Industry News

AmericanHort has announced that Columbus, Ohio, has been selected to host both the 2017 and the 2018 Short Course — North America’s largest horticulture trade show. This announcement comes shortly after the recent announcement that AmericanHort, the... more
GPN, Lawn & Garden Retailer's sister publication, is now accepting applications for the Class of 2014 of its 40 Under 40 program. This is the third year that GPN will recognize 40 individuals (under the age of 40) who are helping set the... more
The University of Florida's 2013 Poinsettia Field Day will take place on Dec. 10. These trials are a part of the North American Poinsettia Variety Trials held in cooperation with Vineland Research Station, Ontario, North Carolina State University... more
Dr. Allan Armitage has created a new app for home gardeners, as well as horticulture industry professionals, called  Armitage’s Greatest Perennials & Annuals. It is available for all Android and iPhones and tablets.  Dr. Armitage is an... more
Suntory Flowers has launched a new film series that captures the passion, dedication and even danger behind plant breeding. The four Hollywood-style short films show how plant explorers worldwide risk life and limb to climb high, rocky cliffs and... more
Petitti’s Garden Center plans to open its 10th location in Ohio by spring. The Stow City Council approved a plan and conditional zoning certificate for the company to put up shop in the Stow Towne Center, according to the Stow Sentry. The... more
Freddy Miraballes, owner of Freddy’s Landscaping Co. in Norwalk, Conn., has purchased the former site of Geiger’s Garden Center in Fairfield, Conn. Miraballes purchased the 1.6-acre property for $1.6 million and plans to use it as a new garden and... more
Family-owned Linder’s Greenhouses Inc. is closing its doors after over 100 years of business. The company, which opened in 1910, had its main production site on 52 acres in St. Paul, Minn., and 53 flower marts in the Twin Cities last spring. “We... more
Longtime Rough Brothers executive and greenhouse industry leader Albert (Al) Reilly passed away on Oct. 17, 2013. Reilly was a key figure in the greenhouse and garden center industry for more than three decades. In addition to commercial greenhouses... more
‘Sunshine ’N Wine’ was selected from dozens of inventive submissions in the “Name This Pansy” contest hosted by Cool Wave and Southern Living magazine’s lifestyle website “The Daily South.” In late September, Southern Living gardening editor and “... more
Hummert International recently announced it plans to launch its completely redesigned website,, in November. Much like its 720-page catalog, the website will have a large selection of products to offer every segment of the... more
COL-MET (Collier Metal Specialties, LTD) recently announced the release of their new custom printed product catalog. With a unique, easy-to-use format, the catalog showcases COL-MET’s entire product lineup, which includes a complete line of steel... more
The Shinoda Foundation has named well-known flower executive Bob Otsuka as its new president. Otsuka replaces Paul Ecke III who is retiring. “Bob’s deep ties to floriculture and his passion for advancing our industry make him a natural for... more
The American Nursery & Landscape Association, OFA and the Society of American Floirsts have collaborated on a letter and FAQ sheet to help the industry gain a better understanding of the use of neonicotinoids. These... more
The Garden Center Group has announced that beginning October 1, 2013, Danny Summers, Summers & Associates, LLC, assumed the role of Managing Director of The Garden Center Group.   Since joining The Group in February of 2012 as Community... more
Opened in 1910, Linder's Greenhouse & Garden Center in St. Paul, Minn., announced plans to close its doors for good in the coming months, reports Naomi Pescovitzm, "Since my great grandfather came over and we started with celery and... more
The HGTV Home Plant Collection is unveiling a fresh take on geraniums for 2014 in its new So Gorgeous! Geraniums Collection. The new geraniums collection features four color varieties offering more vigor and heat tolerance than traditional geraniums... more
The Ellison International Floriculture Chair Distinguished Lecture Series at Texas A&M University will feature O. Stanley Pohmer, chief executive officer of Pohmer Consulting Group, headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn. The event is Oct. 16,... more
Researchers at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University and Michigan State University are conducting a survey to find out how impatiens downy mildew has impacted growers and retailers. The researchers want to collect information on the... more
More than 550 gardening consumers joined Proven Winners for its Grand Garden Show on Mackinac Island from Aug. 25-27. During the three day event, attendees were able to tour 11 private gardens, enjoy cocktails and dinner at the Grand Hotel and learn... more
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