From the editors of American Nurseryman • August 27, 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 August issue.

Perennial Plant Association’s 2014 Grower AwardWalters Gardens honored by PPA
Walters Gardens has received the Perennial Plant Association’s 2014 Grower Award, presented to one PPA member each year “in recognition of being a grower who holds high standards of production, maintains high quality plants, and seeks innovation while respecting the requirements of the perennial industry,” according to the PPA. Read more>

Monrovia’s Nicholas StaddonNicholas Staddon gets iced
Monrovia’s Nicholas Staddon, the company’s spokesperson and Director of New Plants, took the ALS Ice Bucket challenge at this year’s Farwest Show in Portland, braving the icy waters to call attention to the ALS Association’s fight against Lou Gehrig disease. On Friday, August 22, Staddon took the splash in the Monrovia booth (which was protected by a few layers of plastic sheeting); he then promptly passed along the challenge to Spring Meadow’s Tim Wood. Since the ALS challenge began early this month, nearly $80 million in donations have been raised. Read more>

landscape architectsBusiness outlook brightens for LAs
A bit of good news for landscape architects: According to the latest survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects, there’s been a “marked rise in billable hours and inquiries for new work.” Nearly 85 percent of the landscape architects surveyed reported “stable to significantly higher inquiries” for new work—that’s a respectable increase from last quarter’s reported 80.2 percent. “The survey indicates widespread strengthening of the landscape architecture industry,” says Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. (Image © Afanddy Hushni | Dreamstime Stock Photos) Read more here and here.

overwintering losses of honey bee coloniesBayer reports European bee colonies improve
Directly from Bayer CropScience: “New field data from nearly 400,000 bee colonies from 21 countries in Europe and the Mediterranean show that overwintering losses of honey bee colonies—a leading indicator of general bee health—are at their lowest level in years. … ‘It is great to see that our bees came out of the 2013/2014 winter in the best shape seen over the past several years,’ says Dr. Christian Maus, Global Pollinator Safety Manager at Bayer CropScience. ‘These results are also very telling since the data relate to a season during which neonicotinoid-based crop protection products were in common use throughout Europe.’” Read more>

$100 gift card to Bass Pro ShopsVariegated Gardens wins AN gift card
Meri and Jerry Wallace of Variegated Gardens in Redmond, Oregon, won a $100 gift card to Bass Pro Shops at American Nurseryman's Farwest booth last week in Portland. A Tervis water tumbler was also included in the gift. Thanks for stopping by the booth! Read more>

People News

John Hoffman and David SanfordHoffman receives PPA award
John Hoffman, president of Hoffman Nursery Inc., has been presented with the Perennial Plant Association’s 2014 Service Award. The award recognizes a PPA member who has contributed considerable time and effort to the organization and has demonstrated leadership and outstanding service. Hoffman served as PPA President from 2009 to 2011 and was active on the membership committee for several years. Read more>

Ron KowalewskiKowalewski joins Hunter Industries
Ron Kowalewski has joined Hunter Industries as product manager to support the company’s fast-growing micro irrigation business segment. Read more>


Tyler PattonElyssa TrejoDow AgroSciences hires two reps
Tyler Patton and Elyssa Trejo have joined Dow AgroSciences’ turf and ornamental team as sales reps; Patton will cover Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia; Trejo will cover the Pacific Northwest. Read more>

Product Picks

Nandina BlushNandina
Now available in the Western U.S. exclusively from Village Nurseries, Nandina Obsession, Flirt and Blush are more compact, require less maintenance and less water than other selections. Obsession has a dense, compact habit with brilliant red new foliage and grows 2 to 3 feet tall. Flirt is the smallest of the three, growing only 1 to 2 feet and featuring full burgundy leaves. Blush Pink has light, rosy pink-on-green foliage that turns fiery red in colder weather. It grows 2 to 2.5 feet. All three are part of the Sunset Western Garden Collection. Read more>

Alstroemeria Princess LiliesPrincess Lilies
Eason Horticultural Resources has teamed with Royal Van Zantel to allow EHR customers to purchase Alstroemeria Princess Lilies. Royal Van Zanten currently markets 15 varieties, including ‘Elaine’ (pictured) and ‘Amina’, both of which bloom earlier, with richer color, than other selections. Varieties are available for shipment beginning week 44 through mid-February 2015 (week 8). Read more>

xxxGallery receives Federal registration
Dow AgroSciences announces that Gallery SC specialty herbicide—in a new, convenient liquid formulation—has received Federal registration. The easy-to-use suspension concentrate formulation provides excellent plant tolerance and long-lasting control of more than 95 species of broadleaf weeds—including chickweed, spurge and oxalis—for up to six to eight months, depending on environmental conditions. The new concentrated formula greatly reduces rinsing and disposal. Applied at a rate of 1 quart per acre, Gallery SC in the 2-gallon jug will cover 8¼ acres in a single container. Gallery SC is available in 1-quart and 2-gallon containers. Read more>

Fulcrum insect growth regulatorFulcrum insect growth regulator
Fulcrum insect growth regulator now is available through authorized OHP distributors. With its active ingredient pyriproxyfen, Fulcrum controls a number of troublesome pests on ornamentals, shrubs, foliage plants, flowering plants, and other plants; it is especially effective against whiteflies, fungus gnats and shoreflies, three pests that are extremely difficult to control. For maximum effectiveness, users should apply Fulcrum as part of an overall IPM program and rotate with products from a different mode of action (MOA). Fulcrum is both a contact and ingestion insecticide with translaminar activity. While it does not control adults, the product negatively affects development of viable eggs. Read more>

xxxBrass hose swivel
The new brass hose swivel from Dramm is a live swivel, meaning it swivels while under pressure, allowing for unencumbered movement between the hose and the watering tool. Kinks twist free seamlessly, without having to manually twist the hose. Watering is easier without having to fight the natural tension in the hose. The Brass Hose Swivel is machined from brass bar stock and is built for durability. Read more>

xxxMW landscaping guide
Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest describes 65 desirable tree species, their characteristics and their uses. Scott Zanon provides more than 325 color photographs to illustrate the appearance of each species, including height, shape, bark, flowers and seasonal colors—as well as other details that influence selection and siting. This guidebook also considers trees as a factor in overall environmental health and gives special consideration to the effects of the emerald ash borer, which continues to wreak havoc in wooded areas of the Midwest, offering replacement alternatives for vulnerable areas.  Read more>

Finally: Fun in Portland

Finally: Fun in Portland









Upcoming event
What: The Landscape Show
When: September 25 to 27
Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
Sponsor: Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association
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Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species, 2nd EditionBuy this book!
Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species, 2nd Edition
Now available for your Kindle!
• Features full-color photos and descriptions of some 175 alien species—both terrestrial and aquatic
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