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September 03, 2015
Next Saturday, Sept. 12, is National Planting Day. National Planting Day was launched four years ago “to celebrate the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful...
August 31, 2015
Forcing a plant into bloom in a greenhouse can be a challenge. Forcing a plant to bloom under the watchful and eager eyes of the public is even more challenging. But that's what happened at the Chicago Botanic Garden over the weekend. On Sunday, the...
August 25, 2015
Three years ago, I inherited a fairly large vegetable garden when I purchased my home. The previous owners had a pretty sweet setup, and I felt an obligation to keep the garden going. While I am certainly no green thumb, each year I learn a little...
August 24, 2015
In case you didn’t know it already, GPN is turning 25 this year. To help us celebrate, in the past couple of issues, we’ve asked a few industry luminaries to reflect on where the horticulture industry has come from and where they think we are headed...
August 20, 2015
… sign up today for one of GPN’s Plant Health Management conferences that will be taking place in October. On Oct. 6, GPN’s Plant Health Management Conference will return to Grand Rapids, Michigan. And on Oct. 27, we will debut our second Plant...
August 19, 2015
Are you one of the many greenhouse growers out there considering expanding into hydroponic production? It's a great opportunity to add to your current offerings and maintain year-round business. If you'd like to learn more about how you can...
August 17, 2015
It’s back to school time in the Chicagoland area. For the past week or so, as I have made my way to the office, I have seen kids of all ages s-l-o-w-l-y making their way to the bus stop every morning. It seems like school starts earlier every year...
August 11, 2015
Over the past few years, one gardening category that seems to continuously grow is the landscape segment. Gardeners and homeowners continue to invest in their outdoor spaces, and that includes planting beautiful crops that will thrive all season...
August 10, 2015
I made a very quick trip up to Michigan last week to check out the trial gardens of several of the young plant producers during the 2015 Michigan Garden Plant Tour. The weather was gorgeous for my 36-hour, 650-mile tour and so were the trial gardens...
August 04, 2015
The nation’s top retailers continue to find new ways to meet the needs of today’s consumers. According to STORES Magazine, the Top 100 retailers in the United States continue to grow because “they embrace change” and react to the shifting needs of...
August 03, 2015
Last month at Cultivate’15, AmericanHort, along with its research affiliate the Horticultural Research Institute, (HRI) debuted SHIFT: An AmericanHort initiative.  The initiative is “taking a hard look at what the future of our industry holds...
July 28, 2015
Wow, it's kind of hard to believe it is full on summer right now. Mother Nature wasn't exactly cooperating (at least not here in Chicago) for the first couple weeks of summer, but thankfully my garden is thriving! I attribute that to the massive...
July 27, 2015
The Million Pollinator Challenge has added a new partner — America in Bloom (AIB). The Challenge is a campaign to register one million public and private gardens and landscapes to support pollinators. It was created in support of President Obama’s...
July 20, 2015
On Oct. 6, GPN’s Plant Health Management Conference will return to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The DoubleTree Grand Rapids Airport will host our second one-day conference dedicated to helping growers produce healthy and profitable plants. Attendees at...
July 17, 2015
GPN’s Plant Health Management Conference will return to Grand Rapids, Michigan, this fall … and it also will debut in New England because this year we are introducing a second Plant Health Management Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. We...
July 10, 2015
The Greater Columbus Convention Center is really humming with activity as we enter Day 3 of the educational sessions and Day 2 of the trade show at Cultivate'15.  Last night, GPN magazine hosted a special reception where we recognized the...
July 09, 2015
Roses are a timeless crop. While today's roses may not necessarily be the ones your grandmother planted, roses seem to have a special place in the heart of every gardener — young and old. Today, breeders are keeping up with the younger consumer's...
July 06, 2015
Cultivate'15 is just a few days away — are you ready?  The educational sessions and greenhouse, nursery and garden center tours begin on Saturday morning and continue through next Tuesday, and the Solutions Marketplace trade show will kick off...
July 02, 2015
Have you heard about the Home Depot employee who serenades customers while they shop? The singing salesman is Sal Vaca and he works at the Home Depot store in Laguna Niguel, California. A retiree, Vaca began working at Home Depot to get out of his...
June 26, 2015
Last week, I traveled to Minnesota to visit Bailey Nurseries to learn more about what they are doing and preview their latest varieties. While Mother Nature tried desperately to keep me from making it up there, summer storms in the Midwest only...
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