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Bachman’s and Macy’s celebrate America the Beautiful with flowers
   minneapolis — The 2016 Macy’s Flower Show March 20-April 3 with gardens by Bachman’s, here, celebrated our nation’s natural beauty under the banner America the Beautiful, as visitors took a floral tour of the United States. From the Northeast’s coastal grasses to the Southwest’s desert cactus, and from the Midwest’s fruited plains to the hardy plants of the majestic Rockies, along with the Northwest’s varied microclimate plant life to the Southeast’s... Read more
The Kee Kitayama Research Foundation has awarded the California Cut Flower Commission $70,000 to advance key areas of research and sustainability for California’s flower farmers, according to a news release. Up to $40,000 of the funding will be used to help further develop and advance the commission’s recently launched sustainability certification program, BloomCheck. The remaining $30,000 will fund outside research programs with scientists at universities and... Read more
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge had a new flower named after her, according to a news release. Dutch chrysanthemum breeder Deliflor posted a photo of the unique pink and green chrysanthemum on Facebook a few days after the birth of Princess Charlotte on May 2, 2015, launching a competition to name it. The winning suggestion to name the baby-pink, disbudded chrysanthemum after Princess Charlotte came from John Heemskerk, Beeknkamp’s UK sales representative, so... Read more
National Peony Convention  is June 1-5 in Green Bay, Wisc.
The American Peony Society is holding its annual convention at the Hyatt Regency Green Bay June 1-5 in Green Bay, WI, according to a news release. The convention will feature garden tours, bus trips to popular peony nurseries throughout the state, a flower show, educational seminars and more. Local peony hybridizer Nate Bremer, owner at Solaris Farms in Reedsville, will be exhibiting thousands of peonies in display gardens during the convention and will also... Read more
Castleberry gets MFA Lifetime Achievement Award at expo
The Michigan Floral Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Wayne Castleberry, former chief executive officer at MAC Technologies in Richmond, VA, during the Great Lakes Floral Expo in Grand Rapids, MI, according to a news release. Wayne CastleberryCastleberry has created numerous post-harvest products used by florists worldwide, including the Transporter 10 van delivery system and Arrive Alive packaging for hydrating bouquets. An innovator,... Read more
Millennials are choosing to live in smaller spaces with little or no yards, so Costa Farms has introduced a new series of idea books to help this generation of gardeners bring plants into their lives, according to a news release. The latest eBook release, Grow Gorgeous Container Gardens, covers all the basics — from selecting easy-care plants, to creating the perfect design, to caring for containers throughout the season. “Our research has shown that millennials... Read more
Garden retailers should prepare now for National Pollinator Week
National Pollinator Week is June 20-26 and garden center customers are hungry for ways they can help build up and protect local pollinator numbers, according to a news release. Garden retailers have the opportunity to meet consumer demands and create more awareness through events, focused displays and community outreach. The showy outer ray petals of sunflowers help attract pollinators. National Pollinator Week is June 20-26.“Garden retailers have a particularly... Read more
After 33 years in its location, the Society of American Florists and the American Floral Endowment moved in mid-April to a new location about two miles away, according to a news release. With the new prime location in Alexandria, VA, SAF will own 100 percent of a 9,000-square-foot office condo on the second floor of a six-story building that houses 22 other associations and nonprofits. The previous 13,000-square-foot location was purchased by SAF in 1983. “The... Read more
Mayesh Wholesale Florist announced the opening of a new wholesale floral distribution business in Houston, according to a news release. The Houston branch, which opened on April 11, is the 17th wholesale location and the first in the state of Texas for Mayesh. The Houston operation will offer a fresh inventory of novelty and high-end flowers sourced from around the world, as well as non-perishable floral supplies. “We are thrilled to establish a business in the... Read more
Scholarships totaling $20,000 for the 2016-17 school year are available from the Horticultural Research Institute’s endowment funds, to aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture, according to a news release. The application deadline is May 31 for the following 2016 scholarships: •The Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow Jr. Scholarship, one at $3,000. •The Usrey Family Scholarship, one at $1,000. •The Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship,... Read more
New technologies make  dry-packed flowers more cost-effective for supermarkets
