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From the editors of American Nurseryman • October 4, 2013

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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 September issue.

AmericanHortOFA, ANLA become AmericanHort
Is there other news out there? Of course there is. But when something like this happens—once in a blue moon—it deserves your attention. As anticipated, the American Nursery & Landscape Association and OFA — The Association of Horticulture Professionals have announced that the groups will become one, effective Jan. 1, 2014. The American Horticulture Association—AmericanHort, for short—will be the largest, most comprehensive, all-encompassing green industry association in the country, incorporating nursery growers, landscape professionals, greenhouse growers, garden center retailers, maintenance folks, interior landscape professionals and more, all under one powerful umbrella. The consolidation was approved by an overwhelming majority of both memberships last week, following several years of negotiation and planning. Much, too much to report here, so check out the new association’s new website. Read more>

Purdue UniversityHoliday sales predicted to soften
Cash registers likely won’t ring as often during the upcoming holiday season as they did last year, according to Richard Feinberg, Purdue University professor of consumer sciences and retailing. In fact, he predicts that retail sales will range from flat—on the optimistic side—to 5 percent lower than in 2012. Feinberg points to the end of a Social Security tax reduction, combined with lingering high rates of unemployment and underemployment as the reason spending will stagnate. Read more>

Emerald ash borerEAB confirmed in Colorado
Emerald ash borer has expanded its reach west to Boulder, Colo., where confirmation of the invasive pest was announced in late September. City of Boulder Forestry staff spotted the little beast within the municipal limits, in which it’s estimated there are 98,000 ash trees. Read more>

Lady Bird Johnson Royal BlueTexas Superstar welcomes Lady Bird Johnson Royal Blue
Rich, cobalt blue—a color described by Texas A&M AgriLife horticulturists as “awesome”—is the outstanding feature of the new Texas Superstar selection, Lady Bird Johnson Royal Blue bluebonnet. The number of blooms it sets is said to be typically more than a traditional blue bluebonnet. The plant produces as much as 40 percent more seed than traditional bluebonnets, which means it should be very easy to propagate, and it can be grown from seeds or transplants. Read more>

GWA awardFerguson Caras PR receives GWA award
The green industry public relations company Ferguson Caras PR has been granted the prestigious Wilfred J. Jung Distinguished Service Award from the Garden Writers of America. The honor is presented to one allied trade member that, as a company, has promoted gardening in North America and has helped expand the profession of gardening communications. Headed by Sally Ferguson and David Caras, a husband and wife team, the company is best known for representing the Dutch flower bulb sector for 23 years, from 1989 through 2011. Read more>

People News

Ryan BaxterBaxter joins BioSafe Systems
Ryan Baxter has joined BioSafe Systems’ Turf & Ornamentals team as technical representative for the company’s Midwest territory. Baxter will work with commercial greenhouses and nurseries in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Read more>

Billy ChapnickChapnick joins Buyers
Billy Chapnick has been appointed director of marketing for Buyers Products; he will be responsible for all marketing and communications activities for the company. Read more>

 

Dr. Whitney CranshawCranshaw honored by ESA
Dr. Whitney Cranshaw, professor and extension specialist in entomology at Colorado State University’s Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, has received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology from the Entomology Society of America. Author of Pests of the West, Garden Insects of North America and countless other publications, Cranshaw has spent three decades conducting research on arthropod pests of horticultural commodities. Read more>

Jim De’OraDe’Ora joins McConkey
Jim De’Ora has joined McConkey Co. as the company’s account manager for the Puget Sound region of Seattle and southern Washington, as well as selected nursery accounts in Oregon and Washington. Read more>

 

Bob HeffernanHeffernan retires from CNLA
Bob Heffernan, executive director of the Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association, as well as several other green industry organizations in the state, will retire this fall after 24 years of service. Read more>

Passings

xxxJames van Sweden
Master landscape architect James van Sweden, 78, died Sept. 20. Van Sweden was founder of the innovative and internationally renowned Oehme, van Sweden & Associates. Along with his partner, van Sweden created the sustainable landscape aesthetic known as The New American Garden. Read more here and here.

Hot Products

Rust-resistant HeucherellaRust-resistant Heucherella
Terra Nova Nurseries has introduced the newest in its line of Heucherella cultivars—all said to be rust-resistant. The six introductions include Heucherella ‘Gold Cascade’ and ‘Copper Cascade’ (pictured), part of the company’s new Cascade™ series; ‘Twilight’; ‘Glacier Falls, part of Terra Nova’s Falls™ series; and ‘Fire Frost’ and ‘Honey Rose’, new varieties that are a part of the company’s licensing agreement with Blooms of Bressingham. Read more>

Magnolia ‘Genie’Magnolia ‘Genie’
New from PlantHaven: Magnolia ‘Genie’, a small, multi-branched tree with sensational black-red buds opening to small, globular, tulip-shaped blooms of deep, rich maroon-purple on both surfaces, with reflexed tepal tips paling to a lighter magenta-rose shade. The blooms are lightly scented from early spring to early summer, and from mid- to late summer where conditions are not too dry. Read more>

SnowEx SS-4000Rotary broom
SnowEx has introduced a versatile new walk-behind rotary broom with a plow attachment for snow removal and other cleanup applications. Powered by a 160-cc engine, the SS-4000 features a floating, pivotal broom head with five angle settings. Brush rotation speed is infinitely adjustable. For heavier snow conditions, the operator can install a front-mounted blade attachment. The frame of the SS-4000 folds for easy storage, and the wheels are easily removable. Read more>

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The Daffodil: Discover the Remarkable Story of the World's Most Popular Spring Flower
Time to plant those spring blooming bulbs! There is no harbinger of spring like a field or garden filled with bright yellow daffodils. But the world of the daffodil is much more than just its place in the march of the seasons. It’s a plant whose history starts with the tombs of the Pharaohs and leads to the current explosion of varieties from plant breeders seeking new colors, fragrances, and forms. Daffodil reveals a global plant infatuation that has led to more than 25,000 cultivars available in nearly every shade of yellow (and now pink, orange and white). Author Noel Kingsbury tells the tale through an engaging narrative history and plant portraits that highlight more than 200 varieties. Jo Whitworth's revealing photography shows a side of the daffodil rarely seen.
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