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Nov. 26, 2014, Amsterdam – Holland Flowering: How the Dutch Flower Industry Conquered the World is a new release from Amsterdam University Press.
Oct. 22, 2014 — Van Wingerden International started working with Biobest and biocontrol 15 years ago. Sam Newsome a grower at VWI is very familiar with the full array of biocontrol tools, including beneficial insects and mites, bio-insecticides, banker plants, etc.
October 2014 — Van Wingerden International started working with Biobest and biocontrol 15 years ago. Sam Newsome a grower at VWI is very familiar with the full array of biocontrol tools, including beneficial insects and mites, bio-insecticides, banker plants, etc.
September 2014 — The newest creation from PlaceTile designs is a beautiful green colour, made to resemble a gingko leaf.
September 2014 — The orchid garden combo arrangement from Sun Bulb Company is designed to instantly brighten any space.
September 2014 — The Garden365 Hanging Garden offers an easy vertical gardening solution for just about any space.
September 2014 — Mastronardi Produce has debuted its all-new packaging system: the Eco Flavour Bowl™.
Aug. 29, 2014, Beamsville, Ont. — One of the latest innovations in the horticultural sector has been developed by FormFlex/Metazet. 

Aug. 26, 2014 — Garden Decor Accents' new Charming Squirrel Bird Feeder mounts easily to any wooden surface.
Aug. 15, 2014 — Epicor has introduced a redesigned version of its popular retail business management software.
Aug. 15, 2014, Millgrove, Ont. — Nestled on 12 acres of land between Hamilton and Guelph, Singh Greenhouses is one of Ontario’s leading hydroponic English cucumber operations. There was only one issue holding back this budding operation: its hard groundwater source.
March 5, 2015 – Heater maintenance and proper ventilation will help you avoid this common spring problem.
March 4, 2015, Guelph, Ont. – There was a steady stream of new ideas discussed yesterday at a major farm water management conference.
Feb. 26, 2015 — Nothing lasts forever, and fertilizer injectors are no exception.
Feb. 19, 2015 — Regardless of where we live, almost all of us have to deal with snow on our greenhouse from time to time.
Feb. 11, 2015, Burnaby, B.C. — Research to develop new smart-materials technology for handling delicate objects – including fruits and vegetables – is among Simon Fraser University projects sharing in more than $1.5 million in new money for projects funded by a federal government research-grant agency.
Feb. 6, 2015 — Some of the latest research on LED greenhouse applications will be the focus of next Friday’s (Feb. 13) e-GRO Alert webinar.
Feb. 3, 2015, Burnaby, B.C. —A team of SFU engineering science students has unveiled a fully automated greenhouse that could help drought-affected areas across the world grow healthy crops.
February 2015 – Machines have been saving humans from repetitive, dangerous or less demanding work for decades. Packaging and palletizing robots abound. In horticulture, we have “specialized, embodied artificial intelligent (a.i.) machines,” including transplanters and potting machines. Fruit grading lines, robotic sprayers and un-manned cart pullers are growing up.
February 2015 – Six judges evaluated these vans over two days last fall. Each is a member of Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, and they spend a substantial portion of their working year evaluated trucks, vans and vehicles that work for a living. 
Jan. 16, 2015 — It’s not always easy to weigh the benefits of one company over the other when they all say the same thing online.
Dec. 17, 2014, Toronto — Ontario is making it easier for greenhouse growers to comply with regulation regarding the disposal of greenhouse nutrient feedwater by streamlining environmental compliance that will benefit farmers and enhance protection of the environment.
Dec. 9, 2014, West Lafayette, NY — Energy costs account for one of the largest expenses in commercial greenhouse production of annual bedding plants.
Feb. 26, 2015, Vineland Station – Flowers Canada Ontario is hosting a reception this afternoon (Feb. 26) to welcome Dr. Sarah Jandricic as OMAFRA's new greenhouse floriculture IPM specialist.
Feb. 25, 2015 – Can you use natural genetic variation of indigenous natural enemies to improve the efficiency of biological control?
Feb. 20, 2015, Twinsburg, OH – The company management of Myers Lawn and Garden Group along with Wingate Partners V, L.P. have acquired the Lawn and Garden business from Myers Industries, Inc.
Feb. 5, 2016 — The e-GRO Alert “Bedding Plant Troubleshooting iBook” is now available as growers prepare for the upcoming season.
February 2015 – Retiring OMAFRA specialist Gillian Ferguson’s first projects dealt with the basics of implementing IPM with greenhouse cucumbers and peppers. The challenge back then was that there was really only one biocontrol agent for each of these pests.
February 2015 – Poinsettia is still the largest seasonal flowering crop, even though overall production numbers have decreased by 30 per cent in recent years. In Canada, the decrease over the past five years has been more like 65 per cent.
February 2015 – I had a chance to participate in two great conferences last fall, one in Saskatoon organized by Saskatchewan Greenhouse Growers Association (SGGA), and the second one here in Edmonton (Green Industry Show and Conference).
February 2015 – An increasing number of greenhouse growers are using biocontrol as a primary component of their pest management strategy. However, as the number of simultaneous biocontrol agent (bca) releases grows, so does the complexity of insect population dynamics, and related management decisions.
