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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 June issue.

xxxImmigration reform passes first hurdle
The Senate on Thursday, June 27, passed the Gang of Eight’s historic immigration reform legislation by a vote of 68 to 32, providing a bit of hope for positive movement on immigration this year. However—and there’s always a “however” when it comes to immigration reform—the bill must go on to the House, where the majority Republicans have pledged to move slowly. Read more>

xxxGeary addresses international hort group
International hort professionals met in Italy in June for the first worldwide roundtable summit for horticulture professionals; Michael Geary, chief executive for ANLA and OFA represented the U.S. Delegates from 19 countries discussed common concerns and ideas on issues like disease and pest management, improving national and international country trade, government regulations, trade shows, staffing (including immigration/temporary labor programs), and the importance of flowers, plants, and trees for healthy living and working environments—and jointly called for cooperation and action on promotion of horticulture products. Read more>

xxxNovozymes acquires TJ Technologies Inc.
Novozymes, a leader in bioinnovation, has signed an agreement to acquire TJ Technologies Inc. of Watertown, S.D. The acquisition is yet another important step in building Novozymes’ business within bioagriculture, in the case of TJ Technologies specifically within the bioyield enhancement segment. Read more>

xxxVillage Nurseries sells more than $1M in Sunset plants
Village Nurseries, a specialty grower for landscape professionals, has announced its licensing agreement with Plant Development Services to sell the exclusive Sunset Western Garden Collection has exceeded $1 million in sales since the program’s launch a year ago. Village Nurseries is the exclusive grower for the 29-plant collection under license from Plant Development Services which, in turn, is licensed by Sunset Publishing Corporation, the expert authority on Western gardening. Read more>

People News

xxxNuckols joins Ruppert Landscape
David Nuckols has joined Ruppert Landscape as area manager for the company’s Richmond, Va., branch. He will be responsible for the sale, renewal and production of the branch's landscape management work as well as the training and development of Ruppert personnel. Read more>

Hot Products

xxxLeucanthemum ‘Real Dream’
‘Real Dream’ Shasta daisy from PlantHaven is a summer-blooming perennial with large daisy flowers of three layers of greenish-yellow petals and large golden centers carried on sturdy stems with no staking required. Yellow petals gradually fade to white as the flower matures. This variety is very floriferous with improved disease resistance. A robust drought- and wind-resistant perennial once established, this superb Shasta daisy variety is well-behaved with a tight clumping habit. Blooms are excellent for cutting. Read more>

xxxOglesby’s expanded perennial program
Oglesby Plants International has expanded its perennial program with the additions of Cordyline ‘Midnight’, Rudbeckia Denver Daisy and R. ‘Tiger Eye’, Sisyrinchium ‘Blue Note’, Stokesia ‘Peachie’s Pick’ (pictured) and Echinacea selections ‘Cheyenne Spirit’, ‘Kim’s Knee High’, Prairie Splendor, ‘PowWow White’ and ‘PowWow Wild Berry’. Oglesby’s perennials ship in 72-cell trays, and they’re available online through the company’s comprehensive system featuring product availability, price, tag and royalty information. Read more>

xxx‘Misty Lace’ goatsbeard
Aruncus ‘Misty Lace’, a hybrid goatsbeard now available from Emerald Coast Growers, is a cross of A. dioicus, the too-tall American species, and A. aethusifolius, the too-small Korean type. In early summer, fine sprays of lacy white flowers rise to 30 inches on red stems over rich-green, ferny foliage. Selected by Dr. Allan Armitage from seedlings bred in Maryland, ‘Misty Lace’ shrugs off heat and humidity and is hardy in zones 4 to 8. Read more>

xxxTechline CV dripline
With built-in check valves in each emitter to prevent low head drainage, Netafim Techline CV dripline offers a water-saving solution for irrigating landscapes with elevation changes, such as slopes and low lying areas. Techline CV check valves hold back up to 4.6 feet of water, which means water stays in the tubing when the irrigation is turned off and does not flow down to lower elevations. With check valves, Techline CV emitters turn on and off at the same time, balancing the irrigation coverage. Netafim Techline CV offers the widest range of emitter flow rates (0.26, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.9 gph) to match the absorption rates of various soil types. Read more>

xxxProtective mask
Made from neoprene material and equipped with a laboratory tested active carbon filter, the RZ Mask from RZ Mask LLC filtrates 99.9 percent of dust and allergens while absorbing odors. The adjustable and comfortable fit allows the mask to be worn for extended periods of time. The mask covers the nose and mouth and has seen application in the horticulture, lawn care and landscape industry along with over 40 other uses. The RZ Mask comes in three sizes (Youth, Regular, XL) and over 20 designs and colors. Read more>

xxxUnderbody toolboxes
Buyers Products introduces three-point latch underbody toolboxes, expanding its comprehensive line of tool and truck boxes. The company’s three-point, die-cast, locking, T-handle latch system provides better security, tighter door sealing and less stress on the hinges of the underbody toolboxes. Available in a variety of size options, the new underbody toolboxes are offered in polished, diamond-tread aluminum or 14-gauge steel box with 12-gauge steel door in black or white powder-coat finish. The toolboxes feature a ½-inch, automotive-style, door gasket to protect against leaks. The rain-channel design and continuous, hidden hinge also protect against moisture and road dirt. Read more>

Upcoming event
What: Desert Show: Plants and People of the Western U.S. Deserts
When: Jun 29 through August 4
Where: Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis
Sponsors: Missouri Botanical Garden and Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society
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The Pronouncing Dictionary of Plant NamesBuy this book!
You have this book, right? Wait, you don’t? Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs is the most comprehensive visual reference on this important subject. A combination of Dirr’s bestselling books under one cover, adding new plants, new photographs, plus all new commentary in Dirr’s signature style, it is the bible of woody plants. From majestic evergreens to delicate vines and flowering shrubs, Dirr features thousands of plants and all the essential details for identification, planting, and care, plus full-color photographs showing a tree’s habit in winter, distinctive bark patterns, fall color, and more. In a class by itself for its quality of information, the best researched recommendations for hardiness in the industry, beautiful photography, and Dirr’s own preeminence as a master plantsman, Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs is a critical addition to any horticulture professional’s reference library. Read more>

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