October 17, 2007

OFA Brings Pack Trials To Michigan

Through a special outreach program, OFA has partnered with Michigan State University (MSU) and leading trade press editors to bring the California Pack Trials to the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo on Nov. 6. There is no place like the California Pack Trials to be captivated by new plants and the potential they could bring to your bottom line. But not everyone has the opportunity to go, adn those who do are often overwhelmed by the range and volume of options. Join editors Delilah Onofrey of Greenhouse Grower, Dave Kuack of GM Pro, Catie Evans of Green Profit and Tim Hodson of GPN along with MSU’s Dr. Art Cameron and Ball Horticultural Co.’s Will Healy as they highlight the “Cream of the California Pack Trials Crop” in your own backyard. Instead of paying the expense to fly out to California for a week, this bargain is yours for $60. Registration deadline […]

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October 3, 2007

University Field Trials

University field trials across the country yielded great results for both new and tried-and-true varieties. See the varieties that were Best In Show at each trial in the October 2007 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Check out the full field trials results from the following universities by clicking below: Colorado State University Oklahoma State University Ohio State University Penn State University University Of Georgia

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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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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 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

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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