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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 April issue.

Immigration bill introducedImmigration bill introduced
At long last, the Senate bipartisan Group of Eight filed its 844-page immigration bill Wednesday morning; it was met immediately by opponents’ vows to kill the legislation by delaying the legislative process for as long as possible. The bill is divided into four sections, including border security, immigrant visas, interior enforcement, and reforms to nonimmigrant visas—otherwise known as workplace programs. It includes a 13-year path to citizenship as well as new visa programs for low-skilled workers. We anticipate months of wrangling over the proposal.
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Construction forecastConstruction forecast calls for sunny days ahead
The figures are impressive: Annual U.S. construction value to reach $919 billion. That’s an 8 percent increase over 2012 figures, as forecast by FMI and reported in Equipment World magazine. FMI is a management and investment banking consultant to the engineering and construction industries, and in its first-quarter report this year, the firm predicts a 23-percent rise in construction of single-family homes in 2013; multifamily housing should improve 47 percent. Let’s not forget those commercial properties: According to FMI, lodging construction (hospitality, anyone?) is anticipated to increase by 10 percent; office construction by 5 percent and other commercial construction by 7 percent. Read more>

Dutch elm disease fungus genome mappedDutch elm disease fungus genome mapped
Thirty million DNA letters compose the genome of Ophiostoma ulmi—the nasty fungus that causes Dutch elm disease—and scientists have finally cracked the code. Researchers at the University of Toronto and SickKids Research Institute mapped the genome, opening the door to further research to eliminate the plague. “Relatively little is known about the fungus that causes Dutch elm disease, and it’s a very distant relative of the fungi that are more often studied by researchers, like bread mold or beer yeast,” said Alan Moses, one of the study’s researchers. “We hope that the availability of the genome will encourage and speed up research on this fungus—it’s only a matter of time before most the elm trees are gone.” (Photo courtesy of Robert L. Anderson, USDA Forest Service; Bugwood.org) Read more>

Archangel Ancient Tree ArchiveArchangel to announce restoration plans
On Earth Day this year, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive will announce plans to restore global old growth forest with exact genetic duplicates of the largest champion redwood trees in the world. David Milarch, co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and the Champion Tree Project International, will speak at Northwestern Michigan College’s event about leading an international team of experts in the historic global planting to preserve the genetics of the largest and oldest living organisms on earth to assist the migration of the species in order to help mitigate the effects of coming climate change. The champion redwood plantings will occur on April 22, 2013, at multiple locations around the world. Read more here and here.

Nymphaea ‘Pink Dawn’‘Pink Dawn’ named 2013 Collector’s Aquatic Plant of the Year
Lovely, no? Nymphaea ‘Pink Dawn’ has been named 2013 Collector’s Aquatic Plant of the Year by the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society. Boasting uniquely variegated blooms of pink and white, ‘Pink Dawn’ won First Place in the Hardy Waterlily category of the IWGS 2011 New Waterlily Competition. In an exclusive arrangement, limited supplies of the plant will be available only through the IWGS in 2013. To purchase this gorgeous creature, visit the IWGS website at http://iwgs.org/2013-collectors-aquatic-plant-of-the-year-pink-dawn/.
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Aquascape’s Pondemonium 2013 is “For for the Fight”Aquascape’s Pondemonium 2013 is “Fit for the Fight”
Aquascape Inc. has scheduled this year’s Pondemonium for August 22 to 24; the theme is “Fit for the Fight,” which focuses on keeping water garden businesses in shape in order to meet the ever-changing demands of today’s market. The event includes pond tours, hands-on construction training, new product showcases, business and marketing seminars and networking events at the company’s headquarters in St. Charles, Ill. Read more>

Dow AgroSciences in IndianapolisDow AgroSciences opens new R&D facility
A new 175,000-square-foot research and development facility was unveiled at the global headquarters of Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis. The facility is part of a multiyear expansion that also includes construction of a new 14,000-square-foot greenhouse as well as the addition of more than 550 scientific and commercial jobs by 2015. Read more>

People News

Natalia HamillAlec CharaisBailey announces new marketing team
Natalia Hamill has joined Bailey Nurseries as the new Brand and Business Development Manager; she brings more than 20 years of horticultural marketing experience to the Endless Summer®, First Editions® and Easy Elegance® brands. Alec Charais has been promoted to Marketing and Communications manager; he has been a key sales team member at Bailey Nurseries for more than 12 years. Read more>

Sarah BrackmanBrackman joins BioSafe Systems
Sarah Brackman has joined BioSafe Systems as the company’s new Pacific Northwest sales rep for the Turf & Ornamental team. Brackman previously worked as crop protection manager for Briggs Plant Propagators and as greenhouse manager at Lawyer Nursery. Read more>

Amy Briggs-MachaBriggs-Macha joins Syngenta Flowers
Amy Briggs-Macha has joined Syngenta Flowers Inc. as a technical sales representative, where she’ll work primarily with seed-propagated crops. She previously worked for Tagawa Greenhouses and Kitiyama Brothers Greenhouses. Read more>

Adriana Quiñones-RiccardiJeff HeimbergerHeimberger and Quiñones-Riccardi join OFA
OFA—The Association of Horticulture Professionals has hired Adriana Quiñones-Riccardi as its Manager—Education & Events, and Jeff Heimberger as its Manager—Information Technology. Quiñones-Riccardi will help develop and implement online and in-person educational programs; Heimberger will manage the association’s technology resources. Read more>

