December 15, 2015
Sheridan Nurseries Named Greenhouse Grower’s Operation Of The Year
Sheridan Nurseries was named Operation of the Year at Greenhouse Grower’s Evening of Excellence, held July 13, at Cultivate’15 in Columbus, Ohio. The company was also awarded for Excellence In Perennials Prouction, based on its reputation for plant quality and the activities the nursery has led and been a part of, both within its company and in the industry at large. Sheridan Nurseries is Canada’s largest grower of hardy nursery plants and has been in business for more than a century, having opened in 1913. The operation has two production facilities with a combined 900 acres, plus eight retail garden centers. Its Norval, Ontario, facility includes 83 acres and 340,000 square feet of heated production space. There, Sheridan grows annuals, perennials and vines and propagates its own nursery stock liners. Woody plants, including trees, shrubs, evergreens and broadleaf evergreens, are produced at its Glen Williams, Ontario, container and field nursery, which […]
November 2, 2015
SBI Software’s Solutions Help Simplify Logistics For Greenhouse Shipping
The company focuses on helping growers improve their existing processes with solutions for site fulfillment, replenishment, inventory management and more.
October 14, 2015
New On-Demand Printer Provides Durable, High-Quality Tags
New technology in on-demand printing will soon be available to growers from Primera Technology Incorporated. The GP3000, a new on-demand, full-color tag, stake and label printer, prints on both sides of tags, stakes and labels with inks that are highly water- and UV-resistant.
October 2, 2015
MasterTag Integrates Technology Into Plant Tags And Packaging
There are many ways for new technology to be integrated into plant tags, packaging and displays to better inform and engage the consumer. Andy Higgins of MasterTag shares some of the ways this is becoming a reality.
September 20, 2015
Technology Improves Orchid Production At Green Circle Growers
Green Circle Growers in Oberlin, Ohio, has a commitment to using production practices that are efficient and sustainable. The operation has been growing Orchids for nine years, and is entering its second full year with its current system, which entails three camera grades. “The camera grading — first at production into a 5-inch pot, then 12 weeks later and a final grade after the stem and buds have developed — is raising our overall quality,” says Wesley Van Wingerden, director of growing for Green Circle Growers. Greenhouse Grower visited the operation to take a tour of its facilities and learn more about its Orchid production. Read on for more details about the process. The first of the camera grades is incorporated into the transplant process, which involves placing the Orchids from a community tray into 5-inch pots. The plants are separated into three sizes with the smallest returning to the […]
September 19, 2015
Retailer To Grower: Why Aren’t Garden Stores Letting Growers Help Them?
Have you ever sat around at a family gathering and heard someone recount a story from your childhood, except knowing your own version of the story, it’s something that casts an entirely new light on everything you think you experienced? It seems like that dynamic happens a lot between growers and retailers. Both sides know the same story, but each version is so different, it’s like two unconnected stories. This came to mind when I was talking with a regional grower, Elmer Grosser, who owns Cincinnati-based Diefenbacher Greenhouses. The operation serves about 50 customers — an even mix of local garden stores and landscapers. Grosser first came to my attention last fall, when one of his customers, Chris McKeown of Bloomin’ Garden Centre, told me I needed to call Grosser, because he was a great example of a grower who cares about retail. When Grosser and I connected, he was […]
September 16, 2015
SAF Honors Industry Members At Annual Convention
Various industry members were awarded for their achievements in floriculture on September 12 during the the Society of American Florists (SAF) 131st Annual Convention. The convention, SAF Amelia Island 2015, took place in Amelia Island, Fla. Alex Laurie Award: Terry Ferriss, Ph.D. The 2015 recipient of the SAF Alex Laurie Award is Terry L. Ferriss, Ph.D., a professor of horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Ferriss was the first tenured female faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) and the first woman to serve as a department chair and as associate dean in the college. She helped reintroduce Freesia to the commercial cut flower market. Ferriss retired, after 36 years in academia, in May 2015. “Terry is tireless in all she does and her intensity has not diminished in the years since she began her faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls,” […]
September 15, 2015
Costa Farms Supports National Indoor Plant Week With College Radio Tour
Costa Farms kicked off National Indoor Plant Week (Sept. 14-18) with radio interviews and giveaways to help college student’s makeover over their dorms. Justin Hancock, Costa Farms’ garden expert, is sharing tips on college radio shows this week for keeping dorm rooms stylish and healthy to inspire the next generation of gardeners. “This event creates a national effort to increase awareness of the immense value of live indoor plants,” says Hancock. “There are so many reasons to include houseplants in our lives.” National Indoor Plant Week brings together several organizations that are committed to the value of indoor plants. Costa Farms, the world’s largest producer of houseplants, is lending their support by teaching college students across the country how to care for plants in their dorm rooms. Hancock will be interviewed on college radio stations across the country including the University of Wisconsin, Boston University, Villanova University, Temple University and University of […]
February 21, 2017
Ian Baldwin: 2017 is Off to a Strong Start For Plant Re…
Many garden retailers are telling garden retail consultant Ian Baldwin that sales and the consumer’s attitude toward spending have been very strong the last two months.
