January 26, 2018
Allan Armitage: A Closer Look at New Annuals for 2018
Petunias, marigolds, pansies, lantanas, and zinnias will always be needed, but here are some other annuals I think may increase sales.
January 6, 2018
Why Growers Should Not Market Their Plants, But the Solutions They Provide
In his latest column, Allan Armitage says landscapers, designers, and gardeners want solutions to problems, not simply a recommendation for one more handsome plant.
December 3, 2017
Great Plants for 2018 That Stand Up to Heat and Humidity
In his latest column, Allan Armitage credits trial managers at the University of Georgia, who have come up with an extensive list of plants that continually outperform others throughout the season.
October 26, 2017
Allan Armitage: Why Simplicity Rules for Younger Homeowners
Most starter gardeners are not looking to buy the ingredients to make a combination planter or basket. They want it made for them — no muss, no fuss.
September 21, 2017
Tour of Buffalo Gardens Reveals Hidden Gems And Community Pride
This past August, Allan Armitage joined the Association for Garden Communicators on a tour of Buffalo. It was a reminder that that we can make a difference in neighborhoods, in cities, and in people’s lives.
July 26, 2017
Allan Armitage: How Interacting With Your Customers Can Build Positive Energy
Plants are our common denominator, but trust and positive interaction with our customers and each other is truly what keeps us in the plant business.
May 25, 2017
Allan Armitage: Two Great Examples of Young People Moving the Industry Forward
In his latest column, Allan Armitage says perhaps we should, as an industry, extend our hands to our youngest members. We might be pleasantly surprised what happens.
May 2, 2017
Allan Armitage: How Growers Can Be Creative to Take Gardening Convenience to the Next Level
Our industry does a good job of making things convenient for our customers. It’s time to take it a step further.
April 11, 2017
Begonias, Celosias Among Dr. Allan Armitage’s Favorites From Green Fuse Botanicals and Floranova at California Spring Trials
Check out some of Allan’s top picks from his final day at CAST 2017, which included visits to Green Fuse Botanicals and Floranova.
April 6, 2017
Dr. Allan Armitage’s Top Picks From Ball and GroLink At California Spring Trials 2017
Here are Dr. Allan Armitage’s five variety picks, plus one display, from on Day 5 of CAST 2017.
April 2, 2017
CAST 2017: Dr. A’s Top 5 Picks From Danziger, Syngenta Flowers, and Proven Winners
On day one of California Spring Trials 2017, Dr. Allan Armitage reveals the five plants that most caught his attention.
March 23, 2017
Allan Armitage: Plant Consumers Don’t Talk About Varieties; They Talk About Solutions
Allan Armitage says it's time to get in touch with our true audience and market plant solutions, not plant products.
March 7, 2017
Allan Armitage: Why You Should Focus on the Functionality of New Plants
New crops are great, but Armitage says selling plants by function makes more sense.
January 25, 2017
Allan Armitage Describes Veggies, Shade Plants, and Climbers That Can Help You Find Success in 2017
Here's a look at plants that could help you with successful growing in 2017.
December 30, 2016
Allan Armitage: Plants That Can Bring Success in the New Year
Are you wondering which plants to grow? Here are some perennials, annuals, and herbs that are gaining popularity.
February 20, 2018
Thrips Causing Headaches? New Research Shows Bio-based …
Dr. Rose Buitenhuis will present practical knowledge for growers to implement immediately during Biocontrols West Conference in San Diego, March 7-9.
February 20, 2018
12 New Poinsettias and Succulents for Holiday Sales, Cr…
Poinsettias and succulents are both in-demand products with today’s consumers. Here’s a look at some of the newer introductions available for retail sales in 2018 and 2019.
February 20, 2018
Top 100 Growers Survey for 2018 Is Now Open!
Operations with more than 400,000 square feet of environmentally controlled production are eligible to take the survey, which provides valuable market knowledge on how the nation's largest growers are innovating, sourcing labor, keeping up with demand, and setting trends.
February 19, 2018
All-America Selections Names Latest Variety Winner, Ann…
All-America Selections (AAS), the 85-year-young non-profit plant trialing organization, had a very busy month of January.
February 17, 2018
Gotham Greens Building Second Greenhouse in Suburban Ch…
The new $12.5 million, 105,000-square-foot greenhouse will be near the company’s first Chicago greenhouse, and will be a free-standing structure.
February 15, 2018
Boxwood Blight, Seed Your Future Among Topics Receiving…
The Horticultural Research Institute recently announced the 10 research projects that will receive funding in 2018 to investigate challenges and solutions in production, pest management, environmental stewardship, and business and marketing.
February 14, 2018
Spring Meadow Nursery Furthers Its Mission of Giving Ba…
The Spring Meadow-Proven Winners Endowment Fund through the Horticultural Research Institute has now topped $800,000, with more scholarships coming in 2018.
February 13, 2018
Don’t Let Your New Year’s Resolutions Fade …
Stuff got real in 2017, and it caused many of us to stop and reflect on the current state of the world, and how we can impact change — or at least improve our own situations. Life is too short, and we work too hard, to not use the annual renewal as an opportunity to take stock of our own personal lives, businesses, and careers, and make the necessary adjustments that will allow us to work smarter and live better. Even if you have already given up on your resolutions, perhaps you can think of January as a trial month and make February the month when you really get to work on your goals. And while I know it’s a difficult month to start on some of these changes, since you’re already immersed in the busy spring season, I promise that if you take some time to evaluate your reality […]
February 12, 2018
Calling All Designers: Enter the International Plantsca…
Applications are being accepted through April 13 for AmericanHort’s International Plantscape Awards, which recognize achievements in interior plantscape design, installation, creativity, renovation, and innovation.
February 11, 2018
Bayer Has New Turf and Ornamentals Global Market Manage…
Jose Milan will be focused on helping growers deal with regulatory issues, while promoting the environmental benefits the ornamentals industry offers.
February 10, 2018
Applications for Dümmen Orange’s Dr. P. Allen Hammer Sc…
Named for Dr. P. Allen Hammer in acknowledgment of the contributions he has made to the floriculture industry, the scholarship is intended to extend Dr. Hammer’s legacy by supporting the next generation of floriculture students.
February 9, 2018
Garden Retailers at TPIE Highlight Their Favorite Produ…
A team of garden retailers once again participated in the 2018 Tropical Plants Industry Expo Cool Product Awards.
February 8, 2018
Who Will Be Our 2018 Head Grower of the Year and Operat…
The deadline for submitting nominations is fast approaching, so be sure to let us know who you feel is most deserving of these awards!
February 8, 2018
Learn the Basics of Biocontrols for Controlled Environm…
Growers producing crops in protected structures, including ornamentals, vegetable crops, and cannabis, can learn about effective sanitation, banker plants, and buying and using beneficials and predatory insects at the Biocontrols USA West Conference in San Diego, March 3-7.