June 14, 2012

2012 California Spring Trials Takeaways

The California Spring Trials are a stimulating way to start the season. Every breeder’s displays are overflowing with new varieties – new cultivars, improved genetics, stunning colors. But growers don’t attend just to see a bunch of pretty, new plants. It’s a business trip, one of the most important you may make all year. You’re there to uncover ideas and solutions that are going to help grow your business. We’re just back from a week traveling up the West Coast, examining and discussing 2012 plant introductions with close to 40 companies. You’ll read a lot about what we discovered in this issue. But here are three overall trends we saw during those stops that you ought to be taking advantage of, or at least taking a long look at, as you begin making your plans for 2013: Vegetables. Edible crops were just about everywhere this year. This category has been […]

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May 23, 2012

Reader’s Choice Award Voting Open – Vote For Annuals Now

Voting is now open in the Annuals category for the Greenhouse Grower Medal Of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award (click here to vote). The Reader’s Choice Award works like this: voting is held in Annuals, Perennials and Best of the Rest categories. The winners from each category then go head to head for the Reader’s Choice Award. Breeders nominated their varieties among introductions not commercially available to growers in North America before January 1, 2012. Nominees in the Annuals category include: Petunia F1 Trilogy SeriesTakii & Co. Ltd. Cool Wave PansiesPanAmerican Seed Zonal Geranium ‘Salmon Frills’Ecke Ranch Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’Ernst Benary Of America ‘Lanai Candy Cane’ verbena Syngenta Flowers Inc. ‘Superbells Lemon Slice’ calibrachoa Proven Winners ‘Maestro Deep Red’ Zonal GeraniumEcke Ranch Crackling Fire Begonia boliviensis Suntory Flowers Surfinia Summer Double petunias Suntory Flowers Fuchsia City LightsEcke Ranch WonderFall Blue Picotee Shades Syngenta Flowers Inc. RED FOX Great Balls […]

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May 16, 2012

Rattlesnake Bites Medical Marijuana Grower At Walmart

While shopping for mulch in the garden section of a Walmart in Clarkston, Wash., Mica Craig, a licensed medical marijuana grower, was bitten by a rattlesnake, multiple news outlets report. The incident occurred on May 11. “I reached down to grab the stick to move it out of the way, and the snake stretched out, turned around and got its fangs in my right hand,” Craig told Reuters. “I slung it off, and I did a tap dance on it until it was dead.” Craig was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and was initially released. After his hand swelled up a second time, Craig returned. The Lewiston Tribune reports that Craig was treated with six bags of anti-venom. “They got all the poison out of me but they don’t know how bad the muscle damage will be,” Craig told the paper. Walmart has apologized for the incident and are working […]

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May 2, 2012

American Horticultural Society Honors Allan Armitage

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) is pleased to announce that Allan M. Armitage has been named the 2012 recipient of the Society’s most prestigious award, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award. On Thursday, June 7, 2012, the AHS will honor Armitage and the other 2012 award recipients during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet, held at the Society’s headquarters at River Farm in Alexandria, Va.                                                          The award is one of 12 Great American Gardeners Awards that the AHS presents annually to individuals, organizations and businesses that represent the best in American gardening. Each of the recipients has contributed significantly to fields such as scientific research, garden communication, landscape design, youth gardening, teaching and conservation. The Liberty Hyde Bailey Award is given to an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to at least three of the following horticultural fields: teaching, research, communications, plant exploration, administration, art, business and […]

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April 26, 2012

Turn Big Ideas Into Big Results

Bringing the team together is a great idea. Channeling all of the great ideas that come from your team, well, that’s a different challenge. So how do you take those ideas and make them work for you, rather than let them die a dusty death on the conference room table or in the circular file?Growers across the country are finding their own unique – and incredibly effective – ways to put big thinking to work in the greenhouse and behind the desk. Call them idea groups, quality councils or just your average manager’s meeting. Whatever you name them, these growers will tell you their groups are a source of their success. Create Order From Idea Overload At Homestead, Fla.-based orchid and bromeliad grower Silver Vase, the idea group started with a good problem –  a surplus of ideas with nowhere to go. “We were always working on new ideas, but […]

