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September 29, 2014
Do you have questions about different types of insect control strategies? Disease management? Greenhouse lighting technologies? PGRs? Production challenges? If you do, you can get the answers to some of those questions NEXT WEEK at GPN’s Plant...
September 23, 2014
Fall is officially here! The 2014 gardening season is coming to an end, and most of the university trial garden coordinators are making their final evaluations, if they haven't already. As always, weather and its unpredictability can be a challenge...
September 19, 2014
Did you know that summer officially ends today? The autumnal equinox will take place at 10:29 p.m. EDT We've already had some pretty brisk temps in the Chicago area, so Summer 2014 has been pretty much just a memory for a few weeks now. But now that...
September 17, 2014
While Alaska may not be the top grower-friendly location in the country, there are plenty of plants and vegetables that do thrive that far north. However, basil is not one of them since it requires a decent amount of heat and sunlight. Two Alaska...
September 15, 2014
School has been in session for students across the country for several weeks now, but did you know you have quite a few professional educational opportunities you can take advantage of in the coming weeks? Next Monday, AmericanHort’s Plug &...
September 09, 2014
Are you familiar with the International Hardy Plant Union (ISU)? The organization was founded in 1965 by German, Dutch and Swiss nurserymen and is now comprised of perennial plant growers and related professionals from 18 European countries as well...
September 08, 2014
The Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2015 was released last week. According to Pantone’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, “there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum” coming in the next year. Consumers can...
August 29, 2014
Did you have the opportunity to work with an exceptional college student/intern this year? If you did, we'd like to know about him or her because that student just might be the 2015 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year.  This is the 16th year that GPN...
August 26, 2014
In my last e-newsletter, I shared some of my favorite new coleus varieties in honor of the National Garden Bureau's recent announcement that coleus will be part of its "Year of the" program for next year in the annuals category. Today, I want to...
August 22, 2014
Do you grow and sell perennials? Are you constantly looking for solutions to grow the healthiest perennial crops possible? If you answered yes to either of those questions then mark Sept. 16 on you calendar. At 2 p.m. eastern time on that day, GPN...
August 20, 2014
Are you interested in learning more about hydroponic growing methods? Then mark your calendars and get ready for CEA School! Growers Supply, a division of FarmTek, is hosting a three-day workshop to discuss techniques in controlled environment...
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...