Industry News

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, kstp.com. "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
Urban Outfitters — parent company of Terrain Garden Center — recently leased all 6.5 acres of the former Waterloo Gardens site from the property’s current owners, reports Caroline Halloran, Mainline Media News. Terrain’s third location, in addition... more
The organizations will cross-promote the concept of wildscaping through their respective social media outlets, blogs and on their websites. As part of the collaboration, High Country Gardens will be introducing a “Habitat Hero” Birdwatcher Pre-... more
On Sept. 28,  OFA — the Association of Horticulture Professionals and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) announced that their members have voted in overwhelming support of the consolidation of the two organizations into a new... more
Caan Floral & Greenhouses in Sheboygan, WI,  recently announced that the company will take new ownership effective September 24, 2013, reports the Sheboygan Daily staff. Kris Shepard, former president and co-owner of Alsip’s Home and... more
The Society of American Florists (SAF) recently inducted Anna Ball into its Floriculture Hall of Fame. Ball is the chief executive officer and owner of the Ball Horticultural Co. in West Chicago, Ill. The induction took place Sept. 21,... more
Hort Couture has announced that Peace Tree Farm, a young plant producer in Kintnersville, Pa., is now offering liners of Hort Couture genetics. “Peace Tree has been a great supporter of Hort Couture since our inception. By adding them to our network... more
Canada’s largest garden center retailer and grower, Sheridan Nurseries received the accolade of International Grower of the Year by the International Horticultural Producers Association (AIPH) for the second time in as many years, receiving AIPH’s... more
Greenheart Farms recently unveiled its redesigned website that offers a better user experience to help brokers, growers and retailers who are looking for information on the company's diverse product lines. The website, www.greenheartfarms.com,... more
Petitti’s Garden Center hopes to open its tenth location in Ohio by spring of 2014. The proposed garden center is in the Stow Towne Center, according to the Stow Sentry. Angelo Petitti, business owner, and Jeffrey Soclof, property owner, are meeting... more
The Garden Center Symposium/Midwest Perennial Conference (GCS/MPC) has announced online registration for its 2014 event will open Oct. 15. The event will be held Jan. 23-24 at the Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center in Waukesha, Wis., and it... more
Stacy’s Garden Center in York, S.C., is closing its doors after 39 years of operation, according to a report in The Herald. Metrolina Greenhouses of Huntersville, N.C., purchased the assets of Stacy’s Greenhouses in August and will close the store... more
Hort Couture has announced that Peace Tree Farm, a young plant producer in Kintnersville, Pa., is now offering liners of Hort Couture genetics. “Peace Tree has been a great supporter of Hort Couture since our inception. By adding them to our network... more