August 17, 2010

Jackson & Perkins, Park Seed To Be Auctioned

Jackson & Perkins, Jackson & Perkins Wholesale, Park Seed and Park Seed Wholesale all will be auctioned off August 23, and an initial bid has already been submitted for $7.1 million. According to The Index-Journal, a newspaper in Greenwood, S.C. (where the George W. Park Seed Co. is located), a Maryland-based private equity firm has revealed it’s behind the initial bid and has said it would keep the company in Greenwood if it should win the auction. All of the companies were consolidated at the end of July by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in South Carolina after the trustee in charge of them, L. Stan Neely, requested the move. It was made in part to allow the other companies to transfer enough money to Jackson & Perkins to purchase paper for its holiday catalog. “If JPC (Jackson & Perkins) does not obtain funding for this catalog immediately, the value of […]

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July 21, 2010

Nursery Plans To Fill Void In Rose Market

Seizing an opportunity to fill a void in the garden rose market resulting from the departure of major national growers, Eastern Shore Nursery of Virginia is expanding its production of roses. The move comes as Conard-Pyle, parent of Star Roses, is withdrawing from finished plant container rose production, and Jackson & Perkins has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Eastern Shore Nursery of Virginia has expanded into the production of more than 100 varieties of garden roses, including hybrid tea, grandiflora, climbers, Drift roses, rugosa, floribunda and tree roses, as well as the Knock Out family of roses. The company has grown shrub roses for years and will quadruple the size of its current rose production with the expansion. The operation plans to have garden roses available to meet demand for spring 2011. “[Conard-Pyle’s] departure opens a tremendous opportunity for us to serve garden centers, re-wholesalers and the general rose-buying public,” says […]

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July 7, 2010

What’s New On The Show Floor?

Our editors will be scanning the tradeshow floor at OFA Short Course for the newest products and varieties that can help you improve your business. Check here during the show for all the photos and descriptions of what we see.

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June 29, 2010

Summer Hockey Anyone?

With Short Course right around the corner it is time to strap on those skates and hit the ice in Columbus.  Non-serious skaters do need to apply.  This is a fun event for all skill levels.  D.S. Cole Growers Presents Hockey in Columbus takes place at 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 12, for the benefit of America in Bloom.  Register online as a player or a sponsor.  All sponsor contributions are directed to America in Bloom to promote plants in our communities.  Just register online at www.americainbloom.org/hockey.  If you have questions please contact Sue Mayo at 603-783-9561 or [email protected]

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June 23, 2010

Southeast Conference Finds New Equilibrium

Rebranded as the Southeast Color Connection, the former Southeast Greenhouse Conference returned to its roots as a more intimate regional conference and trade show, June 16-18. The past few years the conference has been rightsizing itself. A prolonged period of severe drought conditions in 2006-2008 significantly impacted growers, garden centers and landscapers in the Southeast. A number of businesses did not survive it. This regional weather disaster combined with a national economic recession has hurt show attendance and commercial support the past few years. Economic belt tightening has also forced exhibitors to be more selective where they exhibit nationally and to send fewer people to events. Changes that were made to improve the event were well received, including moving the trade show to Thursday and Friday, having dedicated trade show hours that did not compete with educational sessions and hosting a free lunch on the trade show floor. The event’s […]

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June 22, 2010

State Of The Industry Report: Spring Recap

The weather wasn’t cooperative for every grower this spring but it was good enough for most to declare 2010 a success. In fact, 88 percent of the growers we surveyed at the end of May declared spring a success for their business. We surveyed 120 growers in all, and only 12 percent called spring a failure. As usual, those who didn’t fare well cited the weather as their biggest seasonal challenge. Sixty-one percent of growers say the weather was their No. 1 challenge this year. The economy (23 percent) was the second-biggest challenge growers faced this spring. “Weather played a huge role in our spring sales,” says Lee Wright, a grower-retailer in the Northeastern United States. “We went from frost every other night to 85- to 90-degree temperatures. It was too big of a swing for customers to handle.” When we asked growers for more details about their weather, the […]

