Norm Belliveau

December 22, 2015

Summit Plastic Company President Norm Belliveau Announces Retirement

Belliveau is stepping down after 25 years with the company. Chuck Snyder will take over as vice president/general manager.

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NASA Space Station Veggie Patch

December 19, 2015

International Space Station Could Soon Include A Garden

NASA is planning to grow flowers on board the International Space Station, starting with zinnias.

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December 18, 2015

Florida Nurseries Ask For Disaster Relief Following Recent Flooding

State and local ag officials recently met with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to emphasize the significance of the problem and its effect on the state’s economy.

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Sporticulture Offers A Way For Growers To Promote Plants And Football

December 15, 2015

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies And Sporticulture Form Distribution Agreement

The partnership will make Griffin the exclusive distribution partner for Sporticulture grower products including NFL-licensed containers, labeling, and point-of-purchase (POP) materials.

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Cyborg Rose

December 11, 2015

Scientists Develop The World’s First Robot Flower

A recent report from Gizmodo describes the development of a “cyborg flower” that involves turning a living rose into an electronic circuit.

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Cape Fear Botanical Garden

November 27, 2015

National Garden Bureau Awards Grants To Three Therapeutic Gardens

The grants, totaling $10,000, are through the organization’s Growing For Futures program, which supports the growth of therapeutic gardens across the country.

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Yoshimi And Grace Shibata

November 26, 2015

American Floral Endowment Establishes Fund To Honor Legacy Of Yoshimi Shibata

Yoshimi “Shimi” Shibata, a flower grower and wholesale florist, passed away in October at the age of 100.

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ePlantSource Responsive Site

November 20, 2015

ePlantSource Launches New Mobile-Responsive Website

The new site is designed to ensure the best user experience, regardless of if visitors are on a large desktop monitor, laptop, tablet, or phone.

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November 17, 2015

International Seminar Finds Broad-Based Need For Industry-Wide Sustainability And Transparency

Achieving durability and maximum transparency is the responsibility of the entire floriculture supply chain, was the main conclusion of the seminar “Shaping the Future of Floriculture,” which took place on Monday 9 November on the S.S. Rotterdam in The Netherlands. With just under 300 participants, the seminar, organized by Union Fleurs, VGB and MPS, received plenty of attention.

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November 17, 2015

Urgent: Your Voice Is Needed On Two Important H-2B Bills

Two bills concerning the H-2B program were recently introduced in the House and Senate (H.R.3918 and S.2225). Both bills address key issues that employers continue to face with the H-2B program. Please urge your members of Congress to support these bills.

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November 17, 2015

AmericanHort Moving Forward In Search For New CEO

The association is planning to enlist the help of a consulting firm that will solicit candidates best suited to lead the organization and serve the horticulture industry.

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November 11, 2015

Drought Has Triggered A New Normal For The California Landscape

California is now entering its fifth year of the worst drought in 500 years, with no end in sight. Weather experts predict the current drought will continue into 2016, despite optimistic projections of increased rain patterns this winter caused by a strong El Niño ocean current. Residents have fully bought in to the emergency, and embraced Governor Jerry Brown’s April 1 mandate to reduce water usage by 25 percent. Even after an above-average hot summer, the state has exceeded its goal, with a per-month average of 28 percent water reduction. Some of the ways homeowners are being encouraged to reduce their outdoor water use are concerning, but the good news is, drought-tolerant landscaping and awareness of water-wise gardening is on the rise. Cash For Grass Rebates Have Landowners Trading In Their Lawns When Governor Brown’s water reduction mandate was announced in April, consumer reaction was reflected in the sales at […]

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