Van Essen Nursery - on the move with Maria
LCN Selections licensee—Van Essen Nursery of Lebanon, Oregon—recently featured me in their weekly e-newsletter The Vibrant View. They detailed my March travels to Australia as the keynote speaker at the Nursery & Garden Industry Australia National Conference and as well as California Spring Trials.

Both trips were ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities.
I’m so grateful to be able to broaden my horticultural horizons. To read details about my globe-trotting adventures, visit The Vibrant View’s ‘On the Move with Maria’. For photos, video and additional commentary, visit my social media pages:

Don’t Know Jack?




 Genetically dwarf, Jack® is a milestone in the pear world – getting only half the size of the species and is fire blight resistant!

J. Frank Schmidt & Son Company of Boring, Oregon, has designated Jack®, an ornamental flowering pear tree as an UtiliTrees™. Jack is suited for planting in restricted zones between streets, sidewalks and beneath utility lines.  Mature heights of UtiliTrees are unlikely to tangle with overhead lines.

Pyrus Jack - A Great Street Flowering Ornamental Pear Tree

UtiliTrees have pedestrian-friendly branching, are disease and pest resistant, tolerant of varied soils/climates and urban growing conditions as well as requiring minimal maintenance.

Tree specialists including utility company arborists, urban foresters and LA’s are invited to use the JFS Tree Locator to find Jack® and other UtiliTrees available in their region. Get to know Jack today!

Scott's Snap Lawncare System

It’s a Snap!

So what was Jim up to while I was traveling in March?

The warm temps meant he was working in the Mary Elizabeth test garden.

He also tried out the new Scotts Snap Lawn Care System and he absolutely loved it!

“For someone my age, it was lightweight, easy to handle, simple, and well, a snap to operate” Jim said.

The Snap Pac loads and locks into place on the spreader, automatically providing proper application rates. EdgeGuard technology keeps the fertilizer only in the grass.

If you’re a lawn lover, we think this product is for you.

Maria and Jason


While visiting with LCN Selections Australian agent 
Fleming’s Nurseries,
I  was fortunate to attend set-up for the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

Fleming supplied trees for many exhibitors, including 
Jason Hodges
of GreenArt

Jason is one of the
hosts of the
Better Homes & Garden
TV program

He’s also the featured designer of the Australian entry at the 2012 
RHS Chelsea Flower
Show in England.

For 7 of the past 8 years, Fleming’s Nurseries has presented the Trailfinder’s 
Australian Show
Garden at Chelsea

You can even follow the garden build-out progression at www.flemingsnurseries.tv, Channel 1

HGTV Spring Pac Trials

Home Run Hit

This year I attended my first ever California Spring Trials and all I can say is ‘WOW’ what a learning experience!

As Director of Plant Development for theAgricola Management Group – exclusive licensee of the
HGTV HOME Plant Collection – our displays previewed the new ‘Expressions’
annual line.
The soft launch debut is scheduled for May-June 2012 in 375 IGC’s in select geographic areas.

According to 
Greenhouse Grower magazine, the HGTV display was THE top web-reported event (based on clicks) at Spring Trials!

I was even interviewed by Kelli Rodda, for GIE Media’s Road Rally!


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