Industry News

OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals  plans to significantly expand OFA Short Course, in 2014 by adding a 50,000 square-foot exhibit hall to host more companies that sell products and services to garden retailers. The dates for... more
Now is a perfect time for growers to start planning their container edibles program for the 2014 season and All-America Selections has done some of the work by selecting eight of our best selling edible Winners that are perfectly-suited for... more
Terrain garden center in Westport, Conn., plans to retain a historic house on its property after public outcry, according to Cameron Martin’s article in the Westport News. The new plans come one month after Terrain’s original idea to demolish the... more
Waterloo Gardens in Exton, Pa. is going out of business after more than 71 years, reports Jeremy Gerrard for the Daily Local News. The store sits on 50 acres, has 150,000 square feet of retail space and a 20,000 square-foot vegetable garden. The... more
Due to poor weather conditions and low pre-registration numbers, the organizers of BloomaPalooza have canceled the event. BloomaPalooza was being produced by GIE Media, Inc., C. Raker & Sons and Hort Couture. “Our BloomaPalooza concept was... more
Less than a week remains for garden centers to submit their entries to Garden Centers of America's (GCA) Best Garden Center Bathroom Awards, now in their third year of recognizing IGC retailers whose restrooms contribute to the store's... more
All-America Selections (AAS) is pleased to announce the first of the AAS Winners for the 2014 gardening season. One is a Bedding Plant Winner, ‘Sparkle White’ gaura (right) and is bred by Kieft Seed, and one is a vegetable, ‘Mascotte’ bean and bred... more
DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 8, 2013 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: THE WINNER RECEIVES... In... more
Horticulture industry leaders from around the world gathered in Italy on June 23-26 for a meeting on horticulture industry concerns. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss national and global issues around plant production and distribution. ANLA’... more
Metrolina Greenhouses, Huntersville, N.C., has announced it has entered into a purchase agreement to buy the assets of Stacy’s Greenhouses, Inc. pending U.S. bankruptcy court approval. Upon completion of the transaction, combining Stacy’s quality... more
Stacy’s Garden Center of York, S.C., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection before planning to sell the company, according to Don Worthington reporting for “The Slate.” Tim Brindley, president of Stacy’s Inc., told the newspaper that he has... more
Bobbo and Songbird have been working closely for the last three years toward a seamless transition. Bob Johnson the president of Bobbo said, "Songbird is a trusted friend that shares the same values as Bobbo. This isn't like an outsider coming in... more
Bloem Living, a Michigan-based manufacturer of indoor and outdoor planters, is pleased to announce the acquisition of two new planter lines. Beginning June 2013, Bloem Living will be offering the Saturn and the Tahoe planters as a part of their... more
New England Grows, a horticultural trade exposition and educational conference in the Northeast, is pleased to introduce a collection of new team members. Lead by their executive director, M. Virginia Wood, the expanding team is poised for a busy... more
Stauffers of Kissel Hill is closing its small satellite garden center that opened just last year in North Cornwall Township, the Lebanon Daily News reports. The Philadelphia-area supermarket and garden center says that the newest concept store was... more
Owners Drake and Lynn Snodgrass will close Drake’s 7 Dees east location in Portland, Ore., and lay off 12 employees by the end of June, reports Quinton Smith for OregonLive.com. The couple, however, will keep its headquarters on the 1.5 acres behind... more
Last week, several hundred lawn, garden and pet vendors and key industry buyers met face to face and conducted over 6000 appointments in less than three days at the National Lawn & Garden Show. An exclusive industry buying event, the 19th Annual... more
Less than two weeks remain to take advantage of the biggest savings from the IGC Show's Early Bird Registration, including $200 off IGC Know2Grow Retail Conference Passports and discounted reserved spots on the Chicagoland Garden Center Tour. IGC... more
McIntosh Greenhouse & Garden Center of Goshen, Indiana, will close for good this September after 40 years of service, reports Justin Leighty of The Elkhart Truth. Owners Kim and Sue Wilfong recognize area competition - Lowes, Menard's and... more
It is with great sadness that Jonathan Cohen, President of Summit Chemical Co., announces the passing of Bill Hoffpauir, the company’s Vice President of Sales. Hoffpauir died in his sleep on June 7, 2013, after succumbing to cancer.   “We are... more