Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – University of Minnesota

November 6, 2015

The Top 10 Most Beautiful College Arboretums

The best arboretums provide an ideal location for the study and contemplation of nature. Check out Best College Reviews’ rankings of the nation’s most beautiful arboretums.

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The-Capitol

November 4, 2015

Breaking News: U.S. House May Vote Today On Bill That Could Cut Federal Funding Of Highway Landscaping Projects

If adopted, the proposed amendment to a multi-year surface transportation bill would eliminate federal funding for all landscaping and vegetation management projects on the nation’s highways and roads.

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November 3, 2015

Two Floral Industry Leaders Die

Katharyn Elizabeth “Betsy” Demaree, 77, of Syndicate Sales, Inc. passed away on October 26, and Yoshimi "Shimi" Shibata, 100, formerly president of Mt. Eden Floral Company, passed away on October 31.

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Jill Calabro

November 3, 2015

AmericanHort Names New Research And Science Programs Director

Jill Calabro will bring strategic direction and oversight to research funding by the Horticultural Research Institute, the research affiliate of AmericanHort.

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GrowIt! App Wins Gold At Design100 2014 US Mobile & App Design Awards

November 3, 2015

GrowIt! Announces Its 2015-2016 Plantastic Idea Scholarship

In 2014, GrowIt! was founded by two aspiring young horticulture professionals, Mason Day and Seth Reed. Their goal was to inspire more people to engage with plants in their daily lives. In the past year, more than 50,000 people have signed up for GrowIt!, using the app to find plants that will work well in their areas. With the app’s help, they have identified mystery plants identified and even made friends with other plant lovers around them. GrowIt! founders say their vision is coming true, and now they want to know about other young professionals’ ideas. GrowIt! announces the 2015/16 Plantastic Idea Scholarship, giving $1000 to three students. Reed and Day want to promote young minds that have big ideas in the world of plants. “Maybe as a student you want to work to promote high school horticulture programs around the nation,” the GrowIt! founders said in a press release. […]

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IGC East Logo

October 30, 2015

IGC East Is Moving To Philadelphia In 2016

The 2016 IGC East Show will take place Aug. 2-4 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Penn., and will specifically target the needs of Eastern independent garden centers.

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CENTS 2016

October 30, 2015

CENTS 2016 In Columbus Will Offer Enhanced Education For Growers And Nurseries

Registration is now open for the event, which takes place Jan. 11-13, 2016.

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Griffin Expo15 seminar

October 28, 2015

Griffin’s Hits Record Attendance With 2015 Expos, Sets 2016 Dates

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies set new attendance records with its 2015 Expos. Its 2016 Expos are set for August 31 and September 1, 2016, in West Springfield, Mass., and September 21-22, 2016, in Lancaster, Penn.

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October 28, 2015

Possum Run Greenhouses Taken Over By New Owners

Justin and Lynn Marotta have placed Possum Run Greenhouse and Gifts into the hands of new owners. John and Caroline Bletner, a newly married couple, took over the Bellville, Ohio, property October 2, according to an October 24 article in the Mansfield News Journal. The Marotta family has run Possum Run Greenhouse and Gifts for 41 years. When the Marottas announced in April the greenhouse operation was for sale, they said they were looking for an energetic couple to take the business to the next level, which is what they found in the Bletners, the article reports. The Bletners have hinted they’ll be “opening to a larger market” and that the retail side will “look different.” They’ll hold a grand re-opening the week of April 22, 2016. Staff are staying on board and the Bletners are maintaining many of the suppliers. The 200-plus varieties of fuchsias Justin brought to the greenhouse […]

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Charlie Hall

October 26, 2015

Charlie Hall Says Landscaping Services Are Trending Up, And Will Fuel Demand For Ornamentals

Everyone listens to Dr. Charlie Hall, professor and Ellison Chair in International Horticulture, in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University. And at his Cultivate’15 session, “The Future Value of the Landscape Services Sector,” attendees hung on his every word. According to First Research, the output of the U.S. landscaping industry is forecasted to grow at a compounded rate of 4 percent through 2016, indicating steady growth in the long term. In the landscape sector, regional firms are rapidly scaling up to achieve the economies of scale necessary to compete with the very large firms. Here are some of the points Hall made at the session where he projected his near-term forecast for the landscape sector: With 1.1 million housing starts now, the net demand is 1.5 million, and economists project there will be 1.2 million by the end of the year. That means, construction is behind in […]

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October 24, 2015

New Mode Of Action Bioinsecticide Spear-T Receives EPA Registration

Spear-T bioinsecticide has received federal EPA and California Department of Pesticide Regulation registrations. Its new mode-of-action offers a unique control solution for thrips and whitefly in vegetables and ornamentals in the greenhouse.

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October 21, 2015

Dümmen Orange Creates Fashion With Flowers At Fashion Week Columbus

As a feature sponsor for Fashion Week Columbus in Ohio, Dümmen Orange North America made a statement with its flower genetics in the spotlight. This was the first time Dümmen Orange partnered with Fashion Week Columbus in its 2015 events, held the week of October 3-10, 2015. Fashion Week Columbus is a non-profit organization showcasing local and emerging fashion designers while providing scholarships to fashion design students. Each year, Fashion Week Columbus hosts a week of fashion-related events to feature local talent in the Columbus, Ohio area. “A leader in the floriculture industry, Dümmen Orange is committed to breeding, distributing and promoting superior flower genetics,” says Dümmen Orange Operations Manager Kate Santos. “To do this, we strive to be in touch with contemporaries in the lifestyle industries. A large focus of this mission is to translate trends from fashion.” With more than 500 working fashion designers in the Columbus market, […]

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