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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...
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...
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