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HRI Accepting Grant Proposals
The Horticultural Research Institute is seeking research proposals for projects that will produce new knowledge and lead to applied advice for the green industry. Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals for research in the areas of horticultural marketing and consumer purchasing practices, pest and disease management and control, and sustainable production and environmental resource management. Additional guidelines and information can be found on the Horticultural Research Institute website.

HRI Accepting Scholarship Applications
Scholarships totaling $18,500 for the 2017-2018 school year are made possible by seven special HRI endowment funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. HRI and its member firms consider graduating students in horticulture to be the lifeblood of the green industry. The scholarship application and prerequisite information are available on the Horticultural Research Institute website.

FNGLA’s Spring Education Series Focuses on Design Principles, Profitability
FNGLA’s Education on the Go!’s Spring Series brings a complete design gamut for businesses who want to Grow, Prosper and Succeed in today’s competitive market. FNGLA is offering two amazing design sessions aimed at strengthening your business acumen and increasing your business’ profitability. Both sessions take place in Orlando at Harry P. Leu Gardens. Register here

  • April 20: Creating the Ultimate Landscape Design
  • April 21: Seasonal Color, Start to Profitable Finish

Garden Conservancy Open Days Program
The Garden Conservancy announced the 2017 Open Days season, a passport to visit hundreds of private gardens across the country and to participate in a host of intimate special programs with garden experts in a wide range of fields. Now available for purchase, the 2017 Open Days Directory is a soft-cover book detailing the schedule of Open Days gardens and special programs. It includes garden and program descriptions written by garden owners and event hosts, with detailed driving directions plus a complementary ticket for admission to one private garden. The directory includes garden listings in eighteen states and costs $27.95 including shipping.

2017 Florida Flower Trials
The 2017 Florida Flower Trials will take place on May 18 and 19 and will take attendees on tours of the trial areas around the Central Florida area including: Harry P. Leu Gardens; the University of Florida/IFAS Orange County Extension’s Exploration Garden; and, the Walt Disney World Nursery along with a special viewing of Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival. FNGLA Members can attend the conference for just $175 ($200 after May 15). Nonmembers pay $210 ($235 after May 15). Registration can be found on their website

AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards
The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) invites the ornamentals horticulture industry to the AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2018, sponsored by Headline Partner, Royal Flora Holland. It will take place January 23, 2018 in Essen, Germany, alongside Event Partner, IPM Essen 2018, the awards recognise best practice in horticultural production by the top ornamental production nurseries from around the globe. This year saw nine ornamental growers, from Belgium, China, Colombia, Denmark, The Netherlands, Russia and UK reach the finals, with Flores El Capiro S.A., Colombia, winning AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) 2017.