Rocks, Blocks and Beyond...
July 16, 2012
Brooke Rockwell

What's in a Name?
Carl Linnaeus and the Linnaean binomial system of nomenclature. Read More

From the Drawing Board
Designer Anne Weinberger is no stranger to water use restrictions. This month she shows how a low-water landscape can still provide texture, color and that "wow" factor. Check out a few examples and find out about some of the features she recommends. Read More

In Your Own Words
Knock Out Roses or the Customer?
Is the customer always right? When a customer isn't happy with the performance of the plants that you installed, what's the best solution? Log on and share your advice. Read More


Hardscape North America Installation Demonstrations
Two full days of hardscape demonstrations are scheduled in the Hardscape North America Outdoor Arena. All demonstrations are eligible for ICPI Installer Continuing Education credit. Read More

Growth and Promotions at Ruppert Landscape
Ruppert Landscapes has acquired selected assets from Eco Scapes in Raleigh, N.C., and expanded its Virginia operations to include a branch in Lorton, Va. Along with this growth, Ruppert has promoted David Keffer to the position of branch manager for the Lorton branch, and Justin Gibson has been named branch manager of the company's Gainesville, Va., landscape maintenance branch. Read More

Kobelco's 25,000th American-Made Excavator
The 25,000th excavator rolled off the assembly line at Kobelco's Calhoun, Ga. manufacturing facility. The SK350 Mar 9 Series full-sized excavator is headed to CLM Equipment Co., a Kobelco dealer based in Louisiana. Read More

Green Roof Installed in St. Paul
The LiveRoof Hybrid Green Roof System was selected for the 1,800-square-foot green roof that was installed on the new Anderson Center at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. The project is designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver standards. Bachman's, located in Minneapolis, Minn., vegetated the modules before installation. Read More

Tell Us Your STIHL Story Contest
STIHL wants to hear your story. Post your story about how a STIHL product has helped you accomplish a tough job, how you feel about your dealer, or just how STIHL products have made a difference to you. Read More

PLANET Renewal and Remembrance
PLANET's 16th annual Renewal and Remembrance volunteer service project took place on Monday, July 9, at Arlington National Cemetery. Read More

Report from John Deere Factory Tour
Have you ever wanted to know what goes into building the equipment you use? Sixty-seven landscape contractors had a chance to do just that as well as opportunity to get in the driver's seat and take the equipment for a spin. Find out what some of them thought about the experience. Read More

Farwest's New Varieties Showcase
This year's New Varieties Showcase at the 2012 Farwest Show will highlight more than 4 new plant varieties. The plants feature new colors and color combinations, are more floriferous, increasingly compact, and less water\dependent and more disease resistant. Read More

Hunter Introduces Water Savings Calculator
Hunter Industries now offers a free app, the Hunger Water Savings Calculator, designed to help system owners reduce water consumption, save money and promote healthy local environments. Read More

Attachment Comparison Videos Now on Bobcat's New Website
Bobcat Company has a new attachment section on its redesigned website. Current videos now online include augers, buckets, pallet forks, industrial grapples and soil conditioners. Read More

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August 8
Rise to the Top: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Basics for Green Industry Professionals. Webinar. For more information, visit
August 8-10
Summer Green Road Show. Hickory, N.C. For more information, visit
August 9
Wisconsin Nursery Association Summer Field Day & Trade Show. Wayside Nurseries, Mequon, Wis. To learn more, call 414-529-4705.
August 10
2012 Great Plains Summer Field Day. Oak Prairie Nursery, Lincoln, Neb. For more information, visit
August 10
SHADE: Southwest Horticulture Annual Day of Education. Renaissance Glendale Hotel, Glendale, Ariz. For details, visit
August 11
Equipment Field Day. Waimanalo, Hawaii. For details, visit
August 11; 15; 18
ACLP Soils & Fertilizer Workshop. Mesa Community College, Mesa; University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Phoenix; Pima Community College, Tucson. To learn more, visit
August 14
Tap Root Speaker Series: Sustainable Plants in the Public Landscape. St. Louis, Miss. For more information, visit
August 14-16
A Plant's Family Tree: Relationships Within the Plant Kingdom. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine. To learn more, visit
August 15
Are You Working IN Your Business or ON the Business? Webinar. For more information, visit
August 16-17
Design Seminar. Riverside, Ill. To learn more, visit
August 19-23
StormCon. Sheraton Downtown, Denver, Colo. For details, visit
August 16-19
TNLA Nursery & Landscape Expo. George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas. For more information, visit
August 22
How to Use Facebook as a Complement to Your Website & Other Marketing. Webinar. To learn more, visit
August 22
Irrigation 101. Irrigation Supply, Avon, Ohio. For more information, visit
August 23
Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association Summer Field Day. Hendricks County Fairgrounds, Danville, Ind.. For details, visit
August 23-25
Farwest Show. Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore. To learn more, visit

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