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June 22, 2010

OFA President Danny Takao: Fitting Into The Market

Danny Takao has a greenhouse operation to run, and he’s been doing just that at Takao Nursery for nearly 30 years. But Takao wonders where his operation and others will be in the next 30 if the industry fails to connect with the next generation of consumers. “We need to think beyond our own little companies,” Takao says. “If we band together and can have an organization that’s really focused and well funded to educate the next group of consumers â€“from kindergarteners to college students–it would really pull all the supply chains together. Everybody would benefit.” Part of Takao’s mission as OFA‘s current president is to cultivate that next generation of consumers so our industry remains relevant and prosperous in the coming years. Takao wants to engage more young people with OFA–as part of its board of directors, committees or as members. Getting Involved Financially, OFA took off under John Holmes, […]

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June 22, 2010

Spring 2010 Is A Success For Greenhouse Growers

The weather wasn’t cooperative for every grower this spring but it was good enough for most to declare 2010 a success. In fact, 88 percent of the growers we surveyed at the end of May declared spring a success for their business. We surveyed 120 growers in all, and only 12 percent called spring a failure. As usual, those who didn’t fare well cited the weather as their biggest seasonal challenge. Sixty-one percent of growers say the weather was their No. 1 challenge this year. The economy (23 percent) was the second-biggest challenge growers faced this spring. “Weather played a huge role in our spring sales,” says Lee Wright, a grower-retailer in the Northeastern United States. “We went from frost every other night to 85- to 90-degree temperatures. It was too big of a swing for customers to handle.” When we asked growers for more details about their weather, the […]

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June 15, 2010

2010 Operation Of The Year Finalists

Greenhouse Grower has recognized one operation as its Grower of the Year for each of the last 25 years. A 26th operation will be added to the prestigious list at our Evening of Excellence ceremony July 12 at OFA Short Course, but Greenhouse Grower and its event partner, BASF, are taking the Grower of the Year awards program to yet another level this year with the introduction of a second award. For the first time, we’ll recognize a Head Grower of the Year as part of our program. We’ve designed Grower of the Year as a program with two distinct categories–one that recognizes a head grower and the other that spotlights our Operation of the Year. We opened up our Grower of the Year program to nominations for the first time in 2009, when George and Louise Lucas of Lucas Greenhouses were honored as Grower of the Year. The industry’s […]

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June 11, 2010

Royal Wedding Enhanced With 40,000 Flowers

Forty thousand Colombian flowers will enhance one of Europe’s major 2010 social events: the June 19 wedding of Princess Victoria of Sweden to entrepreneur Daniel Westling in Stockholm.   Twenty-four Colombian flower farms, with the support of Proexport Office, will contribute to the flowers needed for the arrangements, bouquets and floral decorations. All flowers have earned the Florverde certification label, which ensures socio-environmental standards for flower production are met. “Colombia has earned its position as the top provider of flowers to the United States and as the second largest exporter worldwide,” says Augusto Solano, president of the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters (Asocolflores). “Colombia is proud to have our beautiful flowers play an important role in this marriage.”

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June 7, 2010

Tornado Strikes Aris Facility In Canada

Aris Horticulture’s Keepsake Plants production facility in Leamington, Ontario, sustained damage during a tornado over the weekend. This tornado was part of the same system that passed through Ohio and Michigan on Saturday night. No one was hurt but several of the greenhouses were damaged. The office building received minimal damage. No disruption to daily shipments is anticipated due to the storm and Aris is operating as normal. Growers relying on product distribution will receive material on schedule. Local greenhouse growers are banding together to provide assistance. Over the next week, Aris will be doing an assessment of the damage to the property and developing a long-term facility recovery plan. This will ensure Aris can continue to provide a reliable supply of product for its customers through a combination of repairing existing facilities and constructing new buildings.

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June 1, 2010

Hines Nurseries Leader Returns

David Hernandez has returned to Hines Nurseries as general manager of the Fallbrook, Calif., location and director of new products. Hernandez most recently served as general manager at Altman Specialty Plants in Vista, Calif.  “This is major news for Hines and our customers,” says Steve Thigpen, CEO of Hines Nurseries. “David was a key manager at Hines for almost 30 years and is returning to continue our forward momentum. His strong management skills, nursery business knowledge and leadership assure our customers Hines will continue to deliver exciting products, on-time delivery and attentive customer service. His experience at Altman’s, coupled with that as general manager at Hines Irvine, color manager and operations process improvement manager, make him well-positioned to lead us into rapid growth and expansion.” For more information on Hines Nurseries, visit HinesHort.com.

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