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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 April issue.

xxxNLAE elects new leadership
The Nursery & Landscape Association Executives of North America has installed new leadership:
• Sandy Munley, Ohio Landscape Association, president
• Jeff Stone, Oregon Association of Nurseries, president-elect
• Dominick Mondi, New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association, vice president
• Tony DiGiovanni, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, director
• Vanessa Finney, Maryland Nursery & Landscape Association, director
• Linda Reindl, Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association, director
Cheryl Goar, Arizona Nursery Association, was appointed past president; Michael Geary of AmericanHort serves as the group’s executive director. Read more>

PLANET - Professional Landscape NetworkPLANET elects new leadership, too
PLANET has announced its new board of directors for the fiscal year beginning May 1:
• Jim McCutcheon, HighGrove Partners LLC, president
• Scott Jamieson, Bartlett Tree Experts, president-elect
• Glenn H. Jacobsen, Jacobsen Landscape Design & Construction Inc., immediate past president
Directors at large include Jason Becker, Caterpillar Inc.; Michael Byrne, Hunter Lane LLC; Jon Cundiff, Weed Man—Kansas City; Joy Diaz, Landcare Inc.; Kristin Fefes, Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado; Tom Fochtman, Ceibass Venture Partners; Bill Horn, Terracare Associates; Zach Johnson, Colorado State University; Brett Lemcke, R.M. Landscape Inc.; Paul McDonough, Agrium Advanced Technologies; Michael McShane, Green Source Solutions LLC; Shayne Newman, Yard Apes Inc.; Roger Phelps, STIHL Inc.; Barb Stropko, New Desert Gallery Inc. Read more>

Horticultural Research Institute (HRI)HRI calls for scholarship applications
Know a promising hort student? The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) has announced it has $21,000 in scholarship money ready to help budding scholars who are preparing for a lifelong career in horticulture. Funds for academic year 2014-2015 are available from seven separate endowments, and interested applicants are urged to apply soon—the deadline is May 31. Tell those students to apply online—follow the link here to access the application. Read more>

Brigham Young University researchTree rings reveal “nightmare” droughts
With nearly half of the country experiencing drought conditions—yet again!—it’s interesting to read about research out of Brigham Young University that reveals evidence of killer droughts throughout the Western U.S., extending back almost 600 years. By analyzing the rings of drought-sensitive tree species, BYU professor Matthew Bekker found that a 16-year-long drought began in 1703; the Weber River in Utah flowed at 13 percent of normal in 1580; and the most severe drought in the record occurred in 1492, the year Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Leif Erikson fans will appreciate this: Bekker discovered that four of the five worst droughts all happened during Columbus’ lifetime. (Photo courtesy of Brigham Young University) Read more>

Segway O Ornamental FungicideOHP launches Segway O
OHP Inc. has entered into a marketing partnership with ISK Biosciences Corp. to add Segway O Ornamental Fungicide to the company’s product portfolio. As part of the agreement, OHP will provide sales and technical support for Segway O to production ornamental growers. Segway O provides control of oomycete diseases such as pythium, phytophthora crown and root rot, phytophthora aerial blight and downy mildews. OHP will deliver Segway O in a 16-ounce container that accommodates the average greenhouse and nursery user. OHP Inc. is a leading supplier of pest control solutions for the ornamental industry; ISK Biosciences Corp. is a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Japan-based Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd. Read more>

People News

Patrick GibsonGibson joins Senninger
Patrick Gibson has joined Senninger Irrigation as the company’s marketing assistant, where he will assist the sales and marketing teams to coordinate sales and trade show events, research promotional opportunities and coordinate media strategies. Read more>

Zachary JohnsonJohnson named PLANET educator of the year
Zachary Johnson, Landscape Industry Certified, PLA, associate professor of Landscape Design and Contracting and the Landscape Business programs at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, has been named 2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year by PLANET’s Academic Excellence Foundation. Read more>

Hot Products

Natural Garden Natives product offeringsPint-size Natural Garden Natives
Midwest Groundcovers has added pint-size pots to its spring 2014 Natural Garden Natives product offerings. This premier native plant collection includes 245 plants that are indigenous to the Midwest region and genetically adapted to Illinois soil and climate conditions. Stock plants and seedbeds originated from plants collected within a 90-mile radius of the St. Charles nursery site. Native plants require no chemical fertilizers, little or no pesticides and little or no water. These region-specific plants provide food and shelter for wildlife, enhance ecological diversity, and improve water quality. Natural Garden Natives® plants are available at Independent Garden Centers (IGCs) throughout the Chicagoland area. Read more here and here.

