experts at Pantone added 336 new colors to its Pantone Plus series -- the series now has a total of 1,677 colors! That's a lot of colors. I didn't think there were more than 350 colors when in actuality there are 1,677. It kind...