ALBRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Sales in the gardening industry in the U.K. grew to a retail turnover of over £5 billion in 2006 with nearly half of that being spent on horticultural stock, says the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. has launched a law suit against TerraCycle Inc., claiming the startup company has copied its packaging and falsely advertised its plant food as superior.
The B.C. Agricultural Council named Bevo Farms the Showcase Farm of the Year.  The award is given to farms that are open to the public or the media to showcase and promote the industry.
The Mid-States Horticultural Expo, held this year from Jan. 4-5 in Louisville, Kentucky, attracted 2,132 attendees, a five-per cent increase from 2006.
The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Inc. (ASCFG) has released its 2007 Buyers’ Guide. Featured are cut flower growers from the U.S. and Canada who supply to retail and wholesale buyers, event planners, and floral designers.
Growers attending the OFA Short Course (July 14-17 in Columbus, Ohio) will find solutions to many of their business challenges. The sessions are divided into ‘greenhouse production,’ ‘greenhouse advanced’ and ‘greenhouse survival’ tracks. An all-day tour will serve as an on-theroad learning lab on July 14.
Some 200 growers from across Ontario attended the 14th annual Grower Appreciation Reception hosted by Specialties Robert Legault.
Marysville, Ohio – The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has hired Jan Valentic as senior vice president of marketing.
Ottawa – Buoyed by the strongest four-month run of new jobs since 2002, the Canadian economy is expected to post growth of 2.8 per cent this year, according to the Conference Board of Canada.
Holey Soles recently donated 100,000 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls Inc., a non-profit organization that provides footwear to needy people around the world. This is the largest single donation ever received by the organization.
Riverwoods, Ill. (Market Wire)  – Interior plant design and maintenance giant, Initial Tropical Plants (ITP), recently announced the acquisition of Planteriors, an interior landscaping business that serves the South Florida tri-county markets including Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties as well as the Florida Keys.
A Salinas, Calif., man was sentenced to 180 days in jail after being convicted of felony manslaughter in the death of a garden centre employee.
TORONTO (CP) – Huge watermelons, lush rhododendrons, and cottonwood and sycamore trees could become prevalent in the Canadian landscape if the Earth warms up a few more notches, climate change experts suggest.

Canada’s premier attraction for those in the horticultural lawn and garden trade set the pace for the upcoming 2007 season, said Pat Hillmer, conference co-ordinator in a press release. Well over 750 exhibitors displayed unique, trendy and must-have products and ideas for this year’s lawns and gardens.
The eighth annual Garden Centre Group Co-operative Trade Show, held last fall in Toronto, generated over $40,000 for the national organization of the Parkinson Society of Canada.

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