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From the editors of American Nurseryman • August 2, 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 July issue.

HeronswoodHeronswood returns to tribal lands
The saga of Heronswood continues its twists and turns with the sale of the property at auction to the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. Portions of the tribe’s ancestral lands lie within the property, a private botanic garden non pareil established in 1987 in Kingston, Wash., by Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones, and later sold to W. Atlee Burpee & Co. The nursery business portion of Heronswood also was acquired in the transaction. Read more here and here.

drought toleranceAssessing plants’ drought tolerance
Well, this is timely, isn’t it? Scientists at UCLA, in cooperation with colleagues in China, have come up with a new way to quickly determine plants’ ability to resist drought conditions. Whereas previous tests could take several days to complete, the new method uses osometry (don’t ask) to determine a leaf’s “turgor loss point.” (That’s pretty self-explanatory, but here goes: It’s basically the point at which leaf cells can no longer retain fluid due to dehydration. Cell walls lose strength; the leaf becomes limp and wilts; the plant’s growth is compromised.) But: With this new quick test, researchers were able to determine—within about 10 minutes—a plant’s potential to withstand drought. Pretty nifty. (Photo courtesy of Robert L. Anderson, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org.) Read more>

Fred DaviesASHS offers certification
The American Society for Horticultural Science now offers a national, professional program leading to the designation of ASHS Certified Horticulturist (ASHS-CH). The organization has partnered with Longwood Gardens and Phipps Garden Center in Pennsylvania; Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and Naples Botanic Garden in Florida; Huntington Botanical Garden and UC-Davis Arboretum in California; and the Missouri Botanical Garden. This is pretty much the pinnacle for hort practitioners—says Fred Davies, PhD, CPH, Regents Professor at Texas A&M University, ASHS CH Board Chair, and former President of ASHS: “An ASHS CH possesses the skills required to communicate with, educate, and provide knowledgeable advice to the public, customers, suppliers, peers, and management on professional topics related to their horticultural responsibilities.” Do you have what it takes? Read more>

VerdantaBioWorks, DCM Corp. team to offer fertilizers
BioWorks Inc. has formed a strategic alliance with DCM Corporation of Belgium to offer a line of premium fertilizers branded under the trade name Verdanta. Organic and organo-mineral products will be featured. Verdanta fertilizers will initially include two liquid and three granular formulations. The granular fertilizers are developed using the exclusive Minigran® Technology, a unique formulation providing dust-free, organic and organo-mineral microgranules with a homogeneous composition that assures a perfectly uniform nutrient analysis in every granule. It flows freely through all types of application equipment and offers better control of nutrient release. Read more>

Mid-AmMid-Am gets a facelift
The Mid America Horticultural Trade Show (c’mon … we all know it as Mid-Am) has revamped its show floor to better accommodate both exhibitors and attendees, and if you’re interested in setting up a booth, you better act fast. In the snazzy new setup at Navy Pier in Chicago (January 16 to 18, 2013), exhibitors are grouped by category—including Landscape Supply; Growers/Greenhouses; Equipment; Outdoor Living/Hardscapes; Fertilizer/Chemical/Seed; and Services. Easy to plan, easy to roam. Check it out. Read more>

Bandit IndustriesBandit opens dealerships in OK, Southern CA
Bandit Industries has added to its family of dealerships with the debut of Bandit Tree Care Products of Southern California, Foothill Ranch, Ca., and Miner’s Equipment and Truck Repair, Oklahoma City, Okla. Read more>

People News

David KirbyKirby named Monrovia VP of sales
David Kirby has been promoted to vice president of sales for Monrovia; he joined the company in 1992 as an in-house sales rep, was awarded a sales territory in 1995 and has recently covered the central coastal region of California. Read more>

