December 22, 2010

Next Seeley Conference Program Announced

The next Seeley Conference, to be held June 26-29 at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., will focus on consumers with the theme being: “Floriculture’s Biggest Opportunity: Creating Consumer MindShare.” Stay tuned to and the Seeley Conference website for more program details as they develop.

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December 13, 2010

Keep America Beautiful Effort Leads To 700 Gardens

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliate organizations have responded to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) call to action in sustaining nearly 700 community gardens this past year as partners in the USDA’s People’s Garden Initiative. “Real and effective change starts small and it starts in our communities,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “With the help of Keep America Beautiful we can ensure that the ideas behind the People’s Garden are adopted and improved upon in communities across the country.”  Secretary Vilsack and People’s Garden Director Livia Marques invited Keep America Beautiful to join this sustainable garden movement at KAB’s 2009 national conference in Washington, D.C.  Keep America Beautiful responded by engaging nearly 200 of its national network of affiliates in this effort to incorporate sustainable conservation practices. The People’s Gardens program was launched by Secretary Vilsack on Feb. 12, 2009, to commemorate the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. […]

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November 22, 2010

HRI Awards 2010 Muggets Scholarship

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2010 Muggets Scholarship of $1,000 to Colorado State University sophomore Daniel Buelow of Lafayette, Colo. An informal group called the Mugget Growers of America (MGA) launched in 1981 as a social, educational and fundraising group. Each year, MGA participants meet at the ANLA Clinic to discuss important plant issues while contributing to the Muggets scholarship fund. MGA members understand the importance of having qualified and quality professionals within the green industry. MGA supporters hope to help aspiring students from across the country obtain degrees in horticulture with this scholarship. Buelow is majoring in environmental horticulture with a concentration in nursery and landscape management at Colorado State University. “I was given the amazing opportunity by The Bruce Company of Wisconsin in 2006 to work at their garden center as a retail nursery […]

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November 22, 2010

NCSU Senior Earns Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2010 Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship of $1,500 to Emily Silverman, a North Carolina State University senior. Bright, well-trained and qualified people are essential to the nursery industry, which is the reason Dale and Liz Deppe of Spring Meadow Nursery initiated The Spring Meadow Scholarship Fund in 1999. The fund is dedicated to helping aspiring students from across the country obtain degrees in horticulture. It is also Spring Meadow’s way of giving back and sharing with others their passion for plants and the nursery industry. Silverman’s professional goal is to be an ornamental plant breeder. “Horticulture gave me new insight to the plant breeding world and expanded my focus to ornamentals, small fruit and vegetable crops,” she says.  “I want to help the world and contribute useful introductions through plant breeding. “This […]

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November 17, 2010

HRI Awards Pair Of Scholarships

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2010 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarships in the sum of $1,000 each to Lucy Wang and Julia Kriz. The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 by HRI and the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS). This scholarship serves to memorialize Carville M. Akehurst, who served the horticultural industry as one of the founders of MANTS. MANTS, an association formed from the state nursery and landscape associations of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, together with HRI, have established this scholarship with the belief that the strength and future success of the horticulture industry lies in the solid education of today’s students. Wang is a resident of Lutherville, Md., and a junior at the University of Maryland majoring in landscape architecture. Kriz, a native of Fairfax, Va., is a graduate student […]

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November 6, 2010

Join Us For The Sustainability Summit

The number of growers, suppliers and retailers pursuing sustainable initiatives continues to grow. What are the results and benefits? Greenhouse Grower will host its first Sustainability Summit Dec. 8-10 in Monterey, Calif. This is a perfect opportunity to learn from growers who have pursued sustainable initiatives and third-party certifications. A half day will be devoted to seeing sustainable practices in action at California growers Pacific Plug & Liner in Watsonville and Rocket Farms in Salinas. Learn all about certification programs offered by VeriFlora and MPS and how to leverage sustainable initiatives to differentiate your offerings and increase opportunities for sales. Charlie Hall from Texas A&M will present the economics of sustainability, while Roberto Lopez from Purdue University presents the principles of sustainable production. Long-time supermarket floral buyer Sandy Hering, who now represents MPS, and a representative from Safeway Foods will present retail and consumer perspectives. Growers who begin sustainable initiatives […]

