Industry News

Shrub Madness, horticulture’s only bracket competition, is back for its second year. The bracket tournament will crown one Proven Winners ColorChoice shrub as champion and award gardeners dozens of prizes.   Spanning March 2-30, the basketball... more
The Garden Center Group Inc. has announced transition of ownership from Robert and Wendy Hendrickson to Danny and Karen Summers, who will assume ownership and full management beginning March 1, through the newly formed The... more
Each year, Garden Media Group releases their Garden Trends Report and supports it with an in-depth whitepaper, weekly blogs and infographics. This year, it has expanded with the 2015 Garden Trends YouTube video series. The 2015 Garden Trends Report... more
M&M Wintergreens Inc., in Cleveland, Ohio, has been honored as a 2014 Constant Contact All Star. This is the third year the wholesale company, which specializes in greenery, received the recognition. According to Constant Contact, All Stars have... more
This year’s GCA Summer Tour, June 21-24, features five or more stops each day, from large destination garden centers to small, niche-oriented stores, setting the stage for an amazing tour.   Drawing from German and Polish roots, richly-steeped... more
Espoma continues its efforts to support gardening education and culture by sponsoring the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. The show is the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the U.S. The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show will roll out the red carpet... more
New England Grows announced new dates for its annual events: the week right after Thanksgiving. The next show will take place Dec. 2-4, 2015, in Boston. The educational conference and green industry exposition was traditionally scheduled for the... more
AmericanHort has announced new volunteer officers and members of the board of directors. Dale Deppe of Spring Meadow Nursery in Grand Haven, Michigan, was elected chairman of the board of directors, and Terri Cantwell of Bates Sons & Daughters... more
While meeting during the Flower and Vegetable Seed Conference in Tampa, Florida, hosted by the American Seed Trade Association, All-America Selections (AAS) elected the following new officers for a two-year term: President: Angus Mellish from... more
The Society of American Florists (SAF) is accepting nominations and applications for the Floriculture Hall of Fame and other awards until March 2. SAF will honor the 2015 recipients at its 131st annual convention, SAF Amelia Island 2015, Sept. 9-12... more
Gordie Bailey, chair of Bailey Nurseries, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is raising money for the KGSA Foundation by hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. The money raised by Bailey and 25 other hikers will go toward building a large school and dormitory for... more
Bloomtown a reality web series about the mud, sweat and tears of the horticulture industry. It helps end-consumers better understand how, where and by whom our flowers and plants are grown, purchased and sold. Each eight to 10 minute episode will... more
Retailers’ Choice Awards were presented to six companies at New England Grows 2015, recognizing a range of products for innovation and distinction for independent garden retail. The Garden Center Group’s Tom Kegley led a team of retailers from The... more
MasterTag has announced the appointment of Andy Higgins as president, effective Jan. 20, 2015. Higgins brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his new role, having served as CEO and president of Ecke Ranch. Rick Hughes remains the owner... more
Syngenta Flowers has moved up the dates for its 2015 Goldsmith Scholarship program. The company will again be awarding two $7,500 scholarships to college students who have shown high potential in the fields of plant breeding and ornamental... more
All-America Selections (AAS) has chosen seven more 2015 AAS Winners, bringing the grand total of introductions for the 2015 gardening year to 25. The seven additional winners join the 12 announced last November and six announced last July. The last... more
The Planter Pickers' 2015 design and photo contest is meant to promote the creative recycling, upcycling and reuse of everyday items as flower planters. Entering is easy: Pick or create an unusual item to repurpose as a flower planter, line it with... more
Michigan-based Bloem, LLC has acquired the Wisconsin-based startup BloomBagz, which developed a series of patent-pending fabric planters made from a material consistent with recycled water bottles. The BloomBagz product line introduces a unique, eco... more
Costa Farms' website has a fresh, contemporary design and improved navigation. An innovative plant finder gives gardeners of all levels fast and easy access to all the plant information they need. Jose Smith, president and CEO of Costa Farms, says... more
Summit Plastic Co.'s new line of 3-D Systems pots aims to help growers and retailers improve productivity, save space and reduce costs. The line of pots has been named 3-D Systems because they provide “Direction, Dimension and Display.”   The... more