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Consumers Willing to Pay More For Environmentally Friendly Flowers, Study Finds
By: The Garden Center Show -- A new study that should interest independent garden centers shows that across almost all demographics, half of all consumers are willing to pay up to 10% more for sustainably grown flowers.

Find out the top summer trends for the ‘year of the backyard’
BY AUDREY TREVARTHAN, Garden Center Magazine -- A few projects homeowners have on their summer to-do lists are outdoor landscaping and design, pressure washing, tree trimming and removal, exterior painting and weeding. 2024 is the “year of the backyard,” according to one technology company.

Sakata Seed America appoints new head grower
By: Lawn & Garden Retailer magazine -- Sakata Seed America has appointed Noe Barajas as head grower and trial manager at its Salinas, California, research station. Barajas brings over 30 years of growing experience and knowledge of crop management and product development, including key positions with Yoder Brothers, Color Spot Nursery and, most recently, Ernst Benary of America. His new responsibilities include managing all growing activity of ornamental flowers in support of Sakata sales and marketing, research and development, and production departments.

Dramm introduces 2 new watering tools
By: Lawn & Garden Retailer magazine -- Dramm Corp. has announced the launch of two new watering products — the Post-Mount Impulse Sprinkler and the One Touch High Flow Twin Shut-Off. Designed for ease of use and maximum efficiency, the Post-Mount Impulse Sprinkler (above, left) attaches to existing fence posts to deliver a flexible solution for nurseries, large gardens and hobby farms.

Worried About Recession? Here’s How to Prepare.
By: The Garden Center Show -- Fears of a recession in late 2023 persist due to high inflation and rising interest rates. The job market remains strong, and consumers plan to adjust spending accordingly. Developing a plan is crucial.



Learn from the Best at the 2024 Plug & Cutting Conference
By: Bill Calkins. GrowerTalks magazine -- Last month, we shared some details about opportunities to go behind the scenes to tour leading greenhouses during AmericanHort’s Plug & Cutting Conference scheduled for September 23-25 in Orlando. This time, educational sessions are in the spotlight because learning new skills and building on others are important goals when attending conferences like this one.

AmericanHort Meets with DOL & USDA
By: Jennifer Zurko. GrowerTalks magazine -- n May, AmericanHort CEO and President Ken Fisher participated in a roundtable discussion with USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack and DOL Acting Secretary Julie A. Su on the recently released H-2A Farmworker Protection Final Rule. The final rule went into effect on June 28, 2024, with a further delayed implementation date of August 29, 2024, to allow the Department of Labor (DOL) to update the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) system and forms.

15 Retailers’ Choice Awards given at Cultivate’24
By: Lawn & Garden Retailer magazine -- Danny Summers, managing director of The Garden Center Group, announced the 15 winners of the 2024 Retailers’ Choice awards at Cultivate’24. There were 62 products nominated, and the panel of garden retailer judges chose these 15 winners.

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