Author Archives: Sara Tambascio

About Sara Tambascio

Sara Tambascio is senior online editor of Greenhouse Grower and Today's Garden Center. You can eMail her at or follower her on Twitter @Sara_GG_TGC.

Pot-Moving Automation From Harvest Automation Tested At Metrolina

Metrolina Greenhouses is trialing robots from Harvest Automation for plant handling for indoor and outdoor production. Scroll down for video of the testing. Four units of the pot-moving robots are being tested by Metrolina, which is considering using them to consolidate and space remaining pots after shipments go out. The robots can also be used

#GrowSomething’s Social Media Success Story

More than 200 million Americans have registered their phone numbers on the FTC’s Do Not Call list. With DVR capabilites, 86 percent of people skip TV ads and 44 percent of direct mail is never opened. Social media, however, continues to grow. And something that becomes viral online can originate with just one person. Greenhouse

Smackdown: Should We Sell Plants In Bud Or In Bloom?

Instant gratification or the full experience of growing a plant from bud to bloom? While color may catch the customer’s eye at retail, does that make for a successful gardening experience at home? “The joy is in the journey not the destination,” said Joe Lamp’l during his keynote presentation at OFA Short Course. “It’s nice

Turning The Millennial Generation Into Gardeners

One in three members of the Millenial Generation, the group falling between the ages of 17 and 34, has a tattoo. They’re into self-expression, community and the environment. They don’t want to make a bad spending decision. So how can we reach that next generation and make gardeners out of them? Joe Lamp’l, host of

Funding The Floriculture Industry: The Farm Bill

Industry research into pest and disease management, and increasingly, marketing and other research opportunities are available to ornamental growers through the Farm Bill. The 2012 version — which continues to support valuable programs like these — has just passed through the Senate and now makes its way to the House. The House Agriculture Committee should begin

#GrowSomething Is A Success Story

Thanks to all of you who participated in #GrowSomething social media takeover! There was a really great response to the idea. Hundreds of social media posts used the hashtag and spread the word about why gardening and plants are great. The hashtag is still being used on Twitter. You can check out #GrowSomething on Twitter

Apps In The Greenhouse

Having Angry Birds in the greenhouse probably sounds like a bad thing. The popular smartphone game won’t improve your greenhouse business, but other apps are helping growers improve communication and production. Here are a few apps to check out. TeamViewer and LogMeIn Away from the greenhouse but need to make adjustments to software? TeamViewer and

Why I’m A Gardener And You Should Be, Too

It was all a big accident. Or maybe it was karma. Whatever it was, I’m glad it happened. Everyone says you should do yoga or exercise, do something to relieve stress and get out from behind a desk. So I garden. And it’s a win-win-win, because I get exercise, I improve the value of my

What Is Pinterest And Why Is It Good For Floriculture?

Pinterest is the social site that lets users keep track of their favorite photos and group them into categories, called boards. This is the ultimate lookbook. By placing more emphasis on images than text, users have a way to save images of everything they like, from wedding plans to summer garden plans. “What Tumblr was

Plant Availability: Bridging The Grower-Retailer Gap

Availability of live goods is a moving target. It means growers have to know what retailers will request at any point though the short gardening season and be able to deliver while consumer demand is still strong. Of course, growers would like all live goods orders to be booked well in advance, while many retailers