Walters Gardens honored by Perennial Plant Association

Walters Gardens has received the Perennial Plant Association’s 2014 Grower Award, presented to one PPA member each year “in recognition of being a grower who holds high standards of production, maintains high quality plants, and seeks innovation while respecting the requirements of the perennial industry,” according to the PPA.

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Nicholas Staddon gets iced

Monrovia’s Nicholas Staddon, the company’s spokesperson and Director of New Plants, took the ALS Ice Bucket challenge at this year’s Farwest Show in Portland, braving the icy waters to call attention to the ALS Association’s fight against Lou Gehrig disease. On Friday, August 22, Staddon took the splash in the Monrovia booth (which was protected by a few layers of plastic sheeting); he then promptly passed along the challenge to Spring Meadow’s Tim Wood. Since the ALS challenge began in late July, nearly $95million in donations have been raised.

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Business outlook brightens for LAs

A bit of good news for landscape architects: According to the latest survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects, there’s been a “marked rise in billable hours and inquiries for new work.” Nearly 85 percent of the landscape architects surveyed reported “stable to significantly higher inquiries” for new work—that’s a respectable increase from last quarter’s reported 80.2 percent. “The survey indicates widespread strengthening of the landscape architecture industry,” says Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA.

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Bayer reports European bee colonies improve

Directly from Bayer CropScience: “New field data from nearly 400,000 bee colonies from 21 countries in Europe and the Mediterranean show that overwintering losses of honey bee colonies—a leading indicator of general bee health—are at their lowest level in years. … ‘It is great to see that our bees came out of the 2013/2014 winter in the best shape seen over the past several years,’ says Dr. Christian Maus, Global Pollinator Safety Manager at Bayer CropScience. ‘These results are also very telling since the data relate to a season during which neonicotinoid-based crop protection products were in common use throughout Europe.'”

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Hoffman receives PPA award

John Hoffman, president of Hoffman Nursery Inc., has been presented with the Perennial Plant Association’s 2014 Service Award. The award recognizes a PPA member who has contributed considerable time and effort to the organization and has demonstrated leadership and outstanding service. Hoffman served as PPA President from 2009 to 2011 and was active on the membership committee for several years.

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