Author Archives: Will Carlson

About Will Carlson

Will Carlson is a Michigan State University emeritus professor who has devoted his career to educating growers. He also had the vision to launch Greenhouse Grower magazine with Dick Meister more than 25 years ago.

The Soul Of Horticulture

Is horticulture dying? Is floriculture declining? Why can’t we have double-digit increases in sales? Recent articles have asked these questions about floriculture and indicated that because the industry has lost 2,000 growers and sales have not experienced double-digit increases, it is doomed! I have been reading articles about genetic engineering, talking about how they have

Storytelling

This past July, the 15th American Horticultural Society (AHS) National Children and Youth Garden Symposium was held in Minnesota. The keynote speaker was Eric Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota. The noted author indicated, "There is a need in our culture to celebrate diversity and reach those who don’t have the answers." Jolly

Go Green, Get Rich, ‘Kiasu’

An article in the January/February 2007 issue of Business 2.0 lists nine of the biggest problems facing our society: global warming, oil dependency, hunger and malnutrition, dirty air, dirty water, overfishing, epidemics, drug-resistant infections and waste disposal. If you can solve these problems, any one of them, you can make millions! How can we tackle these

Borrowing Trouble

The banking world has created another mess the public is going to have to pay for through higher interest rates. For growers and everyone else, subprime loan scandal means it will be more expensive and more difficult to borrow money. Likewise, more consumers are facing foreclosures, losing equity in their homes and stretching to make ends

Farewell, Brother

On Friday, June 23, 2006, my brother, Victor E. Carlson, died at Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, N.Y. at the age of 82. He was born in Kingston, Penn., on Sept. 15, 1924 and was the son of Victor E. and Marie (Jensen) Carlson. Victor was the owner and operator of Carlson’s Greenhouse in Cold Spring,

A Thousand Years

On June 21, I received the Thomas Roland Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. The society was started in 1829. I was the 80th person to receive this award, which Thomas Roland established in 1927. Roland was a well-known breeder of orchids, roses and acacias. He also was president of the Society of American Florists in

Thrive, Don’t Just Survive!

It is obvious we are all experiencing significant change, not only in our businesses but also in our personal lives. Things that were considered the bedrocks of our existence may start to crumble. Things we worked all our lives for, like pensions, health care and Social Security, may not be as secure as we thought they

As The World Turns

This article marks the beginning of my 34th year writing with Meister Media. I take pride in working with this fine organization. I have tried to provide useful information and also share some of the human experiences I have had over the years. Some columns have conveyed the high points of our industry and some have

Hardening Of The Mind And Heart

Everyone seems to be interested in physical health. I’ve spent the last month taking people to the doctor and, in my case, to the dentist because of a broken tooth. Once a month I get together with a group for choir practice, really a friendly game of poker. The oldest member is 92 years old,