Jan. 15, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. — Successful biocontrol programs are dependent on a number of factors, but good quality natural enemies are fundamental. However, as living organisms, biocontrol products are subject to variability caused by various factors, starting at the insectary where they are reared through to the crop where they are released.
Jan. 14, 2015, Vineland, Ont. — Successful biocontrol programs are dependent on a number of factors, but good quality natural enemies are fundamental.
Dec. 10, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — Plant Products has welcomed four new staff members.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is always a “hot” topic.  Growers of vegetables, flowers and ornamentals are always interested in the new biocontrol agents being introduced.
March 2, 2015, TORONTO – With the growing popularity of the eat local movement, there is a resurgence in people growing their own fruits and vegetables mere steps away from their kitchen doors.
Feb. 27, 2015, Leamington, Ont. – With the start of the Canadian greenhouse season just a few weeks away, Nature Fresh™ Farms is putting the final touches on their new brand packaging with help from Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) eat brighter™ movement.
Feb. 26, 2015, St. Catharines – After more than a year in development, Rittenhouse has launched its new and improved e-commerce website.
Feb. 20, 2105, Guelph — PlantForm Corporation, a University of Guelph spin-off company, is working to secure funding for more trials of its innovative treatments to combat critical illnesses like cancer.
Feb. 8, 2015 – Wondering how the industry will do this year?
Feb. 2, 2015, Simcoe, Ont. — How was the 2014 growing season(s) for your greenhouse? Were sales up? Did you expand and/or invest in new technology? How were the disease/pest pressures?
Jan. 30, 2015 — Flowers and plants are the most effective non-human source of comfort for the bereaved.
February 2015 – According to the Pew Research Centre, 56 per cent of U.S. adults owned a smartphone in 2013, which is a significant increase from 35 per cent smartphone ownership in 2011.
February 2015 – In spite of so many garden centres diversifying into new opportunities, such as ladies fashion, food accessories and hardware to even out seasonal sales, spring is still, by far, the lifeblood of the garden industry.
February 2015 – “Les Shipp’s research has led to many really important advances in the IPM of pest insects. These include decision support and IPM tools used in industry today, including monitoring and sampling protocols and injury and action thresholds.”
February 2015 – Phoenix Perennials is building on its success as British Columbia’s destination nursery for cutting edge and rare plants by going national with a new mail order division to supply plants to gardeners across Canada.
Dec. 11, 2014, Downers Grove, IL — Want help picking next year’s garden winners?
Dec. 5, 2014, Guelph, Ont. — One of the biggest costs of running a farm is energy. Ontario farmers are increasingly concerned about the rising costs of energy required to operate their farm businesses. Energy costs are making Ontario farms less competitive domestically and in the global market.
Nov. 28, 2014, Toronto — Truly Green Farms has been named one of three Leaders In Innovation with this year’s Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program.
June 27, 2014, Surrey, B.C. — At the time of this writing, agricultural practitioners and land developers, together with oil and natural gas pipeline proponents and residents of B.C. are debating and defending (or not defending, as the case may be) the merits of “Bill 24 – 2014, Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act.”
June 27, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — This past winter has been a tough one for Ontario greenhouse operators.
Jan. 1, 2014, Toronto — The Ontario government gave its greenhouse industry an early Christmas present. The gift was neatly wrapped up in the government’s Long Term Energy Plan, released Dec. 2.
Sept. 3, 2013, Leamington, Ont. – New Energy Farms is hosting a demonstration of leading technologies for the establishment of fuel, feed and fibre crops using CEEDS™ technology.
Eating tomatoes grown near a landfill site may not initially sound appetizing, but it could be the most eco-friendly way to enjoy local tomatoes all year round.
My wife and I were recently ordering food in a restaurant in Entebbe. Well, she was ordering in the “restaurant.”
Culinary students at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are getting a lesson in what fresh fruits, veggies and herbs look like before they make it into the kitchen, courtesy of a tiny high-tech greenhouse.
An abundant supply of natural gas, combined with historically low prices, holds the key to a bright future for Canada - but only if challenges are overcome and opportunities seized.
Winners have been announced in the Big Green Greenhouse Design Competition, which challenged people from around the world to create a 3,000 square foot greenhouse meeting the Living Building Challenge guidelines.
Feb. 20, 2015, Edmonton —Canada’s growing medical marijuana industry is taking root in Alberta.
Feb. 9, 2015, Berlin — Duijvestijn Tomaten from the Netherlands was named the world’s best tomato grower during the second edition of the Tomato Inspiration Event.


Feb. 6, 2015, Ottawa — Canada is again looking at imports of Dutch greenhouse bell peppers.
Feb. 6, 2015, Wageningen, the Netherlands — Work will start soon on Sweeper, an innovation-driven international research program for the development of the first generation, market-ready sweet pepper harvesting robot.
Feb. 2, 2015, Vancouver — Village Farms International, Inc. has signed a long-term exclusive seed agreement with Axia Vegetable Seeds, BV.
