August 29, 2012

Syngenta Acquires DuPont Professional Products Business

Syngenta announced Aug. 29, 2012 that it will acquire the DuPont Professional Products insecticide business, including a number of registered trademark brands. Created in 2002, the DuPont Professional Products insecticide business specializes in the development and marketing of innovative branded products for the professional turf and pest control markets, including Altriset, Advion Arilon and Acelepryn. The acquisition price is $125 million. “This is the next step in our strategy to scale our Turf and Landscape business within Lawn and Garden to further support our customers,” says Tim Kroenke, head of Syngenta Lawn and Garden North America. “This acquisition will help Syngenta gain leadership in the professional pest management market and increase our presence in turf.” As a result of this transaction, Syngenta can pursue opportunities in adjacent markets such as the ornamental horticulture and consumer markets. Finally, Syngenta Research & Development investment will drive growth in opportunities to extend the […]

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August 27, 2012

FNGLA, OFA and PLANET Partner For TPIE Educational Sessions

The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) will partner with OFA –The Association of Horticulture Professionals and The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) to plan and promote the 2013 TPIE Short Course. The TPIE Short Course will be held during FNGLA’s Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) on January 23 to 25, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “In an ever-changing industry environment, FNGLA, OFA and PLANET embrace the benefits of working together to deliver extraordinary educational opportunities for all of their members,” FNGLA said in a press release. “This is a grand opportunity to offer an exciting venue and great industry resources designed to provide interiorscape professionals with critical take-away tools to make their businesses more successful.” FNGLA will continue its administrative role of the TPIE Short Course and will handle logistical coordination and registration. OFA and PLANET will participate directly in the program’s development and promotion. All three associations will […]

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August 21, 2012

Rough Brothers Acquires The Assets Of XS Smith

Rough Brothers Greenhouses announced Aug. 15, 2012 that it has bought the assets of XS Smith, Inc. The XS Smith purchased assets include all manufacturing equipment and inventory, trade names and all greenhouse structures, systems, products and designs. As part of the transaction, Rough Brothers intends to utilize the existing XS Smith production facility in North Carolina as an additional manufacturing facility. The XS Smith facility is a modern and efficient manufacturing facility which adds to existing Rough Brothers production operations in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Shanghai, China.  The additional space in Washington, N.C., allows Rough Brothers to expand its production capability and simultaneously reduce shipping costs for customers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southern markets. “We believe that the greenhouse structures offered by XS Smith will expand our product line options for our customers and we look forward to working with them,” says Rough Brothers President Richard Reilly. “We have […]

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August 21, 2012

Darrell Messick Of Messick Company Dies

The following statement was issued by Messick’s nephew, Kurt: Long-time industry legend, Darrell Messick (1930-2012), passed away due to natural causes in Saratoga, Calif., on Aug. 13, 2012 at the age of 81. Darrell spent nearly 60 years in the horticultural industry. His contribution and impact on our industry was immense and far-reaching throughout the world. Darrell spent the first half of his career working for George J. Ball Company. The long time vice president of ‘Ball,’ he was a driving force in the company’s explosive growth of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. One of the industries’ top salesmen early on, he evolved into a real industry leader. He had a huge impact in developing the West Coast azalea industry, was a major factor in the Easter lily bulb business and among other areas he had considerable involvement in the bare root rose industry.   Always dedicated to the industry […]

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August 14, 2012

Monrovia Brand Will Be In Lowe’s

Monrovia will begin selling its branded plants in Lowe’s stores in 2013. As a result of an exclusive agreement with Lowe’s, Monrovia plants, currently sold in Home Depot in plain pots, will pull out of Home Depot. The new relationship differs significantly from what the industry expects of a mass merchant agreement. The Monrovia plants will not be sold to Lowe’s at a deep discount, and Lowe’s will not have access to exclusive varieties. “They will have the standard trade discount that applies to all our customers. So, no additional sideline pricing for Lowe’s,” says David Kirby, Monrovia’s new vice president of sales. Kirby says that Lowe’s agreeing to maintain the premium brand image, partly through pricing, was key to Monrovia making the agreement. Until 2010, Monrovia had sold exclusively to independent garden centers. In late 2010, Monrovia’s lenders demanded the grower prove its current business mode was viable by […]

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August 7, 2012

Green Fuse Botanicals Moves To Santa Paula, Calif.