George MurrayMurray joins Brandt
George Murray has joined Brandt, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, as a tree crop and horticulture specialist for the Specialty Formulations group. Murray’s primary focus will be to expand the company’s core nutrition and sustainable protection products into the arbor, landscape, greenhouse and specialty agriculture markets. Read more>

Jon AdamsGary HaleJorge Gonzalez




Three join Svensson
Svensson has added to its North American sales group: Jon Adams joins the Northeastern Region; Gary Hale joins the Florida Territory; and Jorge Gonzalez is now a sales engineer in Mexico. Read more>

Hot Products

OHP IncTerraclor relaunched
OHP Inc. has announced the relaunch of its Terraclor 400 ornamental fungicide for use in greenhouses, nurseries and shadehouses. Terraclor 400 may also be used on landscape and field-grown ornamentals. Widely used for control of rhizoctonia, sclerotinia and phyllostica, the liquid fungicide can be sprayed, drenched or used as a bulb soak on a variety of woody plants, bedding plants and bulbs such as gladiolas, hyacinths, iris, tulips and lilies. It also may be used on southern magnolia trees for control of phyllostica cookeri. Read more>

BiolineBioline™ biological control agents
Syngenta has expanded its Bioline™ portfolio of biological control agents in North America to include more than 20 BCAs to help control a variety of pests. Composed of a diverse collection of beneficial insects, mites and nematodes, Bioline BCAs control damaging pests such as thrips, aphids, whiteflies, fungus gnats and mites. Bioline also includes two pheromones that can be used as important monitoring tools. Innovative packaging options complete the Bioline portfolio and ensure BCAs are properly stored and released in the most effective way. Read more>

Grandevo PTOGrandevo® PTO bioinsecticide
EngageAgro USA has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. for its Grandevo® PTO bioinsecticide product in the U.S. Grandevo® PTO’s active ingredient, achromocil (Chromobacterium substugae), is a broad-spectrum insecticide labeled for use in turf, ornamental and greenhouse markets. On herbaceous and woody ornamentals and conifers, the product can be used to control aphids, whiteflies, thrips, numerous Lepidoptera species, and many other species of damaging insects. Read more>

Armed GardenerProtective sleeves
Armed Gardener™ is a one-size-fits-all, state-of-the-art protective sleeve made of 95% nylon and 5% spandex; it provides a snug fit from the wrist to above the elbow to provide durable protection from scratches and bites, while keeping out ticks and other bugs. Read more>

diamond tread aluminum toolboxesPowder-coated toolboxes
Buyers Products now offers its line of diamond tread aluminum toolboxes with powder coating. Standard in black, they’re ideal for securely storing and transporting landscaping and contractor tools. Powder coating increases the corrosion resistance of the toolboxes and can help customers achieve a desired aesthetic. Buyers offers a comprehensive line of styles and sizes to fulfill any storage need; styles include underbody boxes, cross boxes, lo-side boxes, pork chop boxes, back pack boxes, trailer tongue boxes and topside boxes. Read more>

Salvia nemerosa ‘Ave Maria’ PPAF‘Ave Maria’ salvia
Intrinsic Perennial Gardens Inc. has introduced a new meadow sage, Salvia nemerosa ‘Ave Maria’ PPAF. The new salvia has purple stems and deep pink flowers followed by purple seed heads. In May, the plants bloom with pink spikes on purple stems and in late summer to early fall, plants can rebloom. These clumping plants reach around 18 inches to 24 inches tall and wide. It prefers a well-drained soil in full sun. Hardy in zones 3 to 9, they can be planted in spring, summer or fall. This new salvia combines nicely with other salvias like ‘Caradonna’, as well as short ornamental grasses. Plants are available from Intrinsic Perennial Gardens. Read more>

Dicentra Amore series“Sneak Peek” intros from Terra Nova Nurseries
Terra Nova offers growers a “sneak peek” series of plants for 2013, including Heucherella ‘Twilight’, Echinacea Bird™ ‘Sunbird’ and a new collection called the Dicentra Amore™ series. ‘Twilight’ heucherella offers velvety, charcoal-gray leaves on a low-growing, medium-broad plant. Average size is 9 inches wide by 24 inches tall, with few 12-inch tall flower stalks that make this plant easy maintenance. ‘Sunbird’ boasts gold, shuttlecock-shaped flowers atop a compact plant; average width is 19 inches and height is 14 inches, with a 22-inch flower stem. The new dicentra series includes ‘Amore Pink’ and ‘Amore Rose’ (pictured). With superior vigor in a dwarf habit, the average size is 9 inches wide by 14 inches tall, including flowers. Read more>

Sedum Lime Zinger on 5-27-11 3Sunsparkler® sedums
SunSparkler® Sedum ‘Lime Zinger’ is the third sedum selected for this exciting new series of ultra-hardy sedums, hybridized by Chris Hansen. Lime Zinger was chosen from a field of 3,000 seedlings based on its bright, lime-green foliage, which is surrounded by a cherry-red picotee edge. Its compact 4-inch-tall by 18-inch-wide growth habit makes it a superb new groundcover sedum. Read more>

Finally: Still too wet to plant

Spring has sprung

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