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ENVU - Bayer completes sale of Environmental Science Professional Business ... by Katie McDaniel, Nursery Management magazine
Bayer has completed the sale of its Environmental Science Professional business to the international private equity firm Cinven. The business and its nearly 900 employees will continue as the independent company, Envu.

NGB rolls out six plant classes for the 2023 “Year of the” program
By Katie McDaniel, Nursery Management magazine

National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening in North America on behalf of the horticulture industry and its members, just rolled out The plant classes of note for 2023 -- amaryllis, celosia, broccoli, orchid, rudbeckia and spirea.

Seed Your Future -- Jazmin Albarran, Executive Director
By Katie McDaniel, Nursery Management magazine

Connecting to the younger generation by informing them that people who work in art, science, technology and business have a place in the horticulture industry.

Growing media trends - Peat moss and other supply challenges continue to impact industry ... by Andrew Snook, Greenhouse Canada
Some companies, including Berger, were forced to adapt their product offerings and change their operations to make sure they meet demand in a timely manner.

These beautiful low-maintenance plants bring movement to the garden by blowing in the breeze ... by JOSHUA SISKIN, The Orange County Register
San Marcos Growers lists 91 different types of ornamental grasses alone and Monrovia Nursery lists 156 options. The reason for Monrovia’s more extensive list is that bamboos, which are members of the grass family, and sedges and rushes which are not grasses but resemble them in certain respects, make Monrovia’s list, as do mondo grass and liriope, which actually belong to the lily family.

Why Safety Visits Are an Overlooked Benefit for Greenhouse Growers
by Zach Bruce, Hortica -- Greenhouse Grower

Protecting the safety of your employees and everyday operations is part of your responsibilities as a business. A safe workplace runs more efficiently—and helps you avoid work-related incidents and OSHA violations. Lack of planning and non-compliance can put the health and well-being of your team at risk, create costly downtime, and potentially incur citations or fines.

This Dayton company won a $20 million defense contract
by Thomas Gnau, Dayton Daily News

Dayton Bag and Burlap won a federal contract award for $20 million from the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia for the production of sandbags. The company produces bulk burlap, burlap rolls, bags, sandbags to deal with emergency flooding and more.

Lambert Peat Moss -- Questions with Frédéric Gagnon
by Nursery Management magazine

Frédéric Gagnon, Lambert Peat Moss agronomist, explains the benefits of using an aggregate free media as well as custom mixes.

Harrell’s adds Ph.D., to R&D team
by Rob DiFranco, Landscape Management

Harrell’s added Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D., as its new director of agronomy, specializing in horticulture. At the University of Florida (UF), he oversaw a plant diagnostic clinic. After 13 years on faculty at UF, Palmateer went to work at Bayer as a technical development manager. Five years later, he transitioned to SePRO in technical development.

Ball Horticultural -- Spotlight: Fan Favorite Heat-Loving Combinations!
by Greenhouse Management magazine

The vegetative annual breeding companies of Ball Horticultural Company, Ball FloraPlant® and Selecta One®, have long been recognized for their balanced mixture recipes: MixMasters™ and Trixi®s.

Arborjet and Ecologel are recognized as BioPreferred Champions
by Katie McDaniel, Nursery Management magazine

Hydretain Root Zone Moisture Manager and NutriRoot 2-2-3 are the Arborjet and Ecologel BioPreferred products tested and certified for their biobased content. Arborjet and Ecologel have been recognized as BioPreferred Champions by US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Prescott Dirt Joins SiteOne Landscape Supply
SiteOne® Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE: SITE) announced today the acquisition of Prescott Dirt, a distributor of landscape supplies with two locations in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Spring Meadow Nursery receives Gold 2022 GardenComm Media Award
Posted by Katie McDaniel, Nursery Managament Magazine

The creative team at Spring Meadow Nursery received a Gold Medal of Achievement at the 2022 Media Awards, presented by GardenComm: Garden Communicators International, at their mid-October virtual conference.

Hiring non-hort workers -- By Chris Markham, Nursery Management magazine
Al Martin shared advice on how to find quality candidates from outside of the horticulture industry. Given the growing number of horticulture operations that are struggling to find employees in the current labor shortage, it was no surprise that Al Martin’s presentation “Hiring from outside of the horticulture industry” was packed at Cultivate’22.

Succession/Exit Planning: How to prepare for day you hang up your boots
By Chris Markham, Nursery Management magazine

Exit plan advisors Chris Cimaglio and Todd Downing shared advice on how growers can build value in their business so it's ready for the day they finally leave.

