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Study Found That Insecticide Can Cut Bee Sperm by 40 Percent
The Proceedings of the Royal Society B published a study that claims that thiamethoxam and clothianidin, two chemicals from the neonicotinoid family of insecticides, reduce living sperm in male honeybees by almost 40 percent.

San Diego County Flower & Plant Association Announces New Board Member
The San Diego County Flower and Plant Association has announced that Alan Fritz, owner of C.M.A. Growers Inc./Palm Acres will be joining the board of directors. Katia McLaughlin, production manager/head grower of Olive Hill Greenhouses, is also joining the board. Dustin Meador, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for The Center for Applied Horticulture Research (CfAHR).

2016 Farwest Show Guest Speaker Announced
The 2016 Farwest Show has welcomed Dan Hinkley of Heronsweed Nursery as a guest speaker to its educational program this year. Hinkley’s session, “Plants with Promise”, will offer perspectives on ways consumers can be more adventurous in their gardening without sacrificing durability, value and adaptability of chosen plants.

AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards Extends Deadline
The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year Awards (IGOTY) 2017. Growers of ornamentals now have until August 14 to submit their entries to the awards.

Village Nurseries Donates $10,000 in Plants to CURRENT:LA Water Public Arts Event
Village Nurseries Wholesale has donated $10,000 worth of California native low-water-use plants to the city of Los Angeles’ first public art biennial known as CURENT:LA. Los Angeles was one of four cities selected to receive $1 million for public art as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge.¬†For the landscaping, Village Nurseries provided Julia Phelps Ceanothus (Ceanothus Julia Phelps); California fuchsia (Zauschneria californica); Our Lord’s Candle (Yucca whipplei); Salvia California Blue Sage (‘Winifred Gilman’); and Dwarf Coyote Bush (Baccharis ‘Pigeon Point’), among other California native varieties.

All-America Selections Announces Deadline for Perennial Trial Entries
All-America Selections (AAS) and Perennial Plant Association (PSA) have launched a herbaceous perennial trial in 2015 with five entries and corresponding comparisons currently being planted and undergoing their first summer of evaluations. The organizations are now accepting entries for the 2017-2020 trial and the deadline is September 1, 2016. Entries will be sent to 24 trial sites beginning in early 2017. The first AAS Winners from the 2016 Perennial Trial entries will be announced in 2020.

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