From the editors of American Nurseryman • November 21, 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 November issue.

Clematis ‘Sweet Summer Love’Color Choice® selections honored by Direct Gardening Association
Two Proven Winners® Color Choice® plants have been named among the five best new plant varieties by the Direct Gardening Association. Clematis ‘Sweet Summer Love’ and Bloomerang Dark Purple Lilac were honored in the Plants, Bulbs and Seeds division of the group’s 2014 Green Thumb Awards. ‘Sweet Summer Love’ is a hybrid that combines the ease-of-growth, strong fragrance, and hundreds of blooms of ‘Sweet Autumn’ clematis with the added benefit of rich, cranberry-violet hues. This deer resistant woody vine is covered in rich color a month earlier than other varieties and continues to fall. Bloomerang® Dark Purple reblooming lilac has larger, more rounded inflorescences and deeper coloring than the original Bloomerang®. It reaches a compact 4 to 6 feet tall and wide in full sun and is covered in fragrant, dark lavender flowers in spring. Read more here and here.

Andrew Kerin BrickmanGlobal investment firm buys Brickman Group
Landscape giant the Brickman Group has been acquired by KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP), a $90 billion global investment company. The $1.6 billion deal is expected to close before the end of the year. Founded nearly 75 years ago in northern Illinois, the Brickman Group now is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., and employs approximately 10,000 staff nationwide. Read more>

ASICCall for comments on landscape irrigation BMPs
The American Society of Irrigation Consultants and the Irrigation Association have released a draft of the updated Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices, and the organizations are calling for public comment. The new document, which can be viewed here, will replace the current version in 2014. It includes three BMPS that address the design, installation and management of irrigation systems, plus practice guidelines for effective implementation and adaptation to local conditions. The comment period is open until December 10. A copy of the comment form can be accessed here. Read more>

Raspberry ShortcakeThis Old House taps Brazelberries®
Ever watch This Old House? Well, there’s a magazine, too, and the publication has selected Raspberry Shortcake™ from the Brazelberries series as one of its Top 100 home products for 2013. The editors spent months testing to find the most distinct, helpful and coolest home products in seven categories: Kitchen, Bath, Tools, Building Products, Outdoor Living, Home Tech and Finishing Touches. And this dwarf, thornless raspberry from Fall Creek Farm & Nursery made the grade. Click the link here to see more handy products, or find a copy of the November/December issue. Read more>

LallemandLallemand and Mycologic join forces
Lallemand Plant Care has entered into a license agreement with Canadian company Mycologic Inc. that gives Lallemand access to the Canadian strain of PFC 2193 of Chondrostereum purpureum, the active ingredient in the bioherbicides Chontrol Paste and Chontrol Peat Paste. The formulation suppresses the resprouting of hardwood stumps, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical herbicides. According to the agreement, both companies will further develop this bioherbicide product in Canada and the U.S. Read more>

MANTSPack your suitcase(s)!
There’s so much to see and do this winter—so many trade shows, so many conferences and meetings and events and symposia and confabs and conventions and what-nots—that it’s hard to decide, but that’s no excuse. If you need inspiration, check out the planner using the link we’ve provided here. (Here’s a little bonus: You can now use your electronic devices on the plane, even during take off and landing, if you so choose. Words With Friends, anyone?) Pick one event, pick a few, make your reservations, and go! Read more>

People News

Joseph AlbanoAlbano selected to head HRI research programs
Research horticulturist Dr. Joseph Albano has been selected to lead the research programs for ANLA's Horticultural Research Institute following the retirement of Marc Teffeau; Albano joins the American Nursery & Landscape Association staff this month. Most recently Albano has worked with the USDA-ARS’s Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, Fla., where he has focused his research on plant nutrition, water quality and conservation, and alternative substrates. Additionally, Jennifer Gray joins the HRI team as research programs administrator; Gray previously served as associate director for the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association. Read more>

