From the editors of American Nurseryman • January 20, 2012
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Welcome to 'Sprout,' American Nurseryman's e-newsletter published on the first and third Thursdays of each month. For even more, be sure to read our January issue.

PDSIPDSI broadens its reach
Plant Development Services Inc. has announced new liner distribution networks: Beginning this spring, the company will allow growers outside its licensed grower groups to purchase liners from the Encore Azalea and Southern Living Plant Collection brands. While only members of the licensed grower groups will be allowed to propagate, the new out-of-network growers will pay the program fee, and purchase tags and containers, at the time of liner purchase. To ensure consistent quality as their number of growers increases, PDSI has contracted with Plant Watch, a Michigan-based company charged with detecting possible violations of plant patents and trademark program rules. Additionally, the company has teamed with Sunset Magazine to introduce the Sunset Western Garden collection, featuring 23 new introductions for the Western gardener. The line is set to debut this spring. Read more>

ArisAris negotiating for select McGregor assets
Aris Horticulture, the company whose brands include Blooms of Bressingham, Greenleaf Plants and Keepsake Plants, has announced it is “in the process of negotiating to acquire selected assets” of McGregor Plant Sales of Carlsbad, Calif. According to the company, all customer and vendor orders are transferring to Aris, along with key McGregor staff. A West Coast presence in the San Diego area will be maintained to support that sales territory, drive new business development and service industry relationships. All orders booked with McGregor for Jan. 1, 2012, and beyond will be managed and invoiced by Aris. Read more>

ASABEASABE developing landscape irrigation standard
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated a project to develop a new standard, S623, Standardized Procedure for Determining Available Water for Landscapes and Estimating Landscape Water Use. Those with interest and expertise in the subject matter are invited to participate in the project. As the demand on water resources and the importance of water use efficiency grows, water agencies, regulators, land owners, landscape managers, and others require a standardized process to determine landscape water supply and demands to address local, regional, and national objectives. The new document will standardize the ways in which both the available water resources and the irrigation requirements are quantified for landscape purposes. Read more>

Fashion for PlantsCosta Farms aligns with Scheurich USA
A new strategic partnership between foliage grower Costa Farms and indoor ceramic plant container and accessories manufacturer Scheurich USA will cover practically all the bases between plants and pottery. According to Costa’s president and CEO Jose Smith, “Scheurich’s branding statement Fashion for Plants™ now takes on a whole new meaning. The combination of our indoor houseplants, Scheurich’s stylish decorative containers, and eye-catching displays, is the perfect solution for the retailer and consumer alike.” Read more here and here

Timm Enterprises50 Years of Timm Enterprises
If you’ve been in the business for five minutes, you know Timm Enterprises. You might even know Otto Timm. So celebrate with all of us in recognition of Timm’s 50th year in business. Timm has been scouting, evaluating and importing innovative nursery equipment and supplies practically since he arrived in Canada in 1958; the current product line is a mixture of tried-and-true and new-and-innovative products. Some of the earliest supplies are still being sold, including Plantacryl burlap, Egedal equipment and Speed Easy Bud Ties. Newer products include the Lift-Eze containers and TE Weed Prevention COCODISC. Read more>

People News

Angela MekjianMekjian joins PlantHaven
Angela Mekjian has joined breeder’s agent PlantHaven as part of the company’s project management team. She will be responsible for PlantHaven’s high-volume annuals and perennials. Read more>


Wendy KlusendorfKlusendorf joins Hines
Wendy Klusendorf has joined Hines Growers LLC to help manage and develop sales and marketing programs for WalMart and Sam’s Club nationally, and Home Depot in the Midwest and East. Read more>

Hot Products

Electric-powered push sprayersElectric-powered push sprayers
Turf and maintenance professionals pay attention: TurfEx has introduced the TL-80 and TL-80SS, electric-powered push sprayers, capable of spraying all liquid solutions. The TL-80 comes with a powder-coated frame, while the TL-80SS features a stainless steel frame. Both sprayers include 12-gallon tanks, which are constructed of lightweight, corrosion-resistant polyethylene. A front-mounted, adjustable-height boomless nozzle is capable of spraying between 48 and 72 inches wide. Each unit is also equipped with a professional-duty, variable-tip spray wand on an 8-foot hose. A convenient switch toggles between nozzle and spray wand operation. Read more>

Echinacea ‘Summer Breeze’Echinacea ‘Summer Breeze’
Dutch breeder Marco van Noort has produced Echinacea ‘Summer Breeze’, distributed in the U.S. and Canada by AG3 Inc. Strong branching and reaching about 30 inches tall, ‘Summer Breeze’ is scented and blooms all season long. Read more>

Lucky Lantern Red AbutilonLucky Lantern Red Abutilon
Large, bell-shaped blooms of vibrant, warm red are the outstanding feature of this compact flowering maple from PlantHaven, the latest in the company’s Lucky Lantern series. Quick and easy to grow, the plants need one pinch of the central stem to establish the bushy habit; no further pinching is required. The quick finish time, from a 72-cell pack to a quart planted in spring, takes just 6 to 8 weeks. Read more>

Epicor SoftwareBusiness management software
Epicor Software has made available to small to medium-sized businesses its Eagle business management system. The new “functionality” includes Performance Manager, Inventory Planner and POS Touch; it also provides mobile functionality with Mobile Manager and Mobile POS. Read more>

Dog fountainDog fountain
Don’t have a dog? Not to worry; this fountain’s not for canines. An apparently thirsty pup—looks a lot like a bloodhound—makes the effort to lap from this solar-powered resin bubbler. Solar panel and submersible water pump are included. Read more>

Upcoming events
What: ANLA Management Clinic
When: Jan. 25 to 28
Where: Galt Huose Hotel & Suites, Louisville, Ky.

Armitageís Vines and Climbers: A Gardenerís Guide to the Best Vertical PlantsBuy this book!
Are your clients tired of dealing with nosy neighbors? Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Peaceful Retreat may be written for homeowners, but we all know about those weekend warriors—they’ll turn to you soon enough to do the job. The book brims with creative ideas for minimizing or even eliminating the nuisances that intrude on their personal outdoor space. Scores of real-world examples show you how to keep the outside world at bay by strategically placing buffers (such as berms or groups of small trees), barriers (such as fences) and screens (arbors or hedges, for example) around the property. And the helpful plant lists tell you precisely which varieties to choose in order to enhance their sense of seclusion. Just be sure you finish the job and have that check in hand before they shut you out, too. Read more>

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