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April 25, 2012

Meet Greenhouse Grower’s New Editor

Hi. I’m Robin Siktberg and I’m the new editor of Greenhouse Grower. I haven’t had a chance to meet many of you yet, so I’d like to let you know a little about who I am. “I want to write and I want to do something with plants,” was always my standard answer from a very early age to the question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Now I have grown up, and throughout my career, I have always managed to both write and work with plants. I feel very fortunate to be doing what I love. Most people I know in this industry are in it because they love plants and they believe what they do makes the world a better (and certainly more beautiful) place. But those same people also want to be successful in the careers they have chosen. I have been a […]

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April 20, 2012

Helping You Grow Your Business

You’re a different grower today than the one you were just a few years ago. Many of you are now responsible for driving sell-through at retail and playing the role of merchandiser and grower. Many of you are regularly managing websites, building online-ordering systems and promoting yourselves through social media. Many of you are feeling the pressures of growing and shipping in a just-in-time world. Like your business, we’ve experienced new demands here at Greenhouse Grower and Meister Media Worldwide. Digital media is one of those ever-developing demands. We continuously look at new demands, including digital media, as an opportunity to grow our business, while meeting your information needs on your level. Two recent personnel changes here reflect our desire to grow the Greenhouse Grower digital brand further and continue our position as the lead source for news, information and opinions related to greenhouse floriculture. One change is that George […]

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April 4, 2012

Greenhouse Grower Webinars

Check out the upcoming and on-demand webinars from Greenhouse Grower. Using PGRs to Enhance Production of Herbaceous Perennialswith Joyce Latimer, Virginia Tech Extension SpecialistTuesday, April 17 at 2pm Eastern time Plant growth regulators are a critical part of the production process for most growers, but there are still many questions about how to best use them in perennial crops. Join Joyce Latimer, Virginia Tech Extension Specialist for Greenhouse Crops, as she explains:• The variety of PGRs available for use on perennials• Enhancing branching of perennials, and• Crop by crop PGR recommendations for top selling crops On-demand viewing coming soon.

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March 27, 2012

Can’t Miss Coreopsis

Allan Armitage thinks highly of the Big Bang coreopsis series from Skagit Gardens, and he’s even more excited about the latest addition in ‘Mercury Rising.’

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March 26, 2012

Knockout Spring Trials Photos On Twitter

You can follow Managing Editor Kevin Yanik on Twitter at twitter.com/KevinY_GG as he, Group Editor Richard Jones and varieties guru Allan Armitage tour the California coast. If you’re not, here’s a sampling of the knockout new variety images that you’re missing. Click on images to enlarge.

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March 7, 2012

March 2012 Online Exclusives

Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower March 2012 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the March 2012 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. What Can We Learn From The World Of Fashion?Marketers in the green industry are turning to the fashion industry for insight into color, seasonality and knowing your audience. Take A Look at Hellebore Experimental Hybrids At UGAUniversity of Georgia’s Allan Armitage showcases up-and-coming Lenten roses and predicts what garden centers and consumers can expect from this variety in the future. Mapping Spring Trials 2012Take a look at the stops along the California coast and find contact information for making your trip plans. The Proven Winners Social Media StrategyWho should be handling social media for your business and is there a return on investment […]

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February 13, 2012

Plant Delights Nursery Co-Owner Michelle Avent Passes Away

Plant Delights Nursery owner Tony Avent announced that his wife and Plant Delights Nursery co-owner, Michelle, 55, passed away after a brave four year battle with a very aggressive form of metastatic breast cancer. Avent went on to say: As newlyweds, we supplemented our regular jobs by cleaning out garages and attics and selling these wares at the local flea market, along with plants we raised in our small home greenhouse. Our venture evolved as we expanded our growing operation into a neighbor’s small back lot and moved our plant sales to our home driveway. Michelle wasn’t a plant person and was initially incredulous at the idea that people would buy plants through the mail. Despite her reservations, she charged ahead with setting up our business systems…between plant potting and watering. It was Michelle’s knowledge of computers, office organizational system skills, and publishing that was responsible for Plant Delights Nursery […]

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