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March 30, 2012
I can't believe the week is already over! I've seen so many new varieties and learned so much about new breeding programs. I can't wait to share it all with you over the next few months in GPN magazine and in this newsletter. But for now, I'd just...
March 28, 2012
Today, Team GPN is embarking on the final leg of our California Spring Trials coastal journey. But I wanted to share with you some of the new varieties and programs I've seen over the past couple of days, from Oxnard to San Luis Obispo. Our first...
March 26, 2012
It's now Day 3 of the California Spring Trials, and I feel like I've already seen so much! Days 1 and 2 were busy with color, and I've got some pictures below to show you. Our first stop on Saturday was Suntory, which was set up at Plug Connection...
March 22, 2012
We are on Day 3 of our California Spring Trials adventure. We started at Plug Connection in Vista on Saturday visiting with the folks at Suntory, Benary and Cultivaris. From there, we headed off to Ecke Ranch to see their new introductions including...
March 20, 2012
Happy first day of spring! Here in Chicago, it feels more like the first day of summer...but I'm not complaining! I never thought I'd see the day when it's almost 30 degrees warmer in Chicago than in Southern California, especially in mid March!...
March 16, 2012
It's finally here! California Spring Trials, here we come. Starting on Saturday morning, the GPN Team will be starting in Vista and hitting all the stops throughout California finishing in Gilroy at the end of next week. We'll be posting photos of...
March 09, 2012
Developing new flowers or improving existing varieties can be a slow and arduous task, as most plant breeders pour their heart and soul into the development of a new product. They spend countless hours in the greenhouse (or out in the field)...
March 06, 2012
Only 18 days away, the California Spring Trials will be here before we know it! If you plan on trekking along the California coast the final week in March, I hope you're making use of GPN's Spring Trials Companion. Flip through the digital edition...
March 02, 2012
Quick response (QR) codes are continuing to surge in the U.S advertising market. According to Competitrack, a company that monitors more than 30,000 national and regional advertisers, in January 2011, less than one percent of all print ads had a QR...
February 24, 2012
We’ve always known that gardening is a healthy hobby. Gardeners can get plenty of fresh air and exercise to help maintain their physical health while getting their hands dirty and beautifying their backyards. But gardening is also good for one’s...
February 21, 2012
With the California Spring Trials just over a month away, I figured I'd start a countdown and give you a sneak peek into some of the introductions attendees should expect to see throughout this one-week coastal journey. California Springs Trials...
February 19, 2012
You’ve probably heard of “yellow journalism,” -- newspaper writing and reporting that is designed to inflame or incite readers with incendiary jargon, screaming headlines and gratuitous photos. Well at the Boston Globe, if one company has its way...
February 12, 2012
Have you ever heard of Jack Mills? I hadn’t until last month when I ran across an article about him that appeared in a British newspaper. I think he’s the kind of guy everyone in our industry would like to know. Mills is an 88-year-old Englishman...
February 07, 2012
Welcome to GPN’s latest newsletter, Culture Connection! Each month in GPN, we feature all sorts of informative articles and coverage on new variety introductions, how to grow them, and how to be successful with them in GPN’s Culture Connection...
February 06, 2012
It looks like there are changes ahead for ANLA Management Clinic. The recently concluded 2012 Management Clinic has been a hot topic of discussion for attendees and non-attendees alike as people want to know what the future holds for the event. Last...
January 30, 2012
Two weeks ago, it was Ft. Lauderdale and a trip to TPIE. Last week, Pete Mihalek and I flew down to Louisville to attend ANLA Management Clinic. This week I’m in the office – for the entire week. During lunch with ANLA executive vice president Bob...
January 21, 2012
Last week, I escaped the single digit temperatures in Chicago for a 70-degree increase in the much warmer Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at the 2012 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE). It seemed like quite a few northern growers had the same idea as...
January 16, 2012
The deadline for nominations for GPN’s 40 Under 40 is just one week away!In our May issue we will be recognizing 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are going to help shape the future direction of the horticulture industry. We are looking for...
January 12, 2012
As we look around the industry and what has gone on the past six months, most reports from growers and their sales results at retail has been mostly positive. While no one will ever mistake the volume and sales of mums, poinsettias, Christmas trees...
January 12, 2012
Despite all of the negative news, market volatility, and the grim prognoses of the TV pundits, the U.S. economy is not likely to fall back into another recession. Yes, the U.S. economy slowed sharply last year, but slowing growth is not the same...