TerraClean 5.0 from Biosafe SystemsTerraClean 5.0
TerraClean 5.0 from Biosafe Systems is an activated peroxygen liquid concentrate that is effective for the control of soil borne diseases like Erwina, Fusarium, Phytophthora, Pythium, Rhizoctonia, Thielaviopsis and Verticullium. TerraClean 5.0 works by surface contact with the soils being treated, reducing the potential of spreading disease through the greenhouse and nursery crops, preventing an epidemic and severe plant loss. TerraClean 5.0 has no mutational resistance and does not produce any visible residue or odor. TerraClean will help with root and stem disease control and can be applied during all stages of the growing season. Read more>

Aquascape UltraKlean Biological Pressure FilterBiological pressure filter
Aquascape has introduced its UltraKlean biological pressure filter, featuring a high-output ultraviolet clarifier with integrated electronic bulb-saver feature. Other benefits include: efficiently traps dirt and debris and eliminates green water; includes Aquascape UltraKlean Bio-Media and T-5 high-output ultraviolet clarifier/stabilizer; cleaning indicator light that signals when filter requires backwashing; electronic ballast ensures optimum wattage and bulb output. Available in two sizes: UltraKlean 2000 treats ponds up to 2,000 gallons and UltraKlean 3500 treats ponds up to 3,500 gallons. Read more>

Bobcat-E35i-2HRTier 4 excavators
Bobcat has release two new Tier 4 excavators, featuring increased fuel efficiency and a new forward-mount instrumentation system. The Bobcat I32i Excavator has conventional tail swing; 24.8 hp Tier 4 diesel engine; operating weight of 7,183 pounds; dig depth of 10.2 feet; reach at ground level of 16.3 feet; and bucket digging force of 6,969 lbf. The Bobcat E35i Excavator has zero tail swing; 24.8 hp Tier 4 diesel engine; operating weight of 7,468 pounds; dig depth of 10.2 feet; reach at ground level of 17.2 feet; and bucket digging force of 6,968 lbf. Read more>

Outdoor speakers from Niles AudioOutdoor speakers
Outdoor speakers from Niles Audio deliver superior quality to liven any back yard. The RSPro Series, configured as landscape rocks, features a new NoFade™ Protective Finish and four-layer fiberglass weave that can withstand all outdoor elements. The Planter Speakers blend into outdoor décor, and the Niles GSS10, 10-inch In-Ground Subwoofer pumps out loud, theater quality bass. Read more>

Spectrum TechnologiesSpectrum’s blog
Check out the blog from Spectrum Technologies, covering all manner of plant topics. Called “If Plants Could Talk,” the site covers turf, evapotranspiration, wireless communications … you name it. Read more>

Finally: EAB takes its toll

EAB takes its toll

Upcoming event
What: AAS Summer Summit/Road Trip
When: June 16 to 19
Where: Charlotte and Asheville, N.C.
Sponsor: All-America Selections
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Tree Gardens: Architecture and the ForestBuy this book!
Tree Gardens: Architecture and the Forest
From their early use as protective shelter to the felling of thousands of trees to harvest wood and create farmland, to more recent attempts at conservation, trees remain one of mankind’s greatest resources. But aside from their purely practical uses, trees are appreciated for their beauty and have long served as important elements in designed landscapes. Tree Gardens is the first book to focus on what author Gina Crandell calls the “largest living architectural structures”—masses of trees that form expressive spaces on sites all over the world. Each case study—from the grand park at Versailles, to New York City’s 9/11 Memorial Forest—explains how the scale, context, species, and spacing of trees on a particular site establish its expressive structure. Featuring engaging text and beautiful images, this much-needed book combines useful how-to aspects of tree planting with theoretical discourse on tree garden design and will be an important resource for students, landscape architects, and horticulturists alike.
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