June 27, 2007

Online Resources For Short Course

Get a jump on your planning for Short Course, which is just 17 days away. Visit http://www.greenhousegrower.com/guide/ for our Get Around Guide, which has a complete list of seminars and exhibitors, along with general travel information, maps, hotels and restaurants. You can also get a sneak preview of new products by visiting http://www.greenhousegrower.com/freshideas.

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June 20, 2007

New Name For Plants At Work

The promotional program Plants At Work will now be known as Green Plants For Green Buildings. A rollout of the new name will include more details at the OFA Short Course. The program is designed to educate consumers about the health benefits of plants, while also tapping into the billion-dollar green building movement. For now, the Plants At Work Web site is still active. To learn more about the program, visit: http://www.plantsatwork.org.

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June 20, 2007

Online Resources For Short Course

Get a jump on your planning for Short Course next month. Visit http://www.greenhousegrower.com/guide/ for our Get Around Guide, which has a complete list of seminars and exhibitors, along with general travel information, maps, hotels and restaurants. You can also get a sneak preview of new products by visiting http://www.greenhousegrower.com/freshideas.

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June 20, 2007

Merchandising Issues

In response to Vinny Naab’s views last week on merchandising services, Dave Hutsell of Gro-ECO, Fraleigh Nursery in Madison, Fla., wrote: First, I remember a few years back when Wal-Mart was slammed in the news media for allowing undocumented workers through third-party janitorial services. While these services were totally contracted business, Wal-Mart still had the responsiblity to make sure all workers were legal. As third-party merchandising services grow, this is an issue all will have to address. Since Congress seems to want to put the burden of proof on the employer, it will be difficult for growers to keep up with the demand. Second, growers are growers, merchants are merchandisers. It would be nice to keep it that way. I think the real question here is who directly pays for markdowns and shrink? The grower or the merchant? Ultimately, the customer will. I think that historically in a retail accounting […]

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June 20, 2007

Tim Higham On Cross Docking

One of the things being tried by several growers and big box stores is worth noting–cross docking material and delivering one full truck to a store. So rather than five small deliveries, the store gets one delivery–a full truck with a variety of material on it. This is common with many other products but has never worked on a wide scale with plant material, and many have tried. For more, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/blogs/higham.html

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June 13, 2007

Vinny Naab On Service Programs

Over the last six to eight years, third-party nursery service has developed extensively in the mass-market arena, particularly at The Home Depot and Lowe’s. More recently, as in this year, Wal-Mart has begun to test the concept in select markets and will be studying the results to see if the program bears expanding, maintaining or is deemed unnecessary. For more on this topic, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/blogs/vinny.html

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June 13, 2007

Baucom’s Closes South Carolina Facility

Baucom’s Nursery will close its 320-acre operations in Summerville, S.C., to develop the land in Dorchester County. “Summerville worked as a nursery site for us for a decade,” says CEO Gary Baucom. “We’ve had a good run here, but the best use of this land is not in nursery stock. It just doesn’t make sense anymore.” For the past four years, Baucom’s has been steadily downsizing from 3.8 million square feet of greenhouse production to just over a million square feet reported in our Top 100 Growers ranking in May. Baucom’s has hired online acution firm West Auctions to liquidate the Summerville nursery, as well as surplus equipment from its Florida and North Carolina operations. For more details, visit: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070607/lath041.html?.v=100

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June 13, 2007

Southeast Luncheon To Focus On Eco Trends

Did the two news items on plastics give you food for thought? Well that’s exactly what we’ll be serving with Fafard during our sixth annual Southeast Industry luncheon, June 22 during the Southeast Greenhouse Conference in Greenville, S.C. The topic is “Eco Trends–Fad or Future?” Grower panelists will represent Metrolina Greenhouses, The Plug Connection and Homewood Nursery. The discussion will be moderated by Greenhouse Grower’s Editor Delilah Onofrey along with Contributing Editor Dr. Allan Armitage. Interested in attending? Download the invitation by clicking here.

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June 6, 2007

Urban Garden Centers

Edgy clothing retailer Urban Outfitters will open a prototype for an urban garden center in Philadelphia next year. While the clothing stores target Generations X and Y, this new concept store will be for Boomers. Today’s Garden Center has the story at http://www.todaysgardencenter.com/blog/page.php?page=news#urban

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June 6, 2007

PPA Receives Industry Achievement Award

Greenhouse Grower is pleased to present the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) its Medal of Excellence for Industry Achievement on July 16 at OFA’s Short Course in Columbus, Ohio. The award recognizes individuals, companies and organizations that have dedicated themselves to advancing varieties. For 25 years, PPA has elevated perennials as a crop category for growers, retailers and landscapers. The 25th Perennial Plant Symposium will come home to Columbus Aug. 5-11. For details on this silver anniversary celebration, visit: http://www.perennialplant.org

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June 6, 2007

Southeast Luncheon To Focus On Eco Trends

Are ecologically friendly products the wave of the future or just another opportunity for growers to offer a premium product to retailers and consumers? “Eco Trends–Fad or Future?” will be the topic of the sixth annual Southeast Industry luncheon we host with Fafard on June 22 during the Southeast Greenhouse Conference in Greenville, S.C. Grower panelists include Mark Yelanich of Metrolina Greenhouses and Joe Messer of The Plug Connection. The discussion will be moderated by Greenhouse Grower’s Editor Delilah Onofrey along with Contributing Editor Dr. Allan Armitage. Interested in attending? Download the invitation by clicking here.

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June 6, 2007

GCA Partners With Better Homes & Gardens

Garden Centers of America (GCA) has formed a strategic partnership with Better Homes & Gardens to promote hot new plants. GCA will be working directly with the senior editorial staff of the magazine to integrate the plants shown at GCA’s Fashion in Bloomâ„¢ event Sept. 20-22 into Better Homes and Gardens plant trials, print editorials, featured articles, photo shoots and on their website, www.BHG.com. As a part of the sponsorship, GCA’s HotNewPlants.com Web site will become a plant locator on BHG.com for its 22 million unique visitors. Check it out at: http://www.hotnewplants.com

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