Author Archives: John Schmitz

About John Schmitz

John Schmitz is a freelance writer based in Salem, Ore.

Blooming Nursery Is Saving With Solar

When Oregon grower Grace Dinsdale decided to green up her operation, she turned to one of the oldest deities in all civilization: the Egyptian sun god Ra, along with some more worldly energy devices. Dinsdale, whose Blooming Nursery just southwest of Portland is close to celebrating its 30th anniversary, chose solar energy to reduce the

A Greener Pot

When Western Pulp Products introduced the nursery industry to biodegradable, molded fiber containers in the mid-1950s, headlines in the company’s trade ads heralded the news: “Now you can plant pot ‘n’ all!” While this feature is still a strong selling point today, especially with the steam-rolling green movement in America, Western Pulp has since come