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From the editors of American Nurseryman • August 16, 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 August issue.

HeronswoodNC Arboreum receives gift from Wells Fargo
The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville—a gem of a garden in a gem of a region—has received a gift of $20,000 from banking giant Wells Fargo; the funds were made in support of the arboretum’s adult education program. More than 100 courses, symposia, and events are offered through the program each year. Topics span a broad range, from landscape, horticulture, and urban forestry to natural history, wellness, and fine art and craft. Speaking of which, if you’re in the area in the next couple of weeks, check out “Wicked Plants,” a fascinating exhibit based on the book of the same name. We’re told it’s awesome. Read more>

Horticultural Research InstituteHRI / Orum-Midwest Research fund established
The Horticultural Research Institute has received a donation of $250,000 to establish the Orum-Midwest Research fund within the HRI Endowment; the funds were given by the Peter Orum Family, Midwest Groundcovers LLC and Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies. Read more>

Trade Show PR Secrets from the ExpertsNeed some trade show tips?
If you’re headed out soon for Farwest, the IGC Show—or even if you’re already visiting booths and shaking hands in Houston—you might want to check out this handy little guide to making the most of your trade show time. “Trade Show PR Secrets from the Experts” is a free ebook put together by the Garden Media Group. It’s based on a presentation by Susan McCoy, founder of the GMG, and it’s filled with tips to help you build brand awareness before, during and after a show. Check it out. Read more>

Garden Artistry™Plant a piece of Millennium Park
Chicago’s Millennium Park is a real treasure, thanks in great part to the irresistible Lurie Garden, which presents a lush and ever-evolving prairie amid the skyscrapers of a world-class city. And the plants that grace this gorgeous garden come from Roy Diblik, Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, Wis., and Midwest Groundcovers in St. Charles, Ill. Roy literally wrote the book on “Know Maintenance”™ gardening, originally published by American Nurseryman with a revised version due out next spring from Timber Press. And now you can have a little bit of Roy’s artistic touch and the glory of the Lurie Garden with the launch of the Garden Artistry™ line of branded perennials. The line will be available in independent garden centers in spring 2013, but you can see a preview at the IGC Show next week—August 21 to 23 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Read more>

Green Fuse BotanicalsGreen Fuse moves to larger facility
Green Fuse Botanicals has moved to new facilities in Santa Paula, Calif., tripling its greenhouse space. The new location at Fides Oro is, according to founder Steve Jones, “a big step forward in our ability to evaluate plants and bring new products to market. It gives us the flexibility to trial a wide variety of genera in different growing environments. … The Santa Paula site was needed to accommodate the expanding genetics we plan to introduce in the future. With the move, we’re a stronger trialing resource for our international breeding partners, and we’re able to work more closely with Fides Oro, who is a primary producer for Green Fuse.” Read more>

People News

Kevin KlupengerKlupenger joins Advanced Ornamentals
Kevin Klupenger has taken the position of general manager for Advanced Ornamentals in St. Paul, Ore. Klupenger brings more than 20 years of nursery experience to the position; he also served as president of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. Read more>

Greg ImusImus joins Jacto Inc.
Greg Imus has joined Jacto Inc., Tualatin, Oreg., as vice president of sales and marketing for the company’s Small Farm Solutions business unit. Read more>

Hot Products

Heuchera ‘Sugar BerryLittle Cuties
Aw … who can resist Little Cuties™, the new series of Heuchera from Terra Nova Nurseries? The line features seven new varieties, including ‘Blondie’, ‘Coco’, ‘Frost’, ‘Ginger Snap’, ‘Peppermint’, ‘Sugar Berry’ (pictured here) and ‘Sweet Tart’. They’re compact varieties with a strong mounding habit and a long bloom time—from May through October—and they perform well in full sun, part shade or full shade in zones 4 to 9. Says Dave Doolittle, Terra Nova’s marketing director, “Little Cuties™ are being introduced as the smallest heuchera varieties to date, offering a complete series that works well as a whole for beds, borders, containers, and other applications”: ‘Sugar Berry’ is just 10 inches wide and 6 inches high, with a flower height of 10 inches. Read more>

