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April 23, 2015
Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day is always a good day to reflect on the many different environmental initiatives that are taking place around the country. Since ours is the original “green industry,” it’s especially nice...
April 20, 2015
Team GPN returned to Chicagoland Friday night after a whirlwind week at 2015 California Spring Trials. We spent the previous Saturday morning through Thursday afternoon making our way from Santa Cruz down to Oxnard to check out the latest new...
April 16, 2015
We have finally reached the end of our Spring Trials tour down the California coast. It's been a long and busy six days, but we got to see so many cool plants along the way. It's also been exciting learning about all the new packaging and...
April 16, 2015
We've reached the home stretch, only one more day and two more stops to go! Day 5 began in Ventura where we explored the Ventura Botanical Gardens. EuroAmerican Propagators and Suntory set up beautiful displays of their new and best varieties, and...
April 15, 2015
So we've survived the first half of Spring Trials and are continuing on down the coast. Day 4 began in San Luis Obispo where Dümmen displayed their new Red Fox varieties and introduced new marketing concepts for their Confetti Garden...
April 14, 2015
We had quite the trek Day 3, as our tour took us from Moss Landing to Salinas and finally to a new location in Paso Robles. Our day started at Golden State Bulb Growers, which is always such a pleasure to tour with greenhouses full of calla lilies...
April 13, 2015
It was another jam-packed day for the GPN crew, from Watsonville to Salinas. This time we weren't so lucky to arrive at our destinations on time, but it was only because it was so hard to leave each one. These trial exhibitors know how to have a...
April 11, 2015
The 2015 California Spring Trials are officially underway! Team GPN traveled to four exhibits on Day 1, and we managed to make all our appointments on time... which is no easy feat. We're already seeing lots of new colors and exciting trends...
April 10, 2015
It's now Day 3 of California Spring Trials! Team GPN began our journey on Saturday morning at the Proven Winners location in Santa Cruz and then headed to Syngenta Flowers in Gilroy. While we were there Syngenta Flowers announced the winners of the...
April 06, 2015
Last night I attended the first Major League Baseball game of the season at Wrigley Field in Chicago. As a lifelong, die-hard Chicago Cubs fan I am always waiting until next year — and now it’s a new year, albeit with the same old result as the St....
April 02, 2015
Are you heading west to California Spring Trials at the end of next week? Are you ready to see the latest and greatest new varieties that the breeder companies will be introducing this year? Do you have your trip mapped out yet? Do you know where...
March 30, 2015
As the winter of 2014-15 finally begins to come to an end, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning projects — home improvement retailer Lowe’s is! The company recently announced that Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers plan to visit the “10...
March 23, 2015
Over the last few weeks, I've been sharing some of the latest introductions that will make their debut next month during the California Spring Trials. This will be my final sneak peek before the big event, which begins in just 18 days! The...
March 23, 2015
According to the calendar, spring is finally here! It supposedly arrived last Friday evening. But as I look out the window this morning and see 4+ inches of new snow I really have to wonder. It seems like this winter is never going to end and then,...
March 19, 2015
Are you ready for the madness? I’m not talking about March Madness and the Big Dance of the NCAA basketball tournament that gets under way today — I’m talking about spring in the greenhouse and garden center. With the first day of spring arriving...
March 16, 2015
Congratulations Boston ... um, I think. Or maybe we should be offering our condolences. Thanks to a couple of inches of fresh snow on Saturday, the winter of 2014-15 is officially the snowiest on record in Boston. As of 7 p.m. last night, 108.6...
March 10, 2015
And so the countdown continues. The annual trek down the California coast begins in just 32 days! The many breeder companies exhibiting this year have so much in store for attendees, and they've been kind enough to share some of their newest...
March 09, 2015
Doesn't it always seem like the weekend just flies by when you get to work on Monday morning?  And it really seems to fly by every March when daylight saving (there is no "s" on saving) time rolls around — like it did this weekend. Some people...
March 05, 2015
Do you know a college student working toward a degree in ornamental horticulture business or a degree in plant breeding? If you do, then you should tell them about Syngenta Flowers’ Goldsmith Scholarship Program — and you should tell them now!...
March 02, 2015
The deadline to apply for Syngenta Flowers’ 2015 Goldsmith Scholarship program is next week — March 13 to be exact! If you know a college student studying plant breeding or ornamental horticulture they just might be interested in applying for one of...
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