Industry News

Ron Cramer, a Tour de Fresh cyclist who was sponsored by Sakata Seed America, raised more than $4,233 to support the Let’s Bring Salad Bars 2 School initiative.   Cramer opted to raise money for Rosemead School District because of its proximity... more
The Horticulture Research Institute (HRI) is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 school year.   Applications for the following scholarships are due by May 31:   The Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow Jr. Scholarship (one $3... more
American in Bloom (AIB) recently appointed five new members to its board of directors:   Marshall Dirks, director of marketing and public relations for Proven Winners Drew Becher, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Dale Fisher... more
The Independent Garden Center Show (IGC Show) and the National Hardware Show have entered into an agreement that introduces the “Taste of National Hardware Show” at IGC East this summer. This is a dedicated exhibit area showcasing a selection of the... more
From September 15-16, AmericanHort is hosting a tour of growing facilities in the Minneapolis region. The Field & Covered Production Tour stops include: Bailey Nurseries, Newport, Minnesota Bachman’s Nursery Wholesale Center, Farmington,... more
Effective Oct. 1, 2015, Scotts will service independent retailers through an exclusive distribution arrangement with National Prime Source. Established in 1992, National Prime Source is a national distribution and logistics company that provides a... more
At Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, from April 4 to May 31, enjoy hundreds of lush acres featuring daffodils, tulips, azaleas and more, while flowering magnolias and cherry trees color the landscape. Indoors, lilies, delphiniums,... more
The Horticultural Research Institute has collaborated with AmericanHort, Society of American Florists and the American Floral Endowment to produce an educational video providing information on the industry’s role in bee and pollinator stewardship. “... more
This year's 2015 Wild Bird Expo, in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Heart of America Gift Show, will be held in Mexico, Missouri, on Sep. 29-30 and Oct. 1. Many details and features of this year's show are still being decided upon; however, there... more
Landscapers and landscape architects will be able to earn professional development credits during Cultivate’15, July 11-14, in Columbus, Ohio. Twenty-six sessions have been approved with 27.75 professional development hours, including 9.25... more
The annual Penn Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (PANTS) has, in the past, been a summertime event, but show producer MAC Events announced that PANTS15 will now take place Nov. 4-5, 2015. The event is slated for Hall B at the Pennsylvania Convention... more
The owners of Sunnyside Nursery in San Anselmo, California, have sold the business to Armstrong Garden Centers. According to a statement on the Sunnyside website, the garden center had been in the family for 75 years. After three generations of... more
Master Nursery Garden Centers has selected IGC Chicago for its official Master Nursery Summer Board of Directors Meeting. Master Nursery board members will discuss important immediate and long-term initiatives planned for the buying group alongside... more
This year, the National Hardware Show, which will be held May 5-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will be celebrating a milestone: its 70th anniversary.   All attendees from buyers to exhibiting companies are invited to take part in the... more
Six vegetable breeding companies, with a focus on Fresh Market and Home Garden segments, are participating in the Summer Vegetable Trials via open houses and field days in seven locations from Aug. 10-21, 2015.   National Garden Bureau (NGB) is... more
Drafix Software Inc. has expanded its mobile offerings with a new Android version of PRO Landscape Contractor, the first standalone landscape design and bidding app built specifically for landscape professionals. The app lets you create stunning... more
Dog owners with their pets in tow learned about a new outdoor pet safety initiative from Espoma at the Philadelphia Flower Show March 6. The Espoma Safe Paws display at Fido Friday aimed to equip responsible pet owners with tips to keep pets safe... more
Donations of cash, services and products from individuals and major corporations have resulted in gifts totaling $43,398 for the Growing Solutions Farm located in Chicago, Illinois. Growing Solutions Farm is a vocational therapeutic garden... more
The Heritage Museums & Gardens’ Hydrangea Conference will take place July 14 to 16, 2015, in historic Sandwich, Massachusetts. Cape Cod will host the inaugural festival during peak blooming season for these iconic plants. Dr. Michael... more
Sakata Seed America has debuted the redesign of the SunPatiens consumer website. Consumers can find the following on the new site: Meet the SunPatiens Family: an in-depth look at the three SunPatiens habits: Compact, Spreading and Vigorous How... more