From the editors of American Nurseryman • July 17, 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 July issue.

Water restrictionsCalifornia implements historic water restrictions
California’s State Water Resources Control Board has approved an emergency regulation to address the use of water under continuing extreme and exceptional drought conditions. According to the board, “Most Californians use more water outdoors than indoors. In some areas, 50 percent or more of daily water use is for lawns and outdoor landscaping.” Under the new regulation, which is expected to go into effect on or about August 1, “all Californians will be expected to stop washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; … and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.” Local agencies would be allowed to ask courts to fine water users up to $500 per day for failure to implement conservation requirements. The emergency regulation is expected to remain in effect for 270 days; it can be extended if drought conditions persist. (Photo courtesy of Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University; Read more here and here.

xxxxxAgricola teams with Master Nursery Garden Centers
Agricola Management Group has entered into an agreement with Master Nursery Garden Centers, wherein the garden center group will carry the HGTV HOME Plant Collection’s extensive line of products. The companies also will work to develop a joint grower and retailer network utilizing existing growers for both Agricola and MNGC, along with MNGC member garden centers. Read more>

xxxxxDarwin acquires Aris Hort perennial production location
Ball Hort’s division Darwin Perennials has acquired the Bogota, Colombia-based perennial unrooted cutting production facility of Aris Horticulture Inc. (formerly Yoder Brothers Inc.), strengthening Darwin’s supply chain in North America. With the decision, Aris Horticultural Services will cease its distribution activity; orders booked for delivery on or after August 1 will be serviced by Ball Seed Company. Read more>

monardaSeneca Nation to plant natives only
The Seneca Nation of Indians has committed to using only native plants in public landscaping on Seneca properties. Approved by the Seneca Tribal Council in New York, the planting policy stems from the tribe’s “Food is our Medicine” gardening program that was launched last year. The Senecas already have reintroduced nearly 30 native species on their lands, and are considering establishing a nursery to ensure a continuing supply of indigenous plants. (Photo courtesy of Catherine Herms, The Ohio State University; Read more>

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment FundMeadows scholarships go to 12 Southeastern students
The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund will award $1,500 each to 12 students from eight Southeastern universities at the SNA 2014 event in Atlanta July 23. Scholarship recipients are determined through a competitive application process, administered by a selection committee, based on academics, determination, demonstrated interest in the horticulture industry, and financial need. A total of $455,000 in scholarships money has been awarded since the fund was established in 1989. Read more>

CENTSCENTS to feature body language guru
Lean in. Or don’t: we’re not sure what that body language means. Find out at CENTS Marketplace 2015 in January, when Janine Driver, the New York Times best-selling author of “You Say More Than You Think” will deliver the keynote address. Driver is not only an author and frequent TV guest, she founded the Body Language Institute program. Read more>

People News

Billy DealDeal joins FNGLA
The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association has named Billy Deal director of association services. Deal will manage FNGLA’s relationships with members, exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers. Read more>


Mauricio ManotasManotas to lead Svensson
Mauricio Manotas has been appointed president of the Americas operations of Ludvig Svensson Inc. Read more>



Mike YannyYanny named 2014 Invader Crusader
The Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources named Mike Yanny, owner of JN Plant Selections LLC and senior horticulturist at Johnson’s Nursery in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, a 2014 Invader Crusader. Read more>

Hot Products

Costa Farms Desert Escape collectionDesert Escape collection
Costa Farms introduces its Desert Escape collection of bold, no-fuss cacti and succulents in a range of pot sizes and price points, including 306 packs, 1-quart, 2.5-quart, 3-quart and 2-gallon pots. Varieties include desert rose (red, pink or white flowers), low-growing echeveria and aloe, and upright cacti. Read more>

HOLDit from BioSafe SystemsHOLDit adjuvant
HOLDit from BioSafe Systems is an effective, easy-to-use adjuvant that reduces drift risk and maximizes pesticide performance. Used in a spray program, it’s said to increase the level of product efficacy and provide greater residual control. Specifically formulated to enhance the performance of ZeroTol 2.0, OxiPhos, & AXXE, HOLDit holds the active ingredient and effectively improves deposition. Read more>

Container Nursery Production and Business Management ManualNursery production manual
Written for wholesale nursery growers and propagators, the new “Container Nursery Production and Business Management Manual” from the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources includes 25 chapters of comprehensive, research-based information. Read more>

Emerald Coast Growers has released its 2014-2015 Resource GuideResource guide
Emerald Coast Growers has released its 2014-2015 Resource guide, featuring varietal and marketing information for the company’s perennials, grasses and tropicals. With more than 60 new varieties including additions to the popular Pennisetum Royal Collection and a hot new crop of Terra Nova Nurseries Heuchera, the offering continues to be one of the industry’s most diverse. The company’s Native Wonders collection of ornamental North American native grasses and perennials continues to expand, and succulents continue their boutique reign. Read more>

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