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The city council in Palatine, Ill., denied Kinsch Village Florist and Garden Center’s request to install a sign, but only after a heated debate, according to a report in the Daily Herald. Ken Kinsch, the company’s owner, was held back by police as... more
Gray’s Garden Centers in Eugene, Ore., and Springfield, Ore., have reopened under new owner Scott Bocci. The company closed in December 2013 after a judge ordered liquidation. Bocci returns after owning the garden center for nine years before... more
AmericanHort recently announced that its annual convention and trade show has been renamed to Cultivate – An AmericanHort Experience. Formerly known as OFA Short Course, Cultivate’14 will continue to offer premier educational and networking... more
After its creation in 2012, the Plant Trial Database is proud to announce that there is now an appropriate amount of plant trialing data to share with the industry. The initial concept of an online repository of trialing data came out of a... more
Alsip Home and Nursery’s new CEO, Rich Christakes, made the decision for the company to discontinue purchasing pets from breeders and instead focus on rescue operations. The switch comes after the company’s Frankfort, Ill., location was linked to... more
President Barack Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law on Feb. 7. Earlier in the week, the United States Senate voted to pass the the act, also known as the Farm Bill, by a vote of 68-32.This follows the approval by the U.S. House of... more
Ernst Benary has created a new logo for California Spring Trials that is available for use by other Spring Trials participants. According to the company, "Spring Trials is an experience worthy of some notoriety outside of our industry" and hopes... more
Darwin Perennials Day will take place June 18, at the Gardens at Ball Horticultural Co., in West Chicago, Ill. The Gardens will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to see: The latest new perennial variety... more
In March, Proven Winners ColorChoice will introduce the first-ever Shrub Madness Plant Playoffs — a 64-plant "tournament" to determine its most popular plant. From March 3 until April 4, the basketball tournament-style bracket will move through six... more
AmericanHort has announced that housing and registration for 2014 Short Course will open on March 11, at 11 a.m. EST. Short Course will take place July 12-15,  at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. To learn more about the... more
Wild Flower Florist and Garden Center in Barrington, R.I., has closed after 25 years, according to the Barrington Patch. Owner Kathy Luther has decided to go out of business and sell the building to Bayside Mobile Veterinary Care. Luther opened the... more
Jim Bluemel, founder of Bluemel’s Garden and Landscape Center in Greenfield Wis., died Jan. 18, 2014, at the age of 84. Bluemel started a tree and landscaping business in 1955 in his backyard before expanding into its current garden center,... more
Gertens Greenhouses and Garden Center, based in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., has bought a 52-acre growing site from Linder’s Greenhouses in Lake Elmo, Minn., according to a report. The tree-lined property has 11 acres of heated... more
Elrod Garden Center in Dallas, Ga., has received the Paulding County Chamber’s “Business of the Year” Award, according to the Dallas-Hiram Patch. The business opened in September 1988 and caters to commercial landscaping companies, retailers and... more
Palatine village council considers allowing 76-year-old Kinsch Village Florist and Garden Center to install a sign (10 feet wide and 5 feet high) on residential property, which would point passers-by to the out-of-the-way third-generation... more
At the South Dakota Retailers Association’s (SDRA) annual Awards Banquet in Pierre last week, Carol and Randy Hallock of Rockingtree Floral and Garden Center in Sturgis were honored by state legislators, constitutional officers, and retailers from... more
McConkey Co. has launched its Charlotte Collection container line designed to fit in well with home décor and provide an upscale, classic appearance. The new design was selected after studying the primary female gardening demographic and exploring a... more
GGS Structures Inc. has been chosen by Google to try its new Google Glass device, a wearable computer that projects a screen in front of the user’s eye. Google Glass is currently in prototype stages and is not yet available to the general public.... more
When the January 2014 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market closing bell sounded, the show had posted gains across all measures, with national and international attendance and first-to-market buyer totals leading a litany of... more
Monrovia has acquired Connecticut-based Imperial Nurseries. According to Monrovia CEO Miles Rosedale, “This is an important acquisition to serve our customers east of the Mississippi who will have better access to Monrovia’s Distinctively Better... more
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