April 15, 2011

Remembering Cornell’s Ralph Freeman

Ralph Freeman, who worked for 36 years as a Cornell University floriculture extension specialist, died April 2 after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 72. From an early age, Freeman worked alongside his parents in their family-owned business, Flowers by Ralph. He studied horticulture at the University of Connecticut, then studied commercial floriculture and plant physiology, earning his Master’s degree from Cornell. He moved to Long Island, N.Y., with his wife, Carol, and worked as a floriculture extension specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. Through years of dedication to the business and high standards of excellence, Freeman established himself as a leader and resource for flower growers, industry representatives and extension professionals. Freeman earned the Long Island Farm Bureau’s Citizen of the Year award in 1999 because of his influence on Long Island’s agricultural industry. He served on several boards of directors, including the Center for Controlled […]

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February 24, 2011

Slideshow: More Green Roofs

We rounded up a slew of green roof photos and present some of the most interesting.

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January 26, 2011

Deputy In Fatal Nursery Owner Shooting Will Not Be Charged

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker announced Friday he would not press charges against Deputy Brian Hirzel in the shooting death of The Plant Farm owner Wayne Scott Creach. Creach, 74, was shot and killed Aug. 25 after a brief confrontation with Hirzel just before midnight in the parking lot of his retail store and greenhouse in Spokane Valley, Wash. Creach’s son, Alan Creach, told Today’s Garden Center Monday there are serious implications for nursery operators coming out of this decision. “This is an absolute atrocity, and I want the nation to know it,” the younger Creach says. “I think about all the people in the garden center industry that are like us, a homegrown business where the property (a home) is on the business.” No one from the sheriff’s department had asked for permission to be in the parking lot of the business, he adds. “We’re still trying to find […]

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January 7, 2011

OFA Facilitating Jack Williams Scholarship Fund

OFA is facilitating a scholarship fund in the memory of the late Jack Williams, the trusted and beloved technical advisor at Ecke Ranch who died last October. OFA will manage the fund as part of its OFA Scholars Program. Williams, who served Ecke Ranch for 26 years, also played an integral role in grower education at OFA, which he served on the board of directors and the grower committee throughout his career. He spent 15 years on the grower committee, including about 10 of which he served as either chair or co-chair. On the grower committee, Williams was instrumental in developing new concepts, keeping programs fresh and introducing new talent to the OFA Short Course speaking lineup. He also developed the grower interactive session as an on-the-fly, hot-topic session, and he was a great facilitator of meetings. In addition to his grower committee work, Williams wrote articles for the OFA […]

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December 13, 2010

Consumers Select Favorite Proven Winners Combo

If you’re a grower or retailer planning 2011 combos, it’s worth knowing Proven Winners conducted a survey of its gardener database and learned one particular combo, Picasso’s Fantasy, was voted the favorite of all Proven Winners combos. Picasso’s Fantasy contains ‘Snow Princess,’ lobularia, ‘Sweet Caroline Light Green’ sweet potato vine and ‘Supertunia Pretty Much Picasso’ petunia. The Picasso’s Fantasy combo will be featured in the coming year in consumer magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Canadian Gardening, Birds and Blooms and Fine Gardening.

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November 30, 2010

April 2011 More Online

Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower April 2011 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the April 2011 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. Special Coverage Get ready to take a look at all the new varieties and programs breeders are introducing at Spring Trials 2011. Editor Delilah Onofrey, Managing Editor Kevin Yanik and columnist Allan Armitage are on the west coast for Spring Trials 2011. Slideshows Lilytopia 2010 Want to get your fix of lilies right now? Check out the details and a slideshow of the gorgeous varieties that were on display at Lilytopia 2010. Tour Dillen Products Take a quick look inside Dillen Products’ facilities in Middlefield, Ohio, where Greenhouse Grower visited earlier this year. Videos Flower Induction Of Petunia Hit the market dates you […]

