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First Band Blitz Raises Awareness, Money for GreenCare for Troops
Music and laughter filled the air throughout a beautiful September evening in Delano, Minnesota as hundreds of people attended the first Band Blitz fundraiser in support of GreenCare for Troops (GCFT), a nationwide program providing free lawn and landscape services to eligible military families. Throughout the evening, three local bands took the stage to entertain and share the message of GCFT. Military families with a deployed service member and post-9/11 veterans with a service-connected disability are eligible to receive basic lawn and landscape services from program volunteers. More than $10,000 was raised through tickets sales, food and beverage and raffle ticket sales for chances to win Toro power equipment to help grow the program to help more military families in need. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Delano American Legion.

Registration Now Open for 2018 Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show
The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS), returning to Baltimore again this January for their 48th annual event, has announced that registration is now open for the 2018 show. Registration is now open online.

Western Nursery & Landscape Association Presents Hometown Habitat – Stories of Bringing Nature Home
The horticulture industry and the gardening public are invited to attend a showing of Hometown Habitat – Stories of Bringing Nature Home.  The screening is presented by Western Nursery & Landscape Association, in partnership with Suburban Lawn & Garden and Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co. It will take place November 1 at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Arts Theater in Overland Park, Kansas. Registration is now open.

Florida ‘s Nursery and Landscape Industry Suffers Significant Loss
As Hurricane Irma ripped through the state, Florida ‘s plant and tree nurseries suffered significant structural damages and expect sizeable crop losses. FNGLA reported that the post-storm labor situation will be even tighter as nurseries clean-up and get back to normal business. Florida’s landscape companies are already playing an important role in statewide clean-up. The greatest need is for large, commercial generators and fuel across South, Southwest and Central Florida areas. They also reported that:

  • Structural damage and crop losses are widespread throughout the Florida peninsula, yet nurseries are resilient and many have already resumed shipments.
  • While the winds have calmed, flooding remains a concern for some nurseries.
  • Many nurseries still have no power to run their irrigation systems which, in turn, increases the risk of crop losses.