October 1, 2017
How Willoway Nurseries Gets Its Staff Engaged in The Company’s Future
Willoway Nurseries in Avon, OH, is creating a culture with people who think, act, and feel like owners. Learn how its team is taking the business to the next level.
September 29, 2017
Vertical Farming Looks to Go Mainstream
The University of the District of Columbia is the nation’s only urban land-grant university, so it was a particularly appropriate setting for the Association of Vertical Farming (AVF) to host the AVF Summit 2017 on September 22. The summit was a mix of education, advocacy, and policy discussion about urban agriculture — vertical farming in particular — targeted at finding ways to broaden its adoption in cities around the country and around the world. You’ve probably heard quite a bit in recent months about vertical farming — systems for growing food in stacked layers in completely controlled environments, applying inputs such as light, water, and fertilizer in precise amounts. While there’s some use of these systems in greenhouse settings, in many cases, urban farmers are repurposing abandoned buildings or even shipping containers. Match the availability of these facilities in most large urban areas with big cities’ limited access to fresh, […]
September 26, 2017
Senator Thom Tillis Says eVerify, Border Security Key to Successful Immigration Reform
The North Carolina senator detailed his deal breakers on immigration reform for horticulture industry members during AmericanHort’s Impact Washington, just one day before filing the SUCCEED Act, a co-sponsored solution to the DREAMers’ plight.
September 26, 2017
Gardening Industry Not Recovering as Much From Recent Recession as in Past
In his latest blog posting, garden retail industry consultant Ian Baldwin says changing consumer demographics mean that, unlike past indicators, the garden business hasn’t surged after a recession — and it’s not going to under the current model.
September 25, 2017
Ag Secretary Perdue Visits New England Growers, Hears Labor Concerns
Earlier this month, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue got a close look at horticultural production during his two-day “Back to Our Roots” trip to New England to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill and opportunities for rural prosperity with growers.
September 23, 2017
Producing Quality Plants in the Greenhouse Starts From Day One
It's common for growers to make mistakes. What you learn from those mistakes is what sets you apart as a grower and where quality starts.
September 22, 2017
Hurricane Recovery Update: Aris Resumes Shipping, Assistance for Interiorscapers
Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc on the floriculture and nursery industries in Texas, Florida, and elsewhere. Here are the latest updates.
September 21, 2017
Two Head Growers and a Retail Live Goods Buyer Talk Best Practices for Quality
Ultimately, the quality of the plants you grow will be responsible for the success of the consumer, and consumer success will ideally translate to repeat sales. That’s why quality must be a top priority for all growers, according to Brad Julian, a Live Goods Buyer for Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Head Growers Dennis Crum of Four Star Greenhouse and Joe Moore of Lucas Greenhouses.
September 19, 2017
Horticulture Business Leaders Demand Resolution to Labor Struggles in Washington
AmericanHort's Impact Washington event was an importantly timed mission of advocacy for the green industry, delivering messages to lawmakers on three of the most pressing issues – labor and the workforce, research and innovation, and tax reform.
September 19, 2017
Grower-Retailers Pick Their Favorites From Farwest 2017
Members of The Garden Center Group once again named their top selections in both live and hard goods for the Retailers’ Choice Awards at Farwest 2017.