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Honeybees, which pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat, have been dying at unprecedented rates because of a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). The situation is so dire that in late June the White House gave a new task force just 180 days to devise a coping strategy to protect bees and other pollinators. The crisis is generally attributed to a mixture of disease, parasites, and pesticides.
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The National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, has announced the three crops that will be featured in the 2015 “Year of the” program.
For annuals, 2015 will be the Year of the Coleus.
For vegetables/edibles, 2015 will be the Year of the Sweet Pepper.
For perennials, 2015 will be the Year of the Gaillardia.
Coleus 'Kong Jr.,' Ball Horticultural. As always, the National Garden Bureau Board of Directors selects crops that are easy to grow and genetically diverse with a lot of new varieties to choose from. Breeders, growers, brokers and garden centers are urged to consider these flowers and plants when planning for the 2015 season as the publicity generated from this program is substantial. To view the publicity generated from past programs, visit the National Garden Bureau website and click on “Press Room.”
By November of this year, National Garden Bureau will have photos of numerous varieties of all three crops (provided by members) posted on its website. NGB also provides PDF’s of fact sheets, flyers, handouts, signage etc. After November 1, all of the above can be downloaded at no charge from the NGB website. These tools will help the home garden industry promote the crops to consumers and encourage gardening with these specific crop classes.
Photo courtesy of the National Garden Bureau.
Victor, N.Y. -- Joshua Henry, a senior at Ohio State University, was named the recipient of the American Floral Endowment: BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship. Students were evaluated on the basis of sound academic performance and a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Henry is a senior studying sustainable plant systems with a specialization in horticulture. His career goals include working in horticultural research and one day owning a greenhouse business. "I began volunteering in gardens over 10 years ago, and I have absolutely loved plants ever since," he said.
The BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship is intended for sophomore, junior, or senior students pursuing a career in floriculture. While it is not mandatory, it is strongly desired that the student be interested in furthering the use of Integrated Pest Management ("IPM") or Sustainable practices and preference will be given in this area. BioWorks hopes to encourage young people to pursue a career in floriculture or horticulture and will support those pursuits with the scholarship.
The 2014 Michigan Garden Plant Tour kicked off July 28 and concludes August 8. The tour includes eight stops peppered across the state of Michigan, ranging from Monroe in the east to Grand Rapids in the west. Each stop features an array of plants being trialed or displayed in the Michigan climate. A bevy of new varieties are on display.
Editors from Greenhouse Management, Nursery Management, and Garden Center magazines recently visited each of the stops and came back with a plethora of video content to share. Check out their dispatches below:
- Welcome to Michigan,
- Water smart (Four Star Greenhouse),
- Petunias in a basket (C. Raker and Sons),
- Start them young (C. Raker and Sons),
- Star struck (Four Star Greenhouse), and
- Backyard with a view(Four Star Greenhouse).
- Consistency king (Spring Meadow Nursery),
- Buckets of confetti (Mast Young Plants),
- Vivid la resistance! (Pell Greenhouses),
- Spotlight on the South (Spring Meadow Nursery),
- Beat the heat (Pell Greenhouses), and
- Field of Dahlias (Mast Young Plants).
- Drive-thru plant tour (Walters Gardens),
- Plant by plant, brick by brick (Michigan State University),
- The finishing touch (Walters Gardens),
- For the kids (Michigan State University),
- Trial by the public (Michigan State University), and
- Wrapping it up.
For more information on the Michigan Garden Plant Tour, visit the website.
For more information about each stop, visit the location's website: