Industry News

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
Gift for Life, the gift and home industries' charitable organization for AIDS research and education, recently announced that Kurt S. Adler, Inc. will be donating a portion of wholesale sales from its "Crystal Celeste Guard" Hollywood Nutcracker to... more
TDI Brands recently announced its sponsorship of the GardenSMART television series, which airs weekly on over 400 PBS stations across the nation. DeWit Garden Tools, an exclusive product line for TDI Brands in the United States, the company will... more
Columbus, Ohio, will once again host the Central Ohio Nursery and Trade Show (CENTS) exhibition this month. CENTS will serve up new experiences to make the show fresh and inspiring. Speakers, classes, events and surroundings have been designed to... more
Gray’s Garden Center in Eugene, Ore., closed its doors in December and is not expected to open again anytime soon, according to a report in The Register-Guard. Owners James and Liz Kline have had documented financial troubles since purchasing the... more
The HGTV HOME Plant Collection recently announced that Freedom Tree Farms has been chosen as a new growing partner for 2014, according to Randy Hunter, Managing Partner of Agricola Management Group, exclusive licensee for the Plant Collection.... more
Corey Bordine is set to energize IGC retailers across the country this summer with his brand new "let's get real" keynote at both IGC Chicago, August 19-21 at Navy Pier in Chicago, and IGC East, August 5-7 at the Gaylord National Resort &... more
AmericanHort, the horticulture industry’s new trade association, formally began Jan. 1, 2014, with the closing on Dec. 31, 2013 of the consolidation of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and OFA – The Association of Horticulture... more
After its closure this fall, Linder's Greenhouses is facing a legal battle from Gertens Greenhouses and Garden Center Inc., based in Inver Grove Heights,for unpaid bills, reports Elizabeth Mohr of the Pioneer Press. In November, Gertens sued... more
Dr. Michael Dirr, Dr. Allan Armitage and John Stanley will all speak at the Farwest Trade Show. The show is organized by the Oregon Association of Nurseries and will take place Aug. 21-23 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. Armitage is... more
The HGTV Plant Collection has added Dr. Allan Armitage to its plant selection committee. He is a horticulture writer, speaker, retailer, author of 13 books and professor emeritus of horticulture at the University of Georgia. Armitage will help... more
Last week, Whole Foods Market opened its first store in Brooklyn, N.Y. The new store has 20,000 sq. ft. Nexus Atrium greenhouse on its rooftop where fresh produce will be grown to be sold in the store as well as at other Whole Food locations. The... more
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) and researchers from the University of Florida (UF) present compelling evidence about just how enticing and alluring flower fragrance is to consumers, among other scintillating findings, in three... more
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