Industry News

The aim of C. Raker & Sons, Inc. is to bring individuals from all areas of the Horticulture industry together to celebrate the independent spirit of the industry. Its intent is to create a forum among our industry’s base product – plants. The... more
Hort Couture recently introduced two new basil varieties to its Culinary Couture Collection for Spring 2015 – 'Chocolate Swirl' and 'Giant Purple'. Basil PESTO ‘Chocolate Swirl’ is a new vegetative basil that is not only a valuable... more
Only one week remains for garden centers to submit their entries to Garden Centers of America's (GCA) Best Garden Center Bathroom Awards. Now in their fourth year, the awards recognize IGC retailers whose restrooms contribute to the store's... more
All-America Selections took the show on the road, literally, for this year’s Summer Summit in North Carolina. Attendees met first in Charlotte for the Opening Reception followed the next day by an inspiring North Carolina welcome by industry friend... more
Greenstreet Growers of Lothian, MD, recently purchased Eclectic Nature Gift and Garden Center in Alexandria, VA, reports Shantee Woodards of  This will make for Greenstreet's third garden center location, which will now be... more
Earlier this month, Myers Industries announced that it has engaged the investment bank William Blair & Co. to commence the sale of its Lawn & Garden Segment. In February 2013, the company had announced that it was beginning a two phased... more
The 2014 Farwest Trade Show, Aug. 21-23 in Portland, Oregon, will spotlight more than 50 plants in the New Varieties Showcase. These annuals, perennials, shrubs, conifers and shade and flowering trees represent materials from 19 different North... more
Proven Winners is introducing a $15,000 scholarship program that will reach out to students in three distinct areas of the horticulture industry. In 2014 the company will award a total of $15,000 in college scholarship programs. This scholarship... more
Duck Commander has signed an exclusive license agreement with Woods International, a leading lifestyle, outdoor furnishing and garden décor supplier; for a product line featuring characters from A&E’s hit TV series Duck Dynasty and Duck... more
Mairet’s Garden Center in Muscatine, Iowa, previously added a greenhouse to its operations, but its newest expansion is even more outside the box: Sweet Treats, an ice cream shop in the building set to open June 14. In addition to serving up 20... more
Ball Seed Field Day and Landscape Day will take place July 25, 2014. Customers of Ball Seed, growers, retailers and landscape businesses can visit The Gardens at Ball in West Chicago, Illinois, for a full day of activities and see more than 150,000... more
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has launched its new website to serve as the hub of its activities. The newly designed website makes use of the latest technology and is completely mobile-friendly. The streamlined site... more
Producers of the International Floriculture Expo (IFE) have announced plans to combine forces in 2015 and 2016 with the United Fresh Produce Association’s United Fresh, starting in Chicago June 9 -11, 2015, at McCormick Place. The floral and produce... more
Industry consultants John Stanley and Sid Raisch have joined forces for two, two-day New Vision Forums aimed at presenting global ideas and developments to help independent retailers. The 2014 forums will take place August 20-21, in Portland, Oregon... more
Terra Nova Nurseries’ Dan Heims, will be present three seminars during Cultivate ’14, July 12 to 15, 2014, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  On July 12, at 1:00 p.m., Heims will speak on “New Perennials from Around... more
Clark and Kelli Plihal are testing a new concept with a flower-in-a-pot shop in Crete, Nebraska, run not by people but by computers and cameras. The couple wanted a way to sell its Bump Up Pots, headquartered in Shelton, Nebraska, in a new area... more
Residents complaining about operations at JR Custom Landscaping and Garden Center in Jackson, N.J., disrupting their lives has led to a cease-and-desist order. Municipal officials have ordered the business to end “any and all operations of sifters,... more
Sixteen of North America’s largest growers are being honored for their green efforts and environmentally conscious practices. The Million Bottle Club, organized by McConkey’s rEarth plastic water bottle recycling program, recognizes growers who have... more
AmericanHort has selected six students to serve as the year’s HortScholars. This rigorous competitive application process identifies some of the industry’s brightest young professionals and helps to launch their careers in horticulture by providing... more
Early bird savings for this summer's GCA Summer Tour end next Saturday, May 31. From urban chic to suburban cool, the garden centers featured on this year's tour, June 22-25, are set to give tour-goers key insights and inspiration... more
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