What's new with consumer plant trends
By Chris Markham, Garden Center magazine

The first day of Cultivate’22 education sessions featured a presentation titled “Turning top plant trends into profits” with Maria Zampini of Upshoot, a hort marketing firm based in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, that specializes in new plant marketing.

Getting Groovy
By Kate Spirgen, Garden Center magazine

Groovy Plants Ranch has an extensive plant selection and a big personality. The Marengo, Ohio, garden center just bought 11 additional acres in March to expand its unique operation.

Visionary visual merchandising
By Kate Spirgen, Garden Center magazine

Find new retail ideas from the ZenGenius Marketplace and GreenDigs Design Studio. The ZenGenius Marketplace features all kinds of visual merchandising and display ideas. From a selfie station to biophilic designs to fun merchandising ideas, there was plenty of inspiration.

Turn first-time buyers into loyal customers
By Kate Spirgen, Garden Center magazine

Dr. Bridget Behe shared the key factors that turn a transaction into a lasting relationship at Cultivate’22. It’s a well-known fact that it’s a bigger investment to recruit a new customer than it is to retain one, so how do you turn a first-time buyer into a loyal customer?

State of the Industry Address
By Matt McClellan, Nursery Management magazine

At Cultivate'22, Ken Fisher, Craig Regelbrugge and Dr. Charlie Hall assessed 2022 and provided projections for what 2023 may bring.

2023 Garden Trends Report recap
By Julianne Mobilian, Nursery Management magazine

From Tesla to TikTok, retailers should take note of these 7 trends for 2023, including the report's color of the year. At Cultivate’22, Katie Dubow, president of Garden Media Group, delivered the 2023 Garden Trends Report: "I Believe In Me."

Learning the family secrets at Foertmeyer & Sons
By Chris Markham, Garden Center magazine

The tour of the fundraising-based operation featured insights on biocontrol, labor and watering. Head grower Matt Foertmeyer makes up the “Sons” part of Foertmeyer & Sons, a Delaware, Ohio, greenhouse which was founded in 1988 by his father Mark. A short drive from the Cultivate’22 convention center, Mark founded the operation as a solely fundraising-based business.

USDA-ARS -- Boxwood blight recommendations
By Matt McClellan, Garden Center magazine
-- As part of the Boxwood Blight Insight Group, Jerry Weiland, USDA-ARS Research Plant Pathologist and Fulya Baysal-Gurel, associate professor at Tennessee State University, spoke to attendees at Cultivate'22 to share observations on the spread of boxwood blight in the nursery industry.

Destinations by design - Garden Center Retail Tour hosted by AmericanHort
By Julianne Mobilian, Garden Center magazine
-- As part of our pre-show Cultivate’22 coverage, we meandered through the “Canoe Capital of the World,” then along the winding roads of Amish country on another destination-filled Garden Retail Tour hosted by AmericanHort. Check out some of the eye-catching plants, displays and merchandise that had attendees buzzing with new ideas.

Behind the curtain at Cuthbert Greenhouse
By Chris Markham, Nursery Management magazine

From expanding product offerings to upgrading their growing media and heating, this third-gen greenhouse operation is still trying new tricks.

How Monrovia automates
By Matt McClellan, Nursery Management magazine

Jonathan Pedersen, CEO of Monrovia, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at Cultivate’22 about how the nursery has implemented automation.

6 considerations for a meaningful customer service policy
By Kate Spirgen, Garden Center magazine
-- The right customer service philosophy can not only help you and your employees provide better service, it can help you find meaning in your work, said Liz Lark-Riley, managing director of Rockledge Gardens, at her Cultivate’22 session, “The Secret to Keeping Promises: Customer Service 101 for Garden Retailers.”

Corded Electric Pruning Shear Market Growth Factor with Regional Forecast, Market Size, Top Vendors, Industry Research and End User Analysis By 2028   (link to News Article)  With an exhaustive analysis of the competitive landscape, the authors of the Corded Electric Pruning Shear market report have made a brilliant attempt to explore key developments, pricing and business tactics, and future plans of leading companies.
Key Players Mentioned in the Global Corded Electric Pruning Shear Market Research Report: Zenport Industries


David Austin Roses jubilee display wins gold @ Chelsea Flower Show
(link to BBC News)
... A display of roses featuring new ones created to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee has won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. The exhibit, by Shropshire-based grower David Austin Roses, featured pink-apricot roses named Elizabeth. A spokesperson for the nursery said the team were delighted to win their 26th gold medal.


