April 7, 2011

Florist De Kwakel Program Is Getting UK Kids Into The Garden

In cooperation with the British Gardening Guru Peter Seabrook, Florist De Kwakel, which specializes in gerbera breeding in the Netherlands, has started a school project in the United Kingdom. Children from 12 schools across the country will compete to grow the most beautiful garden gerbera for the Chelsea Flower Show 2011.  Florist De Kwakel is supporting the project with a detailed curriculum, consisting of young plants, classroom posters, cultivation manuals and growing diaries to be able to capture the growth of the plants. The progress of the children will be featured on the Facebook page of Garvinea–3 seasons of flowers. Besides participating in the educational project, the children growing the gerberas will provide some color to British school gardens. At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 24 to 28 in London), the schoolchildren participating in the project will compete for the title of “Best Garvinea Grower.” The Chelsea Flower Show […]

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April 7, 2011

FNGLA Reveals 2011 Industry Award Winners

Each year, the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) honors a distinct group of individuals who contribute time and energy to enhance, protect and serve Florida’s nursery and landscape industry through the FNGLA Industry Awards Program. FNGLA’s Industry Awards program acknowledges both FNGLA and industry service, with varying criteria for each award. Nominations are accepted from the industry-at-large and winners are selected by a committee of industry peers. The Wendell E. Butler Award and the FNGLA Hall of Fame are recognized as the most prestigious awards given by FNGLA. The Wendell E. Butler Award is given for service to FNGLA and the FNGLA Hall of Fame Award is a lifetime achievement award. Winners of all awards will be recognized at the FNGLA Annual Convention June 25 at the LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. The 2011 winners are: Outstanding Chapter President Joey Quinn Quinntessence Nursery Royal Palm […]

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March 23, 2011

Go Get ‘Em Already!

The question of whether or not floriculture is relevant to consumers has been lingering without a definitive answer for far too long. To you and me, there’s no doubt floriculture is relevant. It’s what drives us out of bed every day to breed the next great plant, grow a top-notch crop or spread the joy of gardening. Still, is floriculture relevant to consumers? If you take this year’s Seeley Conference into account, three of the last eight conferences have focused on consumers and how consumers perceive us. The 2004 conference was, in fact, directly focused on whether or not floriculture is relevant to consumers, and this year’s homes in on creating consumer mindshare. The fact we keep asking the question leads me to believe we’re not relevant to consumers, but that doesn’t mean we’re hopeless. I would argue we’re one of the most underappreciated industries out there and that consumers […]

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February 24, 2011

MPS-ABC Reaches Eastern Canada

George Sant & Sons, led by Ron, Rick and Dan Sant, recently began the MPS-ABC environmental certification program in their Kleinburg, Ontario greenhouses. “We have recycled plastic and cardboard for years, but now we are finding that we are recycling so much more that we purchased a cardboard compactor to manage the volume of our recycling,” Ron says. “Everyone is involved in the process.” The process has led to good discussions among key members of the team, Ron adds. Before taking on the MPS program, George Sant & Sons had focused on its energy use as a critical way to control costs. Now, with the additional information the MPS system gives them on a quarterly basis, the Sants are looking at additional inputs and challenging their thinking. Canadian growers are using a metric-based measurement system for MPS while U.S. growers are now using measurements in liquid ounces and pounds. MPS […]

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February 8, 2011

Greener Plants Concept Aims To Clean America’s Watersheds

An initiative by a Virginia nursery developed with the support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, is taking root as the garden industry, watershed protection groups and the public push to improve water quality through a movement that starts in the homeowner’s yard.     Following years of commitment to responsible growing practices that promote water conservation and reduce pollution and runoff, Eastern Shore Nursery of Virginia late last year launched its Greener Plants brand. Grown under an award-winning nutrient management plan and methods that minimize impact on the environment and Chesapeake Bay, the nursery is using its Greener Plants concept toward a larger goal: To encourage consumers to adopt environmentally responsible growing practices at home that will help clean up and preserve America’s watersheds.  “From in the yard, to streams, rivers, bays and the ocean, better growing care at home will help generate an improved water environment for all,” says Nick Covatta, […]

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January 20, 2011

Learn About America In Bloom At Spring Trials

America in Bloom (AIB) will have an informational display at the Plug Connection Spring Trial location, March 26 through April 1. Also exhibiting at the site are Plug Connection, Suntory Flowers, Benary and Cultivaris. The location is 2627 Ramona Dr. in Vista, Calif. Growers and retailers are encouraged to stop by and learn how participating in America in Bloom can help grow your business by engaging people to embrace beautification and landscaping as a way to improve the quality of life in your town. Celebrating its 10th year, the America in Bloom program has engaged nearly 200 towns and cities in 38 states. Three AIB cities on the Spring Trials trek are Encinitas (Ecke Ranch), Lompoc (Floranova) and Arroyo Grande (Greenheart Farms).

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January 13, 2011

AFE Floriculture Intern Scholarships Available

Applications are being accepted for the American Floral Endowment’s (AFE) Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship, geared toward commercial production, and the Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program, geared toward greenhouse production, floral retail and wholesale and allied trade fields. “These two intern scholarship programs allow students to gain the hands-on, real-world experience they need before entering the industry, while also providing financial aid,” says AFE Manager Debi Aker. The Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program, established in 1992 by a generous gift from Vic and Margaret Ball, specifically funds training at floriculture production greenhouses throughout the United States. Vic Ball was a respected and widely admired leader in horticulture and floriculture for more than 60 years. The Balls created this program to assure future students would have the ability to take advantage of practical greenhouse experience opportunities without financial worry. The Ball program allows for a three-, four- or six-month […]

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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 GreenhouseGrower.com 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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