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December 17, 2014
Urban Cultivator is a company with a goal — to take hydroponic growing where no company has gone before. Based in British Columbia, Canada, they believe local is the way to go, and so their mission is to provide for each and every family access to...
December 15, 2014
I'm back from my trip to the University of Florida's poinsettia trials field day last week in Gainesville. It's always nice to escape Chicago's "winter" weather and see what things are like in the Southeast this time of year. However, the...
December 09, 2014
Last month, All-American Selections announced its winners for the 2015 season. In my last blog, I shared the winners in the flower category, which included for the first time two vegetatively propagated varieties. However, All-American Selections is...
December 05, 2014
It's that time of the year! Christmas is just two-and-a-half weeks away so I am headed down to Gainesville this morning to check out the University of Florida's 2014 poinsettia trials. Tomorrow is the university's Industry Poinsettia Trial...
December 04, 2014
Yesterday, the color experts at the Pantone Institute announced its choice for the Color of the Year for 2015. And the designated color is … drum roll please … Marsala (Pantone 18-1438), “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” Each year, color...
December 01, 2014
Happy Cyber Monday! Welcome back from the Thanksgiving weekend and into December and the onslaught of the holiday shopping season. As you probably already know, today is Cyber Monday — the busiest online shopping day of the year. According to the...
November 24, 2014
Earlier this month, All-America Selections announced its winners for the 2015 season. After more than 80 years trialing only seed-propagated varieties, AAS began trialing vegetatively propagated varieties early this year. Along with the ten seed...
November 24, 2014
Did you know that Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving for nearly 400 years?  While some historians still argue when the very first Thanksgiving celebration took place, it has been generally accepted that the first Thanksgiving was...
November 19, 2014
While hydroponic growing seems to be the next big expansion for many greenhouse growers, some are still hesitant to make that leap. It can be a costly endeavor, but the return on investment can be huge. In the October issue of GPN, Maxwell Salinger...
November 17, 2014
Last week, All-America Selections announced its 2014 winners. Twelve varieties were designated as AAS Winners including, for the first time in 80 years of AAS trialing, two vegetatively propagated varieties. All-America Selections is an independent...
November 11, 2014
Winter is just around the corner and once your holiday plants are out the door it'll be time to begin production for spring 2015! It'll be here before you know it! You may rely on trial data to decide which plants to add to or subtract from your...
November 10, 2014
Keeping up with the latest consumer trends can be a challenge for anyone in this industry. It's hard enough just keeping up with the plants in the greenhouse. Especially when the trends change so fast from year to year. That's why the Garden Media...
October 31, 2014
It's election week this week in many states and local municipalities, but here at GPN it's nomination time — time to nominate someone for the Class of 2015 of GPN's 40 Under 40! This is the fourth year that we have recognized those young men and...
October 28, 2014
Most plant trials are coming to a close now, if they haven't already. I've been reporting on some of the top-performing varieties — so far I've covered the trials at Colorado State University and the Dallas Arboretum. Today, I'd like to cover the...
October 27, 2014
Have you heard what members of the Des Moines Founders Garden Club are doing? They are "planting" random acts of kindness throughout Iowa’s capital city. According to an article in the Des Moines Register, for the past five years, club members have...
October 22, 2014
Gary, Indiana is a city that has lost its founding prosperity and over the past couple of decades earned a dismal reputation due to crime and poverty. But if Indiana locals Nik Jolakoski and Riste Ristevski have anything to do with it, that will...
October 20, 2014
Remember those college days when you had looming deadlines to turn in homework assignments or projects? And the relief that you experienced when the instructor extended the deadline or due date? Well, students interested in applying for the 2015 GPN...
October 14, 2014
I know many of you rely on data from trial gardens across the country to plan your production for the following season. In my last newsletter, I shared some of the results from Colorado State University's trials. Today, I'd like to report the top-...
October 10, 2014
GPN’s Plant Health Management Conference took place last Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And from the responses to our attendee survey, it looks like everyone had a grand (and educational) time! The Grand Rapids Hilton was hopping with more than...
October 06, 2014
The GPN Team is hitting the road today. Our destination is Grand Rapids, Michigan, for GPN’s Plant Health Management Conference. Our stellar lineup of presenters will be on hand to provide growers with solutions to some of today’s toughest...
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