Industry News

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies kicked off the 2013 booking season with the first of two Grower & Retailer Expos, held Aug. 14-15, at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Mass. The Griffin Expos have doubled in size and scope... more
Now through IGH, Inc., the new wholesale distribution partner of Gardener’s Supply Company, independent garden centers and hardware stores throughout North America can sell a range of innovative, exclusive gardening products previously available... more
During the GCA Membership Networking Lunch at last week's IGC Show in Chicago, Garden Centers of America announced next year's GCA Summer Tour will spotlight cutting-edge garden centers and retail trendsetters in the San Francisco Bay Area, June 22-... more
Conard-Pyle has pledged $10,000 to the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) to match new member dues. “Our industry’s top issues can only be addressed by working together,” says Steve Hutton, president and CEO of Star Roses and Plants... more
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and its affiliates and partners are mobilizing Americans to bolster local ecosystems by planting native species of plants, trees and shrubs on its second annual National Planting Day on Saturday, Sept. 7. Through... more
Cornell University's Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center is organizing a trip to the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show and gardens of London next May 17-24, as a fundraiser for the Student Internship Fund at the Center. Cornell's... more
IGC Show Founders Jeff and Cheryl Morey will officially announce the addition of a new IGC Show on the East Coast for 2014 next week during the IGC Show, August 20-22, at Chicago's Navy Pier. To ensure easy access for buyers across the United... more
The American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) has launched a website to act as a one-stop resource for growers, landscapers, extension agents and researchers to find the most up-to-date information about Rose Rosette Disease. Tips include... more
Burnett's Country Gardens has plans to add a café that serves local and organic foods in addition to its garden center retail services. The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled an Aug. 27 public hearing to allow resident feedback on the... more
The HGTV HOME Plant Collection will be displayed at the innovative 3,000 square foot HGTV HOME Pop-Up Showroom in Chicago August 19 to September 22 at the Shops at North Bridge. The showroom will feature plants from the HGTV HOME Plant Collection as... more
Mantis, a manufacturer of home, yard and gardening equipment, has announced the acquisition of drum composter ComposTumbler. Well known for its hand-held tiller/cultivator, Mantis has been offering the ComposT-Twin, a dual-chamber rotating compost... more
A proposal by local landscapers in New Milford, Conn., would create an organic gardening center with both retail and activity space, reports Alice Tessier for the Litchfield County Times. The property at 354 Litchfield Road is currently zoned... more
AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, has started planting an edible garden to supply food for the ballpark and to act as a year-round community space, according to Sustainablebusiness.com. The 3,000-square-foot organic garden is a... more
Lake Grove Garden Center in Lake Oswego, Ore., shut down at the end of June after more than 50 years of business, according to an article in The Oregonian. Chris Eddy, owner of the family business, sold the site to Wells Fargo Bank, which plans... more
Members of the D’Ercole family have decided to sell D’Ercole Farms and Garden Center, a family business for the last 72 years in Norwood, N.J., reports Abbott Koloff for The Record. The sale would make room for a new townhouse complex.... more
Bloem Living, a West Michigan-based manufacturer of planters and other outdoor living products, recently announced its acquisition of the Duraco Products and Garden Scene brand from Allied Precision Industries of Elburn, IL. Bloem’s President, Ryan... more
Hort Couture recently announced that Master Nursery, a member owned buying cooperative with over 700 members across the country, has agreed to offer Hort Couture finished plants and liners to its membership. This move will augment the Garden... more
Kurt and Marlene Dramm have completed the planned ownership transfer to their son Hans Dramm and daughter Heidi Dramm Becker. “The Dramm Family has been in continuous businesses including meat, flowers and manufacturing since 1853.” said Kurt Dramm... more
National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, is pleased to announce the three crops that will be featured in its 2014 “Year of the” program. For annual flowers, 2014 will be the Year... more
Starting in January 2014, The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market will operate with a new Tuesday-to-Monday Market schedule. The Market Temporaries will open one day earlier—on Thursday—and will close on Monday with the... more