A supermarket floral director not only needs to choose which flowers to purchase for their floral departments — variety, cultivar and color — but also the best shipping method. Today’s standard options are shipping flowers dry-packed, wet-packed, or a hybrid of both. Currently, 88 percent of all cut flowers enter the United States through Miami International Airport — with Los Angeles International Airport a distant second — after their journey from Colombia,... Read more
Kellie Walters awarded AFE scholarship
The Paul Ecke Jr. Scholarship was established in 2010 and honors the late Paul Ecke Jr., who made significant contributions to the floriculture industry and believed strongly in research and education, according to a news release. The merit-based scholarship has been funded by industry contributions and the Ecke family to assist in funding the education of floriculture graduate students at land-grant institutions. Kellie WaltersKellie Walters was awarded AFE’s... Read more
The fifth edition of the International Floriculture Trade Expo will be held June 8-10 at the Oshwal Centre in Nairobi (Parklands), Kenya, according to a news release. The industrywide event serves all segments of the East African and African floriculture chain —breeders, propagators, growers, cargo and trade suppliers. However, its emphasis in on the strong participation of nearly all existing flower growers in Kenya. The three-day expo offers a unique platform... Read more
The Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Connections: Floral Anaheim scheduled for June 9 will offer floral supply chain attendees — from breeders to wholesalers to retailers -— the opportunity to tap into the latest trends, meet with prospective buyers, and learn how to grow your business, according to a news release. The one-day event, held at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, provides dedicated time for attendees to connect with supermarket and... Read more
Jeremy Kingsley to address sold-out Cultivate
AmericanHort announced that Jeremy Kingsley would be one of the keynote speakers for Cultivate ’16 in Columbus, OH, July 9-12. Kingsley, a best-selling author and speaker, will present “Inspired People Produce Results” on July 10, according to a news release. Jeremy KingsleyKinglsey asserts that people are your No. 1 asset, and the quality of your relationship with people — called “relational equity” — will spell the difference between success and failure. Kingsley... Read more
Retail futurist Stephens to keynote at IFE
Doug Stephens has been called “one of the most influential retail futurists on the planet as he shows companies how to stay ahead of the changing mega-trends in demographics, economics and technology that are resetting the industry,” according to the International Floriculture Expo’s website. Stephens will be the keynote speaker at the three-day event June 20-22 at McCormick Place in Chicago. “We’re thrilled to have Doug Stephens as the keynote,” Lora Burns,... Read more
AIFD National Symposium July 3-7 in Anaheim, Calif.
The American Institute of Floral Designers National Symposium, under the banner “Inspiration,” will take place July 3-7 in Anaheim, CA, according to a news release. The five-day event will feature high-level stage presentations from international talent and emerging designers from the USA. Floral industry professionals networked during the Leadership Gala at AIFD’s 2015 Symposium in Denver.“Every floral designer’s journey is different and that’s the beauty of... Read more
Blooming  of Beloit nets grower award
  The Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association presented Blooming of Beloit with the 2016 Grower of the Year award at its annual convention in April. Shlomo Danieli with the Grower of the Year award. “It was an exciting weekend for us at the WUMFA convention in Green Bay, WI, where we had a booth presenting both Israel and Beloit products,” Shlomo Danieli, owner at Blooming of Beloit, told The Produce News. “It was an honor for Blooming of Beloit... Read more
Texas flower grower suffers weather woes right before Easter
After growing flowers for more than 25 years in Blanco, Texas, Frank and Pamela Arnosky, owners at Arnosky Family Farms and Texas Specialty Cut Flowers, are no strangers to farming weather challenges, but this spring they experienced a triple punch right before a floral holiday. “We had a rough week leading up to Easter,” Frank Arnosky told The Produce News. “We don’t normally have much production for an Easter in March, but this year we had a mild winter and... Read more
Certification: What is it, why does it exist, and what’s in it for me?
There has been a proliferation of certification programs in the floriculture, horticulture, and agri-food supply chains. Their existence has had a range of effects, one of which is confusion by retailers as to what they mean and which ones, if any, to support. Unfortunately, the ultimate answer is for each person or retailer to evaluate each program on its merits, based on information available, particularly on a program’s website. However, understanding a few... Read more