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August 18, 2014
Growing new — and younger — gardeners has been an on-going challenge for our industry. Finding new ways to reach this demographic has proven to be difficult for growers and retailers. But now there’s an app for that — an app that connects gardener...
August 12, 2014
The National Garden Bureau recently announced its "Year of the" crops for 2015. The three crops that will be featured in next year's program are: - Annual: Coleus- Edible: Sweet pepper- Perennial: Gaillardia As always, the National Garden Bureau...
August 11, 2014
... to vote for the American Garden Award. And, there's no time like the present to let your customers know they can vote for the American Garden Award too. The American Garden Award provides a unique opportunity for the gardening public and...
August 01, 2014
This week is National Farmers Market Week. This is the 15th year that the United States Department of Agriculture has officially recognized farmers markets. In June, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued an official proclamation declaring...
July 24, 2014
We all know that our industry struggles with how Baby Boomers are gardening less as they get older. So it is great to see one of the emerging consumer categories for growers and garden centers is young male gardeners. Earlier this week, an article...
July 22, 2014
After perusing all the breeders' Spring Trials literature and catalogs and walking the Cultivate'14 trade show floor, one trend stands out: landscape performance. It seems that all members of the industry — whether they be growers, breeders,...
July 18, 2014
Are you looking for solutions to growing healthier and more profitable plants? Then mark Oct. 7 on your calendar and get ready to head to Grand Rapids, Michigan. That’s the date and place for GPN's 2014 Plant Health Management Conference. During...
July 17, 2014
Growers are constantly searching for ways to increase profits in the off season. While some popular potted crops have traditionally been an easy way to utiize greenhouse space during the winter, there doesn't seem to be an increased demand for these...
July 10, 2014
Cultivate'14 made its debut this weekend at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Yesterday morning the convention center was really buzzing with activity as attendees swarmed the main exhibit floor to see the latest new...
July 08, 2014
It's been a while since we've talked about the edibles category. And I was reminded of this yesterday as I walked past my vegetable garden and noticed how much my plants have grown. I guess I just wasn't expecting them to flourish as I've been a bit...
July 07, 2014
One of the biggest trends in home gardening in recent years has been vertical gardening. Well one gardener in the United Kingdom has taken vertical gardening to new heights — 26 feet to be specific! A recent article from the BBC tells the tale of...
June 30, 2014
You can add the San Francisco Giants to the list of gardeners who are jumping into edible gardening. Last week, the team debuted a 4,320 square-foot garden behind the centerfield scoreboard at AT&T Park that will produce sustainably grown...
June 24, 2014
Now that the 2014 gardening season is in full swing, it's a great time to visit a participating garden and place your vote for the American Garden Award. Four entries are on display at 32 public gardens across the country (and Canada), and now that...
June 23, 2014
Gardeners in Toronto appear to have a "growing" problem and it has nothing to do with their plants' health. It seems that thieves are sneaking into homeowners' yards and gardens and stealing their plants right out of the ground. According to news...
June 17, 2014
While hydroponics — along with other forms of controlled culture — is somewhat novel within ornamental horticulture, consumers are already catching on to these new styles of gardening and are eager to learn more about recent innovations. One easy...
June 10, 2014
Do you remember a couple of years ago when "true black" was all the rage in the breeding world? Everyone wanted to get their hands on a black petunia! Now it seems like "true orange" might be taking over in 2014-15. As I go through the hundreds —...
June 09, 2014
Believe it or not, the inaugural edition of Cultivate'14 will take place in less than a month in Columbus, Ohio. Cultivate'14, formerly known as OFA Short Course, will convene in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, July 12 to 15. Like Short...
May 30, 2014
For many people, gardening can be a far out experience. Well, if everything goes according to plan, some researchers at NASA plan to make it an out of this world mission. That's because scientists at the space agency are hoping to put a greenhouse...
May 23, 2014
... for college students to turn in their applications for the 2014 Syngenta Flowers Scholarship Program. Actually, next Wednesday (June 4) is the deadline, but why not get a head start? Just to refresh your memory, Syngenta Flowers is offering not...
May 21, 2014
Vegetable producers, health-minded consumers and many inventive chefs have realized the advantages of microgreens — tiny leaves of vegetable plants less than 14 days old. Microgreens, which are smaller than "baby greens" and harvested later than...