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2015 AFE Scholarship Applications Accepted Through May 1 | Jennifer Zurko
Horticulture and floriculture students can now apply for more than 20 different scholarships through the American Floral Endowment (AFE).
2016 Gold Medal-Winning Perennials | Paul Pilon
Fleuroselect has announced three perennials as 2016 Gold Medal winners.
AFE Appoints Two New Board Members | Jennifer Zurko
Cynthia “Cindy” Hanauer and William “Billy” Hardin Jr. have both joined the AFE board, serving a three-year term with the option for a second term.
AmericanHort Elects New Volunteer Leadership | Jennifer Zurko
AmericanHort announced the election of officers and four new members of the Board of Directors.
BJ’s Wholesale Goes Neonic Free | Chris Beytes
BJ’s Wholesale Club told Friends of the Earth in a letter that they planned to stop selling neonic-treated plants and products containing neonics.
Clearwater Nursery Files Chapter 11 | Chris Beytes
No details on why, but court records reveal that Clearwater Nursery, the nationally-known Nipomo, California, potted plant grower, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection February 11.
Dr. A Publishes His Memoir | Chris Beytes
“It’s Not Just About the Hat—the Unlikely Journey of a Plantsman” is the intriguing title of the memoir by Dr. Allan Armitage, coming out this spring.
Fides Guatemala Earns MPS-GAP Certificate | Jennifer Duffield White
Fides Guatemala S.A. recently earned the MPS-GAP certificate, in addition to an MPS-ABC certificate for sustainability.
In Memoriam: Frank Smith | Chris Beytes
Tom Smith, owner of Four Star Greenhouses, sent GrowerTalks a note that his dear old dad, Frank, passed away at the age of 94.
MNLA Becomes MNLGA | Nicole Wisniewski
The Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) recently announced its expansion to become the Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association (MNLGA).
More Info on Biodegradable Mulch & Organics | Jennifer Duffield White
There have been a lot of questions about what constituted “bio-based,” so the USDA just released a memo clarifying their bio-based requirements.
NGB Elects New Directors for 2015-2017 | Jennifer Zurko
National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, met recently during the ASTA Flower & Vegetable Seed Conference in Florida to plan future activities.
On The Move | Jennifer Zurko
Philips Horticulture; Rittenhouse
Peter Orum Named ILCA’s 2014 Man of the Year | Jennifer Zurko
Peter Orum of Midwest Groundcovers in St. Charles, Illinois, has been named the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association’s (ILCA) 2014 Man of the Year.
Prickly Cure for Cabin Fever | Chris Beytes
Proving that succulents really are trendy, attendees at the world-famous Philadelphia Flower Show spent as much time enjoying these spiny agaves and other prickly succulents as they did the show’s soft, colorful beds of bulbs, bedding plants and orchids.
Veggie Grower to Produce Biopharmaceuticals | Chris Beytes
He’s not quite a greenhouse grower, but Dave Roeser is a veggie grower who’s giving biopharmaceuticals a go.
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