September 12, 2007

Yoder Plants Field Day And Mum Fest

Yoder will host its garden mum and aster fall field day on Sept. 27 at Lucas Greenhouse in Monroeville, N.J. Then that weekend, Sept. 29-30, Yoder’s home town, Barberton, Ohio, will be ablaze with 20,000 mums at Lake Anna Park during the 17th annual Mum Fest. At the field day, growers can learn about new garden mum and aster varieties and see how they compare with existing Yoder and competing varieties. It’s a great opportunity to learn how to be more successful growing and marketing mums. To register, contact Deb McGuinness at 800-232-9557, Ext. 2471, or email [email protected] The Mum Fest offers free admission and family fun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. In addition to the amazing mum plantings, visitors will enjoy musical entertainment, historical displays, water ski shows, log carving, canoe races, arts and crafts, sand sculpting and ferris wheel rides. Potted mums also will be […]

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September 12, 2007

EuroAmerican Offers Unrooted Osteospermums

In vegetative annuals, EuroAmerican Propagators in Bonsall, Calif., is offering Sunny osteospermums as unrooted cuttings. Popular in Europe, the Sunny series comes from one of the most extensive breeding programs, producing a kaleidoscope of colors and a broad range of heights and growth habits. The versatile plants thrive as bedding and in pots. Nearly 30 varieties are available as rooted liners and as unrooted cuttings. All orders are shipped directly from the producer in Vietnam and imported through the ports of Miami or Atlanta. For more details, visit EuroAmerican’s Web site.

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August 29, 2007

EuroAmerican Hosts Open House

EuroAmerican Propagators will educate visitors on landscaping with drought-tolerant plants during its 6th annual open house, Sept. 5-15, in Bonsall, Calif. Succulents and low-maintenance perennials will be the key product lines that tie in with this concept. Additional highlights include appearances by gardening celebrities, including P. Allen Smith and live radio programming featuring personalities from Garden Compass. For more information or to RSVP, contact [email protected] Download the invitation, which is full of helpful travel information here.

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August 22, 2007

Keep Poinsettias On Target

Keep your poinsettias on track with On Target, a Web-bsed height tracking program developed by Ecke Ranch. The program is free to customers. “One of the greatest uncertainties in producing superior poinsettias is accurately predicting and managing growth in the finishing phases of crop production,” says Rebecca Siemonsma, Ecke’s Technical and Sales Support Manager. On Targetâ„¢ gives growers a tool that is easy to use, and allows for safe storage of charts for year-to-year comparisons and planning. The only system requirements are a Web browser and Internet connection. In addition to providing online tracking, the program allows growers the option to download the data files for comparison and charting offline as well. Another feature is the ability to interact with Ecke support staff online from within the charting program, allowing for faster and more dynamic service. “Being a leader in technical support is a key differentiator for Ecke,” says Roger […]

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August 15, 2007

Heating Up Heirloom Bulbs

Looking for bulbs that will work in the South? The Southern Bulb Co. has rolled out a redesigned Web site that is a comprehensive resource for heirloom flower bulb varieties available for warm climates. The Web site provides detailed information about optimal growth environments and all the essential facts on each variety. “After months of effort, we have compiled an exhaustive resource to magnify the rich gardening experiences of bulb enthusiasts across the South,” says president Chris Wiesinger. “This new Web site is part of a continual effort to simplify the ordering process, while also providing our customers with the tips they need, from the best soil types to the right amount of sun and shade, to see their bulbs thrive in their regions.” Check it out at the Southern Bulb Co. Web site.

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August 8, 2007

More Midwestern Trials

This Friday, Plantpeddler in Cresco, Iowa, will host its variety day, “testing the best in the Midwest.” The trials feature more than 500 varieties from more than 20 breeders along with in-ground displays. Seminars will rotate on the half hour on the fundamentals of plant culture, breeding and selection, and care and handling. For details, visit: www.plantpeddler.com. Next week, the University of Wisconsin West Madison Agricultural Research Station and the Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin (CFGW) are conducting an argyranthemum and bacopa trial, in addition to the two acres of flower and vegetable trials. The industry-only open house will be on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, contact CFGW’s Bruce Sadowski at 262-377-0986 or Judy Reith-Rozelle at the research station at 608-262-2257.

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August 8, 2007

Tesselaar Growers Meet In Seattle

Smith Gardens in Bellingham, Wash., hosted 15 fellow growers in the Anthony Tesselaar licensee network during its mid-year meeting in June to discuss the next generation of Flower Carpet Roses, as well as Tropicanna cannas and Volcano phlox. New plants under consideration in the pipeline include magnolias and cordyline. For more information on the Australian plant marketer, Anthony Tesselaar Plants, visit: http://www.tesselaar.com

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August 8, 2007

AAS Celebrates Diamond Anniversary

Seed industry veterans and trials judges from the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom gathered in Blue Bell, Pa., outside of Philadelphia for the All-America Selections (AAS) Summer Meeting, Aug. 1-3. Highlights include a day at Fordhook Farm, which is the estate of W. Atlee Burpee, and a day at the world-famous Longwood Gardens. Greenhouse Grower’s Editor Delilah Onofrey was the mistress of ceremonies at the banquet and presented a talk on trends. For the highlights, visit the Planting Pride portion of Delilah’s blog at: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/delilah/page.php?page=pride

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August 1, 2007

Pacific Plug & Liner Trials

Pacific Plug & Liner will be hosting summer trials through Aug. 17 at its greenhouses in Watsonville, Calif. Known for conducting neutral comparison trials within a genus, the featured trials will be in echinaceas, heucheras and sedums. For more information or to schedule an appointment, email [email protected]

