Winning plants at Farwest

Farwest’s New Varieties Showcase yielded some awesome winners this year, including Spring Fleecing Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus ‘Spring Fleecing’), offered by Heritage Seedlings Inc., which took Best in Show; and Lemon Lace elderberry (Sambucus racemosa ‘SMNSRD4’ PPAF, CBRAF), introduced by Proven Winners® ColorChoice® and Fisher Farms LLC. Pictured is the newly introduced Oregon Snowflake (Ribes sanguineum ‘Oregon Snowflake’ PPAF), a new flowering currant bred by Dr. Ryan Contreras at Oregon State University, which debuted at the show.

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HRI launches new initiatives

The Horticultural Research Institute has announced the development of three new initiatives to further support the green industry and increase its strength in the marketplace. They include a Collaborative Garden Retail Research program;Collaborative AmericanHort Research Fund and a Collaborative Pollinator Stewardship Initiative.

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National Garden Bureau launches philanthropic program

The National Garden Bureau’s new “Growing for Futures” program, developed to build therapeutic gardens, is nearing its first goal of raising $10,000 in donations. The NGB’s long-term goal is to raise $50,000 in cash and supplies to help support the garden project. The first beneficiary of funds is Chicago’s Growing Solutions Farm, a vocational program that serves, educates and trains young adults with autism.

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NASS gearing up for census

It happens only once every few years, and it takes only a few minutes to participate.The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service soon will be asking for your help with the 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties. Around the third week of December, nursery producers will receive their official forms, and it’s hard to overstate the importance of your honest and timely answers. Data from this census are used for things like funding programs for specialty growers. So please, when that NASS survey arrives, take a moment to complete it.

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Vans Pines celebrates 80 years

Congratulations to Vans Pines Nursery on the company’s 80th anniversary,which was observed in August with a two-day field day event featuring speakers from Michigan State University as well as tours of the Vans Pines property. Vans Pines is a third-generation nursery run by Gary Van Slooten and his wife, Sharon. Pictured are the office staff: Don, Annette,Gary, Anita, Kaitlin and Shayna.

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Svensson observes 25 years in the US

Ludwig Svensson was established way back in 1887, but its presence in the Americas began 25 years ago, offering cutting-edge screening to provide growers more effective climate control. The Americas office now offers 70 different screens, differing in shade level,energy savings and use.

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