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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...
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...