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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,...
August 20, 2012
Editor's Note: Jasmina is away on her honeymoon this week. Jasmina Dolce will be back for the next edition of the Culture Connection newsletter Until then, be sure to check out this article, "Comparing Dianthus," that appeared in this month's issue...
August 20, 2012
We've got a double header of sorts going on in the industry this week. There are two industry trade shows taking place over the next six days — the Independent Garden Center Show and the Farwest Show The 2012 Independent Garden Center Show starts...
August 10, 2012
Are you growing and selling perennials? Are you thinking about growing and selling perennials? Are you looking for more information on how to grow and sell perennials? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then mark your calendar for...
August 07, 2012
In my last newsletter, I focused on fairy gardening and the prominence of miniature plants at OFA Short Course. And the feedback I received from that newsletter was tremendous! Growers and retailers are REALLY excited about this trend, much more...
August 06, 2012
In recent years, many growers and retailers have dabbled in the waters of "Social Media" with varying degrees of success. It seems like in our industry, companies have either totally embraced social media and have found their niche with it or they...
July 30, 2012
Last Friday, I traveled to West Chicago to attend Ball Seed Customer Day. As I drove through a pretty good thunderstorm (a rarity this summer in the Midwest) from the northern suburbs, I was expecting to spend the day walking under an umbrella...
July 24, 2012
It's now been a full week since OFA Short Course. I hope those of you who attended are finally recovered and back to business as usual. I know we say this every year — the attitude was great among exhibitors and attendees, and the mood was upbeat....
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...