Robert LyonsLyons inducted into ANLA Hall of Fame
Robert Lyons, president of the American Nursery & Landscape Association, was named to the organization’s Hall of Fame in July. Lyons, who owns Sunleaf Nursery LLC in Madison, Ohio, continues this year in his position as president, becoming the first two-year president of ANLA since World War II. Read more>

Scott NelsonNelson named Curtis Industries CEO
Scott Nelson has been appointed CEO and president of Curtis Industries, succeeding John Rachwalski, who will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors after his retirement. Read more>


Edwin HunterHunter named to Green Industry Hall of Fame
Edwin Hunter, founder of Hunter Industries, has been posthumously inducted into the Green Industry Hall of Fame, an organization dedicated to honoring individuals who have made lasting contributions to the betterment of the green industry. Hunter, who died in 1998, established Hunter Industries in 1981. Read more>


Bonnie AppletonBonnie Appleton
Bonnie Appleton, author and professor emerita of horticulture in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, died July 21. Read more>


Daniel SomalskiDaniel Somalski
Daniel Somalski, Bay Landscaping, Essexville, Mich., and the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, died July 25. He was 58. Read more>


Hot Products

BugBarrier Tree BandBug Barrier
Tree climbing insect pests are stopped in their wicked little tracks by The BugBarrier Tree Band® from Envirometrics Systems Inc. Pesticide and pheromone free, the adhesive banding system consists of a dense, flexible fiber barrier to fill bark crevices and an adhesive film barrier to trap the insects. The adhesive side faces the tree, eliminating unsightly debris and keeping insect carcasses out of sight. The BugBarrier Tree Band should be applied prior to increased activity up and down the trunk, and removed once activity has ended. Trees need to be banded just before the first hard frost, when the adult moths emerge from pupation, mate, and the wingless, flightless females begin climbing the tree to deposit their eggs on tiny branches. Read more>

3-point tillers from Bobcat3-point tillers
Breaking ground? Amending soil? Weeding between tree rows? Try the new line of 3-point tillers from Bobcat, designed for use with compact tractors and Bobcat’s own Toolcat 5610 utility work machines. Three new models have working widths of 43, 55 and 67 inches and adjustable tilling depth up to 5 inches. The implements are gear-driven and are equipped with slip-clutch protection to prevent driveline damage in case the rotor system becomes bound or jammed. The tines of the tiller rotate in the opposite direction as the tires when the tractor is moving forward. The reverse action of the rotor brings materials up and over the top of the L-shaped tines providing better soil fluff. With up to 54 blades per tiller, the implements also provide better pulverization of soil. Read more>

One Touch™ ValveOneTouch watering valve
Dramm introduces the new One Touch™ Valve that eliminates the strain of squeezing in order to turn the water on and off. This new nozzle offers fingertip control of your watering, allowing for full flow while accommodating easy adjustment of the water flow. Made from a durable zinc die-cast body with a rubber over mold and brass threads, the One Touch™ Valve is made for professional use. Read more>

Power-V XT plowPower-V XT plow
New from The BOSS for 4x4, ½- to 1-ton trucks and SUVs: a 7-foot, 6-inch Power-V XT plow featuring a high performance cutting edge, built-in curb guards and snow catcher. Flared blade wings with an enhanced curl throw snow higher and farther than straight blade plows for improved efficiency and less time on the job. An enclosed hydraulics package protects against corrosion and hydraulic freeze-up. The full moldboard trip design prevents plow damage when an obstacle is encountered. Read more>

Inverted Micro-SprinklerInverted micro-sprinkler
Delivering gentle droplets in a consistent uniform pattern—even in single row installations—the Inverted Micro-Sprinkler from Senninger features the company’s well-known color-coded nozzle size identification, incorporating the nozzle and base in one unit. Multiple connection options make it easy to retrofit existing systems in greenhouses or hoop house operations. Its bridgeless design helps minimize drippage, while the engineering-grade UV-resistant thermoplastic construction helps assure reliability and durability. Read more>

Finally: Gone fishin’

Gone fishin'



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