Industry News

Armstrong Garden Centers, the largest independent, Southern California, employee-owned retail nursery, is celebrating 125 years of business, according to an article in Pasadena Living. The business started in 1889 as a small fruit tree nursery in... more
The Dallas Arboretum has introduced its new plant trials website at www.dallasplanttrials.org. The new website contains such useful information as a plant and photo library with complete historical information; articles published by the... more
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) recently released its 2012-2013 annual report. “This annual report showcases the recent exciting ways AFE has been serving all segments of the floriculture and environmental horticulture industries,” AFE... more
From urban chic to suburban cool, the garden centers featured on this year's GCA Summer Tour, June 22-25, are set to give tour-goers key insights and inspiration found only in the diverse San Francisco Bay Area market. The three-day event, which... more
Emerald Coast Growers has constructed a new, consolidated soil mixing facility, which the company says will increase efficiency and allow easier custom blending by crop. The new facility, located at the company’s Milton, Fla., operation, uses two... more
Suntory Flowers has introduced a new video into its series that is meant to honor the contributions of flower breeders worldwide.   “Senetti: The Magic Behind the Breeding” tells the story of Suntory Flowers breeder Dr. Kioyshi Miyazaki and the... more
Horticultural Marketing and Printing has launched HortGear, a new promotional products division. The website offers green-industry professionals access to a number of items from shirts, caps and jackets to promotional items, all of which can be... more
The Board of Directors and governing bodies of both All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau met last month during the ASTA Flower and Seed Conference in Monterey, California. At these yearly meetings, each organization regularly elects new... more
The city council in Palatine, Ill., denied Kinsch Village Florist and Garden Center’s request to install a sign, but only after a heated debate, according to a report in the Daily Herald. Ken Kinsch, the company’s owner, was held back by police as... more
Gray’s Garden Centers in Eugene, Ore., and Springfield, Ore., have reopened under new owner Scott Bocci. The company closed in December 2013 after a judge ordered liquidation. Bocci returns after owning the garden center for nine years before... more
AmericanHort recently announced that its annual convention and trade show has been renamed to Cultivate – An AmericanHort Experience. Formerly known as OFA Short Course, Cultivate’14 will continue to offer premier educational and networking... more
After its creation in 2012, the Plant Trial Database is proud to announce that there is now an appropriate amount of plant trialing data to share with the industry. The initial concept of an online repository of trialing data came out of a... more
Alsip Home and Nursery’s new CEO, Rich Christakes, made the decision for the company to discontinue purchasing pets from breeders and instead focus on rescue operations. The switch comes after the company’s Frankfort, Ill., location was linked to... more
President Barack Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law on Feb. 7. Earlier in the week, the United States Senate voted to pass the the act, also known as the Farm Bill, by a vote of 68-32.This follows the approval by the U.S. House of... more
Ernst Benary has created a new logo for California Spring Trials that is available for use by other Spring Trials participants. According to the company, "Spring Trials is an experience worthy of some notoriety outside of our industry" and hopes... more
Darwin Perennials Day will take place June 18, at the Gardens at Ball Horticultural Co., in West Chicago, Ill. The Gardens will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to see: The latest new perennial variety... more
In March, Proven Winners ColorChoice will introduce the first-ever Shrub Madness Plant Playoffs — a 64-plant "tournament" to determine its most popular plant. From March 3 until April 4, the basketball tournament-style bracket will move through six... more
AmericanHort has announced that housing and registration for 2014 Short Course will open on March 11, at 11 a.m. EST. Short Course will take place July 12-15,  at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. To learn more about the... more
Wild Flower Florist and Garden Center in Barrington, R.I., has closed after 25 years, according to the Barrington Patch. Owner Kathy Luther has decided to go out of business and sell the building to Bayside Mobile Veterinary Care. Luther opened the... more
Jim Bluemel, founder of Bluemel’s Garden and Landscape Center in Greenfield Wis., died Jan. 18, 2014, at the age of 84. Bluemel started a tree and landscaping business in 1955 in his backyard before expanding into its current garden center,... more
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