Bobbex -- Best Deer Repellent rated #1
Which Deer Repellents Work Best ... watch Video News Link

After surveying 22 earlier studies of deer repellents and then conducting their own controlled study at two different locations, researchers at Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station concluded that egg-based repellents worked better than predator urines and blood-based products. Repellents applied more often were more effective than those applied less frequently.


Ball Horticultural @ California Spring Trials
by: Matthew J. Grassi, Garden Center magazine (Article Link)

6 trends that go beyond the new intros .... “We want to make sure that growers have the seasonality that they need,” Katie Rotella, senior public relations and digital manager, Ball Horticultural, said at the Ball stop in Santa Paula. “It could be from the genetics themselves, maybe it’s a new petunia that flowers at a 10-hour day length — like with our E3 Easy Wave — so growers can put things into flower as soon as they can.”


Arborjet | Ecologel announces new hires
by: Matt McClellan, Nursery Management magazine (Article Link)

The plant health company made five recent personnel moves. Zachary Peterson has been appointed as Midwest Regional Sales Manager....


Spring Meadow Nursery -- 2022 New plant pavilion
by: Nursery Management magazine (Article Link)

Perfecto Mundo Epic Coral™ reblooming azalea ... All of the Perfecto Mundo® azalea series boasts epic performance, but the new Epic sub-series offers flowers of truly epic proportions. Lacy petaloid stamens adorn the center of each gigantic pink-orange flower for a semi-double effect. USDA Zones 6b-9, height 3-4 feet, width 3-5 feet.


Bailey Nurseries virtual Customer Expo, July 22.
by Lawn & Garden Retailer -- “We will be continuing the tradition of internal speakers introducing new varieties, Bailey’s breeding efforts, plant health, and propagation, but also bringing in some phenomenal outside speakers from Schwinn, UnitedHealth Group, and Charlie Hall,” said Ryan McEnaney, marketing and communications manager, in a statement.

2plant International -- Growing Colors: New 2022 Sell Sheet
We work hard to offer you a great balanced program of the newest plant introductions and the best old standards, at the best quality possible.


BFG Supply Acquires DeCloet Greenhouse Manufacturing
BFG Supply (“BFG”), a leading technology-enabled distributor to the green industry, has acquired DeCloet Greenhouse Manufacturing Ltd. (“DeCloet”), a leading manufacturer of high-quality greenhouse structures and related components.

BFG Supply Acquires L&L Nursery Supply
BFG Supply (BFG), a leading technology-enabled distributor to the green industry, has acquired L&L Nursery Supply (L&L), a leading distributor of Lawn & Garden products on the West Coast. The acquisition of L&L significantly expands BFG’s geographic footprint and ability to serve customers in the Pacific region. The combined company operates 14 warehouses across the US totaling more than 1.0 million square feet.

Fiber Solutions Earn FSC® Recycled 100% Designation
The HC Companies – North America’s leading manufacturer of horticultural containers – has been recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council® for their portfolio of fiber growing and protective packaging solutions with the designation of “FSC® Recycled 100%”.

Harrell's -- Five Steps to Turf Tissue Testing
By Mike Hess. A soil test diagnoses nutrients in the soil whereas a tissue test analyzes the uptake of nutrients in plant. Take a look at 5 steps to tissue testing.

Become a GrowTech / ARS Dealer
Are you looking for products to differentiate your business from the big boxes?
As a GrowTech / ARS dealer you have the ability to purchase extraordinary pruning tools that are not available at mass merchandisers.

Griffin Announces Gro Group Distributors Membership
by Johnny Eppich, Greenhouse Grower .... Gro Group, in lawn & garden industry for > 40 years, serves 25,000+ retailers and distributors across the U.S. and Canada. Both companies expect to see high growth margins from this membership agreement.

Greenleaf Nursery -- View online catalog
Browse our catalog for information on shrubs, roses, ornamental grasses, annuals, perennials, tropicals, confirs, trees and edibles available. Fill out and submit the form below to request that a wholesale catalog be sent to you via mail.

Gempler's -- Ag Sprayers Buyers Guide
There are numerous types and styles available. Each is better-suited to specific applications within the broader fields of horticulture and agriculture.

