Industry News

Hortica has entered an affiliation agreement with Sentry Insurance. Once complete, Hortica will become a member of the Sentry Insurance Group. As a member, Hortica will keep its name, brand and current headquarters location in Edwardsville, Illinois... more
As demonstrated by the hundreds of international buyers who return year after year, one of the best opportunities to source quality British gardening suppliers is to visit the UK’s major annual garden retail trade show, Glee. Organized by i2i Events... more
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...   WHO’S ELIGIBLE? To be considered for nomination, your merchandising display... more
Steve Maiscalco joins the BioSafe Systems as retail tech rep to focus primarily on driving retail sales. As a technical representative, Maiscalco will build relationships with distributors and garden centers and will work to increase sales and... more
Two students enrolled in a horticultural (or related) degree program can win a networking opportunity of a lifetime with GrowIt!’s 2015 Friends & Family app contest. The top five students who recruit the most friends and family to... more
Garden Centers of America’s (GCA) Best Garden Center Bathroom Awards, now in their fifth year, recognize IGC retailers whose restrooms contribute to the store’s favorable shopping experience. Convenient and clean restrooms rank high in women’s... more
Farwest 2015 has finalized plans for the 2nd Annual Equipment Innovation Day, taking place on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, prior to the Farwest Show scheduled for Aug. 27-29, in Portland. Equipment Innovation Day offers a real-time opportunity to see new... more
The Espoma Organic Company has redesigned its website, where visitors will find inspiration and knowledge to plant their dream gardens. With traffic coming from mobile devices approaching 50 percent, the website’s responsive design allows users on... more
Launched at the National Hardware Show, Nema-globe Nematodes boasts patent-pending technologies that deliver tried-and-true nematodes, in a more accessible and easier-to-use formulation for home gardeners. “Nematodes are among the most-researched... more
National Garden Bureau (NGB) will grant $10,000 this fall to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America.    After fundraising for a vocational therapeutic garden in Chicago last year, NGB is expanding its support of gardens... more
AmericanHort has been honored with the role of being U.S. representative to the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). "We are proud to represent our members on the international stage through AIPH," said Michael V. Geary, CAE... more
TDI Brands has named Kevin Biro national sales manager of the Stone Age Creations division. He will be responsible for leading strategic selling efforts, including working with and developing in-house and independent sales representatives, building... more
Martha Stewart returns to the IGC Show Stage this summer, bringing the pointed insights on today’s consumer that made her IGC Chicago keynote last summer the talk of the industry - this time, inspiring the broad audience at IGC East 2015, Tuesday,... more
IGC Retail Expert Robert Hendrickson will drive home the most important takeaways for independent garden centers as he leads the GCA Summer Tour, June 21-24, in exploring 18 exciting destinations in and around Milwaukee. As the head tour director,... more
Suntory Flowers has partnered with GrowIt! Garden Socially, the free garden photo sharing app, to present a photo contest. The first photo contest featuring Senetti pericallis runs from May 7 to May 18. Three entrants will win gift certificates... more
For a second year, the Dramm Corp. will be “Gardening for Smiles” during the month of May. A purchase of a Dramm gardening tool during the month of May will benefit Free to Smile, a nonprofit organization based in Columbus, Ohio, that works to... more
Ball Horticultural Co. has developed an interactive map to help consumers create gardens no matter the climate.   The interactive map outlines plant types and varieties across the country, and gardeners can look at the map to find out what... more
For 10 years American Beauties Native Plants partnered with the National Wildlife Federation and donated $267,000 to help support their environmental education programs, and this year, it is spreading its wings to help other worthy causes such as... more
PlantHaven International recently launched a national consumer ad campaign for Kaleidoscope Abelia. The company teamed up with BlueSkye Creative for the campaign, which features radio, video, print and social media. “Kaleidoscope has been a staple... more
Cortland Smith of Walnut Springs Nursery in Glenwood, Maryland, recently announced the formation of a new company, Sporticulture Inc. The new company will provide access to sports licensing and marketing opportunities to growers, retailers and... more