Allan Armitage is a man who takes his own advice. A poet and a storyteller in his own right, he is known among his students for quoting all the greats. His favorite, though, is Yogi Berra, who once said: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” One might say the career
Metrolina invests in consumer research with a new division.
The mobile flower ambassador has created Flower Truck Adventures for more consumer interaction.
Change is a constant among the world’s vegetative cuttings producers. In any given year, the companies on Greenhouse Grower’s Top 10 Cuttings Producers list are added or dropped for many reasons, including consolidation and economics — and 2013 is no exception. Agribio Group’s purchase of Ecke Ranch last year moved it up to the number
High-quality, clean plants. Shipping plants in small increments. Returning calls. Giving access to an on-call horticulturist. Informing customers of all costs up front. Sending thank-you notes. These are all things Jolly Farmer does that add up to good customer service, which is of utmost importance to the operation headquartered in the Saint John River Valley
It’s been a year since Agribio Group bought Ecke Ranch and only a few months since Agribio Group and Dümmen merged and together formed the holding company DNA Green Group. With the continued consolidation of the industry’s plant breeding companies sparking some confusion among growers and allied industry members, we caught up with the Dümmen
The 2013 spring season was a success, overall, according to 83 percent of the 197 growers who completed Greenhouse Grower’s 2013 Spring Recap Survey. Our survey respondents were grower retailers (51 percent), wholesale growers (43 percent) and young plant growers (6 percent). Most were based in the Midwest (31 percent), Southeast (20 percent) and Northeast
Dennis Crum values relationships. It’s a trait that has served him well over the years and it defines his career. And it’s those relationships that have stood the test of time and remain important after the excitement of the day and after the applause dies down. This was illustrated perfectly at Greenhouse Grower’s Evening of
North Creek Nurseries, based in Landenberg, Pa., is making a name for itself providing sustainably grown plants for ecological installations, including working with LEED-certified engineers and landscapers. We talked to the operation’s owner, Steve Castorani, about how this market impacts his business, and how you can take advantage of the growing ecological trend. GG: When
Are you doing everything you can for your customers? Dennis Snow thinks you can step it up a few notches and wow your customers with world-class customer service. As a veteran employee at Walt Disney World, where customer service is essential to creating magical, memorable experiences for the popular theme park’s guests, Snow was on