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September 20, 2010

NBA Pitches In For Edibles Garden

[imageviewer] The NBA’s Orlando Magic and their rookie, Daniel Orton, got together earlier this month to build an edible garden at the Universal Orlando Foundation Boys and Girls Club. The garden, benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Orlando, also runs in conjunction with the NBA Cares Week of Service activities. The Amway “Positive Sprouts” project teaches youth how to start and maintain their own edible gardens. An accompanying curriculum will educate youngsters about nutrition, organic gardening practices, and cooking from the garden.

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May 21, 2010

MPS-ABC Now Applicable To Garden Centers

The MPS-ABC environmental scorecard will be applicable to garden centers beginning June 1. Several existing MPS members in the United States who have both production facilities and garden centers have requested the ability to certify their retail operations. Now, MPS has a program that will do just that. MPS participants can add the garden center as an additional registration to their current account, which gives them the opportunity to show consumers the sustainability of their garden center. Among the measured parameters are the use of chemicals, energy, water and the recycling of used plastic and paper. “Because we are certified as an MPS grower, we are able to show our wholesale customers that our products are grown in a sustainable manner,” says Doug Cole, president of D.S. Cole Growers and an MPS participant. “Our customers can then use this information to show the consumer that they are purchasing sustainably grown […]

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March 16, 2010

OFA Scholars Announced

Six students were selected from a pool of 36 students who applied to the annual OFA Scholars program. The six are:   –    Thomas Baker–Clemson University –    Chris Currey–Purdue University –    Chris D’Angelo–Cornell University –    Morgan Jenkins–Kansas State University –    Jim “Chip” Moylan–Michigan State University –    Heather Pariso–Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute The purpose of the OFA Scholars program is to expose students to various facets of the floriculture industry they would not typically experience as part of their regular academic coursework. The focus of OFA Scholars is on professional development, including attending education sessions, networking, and working with an industry mentor at the OFA Short Course. Last year’s OFA Scholars enjoyed meeting with Anna Ball and Marvin Miller of Ball Horticultural Company, Tom Smith and Dennis Crum of Four Star Greenhouse and Dr. Bridget Behe of Michigan State University.

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March 8, 2010

MPS Increasing Its Presence In U.S.

MPS recently named regional coordinators for both the East and West Coasts of the United States, a signal the company plans to get more involved with U.S. greenhouse growers in their pursuit for environmental certification. The two new regional coordinators are Sandy Hering (East Coast) and Charlotte Smit (West Coast). Hering, who is based in Massachusetts, is responsible for client acquisition, on-site support to participants and answering questions about MPS. Growers who are interested in achieving certification according to MPS ABC, the environmental scorecard, can contact her at 508-758-3008 or Smit, who is based in California, will assist Arthij van der Veer, general international coordinator, and Herring to coordinate the growing activities of the MPS in the U.S. and Canada. Smit can be reached at 805-212-6026 or about MPS environmental certification in our October 2009 interview with Doug Cole of D.S. Cole Growers, who has been working closely […]

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February 19, 2010

Glory Days Are Gone At MSU

The late ’60s through the late ’90s were glory days at Michigan State University (MSU), a golden age for floriculture mirroring the rise of the bedding plant industry and then perennials. This leadership came from emeritus professors Will Carlson as the lead floriculture Extension agent and Royal Heins as the leading scientist and plant physiologist. “Will and I each had different strengths, which we were able to combine to build a strong floriculture research, teaching and Extension program at MSU,” Royal says. “Will was a big idea person with a skill of fundraising while I tended to be more of a detail person and information generator. Will focused on fundraising and methods to disseminate information while I worked with the research team to generate new knowledge through the research program.” In many ways, Will was the face of floriculture at MSU–a business agent and promoter. We’ve been very fortunate at […]

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