News and Announcements

Spotted Lanternfly: States Urge Citizens to Report Sightings of Invasive Insect Hitchhiker

In the summer of 2014, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, a keen-eyed state Game Commission officer spotted an unusual insect congregating in an ailanthus tree. It was a large plant hopper, about an inch long, with distinctive spots and red hind wings. The officer followed his training and called it in. “He gave us a chance,” says Sven-Erik Spichiger, entomology program manager...Read More

IGIA Announces New Leadership

Happy Spring! Hopefully you are all off to a productive and healthy start to the new season. I love the way spring ushers in a fresh new breath of air into our nursery each year. It can be chaotic, hopeful, busy, exciting, frustrating, sunny, rainy, warm, cold - sometimes all in the same day. But in the end, a new...Read More

ASLA Survey: Demand High for Sustainable Residential Landscapes

People want to do downward-facing dogs in their sustainably designed backyards or shared outdoor spaces—while their phones are charging nearby. That is one of the possible conclusions of the 2018 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends...Read More

Landscaping Projects Make Backyards the Life of the Party

It’s time to take the party outside, according to the Houzz 2018 Landscaping Survey,* which found that over half of homeowners spend more time entertaining outside after completing landscaping projects (51%). More than a quarter of homeowners also report that their usable outdoor area is significantly larger...Read More

Know What You're Worth

The link between plants and home value is far from an anecdotal one. Horticulturists, economists and industry professionals of every stripe have spent years evaluating the impact gardening and landscaping projects tend to have on home value.  Dr. Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture with Texas A&M University’s Department of Horticultural Sciences, has been involved in several academic studies on the topic and says the data suggests that greenery has a reliable, direct and positive...Read More

Pruitt Takes Over Authority for Water Protections Policy

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has signed a directive giving himself more authority to determine environmental regulations for projects near regional waterways, according to a memo...Read More

The H-2B Guest-Worker Program Gets Potential One-Year Increase

Taking advantage of the “must-pass” omnibus federal spending bill for fiscal year 2018-2019, advocates for the H-2B guest-worker visa program managed to get an extension of the authority for the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to increase the 66,000...Read More

USDA Allots Nearly $70 Million For Invasive Pest and Disease Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is charged with implementing Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten...Read More

Americans Agree: Promoting Pollinator Health Is Important

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nearly all Americans agree that promoting pollinator health should be a conservation priority across the United States. Promoting pollinator health includes protecting against the decline and death of pollinators, such as honey bees and other insects, and increasing their habitat. Baby boomers (96 percent) are the biggest proponents...Read More

Making it Rain: Effective Stormwater Fees Can Create Jobs, Build Infrastructure, and Drive Investment in Local Communities

Stormwater management is a public good: it can help keep pollution out of our waterways and promote the growth of green infrastructure, among many other benefits. However, it can be challenging for localities to pay for the infrastructure improvements needed to reduce the volume of polluted stormwater runoff. Read More

Raising Future Retailers

When registration opens at Boyle County High School, horticulture classes are among the first to fill. Students are not just interested in classroom lessons about propagating, watering and fertilizing nursery plants — they are eager to get their hands dirty.  Read More

Bayer Wins EU Approval for $62.5 Billion Monsanto Buy

German conglomerate Bayer won EU antitrust approval on Wednesday for its $62.5 billion buy of U.S. peer Monsanto, the latest in a trio of mega mergers that will reshape the agrochemicals industry. Read More

Federal Regulators Need to Revisit Electronic Tracking Rule for Truckers

It’s no exaggeration to say trucking is the backbone of the U.S. economy, given how heavily we rely on over-the-road carriers for fast and affordable transportation of goods and products. The industry estimates truckers are responsible for carrying...Read More

Branded Plants: Gaining and Retaining Relevance with Consumers

When “The Complete Guide to Garden Center Management” was published in 2002, plant branding was still in its infancy. The book’s author, international retail consultant John Stanley, urged garden centers to be “aware and prepared” for plant brands. He also suggested...Read More

Blue Spruce Update

Colorado blue spruce is not native to Indiana (no spruce is!), and it often suffers from environmental stresses such as drought, excessive heat, humidity, and compacted or heavy clay soils—making it an already poor choice for...Read More

AmericanHort Welcomes Farm Bill Pest and Disease Funding

AmericanHort enthusiastically welcomed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue’s announcement earlier today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating almost $70 million in new funding for invasive plant pests and disease projects. The funding is intended to prevent the introduction or spread of pests that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment, and to sustain... Read More

National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture - #PlantsDoThat

Horticulture positively affects people’s lives where they live, work, shop and play, according to a new report from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH). The benefits of consumer horticulture are spotlighted in #PlantsDoThat...Learn More

Greenhouse Industry’s Positive Momentum Looks Like it Will Carry Into 2018

Each year, Greenhouse Grower’s State of the Industry survey provides invaluable insight on the different segments of our industry, how they’re growing and changing, the challenges and opportunities we face in each segment and as a whole, and the outlook on the coming year. It’s always enlightening to see where we stand, and to determine, based on your answers, where we’re going. Read More

Government Affairs: What's All the Fuss Over 2,4-D and Dicamba

The herbicides 2,4-D and dicamba have been around for a long time. Both have been go-to herbicides in the fight against weeds, both in production agriculture and landscape maintenance. But their growing use by production agriculture is causing concern due to the tendency...Read More

Early Season Predictions: Methods to Predict Weed Emergence

Fill in the blank: Apply crabgrass preemergence herbicide when____________is in bloom. If you said forsythia, you would be correct. Most of us have been told the answer to this for many years, but have you ever thought to yourself...Read More

LandscapeHub Closes $4.4M Seed Funding Round

Chicago-based startup LandscapeHub, an online platform for buying and selling nursery and landscape goods, raised $4.4 million in seed funding led by Chicago Ventures with participation from Hyde Park Venture Partners, Hyde Park Angels and individual investors. Read More 

Must-Read Hiring Tips for Garden Centers

Independent garden centers cite hiring as one of their greatest challenges throughout the year, but it can be particularly difficult to find and retain employees during the spring season, when IGCs need extra help. Read More

EPA Settles with Amazon for Distributors of Illegal Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with Amazon Services LLC to protect the public from the hazards posed by unregistered and misbranded pesticide products. The agreement settles allegations that Amazon committed nearly four thousand violations of the “Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act” – dating back to 2013...Read More