Helianthus maximilliani ‘September Sun‘September Sun’ helianthus
Intrinsic Perennial Gardens introduces Helianthus maximilliani ‘September Sun’, a glorious, shorter form of Maximilian’s sunflower that stands 5 to 6 feet tall. (The native form can reach to 8 feet!) Its slightly earlier bloom time—reliably in September, before the end of the season—makes it a wonderful companion for asters, big bluestem and other tall, fall-flowering grasses such as Panicum and Miscanthus. Read more>

The Promotional Line™ DianthusDianthus Promotional Line
The Promotional Line™ Dianthus varieties from PlantHaven feature some of the newest Whetman® breeding. Choose one to grow a perfect impulse purchase item in 4- or 6-inch containers. These varieties have colorful, early to mid-season, fragrant blooms and their own special characteristics that make them extraordinary: Raspberry Swirl (‘Devon Siskin’) has masses of light pink petals with deep maroon markings. Rosebud (‘WP08 ROS03’) features nonstop, fragrant flowers that look just like little watermelon-colored rosebuds. Silver Star (‘WP10 HEL01’) has delicately fringed, semi-double flowers with a maroon eye and elegant silvery foliage. ‘Starburst’ has delightful, cherry-red and white patterned flowers reminiscent of old-fashioned humbug sweets. All are hardy to Zone 5.  Read more>

Dribble TubesDribble Tubes
Water more, waste less with Dramm’s dribble tubes, developed to water plants automatically by dripping water directly into each pot. Flow rate is controlled by the diameter and length of the tube. Dramm offers three diameters of tubing: 0.045 inch, 0.060 inch and 0.075 inch ID. Each diameter comes in lengths from 12 inches to 60 inches standard. Eyelets for both outer diameters are available for a secure connection. The tubes’ SlimWeight slips easily from the pot during harvesting; unlike other weights, it’s made of a zinc-aluminum alloy. Read more>

Low drift nozzleLow drift nozzle
With Senninger’s new LDN Shroud, growers can deliver water more precisely to the plants in need of irrigation—with little drift. The LDN (low drift nozzle) Shroud produces a gentle dome of water; in LEPA (low energy precision application) mode, the water is redirected up into the LDN® Shroud and deflected down into a 36-inch diameter application, depending on the exact height from the ground. The LDN® Shroud can be used on any existing full circle LDN® UP3 applicator with The One Weight, which helps provide stability on drops in windy conditions. There is no need to disassemble the sprinkler to access the UP3 nozzle. Conversion back to spray irrigation is done with a twist and flip of the LDN® pad. Read more>

LED lighting controllerLED lighting controller
The new Luxor ZD landscape lighting controller for LED systems from FX Luminaire provides zoning and dimming capabilities from a single, easy-to-use controller with a full color digital interface. According to FX Luminaire product manager James Helms, “The Luxor ZD was developed to provide lighting designers of all levels the ability to create LED systems that combine functionality, ambiance, appearance, and the expansion of outdoor living spaces. While these capabilities have been available in the past, our goal was to simplify the process so the technology is accessible to as many low voltage lighting installers as possible.” Read more>

Finally: Oh, those wicked plants
(Photo by Mark Lundblad)

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The Ornamental Edible GardenBuy this book!
Makes us hungry just looking at the cover. The Ornamental Edible Garden combines creativity, aesthetics and practicality with an inspired mix of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. This beautifully illustrated book gives practical information on everything you need to know to design and plant an ornamental edible garden, including advice on laying pathways and edgings, building raised beds, erecting plant supports, hedging and enclosures, how to espalier, as well as plans for traditional ground layouts for any garden size or shape. A special section is devoted to the creation of tiny-space and "nosoil" potagers, and a range of vegetables and dwarf-fruit tree varieties suitable for container and smaller plantings is discussed. Essential horticultural practices such as crop rotation, green manures, composting and continuity of produce are presented, together with companion planting and organic management. Read more>

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