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 September issue.
ANLA’s Bardzik releases first cookbook
If you haven’t seen this yet, you’re in for a treat. Literally. Jonathan Bardzik, ANLA’s director of marketing and industry relations, has just released his first cookbook, Simple Summer: A Recipe for Cooking and Entertaining with Ease. Bardzik’s a genius at creating tempting—and satisfying—dishes with fresh ingredients that look just as good as they taste. For a few years now, he’s been demonstrating his original recipes at DC’s historic Eastern Market, and he’s gleaned 40 of them for the book. It’s illustrated with gorgeous photos of each finished dish, guaranteed to make you start a new shopping list. You won’t be able to resist! Read more here and here.
ANLA and OFA members—get out the vote!
This is your chance to make history. If you’re a member of the American Nursery & Landscape Association or OFA, it’s now up to you to vote on the proposed consolidation of the two organizations. Ballots have been mailed, and you have until Sept. 27 to return your vote. There’s a live vote scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 in downtown Columbus—if you belong to the OFA, you can vote in person at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square. You must RSVP at the link provided below. This is it, folks. Several years of careful and comprehensive planning have gone into this historic proposal to create the largest, most powerful green association on the planet. Grab that ballot and vote today! Read more>
MANTS registration now open
Register now for the 44th edition of MANTS, scheduled for Jan. 8 to 10, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center in—where else?—Baltimore. Nearly 1,000 vendors are expected, including 100 new companies. Last year, almost 11,000 paid attendees from—wait for it— 46 states and nine countries roamed the exhibit hall. It’s not to be missed. Read more>
2013 American Garden Awards winners announced
The Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 American Garden Awards, selected by the gardening public, is Syngenta Flowers’ Verbena ‘Lanai Candy Cane’, bearing striking striped, continuously blooming flowers all summer long. Second place went to Zinnia ‘Zahara Cherry’, from PanAmerican Seed, and the third place is Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Compact Electric Orange’ from Sakata Ornamentals. Candidates were grown at 31 participating public gardens across the country. Read more here and here.
Massage therapy for plants
Go ahead, touch it. You know you want to. Turns out that gently rubbing plants can help them fight disease. Researchers report in the journal BMC Plant Biology that rubbing the leaves of thale cress plants actives an innate defense mechanism, causing biochemical changes to occur. These changes apparently help the plant to resist Botrytis cinerea. It appears that such response to mechanical stress can build resistance similar to the way the human body develops resistance to disease when it’s exposed to low levels of stress. Or something like that. (Photo courtesy of Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org) Read more>
If you’re looking for Zika Wolfe, the author of “Out of the Shadows” in the September issue of American Nurseryman, you can find her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our fingers got tangled and the email address included in the article is missing an “n.” We apologize for the error. (Photo courtesy of Hoffman Nursery Inc.) Read more>
Schlosberg joins Fall Creek Farm & Nursery
David Schlosberg has joined the management team at Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc., filling the newly created Director of Sales position. Prior to his position at Fall Creek, Schlosberg owned a regional nursery wholesale distribution company. Read more>
Upham joins McConkey
Derek Upham has joined the newly formed Intermountain sales region of McConkey Co., which includes Idaho, Montana, Utah and portions of Colorado and Washington. Upham previously worked for Grimes Horticulture, Syngenta Horticultural Services and Eason’s Horticultural Resources. Read more>
Downton Abbey rose collection
Knockout Licensing introduces the first in a new line of roses named for the popular TV series Downton Abbey, which are to be bred by Weeks Roses. Pictured is Anna’s Promise. Knockout Licensing Co-Presidents Carole Postal and Tamra Knepfer announced that Weeks Roses has been granted the right to breed new hybrid rose varieties inspired by the hit television series and to then sell its Downton Abbey roses to nurseries, garden centers and wholesale traders who cater to independent retailers around the world. Read more>
‘White Lava’ elephant ear
Colocasia Royal Hawaiian® ‘White Lava’ forms a tight clump that provides that exciting tropical look in the garden without sacrificing premium real estate. The large, glossy green leaves are adorned with a wide band of creamy white down the center of each leaf, later radiating out into the side veins. Each amazing leaf is further highlighted by a large purple spot where the leaf attaches to the stalk. ‘White Lava’ is a medium grower reaching 48 inches by 36 inches at maturity. It’s perfect for large containers, garden borders, or mass landscape planting. Read more>
Sunset Dwarf Gaillardia collection
Also from PlantHaven: Gaillardia Sunset Dwarf Collection varieties have rows of flat petals of vibrant color fringed with yellow on strong stems. Blooms are colorfast and age well over an exceptionally long period. Fresh gray green hairy foliage creates a compact mounding habit 14” x 14”. Drought tolerant once established, these sun-loving, floriferous beauties are ideal for containers, beds and borders. Read more>
Spring Meadow 2014 catalog
Twenty-two exciting new varieties can be found in Spring Meadow Nursery’s 2014 catalog. Spring Meadow, the company behind Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs, worked with top breeders to carefully select these additions, which include new colors for the popular Lo & Behold® line of butterfly bush and cold hardy haskaps in the edible Vitamin Berries™ collection. What’s a haskap? It’s a native superfruit—a selection of Lonicera caerulea—and the new Sugar Mountain™ Blue haskap has the sweet taste of raspberries and blueberries. Its large, elongated fruit are high in antioxidants. Read more>
Ready-to-use systemic antibiotics
ArborSystems has introduced a line of ready-to-use, systemic, antibiotic direct-inject chemicals formulated to be used in the company’s Wedgle Direct-Inject Tree Injection System for ornamental trees, large woody shrubs and palms. Terrier Antibiotic is available in 120 ml and 1,000 ml Quick-Connect Chemical Packs: It treats bacterial leaf scorch in elm, oak, sycamore, oleander and sweet gum trees; fire blight in mountain ash trees; ash yellows in ash trees; and phloem necrosis in elms. A 120 ml pack treats approximately 20 trees with a 12-inch DBH. Springer Antibiotic is available in 1,000 ml Quick-Connect Chemical Packs and is for seasonal suppression of lethal yellow disease in palms. It can be used anytime during the growing season. A 1,000 ml pack treats approximately 25 palms with a 12-inch DBH. Both contain oxytetracycline hydrochloride. Read more>
Easy pour solution
For a limited time—act now!—BioSafe Systems offers a free spigot with the purchase of a 2.5- or a 5-gallon product. Products included in the offer are ZeroTol 2.0, GreenClean Liquid 2.0 and TerraClean 5.0. Spigots are easily attached to the 2.5 and 5-gallon containers and make pouring the liquid products less of a hassle. After purchase, this coupon offer is attached to products listed above and can be mailed in to be redeemed. Rules and restrictions apply. Read more>