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Overdevest Nurseries is moving its exclusive, sustainable Footprints Plants edibles program (Footprints Edibles), in a new direction by teaming up with chef Jonathan Bardzik. Overdevest is making its distinctive herb/vegetable line a full-fledged... more
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a panel of independent retailers, lead by Sid Raisch of The Garden Center Group, scoured the SNA 2014 show floor in search of products that have the most potential to be best sellers in the garden center. The 11 winners... more
International television star and landscape designer Jamie Durie selected AmericasMart Atlanta for the American debut of his Jamie Durie Signature collection. The new showroom opened in AmericasMart’s Living. Outdoor/Indoor. The Gardens. collection... more
Anderson's Home and Garden Showplace in Newport News recently announced it will open a second location in Virginia Beach – a 35,000-square-foot retail center, reports Nicole Paitsel of the Daily Press. The new Virginia Beach location will be modeled... more
Agricola Management Group has entered into an agreement with Master Nursery Garden Centers (MNGC), according to Randy Hunter, Managing Partner of Agricola Management Group, exclusive licensee for the HGTV HOME Plant Collection. Master Nursery Garden... more
The future of garden retail is being explored with a new initiative announced this week by AmericanHort at Cultivate’14. Over the next 12 months, the association will engage its membership and consumers in a project to explore and then identify... more
Home gardeners looking for an organic choice in their plant nutrition can now purchase Nature’s Source Organic Plant Food 3-1-1 through their favorite garden center. Retail jugs (15.5 oz) of Nature’s Source Organic Plant Food 3-1-1 include a... more
At Cultivate’14 last week, AmericanHort announced a pledge to support the  Horticultural Research Institute with a gift of up to $100,000. The association is committing $50,000 and will match up to another $50,000 in gifts from other... more
Sakata Seed America announced at Cultivate'14 that the company has signed an agreement with Schoneveld Breeding for the sales and distribution in the United States and Canada of select Schoneveld cyclamen genetics. Both parties anticipate working... more
Darwin Perennials, a division of Ball Horticultural Co., has purchased the perennial unrooted cutting production facility, Green Leaf Plants Colombia or Flores del Amanecer (FDA), from Aris Horticulture Inc. FDA is located in Bogota, Colombia, and... more
Pleasant View Gardens' Open Garden Day will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on July 31, at the company's facilities in Loudon, New Hampshire. Kerry Ann Mendez will deliver  keynote message during lunch presenting ideas for three... more
All-America Selections (AAS) recently announced the first of the AAS Winners for the 2015 gardening season. The July announcement introduces four Regional Winners and two National Winners, all of which are vegetables, reflecting the continued... more
The National Garden Bureau has launched the first-of-its-kind “Growing for Futures” philanthropic program to build therapeutic gardens across the country. This ongoing, annual, fundraising initiative is designed to cultivate horticulture careers and... more
Welby Gardens has announced that later this year it plans to expand its Wholesale Business and discontinue its retail operations. This fall the company will close its retail operations in the Welby area of northeast Denver and expand its wholesale... more
Syngenta Flowers, Inc. has announced the winners of two 2014 Goldsmith Scholarships. Bethany Troy was awarded the Goldsmith Seeds Floriculture Business Advancement Scholarship, and Victoria Turbyfill won the Glenn Goldsmith Breeding Excellence... more
The Espoma Company recently announced that several new products will be added to their expanding family of organic plant food and lawn care products. These products will debut at the IGC Shows in Washington, D. C. and Chicago, IL this August. “... more
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
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