March 15, 2016

California Spring Trials Central Region Preview: More New Annuals For 2017

Spring is finally here, and you can draw inspiration from the hundreds of new varieties you’ll see at California Spring Trials (CAST) 2016. The annual exodus to the West Coast is coming up, but before you hit the trail, check out the slideshow below to see some of the new annuals making their debut to the trade this spring. Because so many annuals are revealed at CAST, we had to build two slideshows — one for the Northern Region and one for the Central Region. Last week’s focus was on the Northern Region, but this week we’re highlighting annuals that will be showcased in the Central Region. We asked breeders to share with us pictures and information on some of the great new annuals introductions they will debut at CAST 2016. They didn’t let you down. These new annuals introductions have all the great characteristics you’ve come to rely on from breeders — excellent […]

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Terra Nova Nurseries’ Garden Decorating Guide groups and displays new plant introductions according to color to make selection easier

March 10, 2016

Promote The Purpose Of Perennials

Breeders and growers are changing the way they market perennials, to focus on a simple message to communicate plant benefits that offer more value than good looks.

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March 9, 2016

Get A Glimpse At New Annuals For 2017, Debuting At California Spring Trials

California Spring Trials (CAST) is coming up, but before you hit the trail, here’s your chance for a glimpse at the new annuals that will be hitting the market in 2017. We asked breeders to share with us pictures and information on some of the great new annuals introductions they will debut at CAST 2016. They didn’t let you down. These new annuals introductions have all the great characteristics you’ve come to rely on from breeders — excellent branching, good uniformity, flower power, and most important, long-lasting garden performance. Check out the slideshow below to see some of the new annuals making their debut to the trade this spring. And because so many annuals are revealed at CAST, we had to build two slideshows – one for the Northern Region and one for the Central Region. This week we’ll focus on the Northern Region, but stay tuned for the Central […]

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Kelly Norris - feature

March 4, 2016

Kelly Norris Says There’s Great Potential In Landscape Plugs

In his latest column for Greenhouse Grower magazine, Norris says landscape plugs have the potential to pave the way for new perennial varieties and nature-based designs that appeal to consumers’ changing priorities and lifestyles.

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Tomato 'Think Pink' (Sakata Vegetables)

March 2, 2016

Sakata Seed America Will Open New Vegetable Research Station In Woodland, CA

The station, which should be fully operational in mid-2017, will focus on Sakata’s rapidly expanding warm-season vegetables breeding programs and will host the company’s sales and marketing events in the region.

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Rotary Botanical Gardens Wisconsin

March 1, 2016

All-America Selections Summer Summit Will Take Place In Madison, WI

The event takes place Aug. 24-26, 2016, and will include tours of AAS Trials and Display Gardens as well as local businesses.

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February 25, 2016

Save The Date For The 2016 Darwin Perennials Day

This year’s Darwin Perennials Day takes place June 22, 2016, at The Gardens At Ball in West Chicago, IL.

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IPM Essen Award Hassinger-Oerstedella_centradenia

February 24, 2016

IPM Essen Innovations Showcase Highlights Eight Award-Winning Plants

IPM Essen’s Innovation Showcase, which the Central Horticultural Association first began as a competition in 2008, has become established as a permanent fixture at the event.

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New South Florida Crape Myrtle

February 19, 2016

New Crape Myrtle Will Soon Be Available In South Florida

‘Big Pink,’ a chance discovery by USDA researchers, features large, brightly colored blooms and will soon be available to nurseries in South Florida.

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February 18, 2016

Poinsettia Survey Shows Strong Sales For Greenhouse Growers In 2015

The year 2015 might have been one that many were glad to see in the rear view mirror, but for poinsettia growers, it was a good sales year — perhaps the strongest in quite a while. Compared to 2014, which was also widely deemed a success among growers for its seasonal cold at just the right time, good weather for shipping, and a good holiday spirit, the 2015 season was solid for a number of reasons. The weather, a rebounding economy, and increased demand all contributed to what growers said was a “very strong” sales season. “It was a strong year beginning to end due to great weather and quality product as the market demanded,” said Dan Chaney of Ivy Acres, in Greenhouse Grower’s 2015 Poinsettia Survey.     “Sales were strong. Demand was better than the previous two years,” said Larry Windham of Windham Greenhouses Inc. “Very good. The […]

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Penstemon barbatus ‘Twizzle’ (Van Hemert & Co.)

February 16, 2016

Fleuroselect Names Its Latest Gold Medal-Winning Varieties

The Fleuroselect Gold Medal is awarded to new varieties that have been tested by Fleuroselect’s independent judges at trial grounds across Europe and will be available for growers this year.

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Azalea 'Romance' (Aris Keepsake Plants)2

February 15, 2016

16 New Holiday Crop Alternatives For The Greenhouse

Poinsettias aren’t the only game in town for the winter holidays. From cyclamen to hydrangeas and hellebores, consider these 15 new varieties to change up your crop mix, not only for winter holidays, but at other times of the year, as well.

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February 11, 2016

Succulents: A Mainstay Of The Green Revolution

Succulents offer many options for growers to provide waterwise, low-maintenance plants that work well for green infrastructure and other environmentally focused projects.

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February 10, 2016

Poinsettia Production On The Decline

Poinsettia production is on the decline in several of the top 15 poinsettia-producing states.

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Dr Allan Armitage

February 8, 2016

Why Succulents Have Become The Hippest Plants On The Market

Allan Armitage says succulents used to be relegated to the far end of the display bench, but their adaptability, decorative value, and low maintenance requirements have now made them a staple.

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February 4, 2016

Poinsettia Growers Discuss Their Recent Trials And Triumphs

Growers from Pennsylvania, Illinois, and North Carolina describer their experiences trialing everyone’s favorite holiday season flora.

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Rhododendron ‘Dandy Man’ (Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs)

February 2, 2016

Spring Meadow Nursery Partnering With Proven Winners Europe To Introduce New Flowering Shrubs

The expansion creates a cohesive brand for what is now a global market, immediately introducing more than 24 shrubs to the European market, with the potential for 125 or more in the future.

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February 1, 2016

12 New Poinsettias For Holiday Growing

Poinsettias are still a consumer favorite during the holidays for home décor and gift giving. For greenhouse growers looking to get a jumpstart on purchasing young plants for the 2016 poinsettia growing season, there is no shortage of great varieties to choose from. Here are 12 new varieties to keep in mind for holiday product offerings.

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January 27, 2016

Costa Farms’ Season Premier Provides Sneak Peek At New Varieties For 2017

Costa Farms presented the 2016 Season Premier at its 2-acre Trial Gardens in Miami, FL, in the third week of January. The event showcases varieties from breeders of all sizes to growers and major retail buyers, providing a look at what genetics are coming to the market and how they’ll perform in retail settings and in the landscape, when consumers bring them home. The mild winter climate in South Florida allows Costa Farms’ Research and Development Department to simulate the spring growing conditions of various regions in the country. Because each group of visitors to Costa Farms’ Trial Gardens wants to see what the new plants look like in the environments that matter to them, Season Premier offers several areas within the Trial Gardens that highlight different ways to look at the wealth of new varieties. The New Product Showcase offers a way for retailers to see how plants will […]

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January 26, 2016

Beekenkamp And Danziger Partner To Distribute Poinsettias In North America

Danziger is continuing to expand its portfolio of products to the U.S. market with the addition of poinsettia cuttings of Beekenkamp’s varieties.

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