We lost one of our industry’s greatest visionaries on Saturday when Tom Van Wingerden, founder of Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, N.C, died in a utility vehicle accident early in the morning at the greenhouses. He was 63. Born in Holland on Feb. 12, 1946, Tom was one of the eldest children of Art and Cora
With cool and wet weather, the traffic in many stores on Friday, December 4 was much lower than I anticipated. However, with less rain on Saturday, many stores experienced an increase in consumer shopping. By the afternoon of Saturday, December 5, the sun came out and more consumers were out shopping. Poinsettias were seen in
Three long-time industry leaders were inducted into the Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame at the Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame and Plantscape Industry Alliance (PIA) awards banquet held during CalScape Expo in October. The 2009 Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame inductees are: –Richard Parker, Plantscaping Professional; –Tom Acklin, Allied Trade Professional; and –Todd Bachman, Posthumous
The highly anticipated poinsettia polar bears have been unveiled at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. The flower topiaries are made up of 8,000 ‘Polar Bear’ poinsettias, and the tallest stands 16 feet high. Audra Danzak, horticulture director for The Palazzo and Venetian, developed the concept and enlisted world-renowned designer Stephen Stefanou of Design Solutions in
Producing a quality plant is just the first step. Finding an efficient and cost-effective way to get that quality plant from the greenhouse to the customer is something else entirely. A number of growers have responded by using distribution hubs to control delivery costs, get plants to their final destination in better shape, and in some
This third edition to the Grand Bee Balm series, the Grand Mum Bee Balm starts blooming in mid-summer, showing off large, pink flowers and fragrant foliage. Its compact height of 20- to 24-inches makes it a good addition to your perennial garden, attracting hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Grand Mum also makes a great container plant.
Proven Winners announces the dates and locations of its 2010 Outdoor Living Extravaganzas. –Dallas, Texas–February 6–Salt Lake City, Utah–February 20–Chicago, Ill.–March 6–Minneapolis, Minn.–March 13–Vancouver, B.C.–March 26 and 27–Boston, Mass.–April 24 Check the company’s event webpage to see the reviews from last year’s attendees, the list of nationally-known speakers and to register to attend the event.
The last 30 years have been a steady climb for Olson’s Greenhouse serving national retailers in the Rocky Mountain States. Based just south of Salt Lake City in Salem, Utah, the business began four generations ago in 1942, when Bart Olson’s grandfather, Roy, was working in the mines and produced tomato plants to sell to
As part of our State Of The Industry report, we asked industry leaders to answer questions about the state of all things greenhouse floriculture. John Bonner, general manager of Eagle Creek Wholesale in Mantua, Ohio, shares his take on the state of the industry this week. How would you describe the state of the greenhouse