Spring has sprung early throughout much of the country this year. The warm, sunny weather has customers streaming into neighborhood retailers, hungry for plants and anxious to get out into the garden. Signs are pointing to a very good 2012 for greenhouse growers.
As I write this, we’re just back from a week at California Spring Trials, where the mood was also enthusiastic. After a rough couple of cold, rainy springs, everyone seems energized, excited, and ready for a fresh start.
And we have another reason to feel energized and excited here at the magazine.
I’m pleased to introduce Robin Siktberg to you as the new Editor of Greenhouse Grower. Robin joins us well-prepared for the job with an impressive background
She’s a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Communications with an emphasis in horticulture. Her career prior to joining us here at Greenhouse Grower included eight years as Horticulturist for the Cleveland Botanical Garden and nearly 15 more as Editor and Horticulturist for The Herb Society of America. And throughout her career, Robin has actually been a Greenhouse Grower subscriber, so she fully understands our magazine and its role in serving growers.
Since its launch in 1983, Greenhouse Grower has had just three Editors. Robin Siktberg will be the fourth. The expertise of our previous Editors Jane Lieberth, Robyn Dill and Delilah Onofrey has justifiably created high expectations for this publication over the last 30 years. I know you will find Robin to be every bit as valuable a resource – and an advocate – for you, the grower.
Robin’s passion for our industry and for our plants will be clear to you from the start. She is already hard at work and you’ll be hearing from her in just a couple of weeks when Greenhouse Grower’s Mid-May issue hits your mailbox. Please feel free to drop her a note at RASiktberg@meistermedia.com to say hello and share your thoughts about the things that are most important to you and your business.
I’d also like to express appreciation to our Managing Editor, Kevin Yanik, for his help with Greenhouse Grower in the months following the departure of longtime Editor Delilah Onofrey. Kevin has done an excellent job keeping you informed about the important issues in the industry, and has brought the priorities of the Grow Initiative to life with some thought-provoking and status-quo-challenging features and ideas.
Thank you Kevin, and welcome Robin. It’s looking like a great season for all of us in the greenhouse industry. We can’t wait to get started!