Yearly Archives: 2008

Managing Complexity

Walmart pulled the rug out from a couple hundred large growers last fall, when it downsized its vendor base for spring 2009. The growers were essentially given less than three months’ notice, sending shockwaves through our industry. While those who weren’t cut will be doubling their store base, those who were have been scrambling to

Walkway Collapse At Atlanta Botanical Garden Kills 1

A construction worker was killed and 18 others injured Friday when an elevated pedestrian walkway currently being constructed collapsed at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The workers had just begun pouring concrete into the steel framework of the new attraction, which was set to open in the spring, according to a story in The New York

Strategies For Resistance Management

There are a few new ways to reduce the likelihood of developing resistance to insecticides labeled for thrips. Scott Ludwig, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist and integrated pest management specialist who will discuss those methods and resistance issues in other pests at the 25th annual Pest Management Conference, recently shared a couple of thoughts

Mercer Botanicals Now VeriFlora Certified

Mercer Botanicals, a tropicals grower featured on our January 2008 cover, is among the latest greenhouse growers to earn sustainability certification through VeriFlora. Last January, we wrote how Mercer Botanicals adopted the Southern Nursery Association’s Best Management Practices as a guide for environmentally sound growing. “We have committed to minimizing nitrate runoff by using both

How Many Poinsettias Can You Fit In A Car?

While the poinsettia season has been disappointingly soft for growers and retailers, consumers are taking advantage of bargains. Gary Mangum of Bell Nursery shared a picture his representative Kevin Spear took in the parking lot of a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Philadelphia. The customer bought 30 10-inch poinsettias to give as gifts. The year before,

A Last-Minute Holiday Gift Option

The American Florists’ Exchange and Los Angeles Flower Market recently published a book titled, “Sending Flowers to America: Stories of the Los Angeles Flower Market and the People Who Built an American Floral Industry.” The book retails at $64.95 and tells the tales of a few industry families. The Ecke family is among those featured,

Too Much White Christmas

Louisiana growers have come to expect the multiple hurricanes that plow through their region each year to cause structural damage to their greenhouses. But snow? Two to eight inches of it fell in a single day across the state a couple of weeks ago, and the snow’s weight caused many greenhouses to collapse. Fifteen of

The Classic City Awards: Perennials

The Classic City Awards are presented in November after months of evaluation in The Gardens at the University of Georgia. Click here for the lowdown on the top 10 perennials from 2008 for the 2009 market. Miscanthus ‘Gold Bar’ ‘Gold Bar’ has exceptional posture, providing a highly useful structure as a border plant. The half

Rocky Mountain Poinsettia Report

Two weeks ago, marketing consultant Jerry Montgomery shared his assessment of retail poinsettias at North Florida box stores. This week, he offers his thoughts on poinsettias at independent garden centers and box stores in Denver, Colo. Introduction With less than 12 shopping days left, the roads were clogged and some retailers were extremely busy on

Production Tips For Top Performers: Lavandula Stoechas

Figures 1a and b. The flowers of Spanish lavender or L. stoechas have showy, whimsical bracts on top of the inflorescence, reminiscent of bunny ears. Few plants can match the romantic appeal of lavender. The silvery foliage and drifts of flowers are lovely in their own right but are also evocative of old-world charm and