January 2, 2014
Sellable Benefits Of Community Gardens
Community and urban gardens are increasingly popular throughout the country and are a great way to cultivate new customers and invest in the industry. By coordinating or supporting these projects, growers and retailers are connecting more deeply with their communities and introducing gardening to a new audience that previously may not have had the space, resources, knowledge or even interest to grow something of their own. According to the 2011-2012 Community Gardening Organization Survey, conducted by the American Community Gardening Association and Rutgers University, participants in community gardens identified the following benefits they received. This list is a great tool for building interest with today’s greener, more urban, more local-focused consumers: Source: Community Gardening Organization Survey 2011-2012, conducted by the American Community Gardening Association and Rutgers University.
December 30, 2013
To Make The Public Fall In Love With Plants, We Must Take Initiative, Be Passionate And Repeat Ourselves
The best way to predict the future is to invent it, says Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden's Kelly Norris. He says he believes in the power of our industry to plant the world a more beautiful place, to influence people to grow sustainable food and to make conscientious decisions about how they engage with our environment.
December 18, 2013
GROW Report 2013: A Year In Review
Greenhouse Grower’s GROW program is designed to provide ideas and insight from our industry and elsewhere to help build floriculture’s future. Some of the best growers, suppliers, breeders, researchers and teachers in the industry provided actionable ideas for GROW’s five key concepts: Drive consumer success Demand quality Sharpen business management Cultivate new customers Invest in the industry Here are links to some of the highlights from our GROW coverage in 2013: 30 More Years Of Greenhouse Growth Is Within Our Grasp Predicting The Future Of Your Business [Opinion] GROW Summit Focuses On Engaging The Next Generation National Floriculture Forum 2014 Planned For May 13-14, 2014, Winnipeg, Manitoba Field Trials Help Deliver The Right Plant For Every Customer [Opinion] David Roberts Wins BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship How To Appeal To Small-Space Gardeners How Does Gen Y Buy? Industry, Academia Work Together To Inspire Future Generations Of Breeders Recruiting Future […]
December 2, 2013
30 More Years Of Greenhouse Growth Is Within Our Grasp
The great growth era for floriculture that occurred from the end of World War II up until the beginning of the 21st century was remarkable for an astonishing and marvelously insatiable boom in demand for flowering plants to beautify the expanding middle class investment in homes, patios and gardens.
December 2, 2013
GROW Summit 2013 Focuses On Engaging The Next Generation
As an industry, we must change the mindsets of our existing and potential customers. We also need to do some rethinking of our own. That was the prevailing message of Greenhouse Grower’s second GROW Summit.
November 20, 2013
National Floriculture Forum 2014 Planned For May 13-14, 2014, In Winnipeg, Manitoba
NFF is an educational meeting of university professors, Extension specialists and educators, graduate students, government scientists and industry leaders in floriculture that has been held annually for more than a decade.
November 1, 2013
Field Trials Help Deliver The Right Plant For Every Customer [Opinion]
Finding the right plants that will make consumers happy and keep them coming back for more is the benefit of an increasing number of industry trials — and it’s the benefit of having people like Allan Armitage.
October 28, 2013
David Roberts Wins BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship
David Roberts is the recipient of the American Floral Endowment’s BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship. Student candidates for the scholarship were evaluated on the basis of sound academic performance and a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Roberts is a graduate student at North Carolina State University and hopes to one day earn his Ph.D. and dedicate his life to researching and teaching. “I plan to one day give back to the academic community that has already done so much for me,” Roberts says. “Nothing would make me happier than working for a land-grant university like NC State and until that day, I will pour all of my efforts and energies into achieving that goal.” The BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship is intended for sophomore, junior or senior students pursuing a career in floriculture. While it is not mandatory, it is strongly desired that the student be interested in furthering the […]