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hri-infographic-tradeflowsHRI Infographic Highlights Trade Flow Survey Results
The Horticultural Research Institute has released “Where Do Plants Go,” an infographic using recent statistics collected by researchers and published in The Journal of Environmental HorticultureThe infographic showcases the interregional trade of plant products data collected in the National Green Industry Survey conducted by the Green Industry Research Consortium. The survey was supported by a grant from the Horticultural Research Institute. Highlights include states with highest out-of-state plant sales, regions representing most plant purchases and changes in plant sales by region from 2008 to 2013. 

America in Bloom Award Winners Announced
America in Bloom has announced award winners from the 
AIB symposium and awards program in Arroyo Grande, California. The winners are as follows:

Population Category Awards

  • Less Than 3,000 – Castle Rock, Washington
  • 3,000 – 5,000 – Lewisburg, West Virginia
  • 5,000 – 10,000 – Logan, Ohio
  • 10,000 – 14,000 – Morro Bay, California
  • 14,000 – 20,000 – Holliston, Massachusetts
  • 20,000 – 30,000 – Calabasas, California
  • 30,000 – 50,000 – Midland, Michigan
  • More than 50,000 – Lexington, Kentucky
  • Champions Category – Small Cities – Gallipolis, Ohio
  • Champions Category – Mid-Size Cities – Washington, Missouri

Outstanding Achievement Awards

  • Environmental Efforts – Holland, Michigan
  • Landscaped Areas – St Charles, Illinois
  • Urban Forestry – Saratoga, California
  • Floral Displays – Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Community Involvement – Edmonston, Maryland
  • Heritage Preservation – Winter Park, Florida
  • Overall Impression – Belpre, Ohio

Special Awards

  • Most Impressive Pollinator Garden – Washington, Missouri
  • Most Successful Implementation of a New Project – Venice, Florida
  • Most Striking Public Wall Mural – Henderson County, North Carolina
  • Best Use of Local Bloom Committee Logo – Ironton, Ohio
  • Best Adaptive Reuse of an Historic Structure – Brewton, Alabama
  • Coolest Downtown – Holland, Michigan
  • Best Program for Engaging Yong People – Catskill, New York
  • Best Example of Water Wise Gardening – Arroyo Grande, California
  • Best Heritage Tree Program – Morro Bay, California
  • Best Combination of Plants in Hanging Baskets – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

The following cities have achieved the rank of “Circle of Champions” which is for cities that have a combination of three population category wins and/or outstanding achievement awards: Belpre, Ohio; Calabasas, California; Holliston, Massachusetts; Logan, Ohio; and Winter Park, Florida.

Plug & Cutting Conference Draws International Attendance
AmericanHort’s Plug & Cutting Conference drew an international audience with attendees from Australia, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Attendees gathered in Carlsbad, California on September 19 through 21 and ranged from mid-level to high-experience growers. The event included a Grower Tour, Bio-Control Workshop, 32 educational sessions and a trade show.

Interactive Learning Centers at 2017 Western
2017 Western exhibitors
will be having interactive education sessions at their booths during the show January 19 to 20 in Kansas City. The sessions are designed for attendees to join in on the conversation and ask questions or share experiences while learning about new plants, landscaping techniques and horticultural trends. Exhibitors and sessions include:

Ball Horticultural Company

  • Men in the Garden: Recent trends in garden center retail show that age 18-34 guys are a great demographic to target
  • Social Media for Garden Centers
  • 4-Season Mixed Containers: How to wow customers – four times each year

Greenleaf Nursery Company

  • Problem-Solving Plants
  • Garden Debut and Greenleaf Nursery New Plants
  • Achieving Predictable Quality

Loma Vista Nursery

  • New Plants and Pests
  • Transportation E-Log and Logistics
  • Belgard—Elements
  • Belgard—Design Studio
  • Why Hardscapes Fail
  • Good replacements for Ash trees