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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June 27, 2007

Ball Certified For Organic Seed

Ball has become the first large wholesale horticultural distributor certified to process and distribute organic seed by the Organic Crop Improvment Association under the National Organic Program regulations from USDA. Growers can choose from more than 60 varieties of vegetables and herbs. For more information, visit: http://www.ballhort.com/News_Event.aspx?newsID=58

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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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