February 20, 2017
5 New Varieties Shaking Up the Poinsettia Tradition
With poinsettias trending toward non-traditional colors, growers may find new opportunities to spread sales beyond the winter holidays. Here are five of the newest euphorbia varieties to hit the market that may play a role in redefining the future of the poinsettia market.
February 17, 2017
How to Keep Customers Coming Back With Top-Notch Servic…
A recent article on Forbes.com outlines seven ways organizations can take their customer service from good to great and beyond.
February 17, 2017
Proven Winners Makes Improvements to Its Retailer Certi…
Understanding the challenges of training new and seasonal staff at independent garden centers, Proven Winners says it is working to equip managers with tools to prepare their employees to better handle customers’ questions and boost their confidence in selling plants this season.
February 17, 2017
Industry Veteran Tom Foley Discusses His New Role as Vi…
Foley, a greenhouse industry veteran who was most recently with EuroAmerican Propagators, will be responsible for North American sales of WaterPulse’s patent-pending capillary mats and associated irrigation systems to nurseries and growers.
February 17, 2017
Dan and Jerry’s Greenhouse Buys Iowa-Based DeJong Green…
The acquisition will allow Dan and Jerry’s, a bedding plant grower headquartered in Minnesota, to extend its seasonal product offerings and service a new customer base with local distribution.
February 16, 2017
Pleasant View Launches Updated Website for its Savor Ed…
The site is designed to offer a friendly and informative vehicle that delivers product information in an easy-to-navigate format.
February 15, 2017
Syngenta Introduces Two New Flower Series for 2017
‘Sunfinity’ Sunflower produces multiple branches with numerous flowers that bloom all season long, while ‘Obsession Cascade’ Verbena quickly fills containers with vibrant flower patterns.
February 15, 2017
New Greenhouse Cooling System in Development for Hot-Cl…
Researchers at McGill University in Quebec have developed an alternative evaporative cooling solution for greenhouses in warm climates, and are now seeking commercial partners.
February 14, 2017
Suppliers Comment on Plant Genetics’ Fate After EuroAme…
Since the operation’s bankruptcy filing on January 23, 2017, suppliers associated with EuroAmerican Propagators have updated Greenhouse Grower on what the operation’s bankruptcy means for them – and how it will impact grower customers.
February 14, 2017
Trendsetting Products and Ideas From TPIE 2017
If you're a trend watcher, the 2017 Tropical Plant Exhibition, held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on January 18-20, was a can't-miss event. In case you missed it, here are a few highlights of the cool products, trends, and ideas seen at the show.
February 13, 2017
How to Find a Greenhouse Transplanter for Every Grower&…
Equipment manufacturers have recognized a void in the market for machinery that appeals to growers of all sizes and budgets. Here are some affordable options to consider investing in to improve your operation’s efficiency.