June 13, 2007

Texas Hosts Field Day

More than 800 varieties will be sizzling in field and container trails at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Overton, Texas this summer. The Overton Horticultural Field Day will be June 28, beginning at the Texas A&M University Systems’s Agricultural and Research Center’s North Farm site and then to Overton. For more information, visit: http://overton.tamu.edu/flowers/fielddday.htm

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June 6, 2007

Ball Launches Nursery Line

Ball Horticultural Co. announced late last week it will be breaking into the nursery game, launching a new line of trees, shrubs and perennials specifically for the nursery industry called Ball Ornamentals. Previously, Ball has exclusively provided annuals and perennials to the horticulture industry. For more, visit: http://www.todaysgardencenter.com/blog/page.php?page=news#ballornamentals

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May 23, 2007

Vote For Reader’s Choice

The polls are open for the Reader’s Choice Award–a new addition to Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence awards program. Voters will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a free Short Course registration compliments of OFA and a special invitation to the Medal of Excellence Awards Ceremony, July 16. Cast your vote at: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/medal/readers_choice.html

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May 16, 2007

GG Announces Medal of Excellence Nominees

The votes are in from our seven panelists for this year’s Medal of Excellence Awards. The three breeding awards include Industry’s Choice (chosen by the panel), Editor’s Choice and a new Reader’s Choice. The nominees are: Asti osteospermums from Goldsmith Seeds Blutopia and Snowtopia bacopas from PanAmerican Seed Cora vincas from Goldsmith Seeds Shock Wave petunias from PanAmerican Seed Supercal petunias from Sakata Surdiva scaevolas from Suntory/Bonza Voting will open May 21 at http://www.greenhousegrower.com for the Reader’s Choice. Choose one from this slate of nominees or a write-in candidate of your choice. There will also be a sweepstakes to win a registration to Short Course, compliments of OFA, along with other VIP perks.

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May 16, 2007

Florexpo To Produce Suntory Cuttings

Florexpo and McGregor Plant Sales just signed an agreement to produce and distribute unrooted cuttings for Suntory in North America. The deal was signed with master licensor Jackson & Perkins Wholesale. This line will include items specific to licensees and there will be a range of items which will be available to flowering-only growers in the United States and Canada. Based in Costa Rica, Florexpo is one of the largest and fastest growing cuttings producers. McGregor is a broker based in Carlsbad, Calif. For more information and availability, visit: http://www.mcgregorplantsales.com

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May 16, 2007

Grower Tool: Goldfisch Combinations Online

If you missed all the great combination plantings Fischer USA put together at Pack Trials, they are just a click away. The combinations are now available online. Get the recipes and download high resolution images at: http://www.fischerusa.com/default.aspx?tabid=63&HtmlId=92

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May 9, 2007

Proven Winners At Kentucky Derby

Churchill DownsThis is the second year Proven Winners varieties were planted to color the grounds of Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby on May 5. Pictured is ‘Supertunia Vista Bubblegum,’ which was planted along with ‘Supertunias Raspberry Blast’ and Royal Velvet and ageratum ‘Artist Blue.’ Two-by-two-foot signs promoted the varieties, which will be at Churchill Downs all summer long. Thousands of consumers also saw Proven Winners in the Kentucky Derby program and in Churchill Downs’ e-newsletter. For details, visit: http://www.provenwinners.com/informationcenter/kentuckyderby/

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May 9, 2007

Organic Bouquets For Mother’s Day

San Francisco-based OrganicBouquet.com is expecting a surge in business for Mother’s Day. Sales of organic and eco-friendly flowers are expected to exceed $100 million in the next five years, according to OrganicBouquet.com’s CEO Gerald Prolman. “We are now accelerating towards an inevitable tipping point with increasing supplies of organic flowers in the pipeline and consumer interest in the environment at the high point in history,” he says. More than 500 million certified stems will be grown in 2007, according to Veriflora, a new ecocertification program for the cut flower trade. OrganicBouquet.com currently works with more than 15 growers in five countries, including the United States, Ecuador and Colombia. For more details, visit: http://www.organicbouquet.com

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May 2, 2007

New Breeder Agency

Pride of Place Plants and HortisHolland have contracted with Cassy Bright to form HortisUSA LLC, a full-service breeder representation company based in California. Bright had been with North American Royalty Administration for many years. Breeder services include global representation, promotion, trials, breeders’ rights and tradmark issues. Propagators and growers will find a comprehensive product listing ranging from perennials and shrubs to potted plants and cut flowers. For more information, visit http://www.hortisusa.com

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April 25, 2007

ForemostCo And Raker Form Alliance

ForemostCo, a Miami-based young plant supplier, and C. Raker & Sons, a Michigan-based plug and liner producer, have forged a new working relationship that will broaden both companies’ product offerings. One of the goals is to streamline communications and support among growers and suppliers. For more information on these companies, visit: http://www.foremostco.com and http://www.raker.com

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April 25, 2007

Pack Trials Recap

Greenhouse Grower’s editors Delilah Onofrey and Sara Tambascio are back from their California Pack Trials trek last week. For complete coverage of all locations visited over the course of seven days visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/bloggin/page.php?page=daily

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April 25, 2007

Miller Honored At Southeast

Ball Horticultural Co.’s Market Research Manager Marvin Miller will receive the Southeast Greenhouse Conference’s 2007 Horticulture Initiative Award in June. Dedicated to the industry, Miller is the current president of the America In Bloom board and serves on OFA’s board of directors and the Seeley Conference board at Cornell University. Key committee assignments include Purdue University College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Committee and the Society of American Florists’ government relations committee and floriculture statistics task force with USDA. For more details on the upcoming Southeast Greenhouse Conference, visit: http://www.sgcts.org 

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April 25, 2007

Reader’s Choice Award

Home from the Pack Trials, our seven-member industry panel is sorting through their notes and pictures to nominate their top five new introductions for our Medal of Excellence Award. Their collective top fives will become the nominees for the Industry’s Choice Award, chosen by the panel, and a new Reader’s Choice Award, chosen by you, our readers! Voting will begin May 21. For more details on this new award, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/medal/press_releases.html

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April 25, 2007

Wanted: Holiday Crop Growers

Craig Farley of Clearpath Nursery in Ohio is looking for small growing operations to supply poinsettias, Easter and Mother’s Day plants to a select group of retailers next year. As a wholesaler coordinating the distribution, his business is expanding in 10 states in the Midwest and East. He especially needs growers in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. He will be finalizing commitments for poinsettias this June. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Farley at [email protected]

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April 11, 2007

EuroAmerican Offers Shrub Liners

Capitalizing on the designer shrub trend, EuroAmerican Propagators in Bonsall, Calif., is offering the Proven Winners Color Choice shrub varieties from Spring Meadow Nursery in Color Choice Turbo Trays. These liners make it easy for growers to add shrubs to their product mix by transplanting them into 3-gallon pots. For a complete list of the varieties available, visit http://www.pweuro.com/availability/

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April 11, 2007

Pack Trials Coverage

Starting on Monday, we will bring you daily coverage of the California Pack Trials through Benchrunner. Editors Delilah Onofrey and Sara Tambascio will be making the journey this year with our California Dreamin’ winners from North Carolina. Stay tuned!

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April 11, 2007

STEPABLES Adds Canadian Grower

The STEPABLES brand of creeping perennials now has a footprint in Ontario with the addition of Epic Plant Co. to its network of growers. Epic will supply between 30 and 40 varieties to independent garden centers this spring and summer. STEPABLES received Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence for Marketing in 2006. For more about this innovative brand, visit http://www.stepables.com

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April 4, 2007

Jackson & Perkins Sold

Harry & David Holdings has sold its Jackson & Perkins division to two unaffiliated buyers for an aggregate of $49 million. Founded in 1872, Jackson & Perkins is the nation’s largest marketer and producer of premium rose plants and the master licensee for Suntory’s vegetative annuals in North America. For more details on the investors and the transaction, visit http://www.mailtribune.com/archive/2007/0403/local/stories/jackson-perkins-sells.htm

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April 4, 2007

Syngenta Acquires Fischer

A global consolidation wave hit the cuttings side of our industry last week when Syngenta annouced it is acquiring the Fischer group for $67 million. With $8.1 billion in sales, Syngenta is a giant in world agriculture in agronomic markets, as well as horticulture and floriculture, specializing in crop protection and seed. Fischer is the second largest cuttings producer with leadership positions in geraniums, New Guinea impatiens and poinsettias. For details, insights and competitive response, visit http://www.greenhousegrower.com/benchrunner/20070404_syngenta.html.

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March 28, 2007

Anthony Tesselaar Plants On HGTV

Anthony Tesselaar Plants has booked an ad campaign with HGTV supporting three major brands: Flower Carpet roses, Volcano phlox and Tropicanna cannas. Along with the TV ads, Tesselaar will sponsor elements of HGTV’s Web site and portion of the DIY Network Web site. For more information, visit http://www.todaysgardencenter.com/blog/page.php?page=news

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