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Audubon North Carolina Plant Initiative Begins this Spring
Audubon North Carolina is furthering its mission to protect birds and the places they need – including backyards and other landscaped spaces – by announcing three programs this spring as part of an effort to get one million bird-friendly native plants in the ground this year. The National Audubon Society Plants for Birds Signs program helps spread the word about the importance of bird-friendly native plants by distributing signs to bird-lovers as part of a goal to get one million native plants in the ground. Bird champions simply donate $25 to the National Audubon Society and they receive an aluminum sign ready to put in their yard.

All-America Selections and Crescent Containers Provide Combination Container Videos
All-America Selections and Crescent Garden have introduced the video results of a collaborative project using garden bloggers to create a combination container using AAS Winners and a Crescent Garden Black Juno light weight resin container. Videos can also be viewed from the AAS Website.

Project EverGreen Looking for Volunteers for Nationwide Programs
Project EverGreen needs volunteers for two of its key nationwide programs that serve military families and disabled veterans. GreenCare for Troops and SnowCare for Troops match green industry volunteers with families of deployed military personnel, and post 9/11 veterans with service-connected injuries or disabilities, to lend a much appreciated and welcome hand. If you register to be a GreenCare or SnowCare for Troops volunteer by April 30 and agree to help at least one family in your area, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Home Depot gift card.

2017 is the Year of the Rose
National Garden Bureau has presented the Year of the Rose in partnership with the American Rose Society. The rose industry is divided into 3 main areas, the Fragrance industry, the Fresh Flower/Florist industry and the Garden industry.

Ball Horticultural Company Acquires Kordes Licensing Rights From Newflora
Ball Horticultural Company purchased the assets of Newflora LLC, which included the master license to sell an extensive line of garden and potted rose offerings throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since 2003, Newflora has been the exclusive agent for Kordes. The transaction transfers the Kordes garden rose license management to Star® Roses and Plants, and the Kordes potted rose license management to Ball Ingenuity.