Industry News

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
Summit Plastic Company and Nursery Supplies Inc., affiliated companies since 2006, have announced they are merging to offer a more comprehensive, innovative assortment of their complementary products and services. Nursery Supplies Inc. has been a... more
D.S. Cole Growers’ annual open house will take place Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. Food, beverages, live music and sites to see with keep visitors busy in Loudon, N.H. Growers and retailers are welcome to attend to relax and enjoy the latest varieties... more
Ball Seed has redesigned its WebTrack online business management system with inventory from hundreds of  industry suppliers. Featuring a new look and new tools, WebTrack aims to allow growers to spend less time behind their desks and more time... more
OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals  plans to significantly expand OFA Short Course, in 2014 by adding a 50,000 square-foot exhibit hall to host more companies that sell products and services to garden retailers. The dates for... more
Now is a perfect time for growers to start planning their container edibles program for the 2014 season and All-America Selections has done some of the work by selecting eight of our best selling edible Winners that are perfectly-suited for... more
Terrain garden center in Westport, Conn., plans to retain a historic house on its property after public outcry, according to Cameron Martin’s article in the Westport News. The new plans come one month after Terrain’s original idea to demolish the... more
Waterloo Gardens in Exton, Pa. is going out of business after more than 71 years, reports Jeremy Gerrard for the Daily Local News. The store sits on 50 acres, has 150,000 square feet of retail space and a 20,000 square-foot vegetable garden. The... more
Due to poor weather conditions and low pre-registration numbers, the organizers of BloomaPalooza have canceled the event. BloomaPalooza was being produced by GIE Media, Inc., C. Raker & Sons and Hort Couture. “Our BloomaPalooza concept was... more
Less than a week remains for garden centers to submit their entries to Garden Centers of America's (GCA) Best Garden Center Bathroom Awards, now in their third year of recognizing IGC retailers whose restrooms contribute to the store's... more
All-America Selections (AAS) is pleased to announce the first of the AAS Winners for the 2014 gardening season. One is a Bedding Plant Winner, ‘Sparkle White’ gaura (right) and is bred by Kieft Seed, and one is a vegetable, ‘Mascotte’ bean and bred... more
DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 8, 2013 Grab your camera! Give us your best shot!  Join some elite company and participate in this year's Merchandiser of the Year competition. Here's what you need to know: THE WINNER RECEIVES... In... more
Horticulture industry leaders from around the world gathered in Italy on June 23-26 for a meeting on horticulture industry concerns. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss national and global issues around plant production and distribution. ANLA’... more
Metrolina Greenhouses, Huntersville, N.C., has announced it has entered into a purchase agreement to buy the assets of Stacy’s Greenhouses, Inc. pending U.S. bankruptcy court approval. Upon completion of the transaction, combining Stacy’s quality... more