Jan. 28, 2015, Kelowna, B.C. — Kelowna is tweaking one of its zoning bylaws to prepare for an onslaught of applications for legal medical marijuana grow-ops.
February 2015 – As key accounts manager at Emerald Coast Growers, a wholesale propagator in Florida, Pamela Straub is comfortable with the business side of the plant business. But she has deep roots in the artistic side, too, and it shows in her combination planters.Straub studied art history in college, with a background in landscape design. “I’ve designed landscapes, courtyards, and storefronts,” she says. “I’ve also worked in the graphics field, as an account executive.” Besides school and work experience, she adds, “I’ve always been interested in fine art. Pre-children, I would spend hours scouring art and design books, blogs, and magazines.”The stock container recipe, “thrillers, fillers and spillers” is not Straub’s preferred approach. “It works, of course; that’s why it’s used so often. But I like to challenge conventional design – challenge the eye with something unexpected, challenge what the majority defines as beautiful.” How is that done?“I love texture and contrasting forms,” Straub says. One class of plants gives you both: grasses. “Grasses in containers is a go-to for me,” she says. “It’s not a new concept, but you still don’t see them used often, or in different, interesting ways.”One challenge retailers face is how to merchandise grasses effectively. Display gardens are the ideal way to inspire gardeners with take-home ideas; but it’s hard to find the room, and maintenance can be costly and time-consuming. NO NEED TO “LUMP” ALL THE GRASSES TOGETHERA frequent default is to lump all grasses together on a bench or two somewhere near the alphabetically arranged perennials – the dreaded “ghetto-izing” that garden centre gurus rail against. And “few displays are duller than a grass ghetto,” Straub says. “Grasses show best when interspersed among other plants. Containers to the rescue! Complements, contrast and inspiration in a compact space.”Designing for retail settings rather than residential or corporate clients is a disciplined art. Obviously, the best combos incorporate products the garden centre sells. Naturally, you assign design to your most creative staffer, but their wilder impulses may require curbing. If customers can’t find it in inventory and cart it to the cash register, it doesn’t belong in the pot. Working in wholesale, Straub’s creative outlet is the summer trade show circuit. The company’s booths always feature her lush mixed containers, starring (naturally) ECG’s ornamental grasses and perennials. Increasingly, customers seek native grasses like Panicum, Nassella and Isolepis.“I’m always thinking about the targeted market,” she says. Magazine editors and customers often stop to admire, photograph and presumably clone her creations, so “you have to be concerned with cultural needs and requirements just as much as aesthetics.” “A CROWDED CONTAINER WON’T LAST”In the booth, a combination only has to look great for three days. On an endcap or a customer’s patio, more longevity is called for. “Plant health is important, too,” says Straub. “A crowded container won’t last.”She likes to work in bold strokes. Her large, vividly coloured containers often feature the Pantone colour of the year. The 2015 choice, Marsala, is named for the red dessert wine it resembles. She feels it will work well with plants, perhaps pairing nicely with rich greens, and “it’s very close to the colours of some grass plumes and the fall foliage of many grasses,” particularly Panicum.DRAWN TO SUBTLE SHADES AND COOLER TONES“My POV is forever changing,” says the designer. “I love all colour! But I’m drawn to subtle shades and cooler tones – blues, whites, greens. I don’t fall in love with a pastel palette, but I can design with it. It depends on what/who I’m designing for.” Again, the targeted market is the determinant.She brings her training, design instincts and graphics sense to bear all year long, but especially at showtime. “My favourite ‘commission,’ ever,” she says, “is mixed containers.”John Friel is the marketing manager of Emerald Coast Growers. Visit their website at www.ecgrowers.com.PAMELA’S TIPS Pick the container first, then select plants that suit it. Keep containers in proportion with their contents. “Generally, your tallest plant shouldn’t be more than twice the height of its container.” Pay attention to more than just flower colour! “I try to keep all the foliage different for more eye appeal – not just blooms. That’s vital at trade shows, where low light and cold, dry air make flowers close or abort. The foliage must hold interest.” Use a free-draining potting medium. “I like bark and soilless peat mixes.” Containers, even large ones, needn’t cost a fortune. Taken care of between uses – don’t let ceramic pots freeze, keep plastics out of the sun – they’re reusable. With plastic and fiberglass, “A coat of paint is as good as a new pot.” For reliable results, build containers with finished or pre-finished larger pots. “I begin with our plugs. Depending on variety or application, I pot them in quarts, or all the way up to a three-gallon. This also gives me hands-on experience growing our products.” For more on perennials, visit the “Crops” section at greenhousecanada.com.
Jan. 19, 2015, Leamington, Ont. — Ontario greenhouse cucumbers are now on retail shelves.
Jan. 19, 2015 – The eGRO Alert pre-season webinar series continues on Friday (Jan. 23) with a daylong series of presentations on PGRs.
Jan. 9, 2015, Vineland, Ont. — Imagine greenhouse tomatoes and peppers that look and taste great, grow well, and are disease-resistant too.
Jan. 5, 2015, Smiths Falls, Ont. — Tweed Farms Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tweed Marijuana Inc., has obtained a licence renewal for the cultivation of medical marijuana at its facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

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