Green Fuse Botanicals has tripled its greenhouse space with a move to new facilities in Santa Paula, Calif. The new location at Fides Oro gives Green Fuse the opportunity to test and trial many more plants. “This is a big step forward in our ability to evaluate plants and bringnew products to market,” says Steve Jones, Green Fuse founder. “It gives us the flexibility to trial a wide variety of genera in different growing environments. With this expanded control, we can closely replicate our customers’ conditions in North America and overseas.” Previously, Green Fuse was trialing new plants at GroLink in Oxnard, Calif. They will continue that strong working relationship, including producing Ipomoea ‘Sweet Georgia’ crops for the coming season. “The Santa Paula site was needed to accommodate the expanding genetics we plan to introduce in the future,” Jones says. “With the move, we’re a stronger trialing resource for our […]

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August 7, 2012

Costa Layman Farms Holds 7th Annual Health Fair

‘Miracles happen where you plant them’ was printed on the t-shirts of more than 425 Costa Layman Farms’ employees at the 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Health Fair on July 20, 2012 in Trenton, S.C. Costa Layman Farms, one of the leading perennial companies in the U.S., teamed up with Georgia Health Sciences University College of Nursing (GHSU) to plant other miracles: free health assessments for farm workers and academic hours for student nurses. The health fair featured dental screenings, HIV testing, cholesterol and glucose screenings, pulmonary function testing, grip strength and screenings for vision, bone density, sleep apnea, height, weight, blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol and glucose and body mechanics classes. “The comprehensive health screenings provided by GHSU are of the highest caliber and a wonderful benefit we are able to offer our employees,” says Debbie Layman from Costa Layman Farms and founder of the health fair. “We are extremely fortunate to partner […]

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August 7, 2012

NGMA Advertising Coordinator Julie Sullivan Dies

The National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association sent out the following announcement about Julie Sullivan: It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that we must tell you of the unexpected passing of Julie Sullivan. Julie was, in her usual spirit of optimism and graciousness, battling uterine cancer or the “beast” as she was affectionately calling it, for the last few months. She had been undergoing chemotherapy and took a turn for the worst Thursday morning. Julie truly loved working for NGMA as their Advertising Coordinator. She had a remarkably upbeat personality and her smile and laugh were contagious. She was a joy to work with and a wonderful friend to anyone who got to know her. She was simply… an amazing person. Our thoughts and prayers are with Julie’s husband Michael and their teenage twin sons, William and James, during what is most assuredly a very difficult time. Julie […]

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July 31, 2012

Waterloo Anticipates Coming Out Of Bankruptcy Late 2012, Early 2013

According to a story in Mainline Media News, despite Waterloo Gardens’ financial troubles the past few years, Chief Financial Officer Jerry Monagle and President Bobby LeBoutillier remain confident that things are looking up for the garden center retailer. Today’s Garden Center previously reported that Waterloo Gardens filed for bankruptcy protection. As a condition of that protection, the retailer was required to shut down its Devon, Pa., store on July 15, 2012 instead of late 2012 or Spring 2013 as planned. The purchase of two locations in in Wilmington, Del., and in Warminster, Pa. in 2007 supposedly began the financial troubles. The Warminster store closed in 2008, and the location in Wilmingtonclosed in December 2011. Monagle confirms to Mainline Media News that although the Warminster store was purchased at the height of the economic boom, having to close operations a year later and carry the mortgage, as well as weathering the […]

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July 15, 2012

OFA And ANLA To Re-form As A Single Organization

In a move that was not wholly unexpected, the Boards of Directors of OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) have voted to begin the process of organizing a new association. Following several months of working together in a joint venture, the working group comprised of leaders from both organizations determined it was time to formally explore creating a new trade association. In January 2012, OFA and ANLA announced the formation of a joint venture to support business education and government relations activities. Since June 2011, leadership of both organizations had been discussing the opportunity for and viability of a formal relationship between the two organizations. As early as the first meeting, the idea of forming a new organization was discussed by the joint venture working group. According to ANLA board member Dan Mulhall, of Mulhall’s, “The two organizations bring very different strengths […]

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July 12, 2012

OFA And ANLA Announce First Joint Event At OFA Short Course

OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals and The American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) are scheduled to announce the development of a new, joint event on Monday, July 16, 2012 at the OFA Short Course. The new event, named Next Level, will be held Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2013 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. According to OFA CEO Michael Geary, “Every individual, every organization has a next level, the next dimension of performance and results to realize. The Next Level event is designed to help participants clarify their own next level, expose them to the ideas and insights to help bridge that gap, and connect them to like-minded colleagues who can support their journey.” The Next Level event will be unique in its focus on education that focuses attendees on working on their business, not just in their business. ANLA and OFA have retained the […]

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