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August 1, 2007

Sawaya Garden Trials

Interested in comprehensive vegetative trials? Next Wednesday, Mel Sawaya of Focus Greenhouse Management Inc. will host his open house featuring 2,000 cultivars in containers and 100 mixed plantings in patio pots and hanging baskets in Simcoe, Ontario. For more information, visit: http://www.sawayagardentrials.com/ The trials will also be open during the Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation’s (COPF) trials and open houses at nine locations on Aug. 9 and 10. The event is free. You just need to get to the Niagara area. Maps and information are available online at http://www.copf.org

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August 1, 2007

Shutting Down Illegal Propagation

RijnPlant, a Dutch company that specializes in selecting anthurium, bougainvillea and calathea varieties, reports it has stopped an international network from illegally propagating its patented variety, bougainvillea ‘Vera.’ The network spanned 20 companies in Japan, Israel and The Netherlands. All parties agreed to settle out of court. The illegal activity was discovered by Hortis Holland, which protects breeders’ rights and monitors royalty collections. Royalty Administration International also played a strong role in resolving the case. For more information about Rijn Plant, visit http://www.rijnplant.com

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August 1, 2007

MassHort Makeover

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank Horticulture Center will undergo an extreme garden makeover this Friday designed by English garden designer and horticulturist Adrian Bloom, founder of Blooms of Bressingham perennials. This will be Bloom’s largest perennial demonstration and display garden to date, covering more than an acre and planted in a single day by more than 150 volunteers. More than 8,000 perennials trees and shrubs were donated for the project. For details, visit: http://www.masshort.org/

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July 25, 2007

Novalis Adds Annuals

One of the big news announcements at OFA’s Short Course last week was Novalis adding an annual plant program for 2008. Up until now, the grower consortium had been more focused on perennials and shrubs. The new program, Plants That Work by Color will bring more than 150 varieties of annuals to independent garden centers next spring. Novalis is incorporating select color growers with a common goal of providing proprietary breeding, diverse product selections and controlled liner production and distribution that will be exclusive to independent garden centers. Plantsmen Josh Schneider and Garry Grueber have been working with Novalis to coordinate this new line. Fifteen years ago, Grueber was instrumental in working with John Rader of EuroAmerican Propagators to organize Proven Winners. Novalis just won Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence for Marketing. For more on Novalis, visit: http://www.novalis.com.

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July 18, 2007

Michigan Growers Tour

This is the fourth year leading young plant growers in Michigan are teaming up with Michigan State University (MSU) to host a two-week tour of floricultural trials and displays, July 30 to Aug. 10. The educational field day at MSU will be Aug. 7. For more information, visit: http://www.hrt.msu.edu/planttour

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July 18, 2007

Athens Select Adds Hilltop Greenhouse

The Athens Select Marketing Association, founded by our own Dr. Allan Armitage at the University of Georgia, has added Hilltop Greenhouse & Farm of Ellendale, Minn., to its group of licensed propagators. Plants in the Athens Select program are chosen for heat and humidity tolerance. Three new varieties include iochroma ‘Purple Queen’ (pictured), abutilon ‘Fairy Coral Red’ and hibiscus ‘Panama Bronze.’ For more details, visit: http://www.athensselect.com.

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July 18, 2007

Medal Of Excellence Awards

On Monday, Greenhouse Grower presented its Medal of Excellence Awards during the OFA Short Course. The awards program, which has become “the Oscars of the industry,” recognizes dedication and innovation in advancing varieties and new markets for growers. Nearly 300 movers and shakers attended the awards ceremony. For details, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/medal/index.html

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July 18, 2007

Graphical Tracking Software

A new and expanded version of the popular UNH FloraTrack software for graphically tracking poinsettias is now available from Plant Docs. The program, developed by Paul Fisher while he was at the University of New Hampshire, helps poinsettia growers compare actual and target plant heights and guide crop decisions. Discounts are available to customers of Fischer USA and Quality Analytical Laboratories. For more information, visit http://www.plantdocs.biz

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July 11, 2007

GG’s Medal Of Excellence Awards Ceremony

Monday will be the big day when we present our Medal of Excellence Awards at the OFA Short Course in Columbus, Ohio. Perennial Plant Association will receive our industry achievement award for 25 years of dedication to elevating perennials and the growers who produce them. Novalis will receive our marketing award for is successful Plants That Work program and other branding initiatives. Our three breeding awards will be a surprise until that evening. Special thanks to Landmark Plastic for sponsoring the reception. For details, visit http://www.greenhousegrower.com/medal/

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July 11, 2007

EuroAmerican Offers Mixed Trays

EuroAmerican Propagators in Bonsall, Calif., is helping growers test drive its new varieties by offering mixed trays in succulents and begonias. These trays are being marketed as Mixers. For details, visit: http://www.pweuro.com.

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July 5, 2007

Reader’s Choice Sweepstakes Winner

Tom Mowbray, corporate sales manager of Floral Plant Growers in Wisconsin, will be getting the VIP treatment at the OFA Short Course next weekend as the winner of our Reader’s Choice Sweepstakes. In addition to a full registration compliments of OFA, he will receive a $100 gift card and the VIP treatment at our Medal of Excellence awards reception on Monday, July 16, where the three breeding awards will be announced—Industry’s Choice, Editor’s Choice and Reader’s Choice. For more details on our Medal of Excellence program, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/medal/index.html

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