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What Caught Our Eye This Week (week 48)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Dec 2, 2016 12:15:13 PM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 


Keeping Our Parks Planted
As seen in GrowerTalks by Christopher J. Currey

Gary's View: Living in Colorado we are surrounded by our National Heritage of four great National Parks; Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. We have had multiple trips to three of these natural wonders and never cease to wonder at the tremendous opportunity our National Parks Service provide to all of us to explore, camp, and experience the marvels of nature and history. As pointed out in the Grower Talks article “Keeping Our Parks Planted” the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year.

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Topics: Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center, What Caught Our Eye

What Caught Our Eye This Week (Week 44)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Nov 4, 2016 10:54:14 AM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 


Pollinator Gardens—A trend that puts some buzz in your landscape

As seen in ArkansasLiving by George Weigel

Gary's View: Over the past year there has been a lot of information on the harm certain insecticides, like neonicotinoids, are doing to the bee population. However, just attacking the insecticide issue is only half of the solution. Pollinators are also suffering from a loss of their food source. In a recent article in Arkansas Living by George Weigel, Pollinator Gardens – A trend that puts some buzz in your landscape, he states clearly the importance of pollinators, “Their pollination efforts also are behind one of every three bites of food a typical American eats, accounting for some $15 billion a year in U.S. crop services, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” 

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Topics: Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center, What Caught Our Eye

What Caught Our Eye This Week (Week 40 and 41)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Oct 15, 2016 1:59:02 PM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 

How Global Suppliers of Unrooted Cuttings Are Working To Improve the Pipeline
As seen in GreenhouseGrower by Laura Drotleff

Gary's View: My work history as President of Fischer USA (1995 – 2007) and with Syngenta as the head of their vegetative supply chain for North America, Europe and Asia (2007 – 2012) has given me interesting insight into the requirements necessary for a consistent and reliable supply of cuttings.


The article appearing in the Oct. 13th Greenhouse Grower on, “How Global Suppliers of Unrooted Cuttings Are Working to Improve the Pipeline” points out several of the challenges cutting producers have faced, and continue to face, supplying quality, disease-free cuttings. Additional challenges continue to mount with restrictions in pesticides and easing of import restrictions on beneficial insects.

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Topics: Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center, What Caught Our Eye

What Caught Our Eye This Week (Week 39)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Oct 2, 2016 8:47:47 AM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 

Organic sales up 13%, but not in all segments
As seen in GreenTalks by Jennifer Duffield White

Gary's View: Living in Boulder, CO we are well aware of the benefits of eating many products that are produced organically; many fruits, vegetables, and all meats. The costs of organic production is higher than conventional but the benefits are obvious. However, when the organic band wagon spreads to non-food crops, as the survey points out, the consumer doesn’t see the benefits of paying more. Organic production of ornamentals is difficult to justify, in my opinion, with the results of higher costs to the consumer and lower sales to the producer.

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Topics: Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center, What Caught Our Eye

What Caught Our Eye This Week

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Sep 23, 2016 4:28:15 PM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week.  

Greenhouse Growers Tackling Software Needs Head-On
As seen in Greenhouse Grower by Brian Sparks

Gary's View: The first thing I did as President of Fischer USA was throw out the old and install completely custom built software to ensure reliability of inventory and improve user ease. The complexities of farm production (5 farms all linked, cutting indexes, shipping and government regulations), 4 Sales offices Worldwide, Rooting Stations (production orders, verifications and shipping), multiple US Broker sales to a single ship to (volume pricing for the ship to), direct sales in Europe and drop shipping of tags (to achieve zero inventory) to name a few gave us no option for off the shelf software in 1995.

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Topics: Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center, What Caught Our Eye

How You Can Connect With A Broader Audience Through Webinars

Posted by Suzanne McKee on May 7, 2016 1:00:00 PM

If you had the opportunity to share your product assortment and valuable growing tips with one prospective customer, you would put a considerable amount of time and thoughtfulness into what information would be most valuable to them and ensure that they walk away more knowledgeable about your products.

Now, what if you could take that same effort and reach 100 people or more?

That’s what webinars can do for your business. They can take the personal touch of a sales call and turn it into a professional and efficient sales tool with far more reach and effectiveness. The beauty of it is the customer wins, too. Often, customers don’t have time to engage in a two-hour sales call in the middle of their day, but a 45-minute webinar they can watch from the comfort of their own office offers a lot of value to them.

I certainly don’t propose that webinars should replace all personal engagements with your customers and prospects. However, they can add a tremendous advantage to your business and to the customers you serve.
Webinars offer distinction to the companies who do them right, but most importantly, they bring value to prospects and customers with educational, timely, and helpful information that will help them be successful.

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Topics: Marketing, Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center

Elevate Your Assortment with Breakthroughs from Cultivaris

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Jan 21, 2016 11:54:56 AM

We recently had the opportunity to hear from Josh Schneider about all of the exciting things going on at Cultivaris. He gave customers a fantastic overview of some of the most exciting breeding breakthroughs. His 45 minute presentation included culture information for the best growing conditions, as well as plant features to ensure its successful retail implementation and marketing. 

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Topics: Partners, Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center

ePlantSource launches new responsive site

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Nov 3, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Access all the same information on ePlantSource.com, from any device

Westminster, CO, November 3, 2015 — ePlantSource has just launched a redesigned site that is fully responsive, making the site more user friendly and accessible from any device. By utilizing responsive design techniques, ePlantSource can ensure the best user experience, regardless if visitors are on a large desktop monitor, laptop, tablet, or phone.

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Topics: media release, Professional Greenhouse Grower

How two growers improved planning with online ordering

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Nov 2, 2015 12:06:51 PM

Growers find success with ePlantSource's online resources

A few short growing seasons ago, Dennis Moore, co-owner of The Flower Farm in Sandpoint, Idaho, had a decision to make. 

Should he continue working with a broker that leaves him dissatisfied or make the switch to ePlantSource?

He chose the latter. 

“The whole idea of the online ordering intrigued me,” Moore said. “Prior to that we worked with brokers via fax, email and telephone, so I thought the idea of having it all done online made a lot of sense.”

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Topics: ePlantSource, Professional Greenhouse Grower

Content Marketing: Buzzword Or Here To Stay?

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Oct 20, 2015 12:03:00 PM

Content marketing — it’s definitely a buzzword right now and though the term may be overused, the concept shouldn’t be overlooked. At the heart of it, content marketers are recognizing that the buying journey has changed, and they are responding to those changes. Prospects no longer sit back and wait for companies and brands to tell them what they need. With the onslaught of information and access these days, they will tell us what they need and when they need it.

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Topics: Marketing, Professional Greenhouse Grower

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