Emerald Coast Growers -- Culture Tips for Carex oshimensis ... by Pen and Petal. Carex oshimensis is a perennial sedge that stands out as a bright spot in shady areas. In its native Japan, Oshima kan suge, as it is known, dots rocky slopes and wooded areas with its richly colored, fine-textured foliage.

Project 100% -- East Jordan Plastics Recycling Program
Our Commitment to Horticulture ... East Jordan Plastics has been committed to plastic recycling since the early 60’s when we first began thermoforming plastic flats and plant inserts. Even then we realized the importance of plastic recycling.

Mike Pezzillo joins EHR's senior management team
by Matt McClellan (Nursery Managemen) The McHutchison veteran will lead nursery operations as EHR's vice president and COO. Pezzillo will lead nursery operations and work in conjunction with EHR’s Plants Division. He comes to EHR with decades of experience in nursery management and leadership positions.

Berger -- Prestige Award in “Transportation, Manufacturing and Processing". The Gala des prestiges honoured the region’s businesses that stood out in various categories, but also in six special awards. Berger came away with the Prestige Award “Transportation, Manufacturing and Processing” Company.

Ball Horticultural -- BloomStudios Cut Flowers
The Floral Heart Project memorializing those lost had BloomStudios Cut Flowers team participated in public commemorative events in Milwaukee, Wisc., San Diego, Calif., and Evanston, Ill., as part of The Floral Heart Project.

Crescent Garden -- New Personalized Planters!
Crescent Garden introduces New Personalized Planters. Make your next project unique by customizing the planters. Can be Personalized .... with several of the Crescent Garden planters you can now add your logo for a customized look and feel.

Saunders Brothers and NewGen® Supply Boxwood For The White House Rose Garden Renovation.  Saunders Brothers, Inc. and NewGen® Boxwood, introduced by Saunders Genetics, LLC, were instrumental in the renovation of the White House Rose Garden, unveiled to the public by First Lady Melania Trump.

Raker-Roberta's -- R2 Announces Automation Investiment
R2 is pleased to announce the arrival and installation of an ISO Cutting Planter 2500 auto stick machine. We are always looking to advance our use of technology within our production processes.

Syngenta -- Dahlia Sincerity wins FleuroStar Award!
Syngenta Flowers is proud to announce we have won the Fleuroselect competition 2020 with our Dahlia Hybrida Sincerity. This true eye catcher stole the show amongst a very strong competition. Dahlia breeder Ronald Snijder and our global of Head of Flowers Michael Kester happily received the prestigious award!

WestRock -- Join Rick Vulgamott, National Sales Director.
Ask the Experts -- Evolution of Plant Branding through Innovation: Tags, Labels, and Merchandising. Join WestRock as the discuss how plant tagging has evolved over the years, learn what’s new and what’s next in the horticulture industry.   PRESENTED BY: Greenhouse Management (GIE Media, Inc)

Ball Horticultural announces Al Davidson as president
By Sierra Allen, Nursery Management .... In newly created role, Ball Horticultural Company has taken measures to strengthen its leadership in anticipation of industry and company progress.

GrowerTalks Magazine -- New Greenhouse Podcast
TECH ON DEMAND brought to you by GrowerTalks magazine is available on all the major podcast players – Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Podbean, Stitcher and more. Subscribe now and never miss an episode.

Jiffy -- Growing Media, Containers, Seeds
Now available: Jiffy’s European substrates Highest quality ingredients, enhanced manufacturing, global experience and local service. Plus more choices than ever thanks to new Jiffy Essence and Jiffy Finesse Growbags -- Jiffy has doubled its range of growbags. Now it’s easier than ever for plant propagators and growers to meet their crops’ needs and boost yields.

Adapt8 .... Solexx Greenhouse Coverings
Adapt8 is changing the way the world grows, starting with Solexx™. This innovative greenhouse covering grows high quality yields at a faster rate than other products. This accelerated growth and reduced costs generate more profit.

Walters Gardens -- Leading grower of bare root perennials
Walters Gardens specializes in perennial starter plants, including plug liners and bare root material .... one of North America’s largest wholesale perennial growers.  Press Release: First Look! New Proven Winners Perennials for 2021-2022 Announced

Van Belle Nursery -- Bloomin' Easy
Bloomin’ Easy® is excited to bring five new varieties to wholesale nursery growers starting spring 2021: Pearl Potion™ Lilac, Beekeeper™ Caryopteris, Cherry On Top™ Sorbaria, and two reblooming Hydrangea macrophylla cultivars, Kimono™ and Starfield™.