Join Syngenta's perennial experts Mike Fischer and Nancy Rechcigl as they outline the best vernalization and overwintering protection techniques for producing top-quality perennials. Joey Wiseman from ThinkPlants Perennials will be joining as Syngenta’s special guest.
Chrysal International announced it will partner with Verdant Technologies to bring a step change solution to the floral industry. This new product, a 1-MCP-based solution, will be available across the industry’s international markets with initial focus on Colombia, one of the largest floral growers in the world, and Miami, one of the largest receiving areas in the United States for floral products.
For Verdant Technologies, a partnership with Chrysal will bring the introduction of HarvestHold to the floral market segment.
Chrysal and Verdant Technologies are working together to bring a patented 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) based solution to market that delivers stability, efficacy and consistency throughout the horticultural supply chain.
Chrysal and Verdant Technologies have focused their technologies around the 1-MCP product’s flexibility, which will allow Chrysal’s global customer base of growers and packers to spend more time getting more product to market and lessen the impact of horticultural wastage.
GrowGeneration Corp, the nation's largest chain of specialty hydroponic and organic garden centers, announced via press release its acquisition of Big Green Tomato ("BGT"), a two-store chain in Battle Creek and Taylor, Michigan. Big Green Tomato is one of Michigan's premier hydroponic equipment stores, founded in 2011 by a team of experienced executives with 25 years of combined experience in the industry. BGT has two well established locations with strong commercial operations and annual revenues approaching $16M. As part of the transaction, GrowGen purchased the 10,000 square-foot retail property in Battle Creek.
With the BGT acquisition, the Michigan market is expected to generate annual revenues well over $40M for GrowGen. It also brings the total number of GrowGen hydroponic garden centers in Michigan to six, with locations in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Livonia, Taylor, South Lansing and West Lansing.
For more information about GrowGeneration, visit www.growgeneration.com.
TreeTown USA’s 6th annual Horticultural Encounter is going virtual! Tune into TTU5 Action News, a free livestream event where guests can journey through displays showcasing plants best suited for today’s landscape situations, introduce new and proven plant varieties, and have guest speakers on the most relevant topics of the day.
Virtual plant display tours
Nicholas Staddon, company spokesperson, and Suzie Wiest, regional marketing representative, will provide descriptions, cultural info, and design tips as they tour you through vignettes that include:
- Agaves and other succulents
- Edibles such as fruits and herbs
- Habitat plants that provide food or nectar for birds, butterflies, and creatures
- Perennials and grasses that complement and support each other in naturalized or ornamental gardens
- Screens and hedges for privacy, to frame a garden or create a border or windbreak
New plant introductions
Tom Foley, director of product development, will feature proven selections from around the world that have been field tested in our trial gardens and qualified to be added to our company plant palette in 2021 and beyond. It will include trees, shrubs, succulents and perennials for every region.
“Superior Plants for American Landscapes” (Day 1, Oct. 21)
Janet Sluis, horticulturist, program developer, and curator for the Sunset Western Garden Collection, will feature plants from the Sunset, Southern Living and Encore Azalea Collections. Selected for top-performance, she will speak on their distinguishing characteristics, such as longer bloom time, disease-resistance, year-round interest, drought-tolerance, and/or lower maintenance, additionally providing cultural and design tips for success.
Join Dr. Bridget Behe, professor of horticultural marketing at Michigan State University, for a special presentation. With the unusual spike in demand in 2020 for plants of all kinds, Bridget and her research team investigated the varied gardening motivations this year. Her presentation will show you results of that study as well as how to cash-in on those emerging motivations for buying plants
Watters Garden Center, an IGC that came in at No. 91 on our 2019 Top 100 list, has been recognized with a 2020 Excellence in Business Award. The award was given to the IGC by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, which honors exemplary businesses in the state of Arizona.
Head to this link for a Q&A interview with the owners of Watters Garden Center and learn more about this family-owned business’ entrepreneurial endeavors.