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

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

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 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 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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March 21, 2007

Armitage Receives Scott Medal

Over the weekend, GG’s Contributing Editor Dr. Allan Armitage received the prestigious Scott Medal and Award from The Scott Aroboretum, which covers more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College Campus near Philadelphia. The award recognizes outstanding national contributions to the science and art of horticulture. “When I can receive the same honor as my horticultural hero, Liberty Hyde Bailey, I know that I am doing at least a few things right,” Armitage says. For more information on the award and The Scott Arboretum, visit http://www.scottarboretum.org.

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March 7, 2007

AAS Announces 2008 Winners

Just three new varieties made the cut to be promoted as All-America Selections (AAS) winners next year: Goldsmith Seeds’ osteospermum ‘Asti White,’ which is a breakthrough from seed; Kieft Seeds’ viola ‘Skippy XL Plum-Gold’ as a cool-season bedding plant; and the miniature eggplant ‘Hansel’ from Seminis Vegetable Seeds. We will be publishing a very special tribute celebrating AAS’ 75th anniversary in our April issue. For more information on AAS, visit www.all-americaselections.org.

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February 28, 2007

Fischer Recalls Ethiopian Shipments Of ‘Callie Orange’

The following is a notice from Fisher USA on Callie Orange Calibrachoa from Ethiopia: We have discovered some incidence of TMV (Tobacco Mosaic Virus) in our stock of Callie Orange Calibrachoa at the farm in Ethiopia. To minimize the risk, we are asking that all of the Callie Orange you have received be dumped as early as possible–it is better to be safe.  If you received Callie Orange from Portugal or China these are fine (no virus). TMV is spread only mechanically (by hands, clothing and plant to plant contact) therefore, it is extremely important that you use caution when dumping the Callie Orange to not contact other plants in the area (other Calibrachoa, petunias, verbena, impatiens–and to be safe all others).  Please dump the Callie Orange into plastic garbage bags in the greenhouse, at the point where they are on the bench, and carry out of the aisle to […]

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February 28, 2007

GG Adds Reader’s Choice Award To Medal Of Excellence

Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence Awards annually recognizes talented individuals and visionary companies that have played significant roles in the growth of the global floriculture industry. In 2007, a new category of excellence—the Reader’s Choice Award—will be added and presented during the annual Medal of Excellence Awards Ceremony, July 16, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio, during the OFA Short Course. For details, http://www.greenhousegrower.com/medal/press_releases.html

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January 31, 2007

Good Points

North Carolina State University Trial location: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. (Trial is part of the National Poinsettia Trial Program in cooperation with Purdue University, University of Florida and Homewood Nursery and Garden Center). Trial managers: John Dole and Ingram McCall Plant date: Aug. 3 for low vigor cultivars and Aug. 17 for all cultivars (some cultivars were planted at both times). Weather conditions for the season: Excellent weather conditions; among the best in years. No hurricanes and lots of sun. Best In Show/Best New Variety ‘Ice Punch’ scored the highest in consumer marketing studies. It is an easy-to-grow cultivar with good axillary shoot development and uniformity. Most novel color pattern since ‘Cortez Burgundy.’ Best Old Variety ‘Prestige Maroon,’ released last year, offers uniform, sturdy growth, excellent breaking and great color. Top Performers Rounding out the top three in consumer preferences along with ‘Prestige Maroon’ were ‘Metro Red’ and ‘Premium […]

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January 17, 2007

New Hires In Vital Roles At AFE, NGMA

American Floral Endowment Hires Industry Leader to Guide Future Fundraising Efforts Edwardsville, Illinois, January 12, 2007–The American Floral Endowment has announced the appointment of Sten Crissey, Seattle, Washington, to the new position of Vice President of Development and Industry Relations. “The Endowment trustees are delighted that someone of Sten’s experience and stature has agreed to take on this pivotal role,” said AFE incoming Chairman, Mike Mellano. Effective February 1, Crissey will begin his work in raising awareness for the Endowment and forging stronger ties throughout the industry. The Endowment’s goal is to develop a successful major gift and planned giving program to complement the current fund raising efforts. “Sten knows first hand the terrific potential that research and education can bring to the product we sell, with the ultimate benefit going to the millions of people who enjoy flowers and plants everyday,” Mellano said.  Crissey, former owner of Crissey’s, Inc. in Seattle, WA, […]

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January 3, 2007

Kerry’s Bromeliad Nursery To Receive Award Of Distinction

Kerry’s Bromeliad Nursery To Receive Award Of Distinction ECGC Distributors, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Kerry’s Bromeliad Nursery of Homestead and Apopka, Florida is the recipient of the 2006 Award of Distinction. This award recognizes the premiere interior plant grower providing the most distinctive product and service in 2006. Kerry’s Bromeliad Nursery is one of the largest orchid and bromeliad production complexes in the world, and the largest in North America, growing more than 5 million orchids. Kerry’s love of bromeliads began in his grandparents back yard in his home town of Homestead, Florida Where he began growing plants as a way of earning money while in high school. Over the next ten years he began to build his first nursery. Today Kerry’s has expanded to over 1 million square feet of automated state of the art growing facilities, always on the leading edge of innovation.  “We are extremely honored […]

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