Doug HalseyFred KeyHalsey and Key named Ruppert regional VPs
Doug Halsey and Fred Key have been promoted to the position of regional vice president for Ruppert Landscape. Halsey will be responsible for the northern region, including the company’s branches in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Key will be responsible for the southern region including branches in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. Read more>

Bob JonesJones named Ruppert division president
Bob Jones has been named president of Ruppert Landscape’s Landscape Construction Division, where he will over see that division, including strategic planning and new branch development, national sales, personnel development and customer relations. Read more>

Carol BeckerMelisa BellMELA names new leadership
The Midwest Environmental Landscape Alliance has named Melisa Bell to the newly created role of Administrative Director; she will replace Carol Becker, who stepped down as MELA’s Executive Director in October. Becker will remain on board on a limited basis. Bell has served as the organization’s financial secretary for the past year, and will continue those duties. In addition, Mike Curry, Midwest Trading, has been named MELA Board President. Read more>

Annie NsafoahPatrick BellNsafoah and Bell join DowAgrosciences T&O team
Annie Nsafoah and Patrick Bell are new DowAgroSciences Turf & Ornamental sales reps; Nsafoah will work in eastern Florida, and Bell will assist customers in Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Read more>

Hot Products

Pacific Brilliance™Pacific Brilliance™ pin oak
New for 2014: Pacific Brilliance™ pin oak (Quercus palustris ‘PWJR08’), with upright branching that makes it more appealing for streets and areas with less room. The tree’s glossy foliage turns orange-red in fall, and it produces fewer and smaller acorns than other selections. Reaching 45 feet in height (with a width of 20 to 25 feet), it prefers full sun, moist, rich, acidic and well-drained soil. Pacific Brilliance™ is introduced by UpShoot LLC for Joe Kelly and Pete Brentano, Brentano’s Tree Farm, St. Paul, Ore. Read more>

Grower’s Guide app for SuntoryGrower’s Guide app for Suntory
Are you a licensed Suntory grower? Then check out Suntory Flowers’ Grower’s Guide app. Designed for your iPad, the fully integrated tool provides complete cultural information for the entire Suntory catalog of varieties. It’s portable and user-friendly; growers can sort crops by temperature, light and fertility requirements, and view crop times at a glance. In-depth cultural information is provided for each crop. It’s easy to see how many plants per pot are recommended for 4-inch and 6-inch pots and hanging baskets, along with number of weeks to finish. Downloadable for free on iTunes. Download here>

Honda Power Equipment EB2000iPortable generator
Honda Power Equipment has introduced the EB2000i, an all-new, 2000-watt portable generator that offers inverter power with a maximum output of 2,000 watts with Honda’s fuel-efficient Eco-Throttle™. The Eco Throttle™ feature allows the generator to conserve fuel by varying engine rpm to produce only the power required to operate the equipment, improving fuel economy. Additionally, the EB2000i can operate from four to nine hours without the need for refueling, allowing the potential for working all day without interruption. Read more>

CK2510 model Kioti tractorCompact tractor
The new CK2510 model Kioti tractor is available with a 2-range manual or hydrostatic transmission and is outfitted with standard four-wheel drive, dry single clutch and a category I three-point hitch. Featuring suspended brake and clutch pedals to maximize the operator platform for ease of movement, the new CK2510 tractor delivers rear PTO speeds of 540 rpm, as well as a 1,203-pound lift capacity. Read more>

New Power Landscape Rakes from Worksaver, Inc.Power rakes
New Power Landscape Rakes from Worksaver, Inc. remove debris or sod to prepare seedbed surfaces to create a new lawn or renovate an existing lawn. These landscape rakes also pulverize and set grade on new construction sites. Models are available for compact/mini skid steers, skid steers and 3-pt PTO driven tractors. Features include flip-up end plates, flip-up gauge wheels, choice of carbide teeth or sabre teeth and material control bar. Replaceable bearing housings and triple seal bearings provide durability and serviceability. Read more>

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