From the editors of American Nurseryman • March 20, 2014

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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 March issue.

Garden Centers of AmericaGCA plans summer tour in San Francisco
Garden Centers of America has announced its summer tour lineup, with a roster of 16 diverse destinations in the San Francisco area. The tour is scheduled for June 22 to 25. In addition to visits to the outstanding venues, GCA plans a special presentation and reception honoring Ernest Wertheim, principal of the international garden center design firm Wertheim, Van Der Ploeg & Klemeyer. Garden center stops include Alden Lane Nursery; Almaden Valley Nursery; Annie’s Annuals & Perennials; Armstrong Garden Centers; Bushnell Gardens Nursery, Home & Garden Shop; Flora Grubb Gardens; Green Acres Nursery & Supply; High Hand Nursery; Navlet’s Garden Centers; Orchard Nursery & Florist; Sloat Garden Center; SummerWinds Nursery; Wegman’s Nursery and Yamagami’s Nursery. Tour participants will also visit Apple Headquarters and the Computer History Museum. Read more>

Aquascape Foundation volunteersAquascape installs rainwater system in Ghana
A team of Aquascape Foundation volunteers recently installed a 25,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system at the International Needs Network School in Kanuwloe, Ghana. The newly installed RainXchange® rainwater harvesting system provides clean drinking water for approximately 700 school children and their families year-round and creates the ability to prepare one hot meal per day. Read more>

Bilmore International Rose TrialsBilmore International Rose Trials set for May
The Biltmore Estate, located in Asheville, N.C., once again will host its International Rose Trials competition, this year scheduled for May 24 in Biltmore’s historic Walled Garden. During the competition, international and permanent juries will conduct the final round of judging for a trial group of 29 roses planted in 2012. Roses entered this year are from Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. Read more>

wildflower bloomsClimate change affects wildflower bloom times
The Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte is widely known for its wildflowers—for decades, the area has played host to thousands of visitors for its annual wildflower festival. But the timing of this popular and much-anticipated event may have to change, thanks to the effect that climate change appears to have on the timing of blooms. A 39-year study by University of Maryland biology professor David Inouye shows that local wildflowers are blooming a month earlier than in 1974, when he first began to observe them, with blooms peaking earlier, continuing later and overlapping differently. Flowers that once bloomed at the same time now have staggered their displays, and bloom times appear to be changing rapidly. According to the research, the date of the first spring flower has advanced more than 6 days per decade during the course of the study. Flowering season is about a month longer than it used to be, which is quite lovely for tourists, but may have a strong impact on pollinating insects and migratory birds, including hummingbirds that depend on wildflower nectar. (Photo courtesy of David Inouye) Read more>

American Dream BuildersMonrovia supplies plants for design show
Get out the popcorn! This Sunday, March 23, a new design competition show will premier on NBC, and Monrovia plants will be featured among the materials spec’d. “American Dream Builders,” in which designers and home builders are challenged to redesign and renovate a space from the inside out—all in a matter of days—will be hosted by designer Nate Berkus. The show airs at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7 Central. Read more>

People News

Allan DufoeDufoe named nursery greenhouse specialist
Allan Dufoe has been named FMC Corporation Turf & Ornamental key account manager with primary responsibility for the nursery and greenhouse market. Dufoe previously was a market specialist for FMC, covering the Turf & Ornamental market for the Mid-Atlantic region. Read more>

Ryan ZookZook appointed international sales manager
Ryan Zook has been appointed International Sales Manager for Barenbrug USA. Read more>


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xxxColocasia ‘Morning Dew’
From PlantHaven: Colocasia ‘Morning Dew’, a great impulse plant with a long seasonal interest. Glossy, fresh, tropical green foliage sports flamboyant chartreuse markings and veins, reaching a medium height of 36 inches with a similar spread at maturity. Read more>

Peters® Professional Liquid S.T.E.M.™Micronutrient supplement
Peters® Professional Liquid S.T.E.M.™ provides the same high-quality, micronutrients as its predecessor, but copper, iron, manganese and zinc are now in soluble and available chelated forms, and the entire product is in a handy, ready-to-mix, liquid formulation. As a “C” (Customizing) component, it can be used with all Peters Professional formulations; Liquid S.T.E.M. is compatible with most fertilizers, making it a simple, effective way to improve almost any plant nutrition program. Liquid S.T.E.M. is effective as a drench or a foliar spray, and growers can apply it as a continuous feed or use it as a “rescue treatment” for stressed plants suffering from micronutrient deficiencies. Read more>

F-Clean ETFE films from AGC Chemicals Americas Inc.Greenhouse film
F-Clean ETFE films from AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. provide more than 93 percent light transmittance and the highest UV transmission—more than glass, polyethylene or polycarbonate—helping to speed crop growth, improve quality and increase yield. F-Clean membranes are self-extinguishing and available in clear, diffused and UV-blocking versions. The ETFE fluoropolymer chemistry produces long lasting performance, low reflection and refraction rates, very low surface energy, anti-drip coating and diffused film option. Read more>

Design Pro LED Path LightColor temp option for LED lights
Kichler has added a 2700 Kelvin color temperature option for select Design Pro LED products, including the 2-in-1 Water Accent Light; Deck Light, Path Light and Wall Wash. The new 2700K warm-white LED light option is said to be ideal for projects where warmer tones are desired, and enhances the yellow, orange and red hues in foliage or the natural earth tones found in siding and other building materials. Read more>

Qwik CaliperCaliper
Simple and compact, the Qwik Caliper (from Qwik Caliper) measures trees and other round objects up to 13 inches in diameter in two ranges. Just clamp the blades so that the zero marks meet at the V; then place the caliper astride the tree and read the outside diameter where the scales touch the trunk. Read more>

Upcoming event
What: 2nd Annual Native Plant Show
When: April 10 to 11
Where: Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Building, Kissimmee, Fla.
Sponsors: Florida Association of Native Nurseries
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Concepts in Integrated Pest ManagementBuy this book!
Concepts in Integrated Pest Management
This book presents readers with the basic principles of integrated pest management as they apply to plant pathogens, weeds, nematodes, mollusks, arthropods and vertebrates. It reinforces the wisdom and soundness of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to crop protection, which attempts to limit the detrimental effects of pests in ways that are environmentally, economically, and socially acceptable. Includes diagrams and photographs as well as case histories and practical examples. Looks at the historical development of pest management, as well as IPM in the future. For pest management consultants and advisors, environmental issues specialists, gardeners, and public affairs activists.
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