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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...
June 23, 2015
Novel varieties are a great way for gardeners to really make a bold statement — in the ground and in containers, especially mixed combinations. They offer dimension and create a standout presentation. Petunia 'NightSky', bred by Selecta, certainly...
June 21, 2015
In case you didn’t know already, this week is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Each year the American Mosquito Control Association designates the week of June 26 as Awareness week to help educate “the general public about the significance...
June 16, 2015
Are you planning to attend Cultivate'15 in Columbus, Ohio, next month? Have you been entertaining the idea of introducing hydroponic or aquaponic production to your business? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you should add a...
June 12, 2015
Next month at Cultivate’15 in Columbus, Ohio, you will have a chance to come face to face with the future of the horticulture industry. On Monday, July 13, I will be hosting a Mix ‘n Mingle session where you will have an opportunity to meet many of...
June 12, 2015
Back in the late 1960s, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” was a novelty song that became a Top 20 hit. Well, Paul McCartney might just want to re-record the song because while he was on tour in the Netherlands last week, the former Beatle was presented...
June 08, 2015
By now, you are very well aware of the controversy surrounding the declining populations of pollinators. The issue has gotten a lot of media attention, and gardeners are reacting. In response to this growing concern, the National Pollinator Garden...
June 08, 2015
How would you like to meet the Class of 2015 of GPN's 40 Under 40 in person? You will have an opportunity to meet many of this year's honorees next month during a special Mix 'n Mingle session at Cultivate'15 in Columbus, Ohio. It will take...
June 04, 2015
The National Pollinator Garden Network made its debut yesterday. The network is made up of dozens of conservation and gardening organizations that have collaborated to launch a nationwide campaign — the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Designed...
June 01, 2015
It’s hard to believe it is already June 1. Especially since it was only 41 degrees as I drove to the office this morning in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Spring 2015 is flying by and it has not been without its weather challenges for growers and...
May 26, 2015
While traveling the California coast last month for the 2015 Spring Trials, we were able to check out a ton of new trends on the rise for next season. In my last two blogs, I focused specifically on trends in coleus and the color orange. Today, I...
May 26, 2015
Have you registered for Cultivate'15 yet? If you have, congratulations and get ready to learn! If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Cultivate'15 is just around the corner. It is the largest horticultural industry event in North America,...
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