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November 30, 2010

July 2011 More Online

Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower July 2011 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the July 2011 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. Orchid Report Just Add Ice Consumer Research Click here to download a consumer research report from Just Add Ice Orchids. The Complete USDA Floriculture Crops Summary Data from 15 states on ornamental horticulture statistics for 2010. Blue Mystique Orchid: Love/Hate Relationship Just like with painted poinsettias, some people loved Blue Mystique and others hated it. Check out the comments on our story. Slideshow: Orchids Produced By Matsui Nursery Plant physiologist Yin-Tung Wang has been solving the riddles of orchid production and is directing sales and research and development at Matsui Nursery in Salinas, Calif. Video Operation Of The Year Finalist: Rocket Farms Find out why the […]

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November 30, 2010

March 2011 More Online

Slideshows Slideshow: LiveRoof Green Roofs Check out seven buildings across the Midwest with green roofs installed from LiveRoof. We rounded up a slew of green roof photos and present some of the most interesting ones in this slideshow. Articles Five Green Roof Questions With Twixwood’s Mike Edelbach Mike Edelbach, the operations manager at Twixwood Nursery in Berrien Springs, Mich., discusses the modular green roof system his business developed and the various hurdles Twixwood had to clear before becoming a green roof player. Four Green Roof Questions With PSU’s Robert Berghage Robert Berghage, an associate professor at Penn State University who plays a leading role at the Penn State Center for Green Roof Research, discusses the opportunities growers have in green roofs. Berger Shaped By Consistent Quality, Responsible Peatland Management Berger Peat Moss culminated the pursuit of yet another standard last November–VeriFlora’s standard for responsible peatland management–making the company the North […]

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November 30, 2010

May 2011 More Online

Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower May 2011 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the May 2011 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link.   Special Coverage Top 100 GrowersThe 2011 Top 100 Growers List is out. Read more here: Profiles on every operation on the Top 100 Growers list.   Slideshows Costa Slideshow: Alcea To GazaniaWe’ve got you covered from Spring Celebrations alcea to Sunbathers gazanias in this slideshow. Costa Slideshow: Impatiens to OsteospermumWe’ve got you covered from Magnum impatiens to Serenity 1999 Pink osteospermum in this slideshow. Costa Slideshow: Pelargonium to PetuniaWe’ve got you covered from ‘Darko Deep Red’ pelargonium to ‘Whispers Star Rose’ petunia in this slideshow. Costa Slideshow: Phlox to ViolaWe’ve got you covered from Phloxy Lady Pink phlox to ‘Ultra Radiance Red’ […]

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November 30, 2010

More Online June 2011

Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower June 2011 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the June 2011 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link.   Articles Poinsettia Tree Photos And Cultivars Click here for additional poinsettia tree photos and a list of all cultivars trialed in Camberato and Lopez’s poinsettia tree research. Video Dömmen Combos Make Gardening Simpler Allan is a fan of Garden Party combos, Dömmen’s foray into combo containers. See which varieties Dummen groups to make production easier for you. Ball Ingenuity’s Search For New Genetics Kevin Roethle describes the Ball Ingenuity program, and how far it reaches around the globe to discover new genetics.   8 Cool New Coleus Jim Monroe shows off Hort Couture’s Under The Sea coleus series. Kahori Dianthus Worth A […]

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November 30, 2010

January 2011 More Online

Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower January 2011 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the January 2011 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. Slideshows Slideshow: Selecta’s Production At Wagagai Farm In Uganda Slideshow: Selecta Kenya Slideshow: On Safari With Selecta Slideshow: Eye-Tracking Software Videos How Plant Growth Regulators Work Knowing the science behind PGRs can help you use them more effectively. It’s all about gibberellic acid, says Brian Whipker. Williams: Types Of Organic Fertilizers What are organic fertilizers made of and what are their average NPK values? Williams: Nutrient Management & Organic Fertilizers Can growers use pH and EC to manage nutrition of crops produced with organic fertilizers? Kim Williams says they can, and she explains the benefits of such management. Articles Monrovia’s Bank Issues What’s your reaction to […]

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